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  • Calendar of Events

    Wednesday, Feb. 6

    Education

    8 a.m. to noon: GED instruction and college preparation, Anderson Community Education building, 219 E. Woodford Street, Lawrenceburg.

    10 to 10:30 a.m., Toddler time for 2-year-olds and their parents/guardians, Anderson Public Library

    11 to 11:45 a.m., Preschool story time for 3- to 5-year-olds, Anderson Public Library

    Noon to 4 p.m.: GED instruction and college preparation, Bluegrass Community and Technical College, U.S. 127 campus.

  • UP AND DOWN

    A drive around Lawrenceburg reveals American flags being flown at government-run buildings at full staff, half-staff or not at all.

    For example, a driver heading south Monday morning on Main Street sees the flags flying at half-staff in front of the Early Childhood Center and the nearby library. Just up the street the driver sees the flag flying at full staff at City Hall.

    Keep cruising and the driver sees flags at full staff atop memorial markers at the American Legion Auxiliary's Healing Field on Broadway, the city's fire hall and police station.

  • KABOOM!

    Stacy Simms was at her horse barn along Leathers Road going about her normal Monday chores when, at about 9 a.m., she endured quite a shocking experience.

    "I just turned around and saw this big flash of light," she said. "Then about two seconds later I heard a loud boom. Then it started to rain."

  • HOTTEST TICKET IN TOWN

    Tickets for the annual Anderson County Beast Feast will be available Saturday, Feb. 9, at Sand Spring Baptist Church.

    The doors will open at 8 a.m., and the tickets will be sold in the order of arrival, starting at 9.

    Price of the tickets will be $10 per person with a limit of five tickets per person. No tickets held for anyone, and Sand Spring Baptist Church is the only sales location, officials said.

  • EMS chief steps down

    The man who for the past four years has served both as Anderson County public safety director and Lawrenceburg's emergency medical services director has resigned from both positions effective Feb. 15.

    But Charlie O'Neal will continue to serve Anderson County, as well as all of the state's counties, in his new position. O'Neal has just been named executive director of the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services (KBEMS) with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.

  • 'Toy' gun lands student in hot water

    A middle school student was charged with menacing Friday morning after allegedly bringing what police say was a "air soft" pellet gun to school and sticking it into the back of another student, according to a report from the Lawrenceburg Police Department.

    The 13-year-old student's name was not released.

    Air soft guns, also referred to as "soft air" guns, are spring, electric or gas-powered guns that fire small, spherical plastic pellets ranging from 6 mm to 8 mm, according to information obtained from Wikipedia.com.

  • Community Calendar

    To have your event or meeting listed in the community calendar, send the name, date, time, location and a contact number by mail to P.O. Box 410, Lawrenceburg, KY 40342, by e-mail to news@theandersonnews.com with the subject line "Community Calendar Event" or drop it off at The Anderson News offices at 133 S. Main St. in Lawrenceburg. For recurring events or meetings, indicate the weekly or monthly schedule in your submission. Calendar entries are due by Thursday at noon for the next week's edition.

    Wednesday, Jan. 30

    Education

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  • Freezin' for a reason

    Before removing his warm clothes and leaping into an icy pool at Applebee Park in Lexington, local developer Ray Peden explained how he became involved with Saturday's ninth annual Polar Bear Plunge.

    "I joined a team with my daughter (Layne Peden) and her coworkers at Mellow Mushroom, a very good Lexington pizza restaurant, to participate in the Polar Bear Plunge," he said. "All money raised will go to the Lexington Special Olympics.

    "I purchased my own antifreeze and am willing to suffer the pain and indignity of jumping into an icy pool with rabbit ears on."

  • Magistrate vows action on 'mind-boggling' business license tax

    County officials are vowing to take action after a potentially embarrassing list surfaced earlier this month of at least 100 businesses that have not paid for their county business licenses this year.

    The list, assembled by the county clerk's office, includes a number of well-known and established businesses, including doctors' offices and banks.