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  • Middle schooler donates birthday money to enhance former teacher’s library

    While most 12-year-olds can’t wait to get their hot little hands on their birthday money, Jude Thompson couldn’t wait to give his away.
    Jude, a sixth-grader, used his birthday money to buy new books for his former second grade teacher’s classroom library.
    “A few years ago, mom asked me what I wanted (for my birthday) and I couldn’t think of anything,” Jude said. “So I decided I wanted to give to kids that don’t have much.”

  • In Alton, patience runs out

    Alton Road residents decided Monday night to put their money where their mouths are.
    Saying they’ve run out of patience in getting their demands for safety testing and a temporary truck ban fulfilled by the state, at least two dozen residents of the wreck-riddled stretch of state Highway 151 signed up to help fund the hiring of an attorney to see if a judge will grant their wishes.

  • Woman busted for using fake Powerball tix

    A Lawrenceburg woman who allegedly used the winnings from photocopied lottery tickets to purchase scratch-off lottery tickets pleaded not guilty last week in Anderson District Court.
    Avagail R. Fajardo, 30, of 115 Gatewood Drive was caught on surveillance video scanning photocopies of Powerball tickets into an automated lottery machine at a location on West Broadway in Lawrenceburg, according to a criminal citation.

  • Mayor gets city’s OSHA fine reduced

    It remains an expensive lesson, but not nearly as expensive as it was.
    City officials have negotiated a deal with state labor officials to have a $4,500 OSHA fined leveled against them reduced to $2,250, according to Mayor Sandy Goodlett.
    “It’s final now, and it’s paid,” Goodlett said Monday morning.

  • Following in dad’s footsteps

    No one will ever again accuse Madison Cherry of being the silent type.
    A 15-year-old sophomore at Anderson County High School, Cherry is downright ebullient these days, thanks to her participation in FFA, (formerly known as Future Farmers of America).
    “Once I started going to events and competitions, I learned I had the skills for FFA,” said Madison, whose passion for the organization is matched only by her love of show jumping atop her horse, Wave.

  • Brown joins staff at The Anderson News

    Shannon Brown has joined The Anderson News staff as front office assistant.
    A Lawrenceburg native, Brown was a full-time stay-at-home mom prior to joining the newspaper.
    “The job was a perfect fit for my family. It’s just part-time so it allows me time with my kids,” she said.
    Brown is the mother of Cameron, 12; Brayden, 6; and Mallory, 11 months. She is married to Steven Brown.
    “I like the fact that my family lives here,” she said. “I’m really close to my family.”

  • House OKs $3.8M to widen US 62 from Turner to 127

    By Ben Carlson
    News staff
    The state’s biennial road plan, which includes $3.8 million to wide US 62 between Robert B. Turner Elementary School and US 127 Bypass cleared the House last week and now awaits approval in the state Senate.
    The measure, part of the state’s 4.58 billion biennial plan, passed the House by a 56-40 margin.
    If ultimately approved, it would spent $3.8 million in 2016 to widen the road, a measure Lawrenceburg Mayor Sandy Goodlett says is needed.


    Benson Isac Nichols was born Feb. 26, 2016.
    He weighed 7 pounds 13 ounces and was 20 inches long at birth.
    Benson is a son of Jeremiah Nichols of Henry County, and wife Alesia Nichols of Anderson County.
    He has an older sister, Kaleigh.

  • Pay raises planned as library board lauded for expanding

    From staff reports
    The Anderson Public Library Board of Trustees were lauded March 15 for its organization and budgeting regarding the library expansion by Chip Sutherland, the library’s financial advisor.
    “Just going back to 2009, your taxes have stayed steady, whereas most libraries have raised them,” he explained.

  • Five people charged as heroin, methamphetamine busts continue

    Five suspects face heroin and methamphetamine charges after being arrested last week by officers with the Lawrenceburg Police Department.
    Those charged include Beverly Cammack, 51, of 1019 Hoophole Road; Leticia M. Goodlett, 36, of 316 Highland Drive, apartment 3; Lee Sweet, 35, of 201 Djeddah Drive; Emily Flynn, 35, of 1141 Versailles Road; and Joshua N. Moore, 35, of 409 North Keeneland Drive.
    Sweet, Goodlett and Cammack were charged after police responded to Goodlett’s residence to perform a welfare check, according to police reports.