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  • Prepping for Ebola, just in case

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    Bart Powell is no stranger to dealing with what ifs.

    Anderson County’s director of emergency management, Powell has spent his career preparing for worst-case scenarios ranging from earthquakes and tornadoes to floods.

    During the past couple of weeks, Powell has added the Ebola virus to his list and is doing everything he can to make sure Anderson County is prepared, just in case the dreaded virus makes it here.

  • Drunk driver who killed child freed

    From staff reports

    On Oct. 2, 2004, an Ohio man driving drunk on the Bluegrass Parkway in Anderson County slammed into a Harrodsburg family, killing a 6-year-old boy.

    One day short of the 10th anniversary of that crime, that same Ohio man walked out of prison a free man.

    Joseph Shreve, 51, was released from custody Oct. 1, placed on supervised parole and allowed to return to Ohio, having served only nine years and 11 months of a 20-year sentence for second-degree manslaughter, driving under the influence and traffic-related violations.

  • Trial set for women charged with mailing marijuana

    From staff reports

    A jury trial for two women charged with attempting to mail 8 pounds of marijuana in exchange for crack cocaine is scheduled to begin 9 a.m. Oct. 13 in Anderson County Circuit Court.

    Diana Hart, whose listed address at the time of her arrest in 2012 was 303 Vail Drive, Lawrenceburg was charged with trafficking marijuana when a postal inspector tracked a large box to her home that was mailed from an address in California.

  • School board OKs $27,000 study program for middle school

    From staff reports

    Study Island and funding approvals were the main topics of discussion at the Anderson County Board of Education meeting Monday night.

  • Anderson hosts regional school board meeting

    By Shelley Spillman

    News Staff

    A new system to evaluate school superintendents

    was the primary topic at the Regional Kentucky School Boards Association Meeting, held last Thursday at Emma B. Ward Elementary School.

    James Sargent, Anderson County Board of Education member and KSBA regional chair, led the meeting.

    “The system in place needed improvement. It’s a new system of evaluation for everyone from the classroom to the boardroom,” said David Baird, associate executive director for KSBA.

  • Elementary schools score well; high, middle need improvement

    While all three of the elementary school earned a proficient or higher rating the Kentucky School Report Card released Friday, the middle school and high school were labeled as “needs improvement.” The Anderson County School district was given the classification as an overall proficient school system.

  • Move will close clerk’s office for one week

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    The Anderson County Clerk’s office will be close Thursday, Oct. 9 at 5 p.m. and reopen 8:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 17 to move into a new facility, County Clerk Jason Denny announced last Wednesday morning.

    Denny’s office will move from its current location in the Anderson County Courthouse to the former Town & Country Bank building at the corner of Main and Glensboro Road.

  • Nine felonies, two years in jail

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    The former Anderson County social services worker who pleaded guilty to tampering with public records that allowed children to remain in abusive households is out of prison after serving just 26 months of a five-year sentence.

    Margaret “Geri” Murphy was released from jail Oct. 1 and placed on home incarceration, according to court documents obtained by The Anderson News.

    It is unclear if Murphy, who was living in Florida at the time of her arrest, is serving home incarceration there.

  • Fire can’t extinguish local racer’s dreams

    By John Herndon

    Sports Editor

    It would be easy to utter well-meaning platitudes to Tom Borgia.

    “At least you or your family wasn’t hurt.”

    “Those cars can be replaced.”

    Borgia knows that, too. He considers it a blessing in the aftermath of a fire that destroyed a garage at his home just off Highway 62, west of Lawrenceburg. He’s thankful that his family escaped injury and can rebuild their dreams.

    But even without injuries, Borgia’s family is hurting.

  • Manslaughter ex-con faces assault, terror charges

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    The Lawrenceburg man released from prison after serving less than two years of a 10-year sentence for shooting and killing Luke Beasley is scheduled to be in court next Tuesday on charges that include assault, terroristic threatening and DUI.

    Christopher Murphy, 29, of 1100 Bear Creek Road was found guilty in 2008 of second-degree manslaughter after shooting Beasley point-blank in the chest with a rifle following an altercation.