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  • Christian Academy launches elementary financial course

    Brittany Price, financial secretary for the Christian Academy of Lawrenceburg, like most moms, has experienced her child asking for extravagant gifts such as a $400 gaming console.

    She said she knows her 8-year-old son sees her use a plastic debt card for payment, but like most elementary students, has no concept of spending or the process to earn and budget money.

    The Christian Academy is working to change that with a new program, “Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees,” which is aimed at financial literacy for elementary students.

  • Inmate held in contempt for f-bombing judge

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    Already languishing in jail on a rash of forgery and criminal possession charges, a Dan Drive man probably figured his day couldn’t get any worse when he appeared last Thursday in Anderson District Court.

    He couldn’t have been more wrong.

    Frustrated after District Court Judge Donna Dutton refused his repeated pleas to turn his $5,000 cash bail into a surety bond so his mother could spring him from jail, William Whetzel, 20, finally told Dutton just exactly what he thought of her refusal.

  • Van smacks house, plows into pond

    From staff reports

    The driver of a van that tore off the corner of a home in the Running Brook Drive subdivision before traveling another 100 yards and coming to rest in a small pond reportedly blacked out during the wreck.

    The unidentified driver appeared uninjured while standing in the driveway at 1081 Running Brook Drive just minutes after the crash as he was being tended to by Anderson County EMS.

    He was later taken into a waited ambulance for further observation.

  • ‘Grinch’s’ finances questioned

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    Questions surfaced Thursday about the financial ability of the owner of former Dairy Cheer restaurant to hire her own attorney when she admitted that she receives income and received a hefty settlement, neither of which were included on her application for a public defender.

    Lou Compton, 68, faces 14 charges of theft by deception for allegedly not paying some of her employees and writing bad checks to others just before Christmas in 2011 when the restaurant closed, prompting them to dub her “Dairy Grinch.”

  • One terrific trike

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    Dude, that’s one sweet ride.

    Dude, in this case, is Lawrenceburg’s Dude Caldwell, and he’s about to take delivery of a custom trike built nearly from scratch by Garry Wash, owner of Wash’s Cycle, Home of Wild Turkey Chopper in Alton.

  • Cookies with Santa to help low income families

    By Shelley Spillman

    News staff

    Though Blue Grass Community Action is funded through a a federal anti-poverty grant, Melissa Wells-Hanks, Anderson County community developer, said it’s local funds that also help provide a variety of services to Anderson County residents.

    Wells-Hanks said the local fund, which helps pay heating bills, purchase school supplies and other needs for low income families, is getting dangerously low and is primarily generated through fundraisers.

  • Family furious over illegal dumping on Anderson City Road

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    A “no dumping” sign at the front of James Phillips’ property apparently isn’t going to be enough to get whomever is trashing it to knock it off.

    “If I catch them, I’m sure there will be trouble,” Phillips said Friday morning while standing alongside a pile of burned debris he said was set fire by those who dumped it.

    “They snuck out here last Monday and set it afire,” he said. “They got wind that someone knew they’d dumped it.”

  • Puncheon Creek debuts new CD to packed house

    By Shelley Spillman

    News staff

    Brandon Warren, harmony vocalist and guitar player for Puncheon Creek, said the band is “pleased as punch” to see the culmination of four years of work come together at Puncheon Creek’s CD release party to promote the band’s first album “Café on the Corner” on Saturday at Wild Turkey Trace.

  • Chamber president hired to run Tourism Commission

    By Shelley Spillman

    News staff

    Tourism has been a subject of contention in Anderson County, which was especially brought back into the limelight during in the recent election.

    Pam Brough, chairperson of the Anderson County Tourism Commission, urged the commission members to make a decision on the executive director position during a meeting Wednesday morning.

    A decision was made, and Brough was hired for the job.

  • Chef offers tips to prepare perfect, flavorful Thanksgiving turkey

    By Shelley Spillman

    News staff

    There are many ways to cook a turkey. Some Anderson News readers say they smoke their turkey, others prefer deep fried turkey, some suggest marinating in beer and honey and another reader said a simplistic salt water brine was the way to go.

    If you’re still struggling on how to prepare Thanksgiving turkey this year, try this delicious recipe, adapted by chef Kenneth Aubrey of Two Brothers restaurant in Lawrenceburg.