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  • The gift that just keeps on giving

    When seventh-grader Jude Thompson donated his birthday money to buy books for his former second-grade teacher Heather Chilton’s classroom library, the gesture earned him a hero’s welcome at Emma B. Ward Elementary and praise from his teachers, parents and peers.

    Little did he or anyone else know, but his book donation was about to get a whole lot bigger.

    When Jude’s story hit ‘The Anderson News’ Facebook page April 6, it was read by more than 7,500 people. One of those people was Diana Ahlers of Marietta, Georgia.

  • Man sustains 'significant' injuries when motorcycle collides with tree

    A Lawrenceburg man suffered what first responders described as “significant head and chest injuries” when the motorcycle he was riding earlier this evening smacked into a tree on Ninevah Road.

    People at the scene identified the victim as Dwayne Hawkins, 50, who lives nearby and had to be airlifted to an area hospital. They said that Hawkins’ family had been notified and left the scene shortly after the helicopter transporting him took off.

  • Veterans, fallen honored at Memorial Day service

    Guest speaker Col. Brian Wertzler gave a speech about the history and importance of Memorial Day at the Memorial Day Service at American Legion Fairgrounds Sunday. Veterans and those who gave their lives for our country were honored.

  • Firefighter rescues kitten from house fire

    Firefighter Chelsea Norris rescued a small kitten from the structure fire at 1014 Cedarbrook Road Thursday evening. The kitten was in distress and EMS assisted in giving the kitten oxygen.

  • Family escapes blaze on Cedarbrook

    Ruby Hardin of 1014 Cedarbrook Road, Lawrenceburg escaped a fire that, according to witnesses, started in the den where candles were lit.

    Hardin and others were "sitting outside when the den caught on fire," Glen Barker, Hardin's son-in-law stated.

  • Annual DARE Fishing Derby scheduled for June 4

    It’s time to change the line on your fishing reel and break out the stink bait because the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office’s annual DARE Fishing Derby is scheduled for Saturday, June 4.

    The derby is scheduled from 8 to 11 a.m. at Hope Community Church, located on U.S. 127 just north of the Anderson County line.

    The derby is open to children 15 and under. Registration is free and lunch will be provided.

    Parents are welcome to fish with their children immediately following the derby from 11 a.m. to noon.

  • Coroner delivers DEATH BLOW!

    The feud between the county’s coroner and two members of the Anderson County Fiscal Court boiled over Thursday night when the coroner delivered a blistering public rebuke of magistrates Meredith Lewis and Kenny Barnett.

    Coroner Dr. Mark Tussey ripped into Lewis for calling him “irresponsible” in March for money he spent on uniforms and safety parkas.

    On Thursday, Lewis spent several minutes explaining why she made the remark and at one point during the 15-minute exchange apologized for making it.

  • Walking ‘The Walk’

    In its first year, ‘Senior Walk’ brings the soon-to-be high school graduates, in their caps and gowns, back to their home elementary school to celebrate their graduation with the youngsters. The former Saffell students danced in the halls and slapped high fives with the current Saffell students. Elementary students held signs and cards, and waved pom-poms for the class of 2016. For more on this year’s senior class, see our annual graduation section inside.

  • Naked woman in vehicle leads to drug bust

    Having a naked woman in your car while it’s parked on Ballard Street will draw the attention of the police.

    Having suspected drugs in your car at the same time will land you behind bars.

    That was the case Monday for a Lawrenceburg man who was charged with trafficking heroin and other related drug charges.

  • Audit: Fiscal court paid to train non-county employee

    A state audit of the Anderson County Fiscal Court shows numerous problems, including how the county controls its credit cards and its purchases.

    Released last week by state Auditor Mike Harmon, the audit focuses on the county’s finances during the 2013-2014 fiscal year and includes a litany of issues related to segregation of duties.