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  • Suicide book booted from classrooms

    Anderson County Middle School has banned a controversial book on teenage suicide from being used for classroom instruction after it was developed into an even more controversial Netflix series.

    The book, “13 Reasons Why,” was used during the 2016 spring semester at the school, after it was approved by principal Jenna Rose for use in an enrichment class, according to information provided in an email by Superintendent Sheila Mitchell.

  • Tipton named to committee

    State Rep. James Tipton (R-Taylorsville) was appointed June 6 to the Education Committee of the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC), according to a news release from his office.

    “I’m honored to have been appointed to this committee by Speaker Hoover, and look forward to getting to work,” said Tipton, who represents Anderson County in the House and serves as chairman of the House Budget Review Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education and House Education Committee.

  • County tops Ky. in USDA loans

    USDA officials and Anderson County relators gathered at the Christian Academy of Lawrenceburg last Thursday to celebrate Anderson County coming in first place throughout the state for USDA loans for single-family housing. This program assists low and moderate income homebuyers in being able to purchase their own home.

  • Evil coming to Main Street

    Main Street in Lawrenceburg is developing a reputation of having vibrant stores and terrific restaurants filled with friendly faces.

    Come this fall, it will also have a reputation as place to go to be scared out of your mind.

    The creepy collection of scary clowns and horror-movie characters who formerly haunted Eagle Lake are taking up residence later this year on Main Street, and will convert the four aparentments above The Mix and the gunsmith store into a virtual nightmare.

  • Ghost walk tours to return June 10

    Locals and travelers alike don’t have to wait for Halloween to experience some thrills and chills on the Lawrenceburg Ghost Walk.

    Jeff Waldridge is about to start his fourth season of conducting the Ghost Walk, which kicks off on June 10 at 8 p.m., and will continue to run every Saturday until Halloween. Those who participate will have the opportunity to get several chances at experiencing the supernatural.

  • Tipton says tax reform ‘critical’ to solving state pension woes

    On the heels of news that another $700 million is needed annually to help solve the state’s pension crisis, Rep. James Tipton (R-Taylorsville) said last week that he remains committed to honoring promises to retirees but knows doing so will be painful.

    State budget director John Chilton made the announcement last week, saying $700 million is needed each year on top of the $1.5 billion Gov. Bevin asked for and received in the 2016 state budget to tackle the state’s $40 billion retirement deficit.

  • ‘I Never Really Knew Him’

    There can be little doubt that Mikaya Taylor, 12, has changed since releasing her first CD a year ago.

    She’s noticeably taller. The Anderson County Middle School student gives the appearance of a young lady about to embark on her teenage years. That’s normal, since she’s just heading to the seventh grade.

  • ‘Spice’ bust lands Alton man in jail

    Police found a man allegedly high on synthetic marijuana “dancing around” his vehicle while saying he was being electrocuted and that his foot was in water, according to a citation on file in Anderson District Court.

    Deputy Brian Boggs of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office said in his report that Mark Wagner, 39, of 1402 Alton Road was holding onto the door of his vehicle parked in the Green Meadows area when he arrived, holding onto the open driver side door and vomiting in the vehicle and on himself, according to an arrest report.

  • Volunteers sought to make dog treats

    The Anderson County Humane Society started making dog treats about four years ago in hopes to increase profits toward spaying and neutering pets.

    In 2016, the Humane Society was able to raise $1,082, and has already raised nearly $500 this year with treats towards its program.

    Now, the Humane Society needs volunteers to help reach a new goal, as it expands the product and hopes to become Kentucky Proud certified.

  • Teens busted for ‘huffing’ in county park

     

    Two teenagers were charged Sunday afternoon after police found them in the county park, allegedly huffing Air Duster, according to citations on file in Anderson District Court.

    Freeman Verda Denny, 18, of 148 Bell St., Lawrenceburg, and Austin Ross Abshire, 19 (no address listed) were each charged with second-degree disorderly conduct and public intoxication by deputy Tony Likins of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.