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  • Mayor talks downsizing, privatization following fire

    By Ben Carlson

    The City of Lawrenceburg is considering ways to downsize and perhaps privatize some of its public services following a fire that destroyed its maintenance garage and heavy equipment late last month.

    “We’re having a lot of conversations about what’s best for us,” Mayor Sandy Goodlett said during a special called meeting of the city council last Wednesday afternoon.

  • Birdwhistell named state’s top auctioneer

    By Ben Carlson

    Lawrenceburg is home to the best auctioneer in Kentucky and Glenn Birdwhistell has the hardware to prove it.

    Birdwhistell, owner of Birdwhistell Realty & Auction Co., was named Auctioneer of the Year during the Kentucky Auctioneers Association’s annual convention last month in Bowling Green.

    “I was totally surprised but appreciated it very much,” said Birdwhistell. “It was the highlight of my long career in the auction business.

  • Father, son charged after argument turns physical

    A Lawrenceburg father and son face fourth-degree assault charges after they got into a fight on Hamlin Way, according to court records.

    Mark Teegarden, 49, of 1117 Lewis St., and Marcus Teegarden, 19, of 1526 Fieldstone Way, Apt. 20 were charged after a verbal argument turned physical, according to a police report.

    Officers with the Lawrenceburg Police Department were dispatched after a report of a fight in progress. Officers reported that each man agreed that they grabbed each other at the same time and started “wrestling around.”

  • Pre-game meals a piece of cake

    School lunches might not give student-athletes enough to eat to get through practices, but games are a different story.

    “Games are a lot easier than getting something to eat before practice,” Anderson County High School athletic director Rick Sallee said. “The school does not provide the meals. It’s usually some parents that do that.”

    Sometimes, the pre-game meal is the responsibility of the player’s family. For others, the teams have organized meals. It depends on the sport and the locale of the competition.

  • Statewide teacher survey kicked off at Saffell Street Elementary

    By Ben Carlson

    The eyes of Kentucky’s public school teachers were on Saffell Street Elementary School on Monday as a veritable who’s who among the state’s top educators paid a visit to kick of a statewide teacher survey.

    Called the TELL (Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning) Kentucky Survey, it’s designed to gather information from counselors, principals and other administrators who deal with teaching and learning conditions every day.

  • Saffell Elementary second in Governor’s Cup

    From staff reports

    Saffell Street Elementary School placed second overall during the Governor’s Cup District competition held last weekend at Robert B. Turner Elementary School, the school announced in a news release.

    The school’s Quick Recall team placed first.

  • ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers’ coming to high school

    The Drama Club at Anderson County High School will present the musical, “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” this month.

    Performances are scheduled for March 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 7 p.m., and March 15 and 22 at the high school.

    Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for students. Children 5 and under will be admitted for free.

    The play is described as a classic musical set during the frontier days in Oregon.

    It tells the story of seven lumberjack brothers as they search for wives.

  • County making plans to borrow money to solve deficit

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    After two months of crunching numbers and looking for ways to cut into the county’s deficit, Orbrey Gritton confirmed late last week that the fiscal court will indeed have to borrow money this year to balance its budget.

    “We are going to have a borrowing need,” Gritton said. “The basis of the need is off the deficit recycling has created and we need to shore up our general fund.”

  • Beekeeper school scheduled for March 7

    The annual Bluegrass Beekeepers School will be held at Kentucky State University in Frankfort on March 7, according to a news release.

    The school normally attracts more than 350 beekeepers from across the state. Registration for the day-long event begins at 8 a.m. with the first session at 9. The school concludes at 3:30 p.m.

    The keynote for the school will be delivered by Dr. Subba Reddy Palli, a professor at the University of Kentucky, addressing “Development of RNA Interference as a Bee-safe Pest Control Method.”

  • Animals safe after fire at shelter

    A fire earlier this morning at the Anderson County animal shelter damaged the building's electrical system but did not harm any animals housed there, according to Anderson County Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton.

    Gritton said four cats were moved to the Humane Society's facility next door, and that a dozen dogs were outside but in good condition.

    "The cats are at the adoption center and the dogs are outside playing," Gritton said. "They have plenty of food, water and everything they need."