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  • School board to bid for roof repairs, asphalt, boiler

    The Anderson County Board of Education on Monday voted unanimously to seek bids for several asphalt projects and to repair a portion of Saffell Street Elementary School’s leaky roof along with its water boiler.

    The board received an estimate ranging between $175,000 and $200,000 for the Saffell roof repairs, which has been a maintenance sore spot for the past couple of years.

    The water boiler estimate was for a shade over $10,000, meaning it can be replaced outside of the bidding process because it’s below the $20,000 threshold.

  • Weekend cold snap an early reminder to unhook garden hoses

    Wowzer! It got cold this weekend.

    I had the first fire of the season in the woodstove this weekend and it was lovely. I had to break out the Carhart bibs to work outside. I finally cut up some major limbs that had fallen over the summer. After a few hours of chain saw work and stacking wood, my back said enough.

    I’ve come to the conclusion that I do my best woodworking in shifts, as long as they’re a few days apart. While I was picking up limbs, I gathered another bucket of walnuts. Pretty soon I’ll have enough for my holiday baking and snacks.

  • DNC isn’t helping local Democrats

    Column as I see ’em …

    As the Democratic National Committee busies itself with infighting over what went wrong last Tuesday night, it’s hard to believe there isn’t some serious soul searching going on here in Anderson County.

    Democrats here once again fell miserably short in winning an election that included all city and county voters, with hometown school board member James Sargent getting shellacked in his bid to unseat incumbent state Rep. James Tipton of Taylorsville.

  • Film crew to capture success at Turner

    The honors just keep growing for Robert B. Turner Elementary School.

    On Friday, a film crew with the International Center for Leadership in Education is expected to visit the school to document not just how well it is succeeding, but to show educators from across the country how success is accomplished.

    Four of the school’s teachers made headlines last year when they made a presentation to educators from across the country during the annual Model Schools Conference in Orlando.

  • ‘Light up Lawrenceburg’ to kick Christmas season into high gear

    The Christmas season will officially get under way Monday with an event titled “Light Up Lawrenceburg,” scheduled on Main Street from 6 to 8 p.m.

    The event will feature a “Shop Local” effort by the Downtown Merchants Association, along with a meet-and-greet with Santa, sponsored by the Anderson County Clerk’s Office, and the lighting of the trees downtown.

    There will be a live nativity scene provided by Alton Christian Church and live entertainment, including a performance by the Lawrenceburg Academy of Performing Arts.

  • Santa letters due Nov. 25

    Hey, kids. Don’t miss the chance to let Santa know what you want this year for Christmas.

    For the 39th consecutive year, The Anderson News will publish Santa letters and photos for children in Anderson County, giving the Jolly Old Elf a chance to see what they’d like for Christmas before making the long journey here from the North Pole on Christmas Eve.

    Please submit letters that are about 100 words or shorter, along with a photo of the child, saved in a JPEG format.

  • Joining the fight

    They arrived home safe, sound and sore, and are ready to go again.

    Six of Anderson County’s bravest were deployed last Thursday morning to help battle the ongoing wildfires in eastern Kentucky, a blaze that has consumed thousands of acres and threatened hundreds of homes.

  • Hardin: Why no felony charge?

    Hardin: Why no felony charge?

    Former volleyball coach Bob Hardin said in an interview last week that he doesn’t understand why the man cited with a misdemeanor charge of fourth-degree assault wasn’t charged with a felony for third-degree assault.

    Hardin, who called 911 the night of the incident, said KRS 508.025 makes it clear to him that Kenny Holland, who allegedly assaulted him, should have been charged with a felony because Hardin was working for the school district at the time of the incident.

  • Coach: Dispute about flowers reason for assault

    An argument about flowers is being blamed for an incident that resulted in the former girls’ volleyball coach being assaulted before an Oct. 10 match at the high school.

    A parent of two players on the team at the time, Kenny Holland, was cited with fourth-degree assault several weeks after the incident after allegedly grabbing former coach Bob Hardin by the throat on the gym floor.

  • Answering the call of duty

    Six firefighters from the Anderson County Fire District were deployed Thursday morning to help battle an ongoing wildfire in eastern Kentucky.

    Capt. Rob Gresham, firefighter John Robinson, firefighter Matt Moses, Battalion Chief Chris Harrod, firefighter Dillon Harrod and firefighter Earl Gresham all answered a call for help and left around 9 a.m.

    Chief Pat Krogman said they traveled to Hazard and were to be be assigned positions from there.

    “They will be assigned wherever they are needed down there,” Krogman said.