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  • Poor children hardest hit by school lunch restrictions

    By Ben Carlson

    A federal school lunch program ostensibly designed to make sure children don’t go hungry is having the opposite effect here, particularly among Anderson County’s poorest children.

  • Girls leave satanic messages, racial slurs in park restroom

    By Ben Carlson

    Police are searching for the two girls responsible for writing racial slurs and satanic messages on the walls of a restroom in the Anderson Community Park.

    The girls, who were seen on surveillance video, could be seen using a black marker to leave messages including “I hate Jesus” and “Satan Loves You” on the walls and the lid of one of the toilets.

  • Man busted for selling deer meat on Facebook

    From staff reports

    Trying to sell deer meat is a bad idea. Trying to sell it on Facebook is even worse.

    A Lawrenceburg man is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Thursday in Anderson District Court for allegedly doing just that, along with not reporting one of the deer he is accused of trying to sell.

    David J. Waters, 53, of 1046 Hoophole Road is charged with the attempted sale of protected wildlife and illegally taking a deer. Both are considered violations.

  • Plea expected from armed robbery suspect

    The Lawrenceburg man charged with holding two teenagers at gunpoint during an alleged armed robbery nearly two years ago was expected to enter a guilty plea Tuesday in Anderson Circuit Court.

    Kendall Cunningham, 18, of 545 Carlton Drive is charged with of two counts first-degree robbery, two counts of theft by unlawful taking of firearms and one count of tampering with physical evidence.

  • School band gets large donation, needs more

    The e-mail Patrick Brady sent was just a start. The Anderson County High School band director says there is still much more to overcome.

    With financial constraints forcing him to become creative in keeping the local music program one of Kentucky's best, Brady contacted Vic Firth, a Boston-headquartered company from which he has purchased drumsticks and other percussion accessories since taking over the Anderson band six years ago.

  • Hoping to just break even

    By Ben Carlson

    Money crunched beneath the field-worn soles of Brent Stevens’ work boots as he walked through his brother’s greenhouse last Wednesday on Glensboro Road.

    Outside, money is strewn all over the ground — cash Stevens and his family will never tuck into their wallets or deposit in a bank.

  • $400,000 fiscal court deficit not discussed

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court ignored the specter of its $400,000 budget deficit when it met last Tuesday afternoon, choosing to focus instead of other projects, most of which are not in its current operating budget.

    The fiscal court also received an update on negotiations with the Administrative Office of the Courts over vacant space in the courthouse. (See related story.)

  • 7,305 days and counting

    By Ben Carlson

    It wasn’t a fire or smoke alarm that startled Jack Grugin from his sleep one night about 10 years ago.

    A retired US Army lieutenant colonel who flew helicopters during the Vietnam War, Grugin awoke that morning to a severe thunderstorm, went to work, came home, had dinner, watched a little TV and hit the sack.

    “I woke up, rolled over and it was 10:30,” Grugin, 67, said. “I sat up and said, ‘Oh, my gosh, I haven’t run today!’ and got up and ran.

  • Like father, like son

    By Ben Carlson

    Lawrenceburg’s Eddie Russell is joining his dad, Jimmy, as master distiller at Wild Turkey, the company announced Monday.

    “It is with great pride that I announce today that Eddie Russell has been promoted to Wild Turkey Master Distiller,” Jimmy Russell wrote in a letter provided by the distillery.

    “After 34 years, I think he’s finally earned it, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to go any easier on him — or that I’m going anywhere anytime soon.

  • Wild Turkey visitor center wins award

    Wild Turkey may stick to time-honored traditions when making bourbon. However, when it came time to expand and modernize its visitor experience, the result was a “modern marvel” that caught the attention of the design and architecture world, according to a news release.