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  • Top 10 News Stories of 2008

    Compiled by The News Staff

    It was a year marked by the passing of several highly respected stalwarts of the community, and one Lawrenceburg native considered by many the heart and soul of Kentucky basketball.

    It was also a year that produced outlandish crimes — a stripper accused of conning a local grandmother out of $60,000 and a daughter accused of setting up her parents to be robbed, twice.

  • Board OKs some four-day school weeks

    Anderson County students are one step away from having 13 four-day weeks as part of their 2009-2010 school calendar.

    The Board of Education approved the modified calendar at its regularly scheduled meeting Dec. 15, but before the calendar can be put it place, it must be approved by the Kentucky education commissioner.

    Superintendent Kim Shaw didn’t foresee any problems getting the calendar approved, but the commissioner’s approval is required, he said.

  • Family loses home, gifts in fire

    In the early hours of last Thursday morning, Susan Hopkins heard what she thought was her alarm clock going off.

    “I kept hearing a ‘beep, beep’ and I thought it was my alarm,” she said. “But when I reached over to hit snooze, I smelled smoke.”

    Her husband, Buddy, jumped out of bed around 3 a.m. and went to open the bedroom door.

    “So much smoke came in, and it was so hot,” Susan recalled. “We knew we had to get out.”

  • All I want for Christmas...

    Video games, laptops and horses — oh my.

    These are the items topping the wish lists of many Anderson County children this Christmas.

    A Nintendo Wii is No. 1 on Autumn Beasley’s list, but she’s not putting all of her hope into one gift. Autumn, 11, is also asking for some other popular items.

    “I also want Webkinz and clothes,” she said.

    Autumn’s friend, Madison Case, 11, also wants a Wii, but she’s holding on for a Christmas miracle.

  • Have a wish for 2009? Tell us!

    With 2008 coming to a quick close, thoughts are turning toward 2009. No one knows exactly what the New Year will bring, but we all have dreams and wishes — so share yours with us and the rest of Anderson County. Whether they're wishes for you, your family, the city, the county, the country or the world, we want to know what your sights are set on in 2009.

  • Ready to represent

    With a huge state budget deficit looming, one could forgive newly elected state Rep. Kent Stevens if he were feeling a bit anxious about being sworn into the job Jan. 6.

    Not to worry. Stevens says he’s raring to be the first Lawrenceburg resident to represent Anderson County in Frankfort in nearly 20 years, budget deficit or not.

    “Yes, I am very much looking forward to it,” Stevens said Monday afternoon. “I have the opportunity to make Anderson, Mercer and Spencer counties a better place to live.”

  • Hanging up her ledger

    Joy Peach has used the same ledger during all 25 years of her service at the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office — but that ledger will close for the final time Dec. 31 when she retires.

    Peach, an office deputy, said that ledger was one of the only constants at the sheriff’s office during her tenure. The ledger actually belonged to the woman who previously held Peach’s position and could be anywhere from 30 to 50 years old, she said.

  • Theft ring warning issued by sheriff’s office

    A rash of thefts of items from unlocked vehicles and buildings have prompted the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department to issue a warning of a possible theft ring operating in this area.

    The warning was issued last Wednesday in a news release, and says that residents in the Alton area should be especially vigilant in locking their vehicles, homes and outbuildings.

  • ‘I wanted to do this for her’

    Thanks to the holiday spirit of local police and the largess of the community, the Christmases of 14 Anderson County children were jump started Saturday through a program dubbed Shop With A Cop.

    One of the children, Brianna, 12, was too ill to participate in the program, so her brother Blake, 10, filled in for her.

    “She’s really sick and has been in the hospital a lot,” Blake said. “I wanted to do this for her. I made a list of things that I thought she’d like and would make her happy. And I added a few things for myself.”

  • County schools should be in session Thursday

    Students in Anderson County can expect to be back in the classroom Thursday.

    "I expect we'll be in tomorrow," Superintendent Kim Shaw said Wednesday morning.

    Schools were closed Tuesday and Wednesday following a winter storm Monday night that dumped over 3 inches of snow in Anderson and surrounding counties.

    According to weather.com, tonight's low should be around 30 F with cloudy skies. Thursday should be cloudy with a chance for rain later in the day. The high should be around 48.