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Today's News

  • Caught between tax rate hike and future budget cuts

    The school board’s “back is against the wall,” board vice president Scott Brown said, as it deliberates between two unpopular and difficult choices to sustain district services: raise taxes or cut program spending.
     “You can’t make something out of nothing,” Brown said as the school board debated during a work session on tax rates held last Thursday night. “We’ve got to get money somewhere.”

  • Know the rules before purchasing a vehicle

    Planning to buying a vehicle soon? If so, please be careful. We have seen an increase in problems that buyers are experiencing.
    Here are a few things that you need to watch for when buying a vehicle.
    Buying from an individual
    Is the person selling the vehicle the same person listed as the owner on the title? Ask for ID. Is the title the current one? Our office can verify this. Don’t accept the vehicle if not.

  • Put kids on path to school success

    The road to school success starts early. Having good health, loving relationships, encouragement and guidance from parents, and opportunities to learn all set the stage for success in school. Even if last year wasn’t a great year, you can set the stage to make this year be the one that your child really moves ahead in school. So whether your child is 5 or 10 or older, you can still help them be a success this year.

  • A father’s conversation about race

    I recently had a very serious talk with my 12-year-old daughter.

    We were driving to Louisville on US 60, west of Simpsonville, when I pulled into what is now known as the Whitney Young Job Corps Center.

    Fifty years ago, however, it was simply known as Lincoln Institute.

    We didn’t get out of the car, just drove around the campus while I told her how Lincoln Institute existed as a school for African-American children because most communities would not allow them to attend the local schools.

  • Lawrenceburg mom’s going back to school, too

    I can tell you exactly what high school senior Emily Gritton will be eating tonight: a steak dinner with potatoes and a “Malone’s restaurant style” salad.
    Emily’s mother, Crystal Gritton, said Monday that she makes her two daughters, Emily and Whitney, their favorite foods for dinner to celebrate the first day of school.
    Emily will be in the kitchen do the same for her mom on Aug. 29, the first day of classes for Crystal at the University of Kentucky.

  • Facts hard to find on pipeline issue

    Column as I see ’em …
    In retrospect, it’s not at all difficult to see why a representative of the company proposing the Bluegrass Pipeline opted out of attending last Tuesday’s special called meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court.
    One person at that meeting, for one brief moment, spoke out of lockstep with the crowd and was immediately and thoroughly drowned out in opposition — even after he said he isn’t in favor of the pipeline.

  • ‘The devil works hard to destroy the church, but he’s not going to do it here’

    Abigail Wilson, 12, burst into tears when she arrived at the only church she’s ever known last Thursday morning.
    “I’ve been coming here since I was 6 months old,” the Anderson County Middle School student said while joining other members of Mt. Pleasant Baptist in the church’s parking lot. “I had never seen anything like that. It just made me cry.”

  • The Anderson News shines in sunny Florida
  • Puncheon Creek couple ‘holding onto each other’

    The message carved into a sign on Rick and Lorraine Coffman’s front porch reads: “The best thing to hold on to in life is each other.”
    That’s about all the couple has left after a devastating flash flood late last Wednesday night left their home at the corner of Puncheon Creek Road and Highway 53 in ruins.
    “The inspector said the best bet is to take a bulldozer to it,” said Lorraine, who battled back tears Saturday morning from her front porch as she looked across her front yard at the creek that destroyed her home.

  • First day of school marks 50th anniversary of school integration in Anderson County

    Geneva Washington, now Geneva Howard, made history 50 years ago when she walked through the doors of Anderson High on the first day of school.
    “At the time, I didn’t think about it,” Howard, one of the first black students to attend Anderson High School. “At the time, I knew it was something we had to do.”
    Howard was one of about 16 African-American students from Lawrenceburg who attended the high school in the fall of 1963, the first year the school was integrated.