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  • Now grown up, Lady Bearcats going for state championship

    They've grown up right before my eyes, and the eyes of those who quickly realized they were witnessing something special.

    I can't really tell you the first time I ever saw this group of Anderson County girls' basketball players. But I can tell you my first thought was, “They've got a chance to win the whole shebang before they are done.”

    And, I didn't just mean winning the Eighth Region.

  • Living with Alzheimer's: From home care to nursing home, a new normal for Mom

    Doris Halwes settles into an armchair to eat dinner.
    The armchair faces away from the large window behind her because the lights and traffic peeking out of the darkness agitates Doris.
    Nighttime often increases the symptoms of her Alzheimer’s, her daughter and Anderson County Senior Center Director Debbie Lottes said.
    On that Wednesday night in January, the 85-year-old Doris pushed around a plate of chicken, corn, potatoes and cottage in her lap.
    For one reason or another, Doris didn’t want to eat off that plate.

  • Dispatchers honored for rescuing woman stranded in snowstorm

    Lawrenceburg 911 coordinator Todd Sparrow and telecommunicator Courtney Fyffe were recognized Saturday with a SmartSave Award for helping to rescue a motorist stranded during the March 3 snowstorm by using Smart911.
    According to a release from Smart911, Teresa Cooper of Lawrenceburg was driving down the Bluegrass Parkway last Monday when her windshield wipers stopped working during the heavy snowstorm.

  • News briefs: 3-12-14

    Young Women to host organizational meeting
    The Distinguished Young Women of Anderson County organization will be hosting an orientation and information meeting March 17 at 6 p.m. in the community park building for young women interested in participating.
    Distinguished Young Women, formerly known as Junior Miss, is open to students currently in their junior year of high school, according to a news release.
    All interested girls and their parents are invited to attend.

  • Lexington officials continue seeing trends with heroin use

    By Justin Madden
    Lexington Herald-Leader
    Emergency crews from the Lexington Division of Fire responded to four calls last month about individuals who overdosed on heroin. Firefighters were able to save three of the four by giving them a shot of Naloxone, also known as Narcan, an antidote that can reverse the effects of opiate drug overdoses. The fourth person died, said Public Safety Commissioner Clay Mason.
    More often firefighters are responding to calls about overdoses, and Narcan shots are being administered — and saving lives.

  • Stinnett selected to serve as interim Saffell Street principal

    Gary Stinnett, current district Energy Manager, has been selected to serve as Saffell Street Elementary school’s interim principal for the remainder of the school year, according to a news release.
    Stinnett will take on the role of interim principal March 31 as current principal Robin Arnzen transitions into retirement in April.
    Stinnett has more than 40 of experience in education and currently serves as the district’s energy manager, according to Superintendent Sheila Mitchell.

  • Search under way for new high school principal

    The district has begun its search for a permanent principal at the high school and has tentatively set a start date for the new principal for July 1, according to Superintendent Sheila Mitchell.
    The Anderson County High School’s site-based decision making council met last Thursday afternoon during a special-called meeting to discuss the principal selection process, and decided to move forward to find someone to fill a permanent principal position.

  • Pills taking back seat to heroin as drug of choice

    Last Tuesday’s heroin bust is a start, Det. Jeremy Cornish of the Lawrenceburg police department said, but one arrest can only do so much toward ending heroin trafficking and abuse in Anderson County.
    Demand in the U.S. is high and the drug is cheap, and the use of the opiate is definitely on the rise in Anderson County and across the state, according to Cornish and Det. Bryan Taylor of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Ford program partners with public schools to develop students’ job skills

    By Chris Kenning
    The Courier-Journal
    At Southern High School, students in a machine-tool career program are fabricating model rockets while using chemistry to learn about fuel, and algebra to calculate flight paths.
    At Jeffersontown High, welding instructors do summer “externships” at local businesses to ensure they’re teaching students cutting-edge skills. Elsewhere, business leaders are helping shape what students learn, while teachers help map their students’ educational course.

  • Briarwood Drive garage goes up in flames Monday

    Firefighters were able to stop a fire from spreading to the rest of a Briarwood Drive residence Monday afternoon, County Fire Chief Mike Barnes said, but the two-story home’s garage and sunroom were completely destroyed by flames and smoke.
    Before firefighters arrived at about 3:15 p.m. Monday, the fire had already engulfed a garage and an attached sunroom that 1090 Briarwood Drive homeowners appeared to use as a dining room, Barnes said.