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  • Allaka's big day

    A little girl sat at the table in her kindergarten classroom for the first time. Her arms were crossed, her face was red and her cheeks glistened with tears.

    This little girl missed her parents. This little girl would have preferred to be playing at home in the sunshine or tucked away safely in her bed. This little girl did not want to be at kindergarten.

    But this little girl was not Allaka Lewis.

    Allaka, 5, sat two tables over with a smile on her face and a crayon in her hand. But in the middle of coloring a picture, Allaka lost her smile for just a second.

  • Humane Society should pay rent, judge-executive says

    Fiscal court magistrates voted Thursday to pay back $7,700 the county owes the Anderson Humane Society, but that apparently didn't settle the ongoing rift between Judge-Executive Steve Cornish and the agency.

    Cornish said "absolutely no" when voting to pay back the $7,700, but not before criticizing the agency's director and treasurer, questioning why the non-profit agency doesn't pay rent for using a county building, and raising concerns about the agency's lack of liability insurance.

  • Cheerleading coordinator jailed, charged with theft

    The 2007-08 coordinator of the Anderson County Youth Cheerleading Association has been charged with taking over $3,000 from the organization during that season, the Lawrenceburg Police Department announced in a news release.

    Mary Ann Pratt, 32, of Lawrenceburg, was arrested Thursday, charged with theft by unlawful taking over $300 and lodged in the Franklin County Regional Jail after a four-month-long investigation by Detective Mike Schell.

    The "situation" came up back in April, Schell said.

  • Lawrenceburg man survives wreck on Alton Station Road

    A Lawrenceburg man was bleeding and battered but survived a single-vehicle accident Thursday afternoon on Alton Station Road.

    With blood oozing from his injured left wrist, Brian Hudson was loaded on a stretcher and into a waiting ambulance after the delivery van he was driving skidded out of control and came to rest on its side.

    Hudson, who drives a van for DHL, was trapped inside the van for nearly an hour as rescue workers first peeled away the windshield and then the van's passenger side door and roof to get him out.

  • City man beaten, robbed in his home

    Two armed men dressed in black and wearing masks beat and robbed a city resident at his home early Tuesday morning, the Lawrenceburg Police Department announced.

    Police are still searching for suspects in the incident, which occurred at a residence on Highland Avenue, just off Broadway in the city.

    The victim's identity and address were not released.

    Police said the victim told them that two men rang his doorbell repeatedly until he answered just after midnight.

  • Cheerleading coordinator charged with theft

    The 2007-08 coordinator of the Anderson County Youth Cheerleading Association has been charged with taking over $3,000 from the organization during that season, the Lawrenceburg Police Department announced in a news release.

    Mary Ann Pratt, 32, of Lawrenceburg, was charged with theft by unlawful taking over $300 and lodged in the Franklin County Regional Detention Center after a four-month-long investigation by Det. Mike Schell.

    Police were contacted in April regarding missing funds from the ACYC, the release said.

  • Their goal? Catch drunk drivers

    The Anderson County Sheriff's Office will conduct periodic traffic safety checkpoints at approved locations as part of "Make the Crackdown Count," which runs from Aug. 15 to Sept. 1, the sheriff's office announced in a news release.

    The sheriff's office will maintain a highly visible presence on the county's roadways and will be out in force conducting traffic safety checkpoints and saturation patrols to detect, arrest and prosecute impaired drivers to the fullest extent of the law, the release said.

  • No, your toilet's not on fire

    If you see white smoke coming from the plumbing inside your home this week, don't panic.

    You might, however, want to call a plumber.

    The city's public works department will conduct a smoke test Thursday and Friday on all sewer lines between the railroad tracks on North Main Street and Broadway.

    The test will be from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. both days.

    Larry Hazlett, director of public works, said the sewer lines in that area will be filled with fast-clearing harmless white smoke to help locate groundwater infiltration or damaged sewer lines.

  • These cicadas sting

    The very name "cicada" conjures images of earlier this summer when millions of them screeched and swarmed and left behind a blanket of corpses.

    Fortunately, that brood of cicada is one that arrives only every 17 years. Unfortunately, a cousin with an intimidating name and even nastier sting is prevalent this time of year, and now is the time to keep a watchful eye out for them.

    Cicada killer wasps are now setting up housekeeping in well-drained, light-textured soil, according to Tommy Yankey, an agent with the Anderson County Extension Office.

  • At stake: $260,000 property tax increase

    County taxpayers will shell out $260,000 more in taxes if two measures are approved Thursday by the Anderson County Fiscal Court.

    The fiscal court is scheduled to discuss two tax issues during the meeting, scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. in the judge-executive's chambers on Main Street.

    The first will be to set the county's tax rate; the second whether to grant taxing authority to the county's Extension District.