Today's News

  • Murder suspect pleads not guilty

    The Lawrenceburg man charged with fatally stabbing a Franklin County man outside the Lawrenceburg Food Court on Jan. 16 waived formal arraignment and pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning in Anderson County Circuit Court.

    Frederick C. Graeter, 18, is charged with first-degree murder for allegedly stabbing Robert Snider, 20, to death. First-degree murder is a Class A felony punishable by 20 years to life in prison. Graeter is also charged with tampering with evidence.

    According to court testimony, Graeter allegedly attempted to purchase marijuana from Snider.

  • Mostly thumbs up to school changes

    We're sticking with our original opinion that the best move the Anderson County Board of Education could have made to balance population at the elementary schools would have been to turn Saffell into a fifth and sixth grade campus.

    Instead, the board opted to expand the middle school and appeared to knuckle under to pressure from Saffell parents and teachers who screamed bloody murder.

    Rather than spend millions, the board could have used its existing facilities to teach children and saved the spending for when it's really needed.

  • Not happy? Here's how to request a different school

    Parents who are not satisfied with the elementary school to which their child has been assigned for the 2008-09 school year can submit a request for transfer.

    "They are requests," said Director of Student Services Margo Whisman, who facilitated the committee that created new attendance areas for the elementary schools. But all requests might not be granted, she said.

  • Judge, insurance agent trade barbs over county's dental policy

    Accusations have surfaced between the agent who provides health insurance for county employees and Judge-Executive Steve Cornish over the fiscal court's recent decision not to award the agent a dental coverage policy.

    Rodney Goodlett, who earlier this year successfully bid to receive the county's health insurance business, said Cornish's vote several weeks ago against him being named the agent of record on the dental policy was improper.

    Cornish flatly rejected the notion and accused Goodlett of trying to deceive him last year to secure the dental policy.

  • Rec softball, baseball signups extended

    Registrations for Anderson County Parks and Recreation baseball and softball leagues will be held Saturday, March 22, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Anthony Stratton Community Building at 1026 County Park Road.

    The registration period was extended because of the snowstorm of March 7 and 8.

    Leagues will be formed for tee ball (ages 5-6), pee wee league (7-8) and machine pitch (9-10).

    The fee is $50 for the first child in a family, $40 for each additional family member.

    For more information, contact the parks and recreation department at 839-6498.

  • Spring sports begin Monday

    The Anderson County spring sports season is scheduled to get under way in a big way Monday, March 24, as three Bearcat teams have season-opening events that day.

    The Lady Bearcat softball team, ranked 15th in the state in the pre-season poll, will get tested early as the Lady Bearcats travel to Louisville Mercy Academy, the defending Region 7 champion. Tuesday, the Lady Bearcats return to Louisville to take on Butler, the defending Region 6 titlist. Both games begin at 6 p.m.

  • Board OKs elementary districts

    About 21 percent of Anderson County's elementary school students will change schools next year under new attendance areas approved Monday night by the Board of Education.

    Based on the county's enrollment numbers as of Monday, 291 of the 1,377 elementary students will move to a different school because of geographical districts being established, said Margo Whisman, director of student services and facilitator of the committee that developed the attendance area plan.

    The students will move from Saffell Street and Emma B. Ward elementary schools.

  • Rams truly Unforgettable

    The shirts printed for Christian Academy of Lawrenceburg's appearance at the NACA national tournament were actually quite simple.

    Each block letter of the words "We Believe" contained a Ram player's name.

    Under that, script lettering simply said, "The Unforgettable Rams."

  • Sorting through the wedding stresses

    Some days I just want to scream, and it's my best possible guess that every day until July 12 will be one of those days.

    For those of you who didn't tune in last week, I'm getting married this summer (!), and July 12 is my wedding date. This weekend it kind of hit me that I will be busy every day until that very day is over.

    Friday was fine. I only had to work half a day, and my cousin, who will be my maid of honor, came into town. She and I went to dinner with my fianc, then the world turned upside down. OK, so not really, but I got pretty stressed.

  • New York's governor: What was he thinking?

    Did Eliot Spitzer, the democratic governor of New York who resigned last week, really think he could continue to fool around with a high priced "escort" service forever and not eventually get caught? Given his penchant for going after both billionaire white collar criminals and mafia bosses like the Gambino crime family, there was no way he was going to continue getting away with spending thousands of dollars on call girls. His many enemies are just too powerful.