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  • 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.

  • Weapons cache swiped from North Main gun store

    About $5,000 worth of firearms was stolen last week from the Anderson Armory gun store on North Main Street in Lawrenceburg, according to a report released by the Lawrenceburg Police Department.

    Det. Mike Schell with the Lawrenceburg Police Department said 13 handguns and one long gun were stolen, but no ammunition.

    He said the case has been turned over to the federal department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, due to the number of weapons stolen.

    Police said the guns were stolen between Sunday night, Jan. 20, and Monday morning, Jan. 21.

  • Lawrenceburg man involved in fatal wreck

    A Lawrenceburg man survived what proved to be a fatal accident for another driver Monday morning in Mercer County.

    Micah Hammons, 32, was driving an 18-wheeler northbound on U.S. 127 Bypass when his vehicle was hit in the rear by one driven by Charles L. Wright, 60, of Corinth, located in northern Kentucky.

    Wright was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, according to published reports.

    Hammons was not injured in the accident, which occurred at the intersection of Highway 152, according to reports.

  • Murder suspect in court Thursday

    The Lawrenceburg man charged in the stabbing death of a Franklin County man last week outside the Lawrenceburg Food Court is scheduled to be back in court Thursday morning.

    Frederick C. Graeter, 18, is scheduled to appear in Anderson District Court at 9 a.m. for a preliminary hearing.

    Graeter is charged with first-degree murder for allegedly stabbing Robert Snider, 20, to death Jan. 16.

  • The family that eats together...

    Floyd and Gippie Shely's eight children come together each Monday in an area restaurant and have breakfast together.

    Sometimes they meet in Shelbyville where four of them reside, occasionally in Lexington where two now live, and other times they gather in Anderson County where they were all born and raised and two continue to call home.