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  • Denny sworn in as new county clerk

    Newly elected Jason Denny took over as county clerk at 8:30 a.m., Friday, after being sworn in the day before by Judge-Executive Steve Cornish.

    Denny defeated Anthony Stratton, a former county judge-executive and magistrate, on Nov. 4 in a race to determine who would serve the remaining two years of the term formerly held by long-time county clerk Harold Ritchey. Ritchey died unexpectedly last spring while jogging.

  • Police raid ‘illegal’ tattoo parlor

    Parents of teens who received tattoos at what is being called an illegal tattoo parlor on Bluebird Court should have their children checked for possible infections and other related problems, police and health officials said.

    The Lawrenceburg Police Department and Anderson County Department of Health officials raided a home at 115 Bluebird Court. on Nov. 12 after receiving a tip that a man there was tattooing customers without the required permits.

  • High school to switch to 12-week trimesters

    Anderson County High School will switch to a trimester schedule beginning next school year, Principal Ray Woodyard told the Board of Education at its meeting Monday night.

    The decision was ultimately made by the school’s site-based decision making council, so the board did not have to approve it, but Woodyard made the presentation to provide board members with information about the switch.

  • ‘Islam is the light’?

    Priscilla Teegarden didn’t ask for religious advice when she purchased a doll for the great-granddaughter she calls her own — but she got it anyway.

    Teegarden, a Lawrenceburg resident, said she can clearly hear the doll, which is supposed to say “mama” and coo, say the phrase “Islam is the light,” and she’s not alone.

    A simple search for “Islam is the light” on Google.com brings up hundreds of web pages highlighting the “Little Mommy Cuddle & Coo” doll by Fisher-Price, whose parent company is Mattel.

  • Lawrenceburg police report

    The Anderson County Grand Jury returned indictments Friday against four people from an Aug. 12 home invasion on Highland Drive, the Lawrenceburg Police Department announced.

    Montez L. Graves, 25, Lexington; Amanda N. Greene, 20, Lawrenceburg; Willdarien Jones, 18, Lexington; and Delana J. Lawson, 21, Frankfort, were each indicted on the charges of first-degree complicity to commit robbery and complicity to the theft of a controlled substance.

    Early the morning of Aug. 12, a Lawrenceburg man reported that two men dressed in black and wearing masks beat and robbed him.

  • Ready to ‘Deal’

    UPDATED NOV. 12, 2 P.M.

    Wanda Waldridge of Salvisa appeared on the popular game show "Deal or No Deal" both Monday and Tuesday nights.

    Waldridge originally thought the episodes in which she was scheduled to appear would run at the end of this month. But when her cell phone started ringing Monday night, she quickly found out that wasn't the case.

    "I wasn't even at home," Waldridge said, adding that her friends and family kept calling to tell her she was on TV.

  • Locals react to Obama’s win in election

    While many welcomed Barack Obama as the 44th president, his election last Tuesday is especially meaningful to black citizens.

    “I think it’s great, I really do,” said Thomas Allen. “This is great for those who came through the past tribulations.”  

    Allen grew up in Anderson County at a time when he and other local black students were bused out of county to attend high school.

  • Mixed emotions

    A bittersweet aura floated through the crowd during the American Legion Auxiliary’s Healing Field and Veterans Day Ceremony on Sunday afternoon.

    Those in attendance seemed saddened to have to raise 11 new flags at the Healing Field, but triumphant to have a place to honor the state’s fallen heroes — especially since its grounds were flattened during a storm five months ago.

  • How low will it go?

    Six weeks ago locals flocked to neighborhood gas stations to fill up on $4-a-gallon gasoline before it rose to a rumored $5-a-gallon.

    That was then.

    Last week people hustled back to fill up for a much more appealing reason — to take advantage of gasoline prices that were falling at a record pace.

  • Judge denies lone student’s appeal to vote

    Lara Wheeler didn’t vote in yesterday’s election, but it wasn’t for a lack of trying.

    Wheeler was one of the 21 current and former students who attempted to register to vote through Anderson County High School, but whose registration cards were turned into the county clerk’s office four days too late.

    However, Wheeler was the only one from the group who decided to appeal the decision of the county’s board of elections in Anderson Circuit Court.

    Judge Charles Hickman sat on the bench to hear Wheeler’s appeal.