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Today's Opinions

  • Pre-integration memories linger for black Anderson County student

    My story is about where I went to high school. To visit this, we have to go back to 1951, my first year in high school.
    It was September 1951 when the black high school students who lived in the city limits of Lawrenceburg were put on a school bus and transported to Lincoln Institute High School, located in Lincoln Ridge, about two miles from Simpsonville.
    Lincoln opened its doors in 1912; we have just finished 100 years. All black people who got out of high school before 1962 finished at Lincoln Institute, and the Lock Road kids went to Simmons in Versailles.

  • No more ‘yes’ men, woman for library

    To the editor:
    I read your column in last week’s paper about the way our property taxes are divided and think most of us can agree that while the library is very useful and we all love it, the expense is outrageous.
    This is a classic case of abuse of our tax money. I recently went to a library board meeting and it took me about five minutes to identify the problem. It’s the board.
    These folks are doing the best they can, but there are no accountants, bankers business owners, etc., on it.
    The library tells them what she wants and gets it.

  • Where sidewalk ends, city’s responsibility begins

    Look closely at where the sidewalk ends.
    If you’re like me, you usually don’t think about the short drop where the concrete curb’s lip meets the street.
    For Anderson County residents like Lovada Melser, sometimes you’re forced to think of nothing else.
    Melser, who lives in one of the Breckenridge Estates apartments off of US 62, describes herself as an independent woman.
    It bothers her to have to ask people for help, she said.

  • Meet Lawrenceburg’s Hatfields and McCoys

    Have you seen latest television series about the Hatfields and McCoys?
    If not, don’t bother searching it out in reruns because a battle here between city and county government is remarkably entertaining — even without all the bloodshed.
    For our purposes, we’ll make the fiscal court the County Hatfields and the city council the City McCoys. (You’ll find out why shortly.)
    Like the famous families, the County Hatfields and City McCoys have been locked in battle for years, and no one is absolutely certain exactly what caused the ruckus.

  • Military kids and pizza ingredients a good mix

    Last weekend I volunteered at the Operation Military Kids Family Camp.
    All of the families had the common bond of recent deployment.
    The families were able to relax and enjoy being a family. Lodging and meals were provided and fun activities were planned to help families celebrate togetherness.
    There were a lot of young children and about 10 teens along with the parents.
    The Department of Defense sponsors grants for these camps because evidence shows that strong families support service personnel.

  • Keep tomatoes off ground for bigger harvest

    I love this time of year. Though the mornings have been a little chilly, the days and nights have been super.
    At the end of the day, I love to watch the sun go down. It’s my “ah” moment of the day. The combination of the beautiful sky colors and the comfortable lawn chair just makes me sigh out loud, happy that the day has come to an end and sleep is not far behind.

  • Know signs of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

    Editor’s note: The following was provided by the Anderson County Health Department following the newspaper being told that two people in Anderson County have contracted Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever this spring. State officials said they have no reports of anyone contracting the disease so far this year.

    Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF) is a tickborne disease caused by the bacterium Rickettsia rickettsii.
    RMSF is a potentially fatal human illness that by the bite of infected tick species.

  • Team encourages others to make difference

    To the editor:
    The Anderson County High School Volleyball Team participated in 2012 Relay For Life event held on Friday, June 8 at the American Legion Park.
    Coach Bobby Hardin and Coach Courtney Delong encouraged the teammates to embrace team bonding by actively participating in this community outreach event for a worthy cause. Together the team helped raise $360 and increase awareness to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against this disease.