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  • Fletcher giveth, Beshear taketh away

    The only thing more outrageous than the state reneging on $300,000 in road funds for Anderson County is the way the money was awarded in the first place.

    In yet another example of using tax dollars in a thinly veiled attempt to buy votes, Gov. Fletcher greased the skids for candidates just before last November's general election by providing millions in "discretionary" funds to repair roads across the state.

  • Ice storm closes government offices, schools

    City and county government along with Anderson County's public schools closed early Thursday after an ice storm forecast to hit at noon arrived right on time.

    The National Weather Service issued an ice storm warning for Anderson and surrounding counties earlier this morning. The forecast was for sleet to begin falling at noon and continue throughout the day and into Friday morning.

  • Schools to destroy recalled beef

    An estimated three-quarters of a ton of beef is scheduled to be destroyed Feb. 25 after school food service officials learned it was among millions of pounds recalled by the federal government.

    Marsha Rogers, food service coordinator for Anderson County schools, confirmed Monday afternoon that students here were served the beef before it was recalled, but said schools stopped serving it around Feb. 1 when it was placed on administrative hold.

    None of the students here became ill from the beef, she said.

  • Snow days extend school to May 23

    Anderson County students will still get out of school before Memorial Day, even after making up snow days missed last week, said Superintendent Kim Shaw during his report to the board of education on Monday night.

    One day will be made up March 7, which was scheduled as a flexible professional development day. Three other days will be tacked on to the end of the year, making the last day for students May 23, Shaw said.

  • Humane Society has 'dog gone' successful 2007

    A little over a month ago, Elizabeth Fiehler got an e-mail from the Anderson Humane Society. Inside that e-mail was a picture of Josie, a pit bull mix, with the word "urgent" next to it.

    "That meant they were going to put her down soon," Fiehler said.

    Almost immediately, Fiehler called the Humane Society and offered to be the dog's foster parent.

    "But of course, we got attached to her and she got attached to us," she said.

    Josie, whose name has been changed to Pearl, quickly became the newest addition to the Fiehler family.

  • Boy, 15, charged with DUI

    A 15-year-old Lawrenceburg boy was charged Feb. 8 with driving under the influence after allegedly stealing a van from a Marsha Court residence in the city, according to a report released Monday by the Lawrenceburg Police Department.

    The boy's name was not released.

    The boy was also charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, theft by unlawful taking and possession of marijuana, police reported.

    Officer Josh Satterly was called to investigate after the Marsha Court resident reported that his van was stolen.

  • For the Love of Mom

    Rita Keeling said she always told her children she loved them when tucking them into their beds each night.

    That love was repaid in spades last week when her son, Adam, nominated her for America's Favorite Mom, a national Internet-based promotion that allows voters to choose the nation's top mom.

    "I was shocked," Rita Keeling said Monday afternoon from her living room in Stringtown. "When I read what he wrote, I nearly cried."

    Adam Keeling, 28, said he entered his mother in the contest while surfing the web to buy flowers for Mother's Day.

  • Have the flu? Stay home.

    Reports that the flu has reached "widespread" status in Kentucky has prompted the Anderson County Department of Health to offer free flu shots each day.

    "The flu is striking later than usual this year, causing some Anderson County to worry," said Cheri Johnson, a registered nurse with the health department. "Local health officials are also concerned, especially with the flu hitting its peak in our region in just the last few weeks and reaching widespread status in the state just this week."

  • Anderson County schools in session today

    Anderson County schools will be in session today, said Larry Basham, assistant superintendent.

    "Regular time, no delays -- we're going to school," Basham said.

    Schools have been closed since Tuesday after a winter storm blanketed the area with several inches of snow, as well as a layer of ice.

    According to local forecasts, Friday will be cloudy with a small chance for rain. The high will be around 38.

  • Anderson County Schools Closed Thursday 02/14/08

    Anderson County Schools will remain closed Thursday, Feb. 14, the district's transportation director, Chuck Fletcher, announced Wednesday afternoon.

    Anderson County schools will be closed Thursday, said Larry Basham, assistant superintendent.

    Some of the county's roads still have snow and ice leftover from the winter storm that began around 5 p.m. Monday, Basham said.

    "We would have buses going down those roads, and I wouldn't feel good about doing that," he said.