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    50 YEARS AGO

    Thursday, Oct. 8, 1964

    Sparks named to Georgetown staff

    Mike Sparks, 1964 graduate of Anderson High School was named to the editorial staff of The Georgetonian, student newspaper on the campus of Georgetown College.

    Mike was a columnist for the Anderson High School paper his senior year.

  • Tornado sirens now cover estimated 90 percent of city

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    Tornado sirens now cover 95 percent of the city, thanks to the newest one placed at Robert B. Turner Elementary School.

    The newest of five such sirens inside city limits was activated this week, giving about 90 percent of the city’s population base a chance to hear one blow during a tornado warning, according to Emergency Management Director Bart Powell, who announced the new siren Monday afternoon.

  • Firefighters plan Oct. 18 Cruise-in to benefit children with special needs

    By Shelley Spillman

    News staff

    It’s been a long-standing tradition for Anderson County firefighters to participate in an annual WHAS Crusade for Children fundraiser, but this year they decided to do something different with a cruise-in car show.

    Hosted by the Anderson County Fire District and American Legion Post 34, the event is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the American Legion Park on Broadway.

  • Group discusses substance abuse

    From staff reports

    Members of the Board of the Anderson County Agency for Substance Abuse Policy (ASAP) sponsored a program at the Anderson County Extension building titled “Community Chat: A Time to Act!” on Oct. 1.

    The program was a community forum that provided information and resources about what organizers said is the “epidemic drugs, alcohol and tobacco abuse sweeping our community.”

    The program began with a message called “Understanding Fetal Alcohol Syndrome” presented by prevention specialist Laura Nagle.

  • Water main break in city causes traffic issues, flooded garage

    By Shelley Spillman

    News staff

    Traffic was temporarily slowed Monday morning on South Main Street while city employees fixed a broken water main.

    Ed Ruggles, a homeowner on South Main, said he got a call from his wife Monday saying there was a water main break in front of their house.

    When Ruggles got home from a clothing bank in Versailles with his church he discovered a soupy lawn and muddy water running down his driveway and into his garage.

  • Get ‘blanking’ signs off intersections

    Column as I see ’em …

    I ranted a bit last week about the non-existent enforcement of the new city/county sign ordinance and should have mentioned the following: those campaign signs candidates and their supporters are putting up all over the county aren’t supposed to be traffic hazards, are they? Several in particular are getting way under my skin, not because of who they represent but because they block the view of an already sketchy intersection.

  • Football team’s hazing went entirely too far

    The details of the most bizarre high school hazing event I have ever heard of were recently reported at Sayreville War Memorial High School in New Jersey, where upperclassmen reportedly sexually assaulted freshman football players by lifting the victims by their feet “while a finger was force into his rectum,” according to NJ Advance Media.

    So far, six have been charged in connection to the locker room assault, according to NJ Advance Media. The remainder of the football season has been suspended.

  • Teen’s friends can have positive, negative impact

    The teenage years can be rough on teens and parents, as young people strive for independence and parents learn how and when to let go.

    One of the most common stresses teens feel is influence from their friends. While teens want to be independent, they also seek acceptance and advice from their friends.

    As children move from middle elementary into pre-teen years, they begin to devote more time to their friends than their family members.

  • A lesson learned in being prepared

    Tiller saved the farm. It started out as a typical evening. I came home, fed the dogs, loaded and started the dishwasher and then went out and dug sweet potatoes. I came in about dusk, changed into my lounge pajamas, loaded a DVD and ate a bowl of chili. That’s when Tiller started talking.

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