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  • Bus policy would hit day cares hard

    "I'll probably pull my kids out of public school and put them in the Christian Academy ... or move," she said.

    Blankenship lives in the Robert B. Turner Elementary School district, but works three minutes away in the Emma B. Ward Elementary School district at Imagination Station Child Care, 1512 Alton Road, where she is the assistant director, she said.

    The school system's transportation policy, which was not altered when the Board of Education approved attendance areas March 17, states that students will only be transported to and from their geographical attendance area.

  • Bus policy puts pinch on parents

    Transportation issues dominated the conversation at the first of three informational meetings about the new Anderson County attendance areas Monday night.

    A majority of the 25 to 30 parents at the Saffell Street Elementary School meeting weren't there to criticize the new attendance area plan, but to question the effect the plan would have on transporting their children to after school care.

  • Bill stumps for Hillary Tuesday in Frankfort

    Thousands jammed into the Frankfort Convention Center on Tuesday morning, filling it to capacity. They came to listen to former President Bill Clinton explain why Kentuckians should support his wife Hillary in her run for the presidency.

    "First, I'd like to thank Kentuckians for voting for me twice," said Clinton, who carried the state both times he was elected president.

    "The economy has been made worse and worse by the policies of the current administration," he added. "The middle class is being squeezed dry."

  • Third-grader dies days after stroke

    Gabe Adkins, an 8-year-old student at Robert B. Turner Elementary School, died March 19 following a massive stroke March 10, said Lynne Gritton, Turner's school counselor.

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

    "He had been sick for four or five days before March 10," Gritton said. "But we don't really know what with."

  • Who will be Anderson's next Junior Miss?

    One of the area's most popular events returns to the Anderson County Middle School auditorium stage April 12 when 21 girls vie for the title of Anderson County Junior Miss.

    The winner will be eligible to compete in January for the 2009 Kentucky Junior Miss title.

    The event, now in its 27th year, focuses on academics and provides scholarship money for the winner. That focus is what makes it so popular, organizer Sherry Hall said Tuesday morning.

  • Murder suspect pleads not guilty

    The Lawrenceburg man charged with fatally stabbing a Franklin County man outside the Lawrenceburg Food Court on Jan. 16 waived formal arraignment and pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning in Anderson County Circuit Court.

    Frederick C. Graeter, 18, is charged with first-degree murder for allegedly stabbing Robert Snider, 20, to death. First-degree murder is a Class A felony punishable by 20 years to life in prison. Graeter is also charged with tampering with evidence.

    According to court testimony, Graeter allegedly attempted to purchase marijuana from Snider.

  • Not happy? Here's how to request a different school

    Parents who are not satisfied with the elementary school to which their child has been assigned for the 2008-09 school year can submit a request for transfer.

    "They are requests," said Director of Student Services Margo Whisman, who facilitated the committee that created new attendance areas for the elementary schools. But all requests might not be granted, she said.

  • Judge, insurance agent trade barbs over county's dental policy

    Accusations have surfaced between the agent who provides health insurance for county employees and Judge-Executive Steve Cornish over the fiscal court's recent decision not to award the agent a dental coverage policy.

    Rodney Goodlett, who earlier this year successfully bid to receive the county's health insurance business, said Cornish's vote several weeks ago against him being named the agent of record on the dental policy was improper.

    Cornish flatly rejected the notion and accused Goodlett of trying to deceive him last year to secure the dental policy.

  • Board OKs elementary districts

    About 21 percent of Anderson County's elementary school students will change schools next year under new attendance areas approved Monday night by the Board of Education.

    Based on the county's enrollment numbers as of Monday, 291 of the 1,377 elementary students will move to a different school because of geographical districts being established, said Margo Whisman, director of student services and facilitator of the committee that developed the attendance area plan.

    The students will move from Saffell Street and Emma B. Ward elementary schools.

  • Like crime, this party didn't pay

    A man who left a party at Eagle Lake Convention Center without paying for more than $4,200 in services is now in custody at the Franklin County Regional Jail, according to Anderson County Sheriff's Department Det. Bryan Taylor.

    Charles Martin Scruggs, 25, owner of C. Hustle Entertainment, of Tennessee, rented the convention center Oct. 27-28 and obtained limousine, security, crowd control and entertainment services, which were to be paid that evening.