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  • No return, no rebate

    Realizing that many senior citizens are not aware they must file a 2007 Federal Income Tax form in order to qualify for the tax rebates recently signed into law by President Bush, the Anderson County Senior Center is working with AARP to make filing easy.

    Free tax assistance will be available Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the senior center and on at least seven additional dates at either the center or the Anderson Public Library on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Fire guts Bear Creek Road home

    A fire of undetermined origin swept through Rick and Judy Bowers' Bear Creek Road home yesterday morning, destroying most of their possessions.

    "By the time our first engine got here, smoke was showing on the roof and the inside was pretty much engulfed," said Chad Womack, fire chief of Anderson County Battalion 1.

    "I think it started in the kitchen utility area," said Rick Bowers, who was at work when the fire ignited. "The state police are investigating it. I think the house is a total loss."

    His wife, Judy Bowers, wasn't home when the blaze began either.

  • Rumble at Rupp

    Birthday presents and a punch in the mouth.

    Lawrenceburg's Brandon Yocum can expect both March 27 when he turns 22 and fights for the American Fight League's amateur middleweight title at Rupp Arena.

    The event, which features 11 bouts including former Ultimate Fighting Championship contenders and is being billed as the league's "ERUPPTION," is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.

    Yocum, who sports a 6-1 amateur record, said he's not nervous about fighting in Rupp Arena in front of what will likely be a crowd of at least 8,000 fight fans.

  • 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.