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  • UPDATED: School board rules on day care dilemma

    The Anderson County Board of Education decided Tuesday night to keep its transportation policy in tact - meaning students will not be transported across attendance area lines - but changed a procedure, making the policy more flexible.

    The school system will not bus students across attendance area lines, but parents can request to have their child transferred to the school in the attendance area of their after-school care provider, the board decided.

  • Restaurant tax pushed

    A proposal to place a 3 percent tax on meals served in city restaurants had a wide airing Monday as a tourism official briefed city and chamber of commerce officials on what he says are the idea's benefits.

    The measure, if approved by the city council, would drive more customers to restaurants, pay to hire someone to direct tourism and economic development, and increase the number of visitors to Anderson County, according to Craig Stratton, chairman-elect of the Anderson County Tourism Commission.

  • ANTI-TAX STAND EARNS COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD FOR NEWS

    Great news and sports writing, outstanding design and a tough stance against a proposed countywide payroll tax earned The Anderson News a host of awards last Friday afternoon in Louisville.

    The paper was judged against other weekly newspapers across the country owned by Landmark Community Newspapers Inc.

    Sports Editor John Herndon won a pair of first place awards, including excellence in sports writing and best news/feature story series. He won a second place award for sports column writing.

    Creative Director Mary Madden Garrison won first place for front-page design.

  • Gully washer crumbles Gilbert's Creek Road

    Last Friday's torrential downpour was the flood that broke Gilbert's Creek Road's back.

    By Saturday, a 100-yard section of the county road collapsed, forcing officials to close the road and residents on its east end to go to Mercer County to get to Lawrenceburg.

    The rain, which started Thursday night and continued into Friday, dumped nearly 5 inches of rain on Anderson County.

  • 'Mr. Wildcat' comes home

    After a public memorial service Thursday and a private service Friday, Bill "Mr. Wildcat" Keightley was laid to rest in Lawrenceburg Cemetery.

    Keightley's funeral procession had a police escort to the cemetery on Main Street just after 1 p.m. Friday. Many cars were in line to pay their last respects to Keightley, but not as many as filled the parking lots at Rupp Arena in Lexingon the day before.

  • Benefit planned for family of Turner student

    A benefit concert for the family of Gabe Adkins is planned for 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the Eagle Lake Convention Center.

    Gabe, an 8-year-old student at Robert B. Turner Elementary School, died March 19 following a massive stroke March 10.

    Gabe was a son of Monica and P.J. Matney of Lawrenceburg, and Phillip Ray Adkins of Mt. Sterling. He was in Lori Wells' third grade class.

    The concert will feature several Bluegrass and gospel music artists including Bluegrass 101, Hebron Christian Church Band, Shades of Grass, Hurley Ridge, Greg Breeding and Vintage Blue.

  • Bearcats set state records in 58-0 win over Eminence

    The common reaction to Anderson County's high school baseball win Monday night was that surely the published score was a misprint.

    Anderson County 58, Eminence 0.

    58-0 is a one-sided football score, but baseball? Some teams don't score 58 runs in a month.

    The score was not a misprint. In fact, the final could have been worse, much worse.

  • Board calls Tuesday meeting to discuss transportation concerns

    The Anderson County Board of Education will meet today at 5 p.m. at its office at 1160 Bypass North to discuss feedback on the attendance area plan.

    The board's special called work session is open to the public.

    The school system hosted three informational meetings about the plan on March 24, 25 and 27. Each of the county's three elementary schools hosted a meeting.

  • Always a friend

    Even though we shared the same hometown and knew many of the same people, I can't say that I knew Bill Keightley very well.

    He just made me feel that way.

    As a green sports writer, I nervously introduced myself to "Mr. Wildcat" at the Kentucky Wildcat basketball media day in 1986. I told him that my mom attended Kavanaugh High School with him.

    Immediately, he knew who I was.

    "I was two years ahead of your mother," he told me. "Now your daddy was from out around Alton, wasn't he?"

  • A different 'stimulus' package

    Want to get stimulated without waiting for the federal government's so-called "economic stimulus package" to hit your mailbox in May?

    Then check out a group of Anderson County High School students who will use the power of their pens and voices to stimulate minds April 10 at the public library.