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  • Superintendent: Expanding middle school will save money

    Spending $1.5 million or more to expand the middle school will actually save the school district money in the long run, Superintendent Kim Shaw said last week.

    Shaw, responding to questions about the school board's decision last Monday to scrap a plan to turn Saffell Street Elementary into a fifth- and sixth-grade center in lieu of expanding the middle school, said the move makes sense for a variety of factors, including economics.

    "If you look at the big picture, this is going to save a ton of money," Shaw said.

  • Santa gets a surprise

    The man who for years has made Christmas bright for Anderson County's most needy children was in a funk.

    Gary Wash, owner of Wash's Cycle on Alton Road, spent the past seven years organizing his fellow motorcycle enthusiasts to participate in an annual toy run. This year, a busy schedule forced Wash to scrap his plans, a decision his wife said upset him greatly.

    "He felt terrible and worried that he was letting the kids down," said Barbara Tumolo-Wash. "He was really broken up."

  • Community calendar

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    Wednesday, Dec. 26

    Education

  • Pot patch nets grower 10 years in prison

    The owner of a Lawrenceburg excavating company accepted a plea bargain and was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in jail for growing 79 marijuana plants and being illegally in possession of controlled substances.

    Chris J. Stewart, proprietor of Stewart's Bobcat and Services, initially pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from his Jan. 16 arrest, but withdrew the plea to accept the penalty. Stewart, 37, could have been sentenced to an additional five years and fined up to $10,000 on the marijuana charge if the case had gone to trial and he was found guilty.

  • Peach named 5A Coach of the Year

    Anderson County High School football coach Mark Peach was named the state's Class 5A Coach of the Year by the Louisville Courier-Journal.

    The announcement was made in Friday's editions of the state's largest daily newspaper.

    Peach was also runner-up for the overall coach of the year honor.

    Peach finished second to Lone Oak's Jack Haskins in the voting by the state's football coaches.

    Peach guided Anderson to a 10-0 record in the regular season.

  • Ex-Anderson schools chief now will lead Washington

    Ronald "Sonny" Fentress, a former Anderson County principal and superintendent who retired in 2005, has been named interim superintendent of Washington County Schools, according to an article that appeared in the Dec. 19 edition of The Springfield Sun, a weekly newspaper in Washington County.

    It is anticipated that Fentress will fill the position until March, 2008, while Washington County Superintendent Larry Graves is on leave battling cancer, the paper reported.

  • Saffell is saved

    Saffell Street Elementary School will not become a fifth- and sixth-grade campus if a new proposal to spend an estimated $1.5 million to expand the middle school is approved.

    The idea surfaced Thursday night during an Anderson County Board of Education workshop, after several weeks of angst by a large number of concerned Saffell Street parents and teachers who fought against having the school become a fifth- and sixth-grade campus.

  • Battling armed robbery suspect, and cancer, too

    The Parkway Marathon station was robbed of an undisclosed amount of money Friday night, but the owner and his family are thankful that day's receipts were their only loss.

    Owner John Ellis, 59, who is battling colon cancer, literally fought for his life after a masked gunman entered the store, demanded cash, then allegedly threatened to shoot him.

    "He took the bag of money from the desk and then told me to come on around the back with him," Ellis said.

    "I asked him what for and he said because I'm going to take you around back and shoot you."

  • Curious cop cracks can caper

    When Lawrenceburg police officer Jeremy Cornish saw thousands of pounds of crushed cans Friday afternoon in a back yard on College Street, he knew something was amiss.

    Acting on a tip, Cornish said he was immediately suspicious, and for good reason. The cans - all 4,200 pounds of them - were stolen, and those who have since admitted doing so were well on their way to cashing them in for a nifty 50 cents per pound.

    Charged in the theft are James Jarrell, 44, of 129 College St., and Kevin Fairchild, 26, of 104 1/2 Ann Drive.

  • High school plans free holiday concert Dec. 16 to benefit Relay for Life

    The Anderson County High School Choral Department will present a free holiday concert Sunday, Dec. 16, at 2:30 p.m. in the school's Bearcat Theater. The public is invited to this "spirited" performance, featuring two choirs with more than 100 students, including 12 soloists, singing 19 carols from around the world.

    Admission is free. Donations will be accepted to benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.