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  • Teen dies of gunshot wound

    An Anderson County High School student died yesterday from a gunshot wound.

    Dezarae Driskell, 16, reportedly was found dead at her home on Cheese Lick Road.

    The shot reportedly came from a rifle.

    A sibling, also a juvenile, was the only other person at the residence, police said.

    The Kentucky State Police are investigating.

    For a full report, see Wednesday's edition of The Anderson News.

  • Christmas parade organizers seek participants

    Those interested in participating in this year's Christmas parade in Lawrenceburg are asked to complete registration forms soon. The parade is scheduled for Dec. 1 at noon in Lawrenceburg.

    Participants must register and sign a liability waver, organizers said. Forms, available at city hall or online at www.lawrenceburgky.org, must be returned to city hall or mailed to 100 N. Main St., Lawrenceburg, KY 40342. Participants also may submit their forms during the parade line-up. Entry is free.

    The route will be down Broadway, left on Main Street to Mustang Drive.

  • City to collect leaves through Dec. 31

    Leaves that are bagged, securely tied and set by the curb will be collected by the city of Lawrenceburg through the end of December, cofficials announced.

    There is no charge for collection. Residents are asked to make sure bags are not placed on sidewalks or streets. Collection will be random, but all areas will be serviced, officials said.

    Call 839-5372 for more information.

  • Healing our hearts

    Saturday will mark the official dedication in Lawrenceburg of the state's only permanent Healing Field, designed to honor Kentucky service members who died while fighting America's war on terrorism.

    The event, scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. at American Legion Post 34 on Broadway, is free and open to the public.

    The guest speaker will be Maj. Gen. Donald Storm, adjutant general for Kentucky, and several families that have lost loved ones in the war on terrorism are scheduled to attend, organizers said.

  • Schools taking steps to prevent MRSA outbreak

    A letter sent to the homes of all Anderson County public school students last week warns parents about risks of methicillin-resistant Staphylociccys aureus, or MRSA, was intended as a precautionary measure, said school nurse Michelle Searcy.

    "We've been in daily contact with the county health department and physicians," she said Thursday. "There are no confirmed cases that we're aware of. If we do have one, we will treat it appropriately."

    Two days ago, Searcy said there were still no confirmed cases in Anderson County schools.

  • Stevens wins race for 2nd District magistrate

    Democrat Forrest Stevens defeated Republican Martin Harley on Tuesday in a runoff election to determine who would serve the remaining three years of a four-year magisterial term.

    Harley, the incumbent in the 2nd District, was appointed by Gov. Ernie Fletcher to replace Democrat Hubert Shields, who resigned last spring.

    Stevens, who was elected by about a 10-percent margin, credited his victory to a lot of hard work on the campaign trail.

  • Remembering the 'Forgotten War'

    Nov. 11, 1950, is indelibly etched in Bobby McCoun's memory. It's the day when he, a teenage Army infantryman from Anderson County, landed in war-torn North Korea.

    "We had been in Japan training ROK (Republic of Korea) soldiers," McCoun said in a recent interview. "We landed on Nov. 11 and went inland to relieve a Marine battalion."

    Once in country, McCoun was soon taking enemy fire.

  • Payroll tax appears dead

    At least four magistrates said Monday that they will not vote to enact a payroll tax on those who work in Anderson County, meaning the controversial issue is likely dead.

    Asked if he thinks the measure has a chance of receiving a majority vote among the seven members of the Anderson County Fiscal Court, Magistrate John Wayne Conway said no.

    No, it wont pass, and I know that for a fact, said Conway. I know where the votes are at.

    Magistrate Larry Smith said he wont vote for the measure because its unfair to the small number of people who would have to pay it.

  • Public Record

    Editors Note: The Anderson News reports all misdemeanors, felony, and small claims judgments in District court except for juvenile court proceedings which are confidential; however, traffic offenses by juveniles are reported because they are public record. All civil suits in Circuit Court are reported. Claims made in a lawsuit present only one side of a case,

    Police reports are taken from the information released from the local or state police departments and sheriffs office. Charges or citations reported to The Anderson News do not imply guilt. That is determined by the court.

  • Payroll tax on agenda for Oct. 8

    An occupational tax and other revenue-generating options are likely to be proposed during an Oct. 8 special-called meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court.

    Since taking office in January, Judge-Executive Steve Cornish has repeatedly said the county is nearing a fiscal crisis as it tries to keep pace with growing demands for services.

    The meeting, scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., will be an opportunity for Cornish and magistrates to suggest ideas for additional revenue to help offset those expenses.