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  • School board cancels spring break, Memorial Day

    A slew of snow days means no spring break or Memorial Day holiday for Anderson County students and staff this year.
    For those who’ve planned vacations, don’t despair: the district plans to offer an opportunity to excuse absences for those families with trips scheduled for spring break and the Memorial Day three-day weekend.

  • Run, Saffell, run

    Landen Lovitt isn’t sure how far he’s run.
    He runs because running is fun.
    The fourth grader doesn’t run because he wants to be pulled out into the hallway to talk to a reporter, to be taken away for a moment from the gym where all his friends are playing.
    He definitely doesn’t run to count how many permanent marker bubbles he’s filled on his laminated cards or how many of those circles have been punched out with a hole puncher.
    Landen ran 67 miles this school year as of last Thursday afternoon.

  • Yearly jobless rates released for Anderson County

    Anderson County’s unemployment rate decreased slightly between December 2012 and December 2013, while 14 county rates increased and eight stayed the same, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.
    Anderson County recorded a jobless rate of 6.7 percent in December 2012 and a 6.4 percent jobless rate in December 2013.

  • Screener shows half of kindergarteners ready for school

    A little more than half of Anderson County kindergarteners are prepared for kindergarten, according to a statewide test administered to students for the first time this school year.
    The BRIGANCE kindergarten screener tested kindergarteners at the beginning of the year on visual, cognitive and motor skills with tasks like copying basic shapes such as squares or rectangles, standing on one foot for 10 seconds and with their eyes closed, and identifying colors and letters.

  • Slick roads heat up school closings debate

    This winter isn’t the worst one Anderson County’s ever seen, according to meteorological records, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been difficult to clear the roads of ice and snow to get residents to work and school.  
    Billy Powell Catlett, who’s been the road department supervisor in Anderson County for the past three years, said he’s keeping his fingers crossed that the extra 200 tons of salt that arrived last Friday will be enough to see the county through the rest of the season.

  • Lawrenceburg fire and rescue announce 2013 awards

    The Lawrenceburg fire and rescue recently held an awards banquet to honor firefighters and other first responders over the last year.
    The city of Lawrenceburg fire and rescue responded to 101 runs in 2013, according to a release from City Fire Chief Bobby Hume. Out of the 101 runs, 25 of those were fire runs.
    Awards given out during the banquet included:
    Most fire runs attended: Rex Riley
    Most fire training hours attended: Allen Davenport
    Firefighter of the year: Robbie Hume
    Junior firefighter of the year: Dalton Hawkins

  • Kentuckians overwhelmingly back minimum wage increase

    By Tom Loftus and Jere Downs
    The Courier-Journal
    Preparing for her 4 p.m.-to-midnight shift at a Louisville convenience store on Friday, 33-year-old Lyn Riley said a hike in minimum wage would have a significant impact on her life — lifting her from welfare.
    The $7.25 hourly wage she earns now is just not enough to cover rent and utilities for her one-room basement apartment in Smoketown, and food and diapers for her 18-month-old daughter, Riley said.

  • 78-year-old sentenced to prison on sexual abuse charge

    Donald S. Geach Sr., 78, was sentenced to eight years in prison at the Department of Corrections for two counts of first-degree sexual abuse during a sentencing appearance last Tuesday in Anderson County Circuit Court.
    Prior to the sentencing handed down by Circuit Judge Charles Hickman, Geach’s attorney asked for probation, citing the “undue burden on the prison system” that his client, a veteran, would have if sentenced without probation.

  • Rotary to host pancake breakfast

    The Lawrenceburg Rotary Club will host its 57th annual pancake breakfast March 1 at the Emma B. Ward Elementary cafeteria from 7 a.m. to noon.  
    The cost of the breakfast is $7.  The menu includes pancakes, sausage, sausage biscuits, biscuits and gravy, coffee, milk and juice. Children under the age of 5 eat free with a paying adult.
    There will also be a silent auction which includes two tickets to opening day with the Lexington Legends.  All proceeds go to fund the Rotary’s annual scholarship fund for Anderson County High School students.

  • Boone County schools snow day message rocks

    By Melissa Stewart
    The Kentucky Enquirer
    BURLINGTON — It’s cold again and there’s snow. James Detwiler dreaded spreading the same old message of a school closing.
    So, the Stephens Elementary principal partnered with drama teacher Chad Caddell to rock it up.
    On Feb. 3 when school was canceled, they published a video on YouTube of the duo recording the school closing message to the tune of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The video can be found here: http://bit.ly/1dYiHYa.