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Today's News

  • News staffers win Society of Professional Journalism awards

    From staff reports
    Anderson News staff members were recognized at the Louisville Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists awards banquet Thursday night.
    News editor Meaghan Downs took first place in Feature Writing with her story, “A Promise to God.”
    Sports editor John Herndon took first place in Sports Writing, Non-Metro and Community papers, with his entry that included several articles and columns. It is the sixth consecutive year Herndon has been recognized for his sports writing by the Society.

  • Yard sale items needed to help man injured in wreck

    The family of a Beaver Lake Road resident injured June 19 when his van smashed into some trees near his home is asking for items to be donated for a yard sale to help raise funds for him and his pregnant wife.
    Shannon Hall, 44, sustained serious injuries in the wreck and had to be airlifted to University of Kentucky Medical Center, according to his sister, Tonia Chilton.
    Both of Hall’s lungs were punctured in the wreck. He also sustained a broken arm, 11 broken ribs, a fractured spine and lacerations to his face, his sister said.

  • Organic isn’t always certified organic

    I love a good rainstorm, especially at night.
    We sure got some rain last week. The night of the big blow I ended up with over 2 1/2 inches. It thundered and rumbled and lit up the sky and I slept like a baby. In Arizona, I sometimes used a CD of rainstorms to help me fall asleep. Arizona rarely has what we call thunderstorms. It is a desert.

  • Support, understand teenagers in distress

    Teens in distress need support and understanding from family members and other trusted adults.
    Whether you are a parent, grandparent or other trusted adult, you may be someone who cares about a teen who harms himself/herself.
    This behavior is very distressing for the adult who cares for the teen. The purpose of this column is to help the trusted adult know how to best help the teen who self-harms.
    This is also the topic of the Family Caregiver Health Bulletin for July 2013. I encourage you to read it on the Anderson County Extension Office website.

  • Taxpayers deserve squeaky clean audit

    Last Tuesday’s fiscal court meeting served as the perfect example of why Anderson County continues to receive remarkably poor state audits (see A1).
    During a routine vote to approve budget transfers, Magistrate David Ruggles questioned why some figures being proposed by Treasurer Dudley Shryock didn’t appear to add up.
    Shryock tried several times to explain what was being proposed, but Ruggles simply didn’t understand what he was talking about.

  • Mitchell names Glass interim high school principal

    Chris Glass was named interim principal of Anderson County High School by Superintendent Sheila Mitchell after the school’s site-based decision making council decided to use an interim principal for the coming school year, the district announced.
    Glass, a 1993 graduate of the school, served three years as an associate principal and just completed his 12th year as a teacher and administrator, according to the news release.
    Glass replaces outgoing principal Ronnie Fields, who earlier this year accepted a position with the district’s central office.

  • Painting with pollen

    The semi-trailer stuffed with flowers would never be able to climb the hill.   
    David Kirchhoff and Mort Morss had hired five tractor-trailers — stacked five levels high with thousands of their prize-winning daylily hybrids — to follow them one by one, week by week from Florida to their new business location in Lawrenceburg.  
    The steep gravel drive off Gilberts Creek Road proved to be as insurmountable an ascent as climbing a mountain.  

  • Audits show taxpayers purchased Creatine for inmates

    A pair of state audits released last week show that Anderson County taxpayers purchased muscle building powder, urinary pain relief tablets, unnecessarily paid sales tax on numerous occasions and revealed a rash of other problems.
    Despite being classified by state Auditor Adam Edelen as “clean,” the 2011 and 2012 audits of the Anderson County Fiscal Court reveal issues ranging from how county employees handle cash to credit card purchases that were “unreasonable and/or unnecessary to the purpose of any county business,” according to the report.

  • Pool party on hold as fiscal court seeks bids

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court voted Tuesday  morning to advertise for bids for a swimming facility, but not actually build it.
    By a 4-1 vote, magistrates approved soliciting bids for a proposed $2.8 million facility that will include a water slide, diving boards, splash park area and other features.
    That vote means only that the fiscal court will receive bids, and a separate vote is still required to actually approve building the facility.

  • Scalded inmate files federal suit against county

    A former Lawrenceburg resident has filed a federal lawsuit against Anderson County, its judge-executive, jailer and others claiming that he was burned by another inmate while incarcerated at the Shelby County Detention Center.