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  • 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.

  • New tax would target meals in restaurants

    The city council's finance committee considered last week a recommendation to add a 3 percent tax to meals served by restaurants.

    The recommendation was made by the Anderson County Tourism Commission, which unanimously approved the measure late last year. If eventually approved by Lawrenceburg City Council, it would raise about $300,000 a year.

    The revenue would be split between the commission and the city.

  • Two arrested on meth charges

    Two Mercer county residents were arrested March 26 on charges of possessing material used in the production of methamphetamine, according to reports from the Lawrenceburg Police Department.

    Brian E. Neikirk, 33, and April S. Cheak, 28, were arrested during a traffic stop on Hilltop Drive. Officer Jeremy Cornish pulled the vehicle over for disregarding a stop sign. The stop resulted in the discovery of the items used in the production of meth.

  • Bus policy would hit day cares hard

    "I'll probably pull my kids out of public school and put them in the Christian Academy ... or move," she said.

    Blankenship lives in the Robert B. Turner Elementary School district, but works three minutes away in the Emma B. Ward Elementary School district at Imagination Station Child Care, 1512 Alton Road, where she is the assistant director, she said.

    The school system's transportation policy, which was not altered when the Board of Education approved attendance areas March 17, states that students will only be transported to and from their geographical attendance area.

  • Bus policy puts pinch on parents

    Transportation issues dominated the conversation at the first of three informational meetings about the new Anderson County attendance areas Monday night.

    A majority of the 25 to 30 parents at the Saffell Street Elementary School meeting weren't there to criticize the new attendance area plan, but to question the effect the plan would have on transporting their children to after school care.

  • Bill stumps for Hillary Tuesday in Frankfort

    Thousands jammed into the Frankfort Convention Center on Tuesday morning, filling it to capacity. They came to listen to former President Bill Clinton explain why Kentuckians should support his wife Hillary in her run for the presidency.

    "First, I'd like to thank Kentuckians for voting for me twice," said Clinton, who carried the state both times he was elected president.

    "The economy has been made worse and worse by the policies of the current administration," he added. "The middle class is being squeezed dry."

  • Third-grader dies days after stroke

    Gabe Adkins, an 8-year-old student at Robert B. Turner Elementary School, died March 19 following a massive stroke March 10, said Lynne Gritton, Turner's school counselor.

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

    "He had been sick for four or five days before March 10," Gritton said. "But we don't really know what with."

  • Who will be Anderson's next Junior Miss?

    One of the area's most popular events returns to the Anderson County Middle School auditorium stage April 12 when 21 girls vie for the title of Anderson County Junior Miss.

    The winner will be eligible to compete in January for the 2009 Kentucky Junior Miss title.

    The event, now in its 27th year, focuses on academics and provides scholarship money for the winner. That focus is what makes it so popular, organizer Sherry Hall said Tuesday morning.

  • Murder suspect pleads not guilty

    The Lawrenceburg man charged with fatally stabbing a Franklin County man outside the Lawrenceburg Food Court on Jan. 16 waived formal arraignment and pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning in Anderson County Circuit Court.

    Frederick C. Graeter, 18, is charged with first-degree murder for allegedly stabbing Robert Snider, 20, to death. First-degree murder is a Class A felony punishable by 20 years to life in prison. Graeter is also charged with tampering with evidence.

    According to court testimony, Graeter allegedly attempted to purchase marijuana from Snider.

  • Not happy? Here's how to request a different school

    Parents who are not satisfied with the elementary school to which their child has been assigned for the 2008-09 school year can submit a request for transfer.

    "They are requests," said Director of Student Services Margo Whisman, who facilitated the committee that created new attendance areas for the elementary schools. But all requests might not be granted, she said.