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  • ANTI-TAX STAND EARNS COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD FOR NEWS

    Great news and sports writing, outstanding design and a tough stance against a proposed countywide payroll tax earned The Anderson News a host of awards last Friday afternoon in Louisville.

    The paper was judged against other weekly newspapers across the country owned by Landmark Community Newspapers Inc.

    Sports Editor John Herndon won a pair of first place awards, including excellence in sports writing and best news/feature story series. He won a second place award for sports column writing.

    Creative Director Mary Madden Garrison won first place for front-page design.

  • Gully washer crumbles Gilbert's Creek Road

    Last Friday's torrential downpour was the flood that broke Gilbert's Creek Road's back.

    By Saturday, a 100-yard section of the county road collapsed, forcing officials to close the road and residents on its east end to go to Mercer County to get to Lawrenceburg.

    The rain, which started Thursday night and continued into Friday, dumped nearly 5 inches of rain on Anderson County.

  • 'Mr. Wildcat' comes home

    After a public memorial service Thursday and a private service Friday, Bill "Mr. Wildcat" Keightley was laid to rest in Lawrenceburg Cemetery.

    Keightley's funeral procession had a police escort to the cemetery on Main Street just after 1 p.m. Friday. Many cars were in line to pay their last respects to Keightley, but not as many as filled the parking lots at Rupp Arena in Lexingon the day before.

  • Benefit planned for family of Turner student

    A benefit concert for the family of Gabe Adkins is planned for 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the Eagle Lake Convention Center.

    Gabe, an 8-year-old student at Robert B. Turner Elementary School, died March 19 following a massive stroke March 10.

    Gabe was a son of Monica and P.J. Matney of Lawrenceburg, and Phillip Ray Adkins of Mt. Sterling. He was in Lori Wells' third grade class.

    The concert will feature several Bluegrass and gospel music artists including Bluegrass 101, Hebron Christian Church Band, Shades of Grass, Hurley Ridge, Greg Breeding and Vintage Blue.

  • Bearcats set state records in 58-0 win over Eminence

    The common reaction to Anderson County's high school baseball win Monday night was that surely the published score was a misprint.

    Anderson County 58, Eminence 0.

    58-0 is a one-sided football score, but baseball? Some teams don't score 58 runs in a month.

    The score was not a misprint. In fact, the final could have been worse, much worse.

  • Board calls Tuesday meeting to discuss transportation concerns

    The Anderson County Board of Education will meet today at 5 p.m. at its office at 1160 Bypass North to discuss feedback on the attendance area plan.

    The board's special called work session is open to the public.

    The school system hosted three informational meetings about the plan on March 24, 25 and 27. Each of the county's three elementary schools hosted a meeting.

  • Always a friend

    Even though we shared the same hometown and knew many of the same people, I can't say that I knew Bill Keightley very well.

    He just made me feel that way.

    As a green sports writer, I nervously introduced myself to "Mr. Wildcat" at the Kentucky Wildcat basketball media day in 1986. I told him that my mom attended Kavanaugh High School with him.

    Immediately, he knew who I was.

    "I was two years ahead of your mother," he told me. "Now your daddy was from out around Alton, wasn't he?"

  • A different 'stimulus' package

    Want to get stimulated without waiting for the federal government's so-called "economic stimulus package" to hit your mailbox in May?

    Then check out a group of Anderson County High School students who will use the power of their pens and voices to stimulate minds April 10 at the public library.

  • New tax would target meals in restaurants

    The city council's finance committee considered last week a recommendation to add a 3 percent tax to meals served by restaurants.

    The recommendation was made by the Anderson County Tourism Commission, which unanimously approved the measure late last year. If eventually approved by Lawrenceburg City Council, it would raise about $300,000 a year.

    The revenue would be split between the commission and the city.

  • Two arrested on meth charges

    Two Mercer county residents were arrested March 26 on charges of possessing material used in the production of methamphetamine, according to reports from the Lawrenceburg Police Department.

    Brian E. Neikirk, 33, and April S. Cheak, 28, were arrested during a traffic stop on Hilltop Drive. Officer Jeremy Cornish pulled the vehicle over for disregarding a stop sign. The stop resulted in the discovery of the items used in the production of meth.