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Today's News

  • Forced labor affects millions worldwide

    Although many people believe slavery is an event of the past, it still exists in many places, including the United States. There are two types of modern day slavery, debt bondage and forced labor. Though it is illegal it still goes on! Twenty-seven million people are enslaved, that is more than ever in recorded history, even more than when it was legal in some states.

  • Fourth graders discuss modern slavery in essays

    Students in Mrs. Heil’s fourth grade reading class at Emma B. Ward Elementary showed an interest in learning about modern-slavery during a class discussion in which they learned that 27 million people in the world today are enslaved, according to a news release from Mrs. Heil. The decision to study the topic was student-initiated.

  • Anderson County high school hosts foreign language invitational

    About 100 Spanish and French students from Anderson County High School, Madison Central, and Jessamine, Estill, and Lincoln Counties competed March 23 for medals in the First Annual ACHS Foreign Language Invitational.
    According to a press release, students showed their skills in regional cooking and dance, recitation of poetry, extemporaneous prose reading, art, realia, construction models, Spanish and French solos and choruses, and original skits.
    Medal winners from Anderson County were:

    First Place
    Mary Osborne: Spanish Realia

  • DARE ‘role models’ visit elementary students

    The Anderson County High School DARE Role Models spoke with fifth graders at Emma B. Ward and Saffell Street Elementary schools on April 18 about a variety of topics, according to a news release.
    Fifth grade DARE students had the opportunity to ask the students questions about the transition from elementary school to middle school and high school.

  • Anderson Public Library to host Civil War ‘Living History’

    “Living History at Anderson Public Library,” a Civil War re-enactment and encampment event, will be held at the Anderson Public Library on Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Upriver Music will perform at the library at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., and will give a little background and history of the music from that era before each performance, according to a news release.  

  • Magistrates hand business license job to sheriff

    Without a hint of conversation or controversy, the Anderson County Fiscal Court handed over business license collection and enforcement to the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office during its meeting last Tuesday night.
    The licenses have been a sore spot for magistrates for years, particularly on how to fairly enforce the requirement that businesses pay an annual fee.
    They were formerly collected by the county clerk’s office, which had no enforcement powers. That power was assigned to the county’s code enforcement office.

  • 4-H reports: 4-24-13

    Stars and Stripes
    On April 18 Mrs. Blackburn’s Stars and Stripes of 4-H used Snap Circuits. Alex Davis led the pledge of allegiance and Toby Wells lead the 4-H pledge. We got in pairs to make the circuits. Snap circuits are batteries that connect to pieces to a light bulb to a switch.
    — written by Maddie Luttrell

    Stars at Work
    Today is the third meeting. It is April 18. The pledge of allegiance was led by Zac Case. The 4-H club pledge was led by Gracie Dedman. We learned about electricity.
    – written by Taylor Dudley

  • Fiscal court approves paving projects

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court approved nearly $700,000 in paving projects during its meeting last Tuesday night.
    Nearly $600,000 of that amount is being provided by the state’s Rural Secondary Road program and will be used on a 5.3-mile stretch of Kays and Fairview roads between Highway 52 and US 62, which was last resurfaced in 2000.
    Another $100,000 will be used on a 1.3-mile stretch of Bonds Mill Road, which was also resurfaced in 2000 and leads to the distillery at Four Roses.

  • The 2 million card man

    When the Commons 4 Kids charity delivers its second million baseball cards this year, Jerry Milburn knows exactly which baseball card he’ll choose to mark the occasion.
    A 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey, Jr., rookie card.
    The baseball card that sparked decades of collecting.
    The good-luck charm Milburn’s mother brought to Bingo nights.
    The card that inspired the beginnings of Milburn’s trading card charity, Commons 4 Kids.

  • Anderson County owes Todd big debt of gratitude

    Very quietly and without a hint of self-aggrandizement, Harold Todd has become one of the best taxpayer advocates Anderson County has ever seen.
    If that name sounds familiar, it should. A reserved, fairly quiet man who has spent his life crunching numbers as a CPA for the state and establishing a network of rental homes, Todd rose to prominence a couple of years ago when he was tapped by former Judge-Executive Steve Conway to serve on the local board of health in what appeared to be a last-ditch effort to keep it solvent.