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Today's News

  • Anderson County students, staff raise $1,900 for custodian

    Anderson County High School Principal Chris Glass called Custodian Ricky Spaulding in the gym to help clean up a “mess” Wednesday of last week.

    The gym, filled with students and staff for a pep rally, exploded in cheers and applause when Spalding entered, armed with a mop bucket and wet floor sign to tackle the mess.

    The “mess” was a trash can filled with $1,900 the students and staff raised for Spaulding to visit his son, Jacob, who is stationed with the U.S. Navy in Italy, and meet his 2-month-old granddaughter, Harper.

  • Marquee events launch this week in Lawrenceburg

    The Farmers Bank & Capital Trust Company Summer Concert Series kicks off Friday on the “Lawrenceburg Green.”

    Opening night features Sunset Blond, a rock band, from 6-10 p.m.

    Edwardo’s Pizza will be available along with inflatables for children.

    Food and activities begin at 6 p.m. and the band will perform starting at 7 p.m.

    The City of Lawrenceburg and The Anderson News are also major supporters of the Series.

    Relay for Life events

  • Woman shares why she donated husband’s body to university

    When Joan Roddy met her future husband, Phillip Roddy, in 1953 while performing in the Georgetown College’s production of “Carmen,” she said it was love at first sight.

    The two were smitten with each other and married around four months later.

    Roddy said they had a full life together with two children, three grandchildren and 60 years of wedded bliss.

    After many years of issues with his heart, Phillip Roddy died May 1.

  • Timothy Branson pleads guilty to murdering his wife in 2012

    In an eleventh hour decision, Timothy Branson, 51, who was accused of murdering his wife, withdrew a plea of not guilty and entered a plea of guilty Monday.

    A jury trial was scheduled for 9 a.m. but, at around 7:30 a.m., jurors were notified that they were not needed because Branson changed his plea to guilty.

    According to court documents, Branson accepted the Commonwealth of Kentucky Court of Justice deal to enter a plea of guilty, which amended the charge of murder to first-degree manslaughter.

  • SafeWise: Lawrenceburg is Top 10 in safety in Kentucky

    Kentucky is one of the best state’s to visit and Lawrenceburg is one of the safest cities in which to live, according to a study by SafeWise, an online resource for home security and security news.

    Lawrenceburg Police Chief Chris Atkins told Lawrenceburg City Council during its regular monthly meeting Monday night that SafeWise rated Lawrenceburg 9th in the state in its report.

    “We were the largest population in the Top 10,” he said.

  • Bungee jumping group plans to do more in 2014

    A sight that might have been unusual in 2013 could become much more common this year. In May, Vertigo Bungee conducted another round of jumps from the Young’s High Bridge, a train trestle that runs parallel to the Tyrone bridge.

    Vertigo Bungee bought the trestle in 2012 to use it for a club-based operation. VIP members were allowed to try it out in May and it could be open for new members later this year.

  • Daddy knew heaven is for real

    By Janie Bowen

    I’ve not seen the movie “Heaven Is For Real” but I have read the book.

    It’s probably been a year or more since I read it but with Father’s Day coming up, I’ve had it on my mind, probably because of my reaction to the book as I read it.

    My hair stood up on the back of my neck as I read certain passages, not because it was scary but because it was oh soooooo awesome.

  • Ballooning income gap demands increase in minimum wage

    If you have done any length of research on raising the minimum wage, you know there are two sides to the argument.

    You could argue either way, but there is, in my opinion, compelling data for the need for wage reform.

    First of all, the last time there was a minimum wage increase was nearly three years ago to the current $7.25 or around $15,000 annually.

    Who do you know that can make it on $15,000 a year? Consider a Gallup poll that noted in 2012 Americans spend around $151 a week on food alone.

  • The long, cold winter affects trees and shrubs

    The welcomed warming temperatures of spring and early summer are a relief from the cold winter temperatures of 2013-14.

    The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map for Kentucky places most of the state in Zone 6 (–10 degrees to 0 degrees).

    The far western counties are in Zone 7a (0 degrees to 5 degrees).

    By this data, Kentucky was on average no colder than we have historically experienced. The visible indication of dead plants and utility bills indicated that something was different.

  • High school also fielded first girls’ lacrosse team

    I would like to add one more to your list of achievements for Anderson County High School girls’ sports teams.

    This spring, we fielded our first girls’ lacrosse team. 

    In their inaugural season, they went 5-6, with many of their games, and some of their wins, against schools with established lacrosse programs.

    Anderson County Coach Chris Harrod and his staff recruited freshmen to seniors and put together a group that I was proud for my daughter to be a part of.