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ANDERSON COUNTY WRESTLERS BOUND FOR STATE, B1 Carlson: Five people are to blame for health department cuts, A4 The Anderson News rson Setting standards of excellence since 1877 Lawrenceburg, Kentucky Wednesday, February 15, 2012 Health director quits Conway says Hurley’s resignation ‘good for Anderson County’ By Ben Carlson General Manager Embattled health director Brandon Hurley has quit, health board Chairman Harold Todd confirmed Monday morning. Hurley’s last day is today (Wednesday), and the Anderson County Board of Health is expected to name an interim replacement when it meets tonight at 6 p.m. at the health department. The health board is also expected finalize a stateapproved plan to terminate at least one employee, move other employees from full- to parttime, and announce a series of furlough days. Those cuts are designed to eliminate an estimated $187,000 annual operating School nurse cuts considered Hurley deficit. Hurley resigned his position last Tuesday afternoon, Todd said. Hurley has accepted a job within the state’s cabinet for Health and Family Services, sources within the health department said. Hurley’s resignation comes on the heels of him being placed on See HURLEY, Page A2 HONORING THOSE WHO SERVED Health chair wants district to pony up more for service By Meaghan Downs Staff writer Harold Todd, health board chairman, requested $9,360 from the board of education at its special-called meeting Feb. 9 to allow school nurses to retain their full-time status and benefits. Todd cited the current financial woes of the health board, and its attempt to “right the ship” in combating the department’s $187,000 deficit. “As most of you know, especially from reading the paper, we’ve had extreme financial difficulties,” Todd said, addressing the board members. According to reports from The Anderson News, the health board recently approved about $190,000 in services and payroll cuts for its staff, with a final decision on cuts to be made tonight (Wednesday). “It’s not just the new building,” Todd said. “That’s about half the problem.” The health department employees the five full-time nurses who work in the schools, with one nurse sharing part-time services at the Early Childhood Center. Todd said it costs the health department about $79,000 to keep the school nurses employed at 35-hour working weeks with full benefits. The school board reimbursed the health board $112,000 through its annual contract with the health department. Superintendent Sheila Mitchell said the funds used to pay for the contract with the school nurses comes from the board’s general fund. The health department also receives about a 30 percent match in revenue, Todd said, when it bills those students covered by Medicaid See NURSES, Page A12 75 cents Former cop may still be charged Attorney says investigation open By Ben Carlson General Manager The off duty Lawrenceburg police officer who reportedly was intoxicated and mislead police following an accident earlier this month in Franklin County might be charged after all. Franklin County Attorney Rick Sparks issued a statement Friday, saying that the investigation into the accident remains open. “The Franklin County Attorney’s office is continuing to review the case to determine what, if any, charges should be filed,” Sparks said in a statement to The Anderson News. Kyle Lucas resigned as a police officer last Tuesday, four days after being involved in an accident in the early morning hours of Feb. 10. As of last Tuesday, it didn’t appear that Lucas would face any criminal charges, despite failing a sobriety test administered by a fellow Lawrenceburg officer at the scene, and comments from another Lawrenceburg officer that Lucas gave File photo Former city police officer Kyle Lucas poses for a photo last year after receiving the governor’s award for impaired driving enforcement. He resigned from the police department last week after being involved in a traffic accident. misleading statements to Franklin County sheriff’s deputies at the scene of the accident. On that day, Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton told The Anderson News that his office had met with Sparks’ office and that Lucas wouldn’t be charged because “there isn’t enough to prosecute him on,” Melton said. Sparks called that “an See CHARGED, Page A2 Playground ‘required’ at new ECC building Photo by Meaghan Downs The headstone of Civil War veteran Peter W. Waldridge Jr. in Fairview Christian Cemetery is just one of many missing a foot marker designating his years of service. Wayne Darnell, a Vietnam veteran, and others are working to locate the graves of soldiers and ensure they are appropriately marked. Man’s mission is to find Anderson County’s Unknown soldiers By Meaghan Downs | Staff writer W ayne Darnell, a Vietnam veteran, places American flags on every grave in Fairview cemetery. He’s done so for about 20 years. It’s important to him to remember those who have served their country, like his father did in World War II, and as his great great-grandfather did before him in the Civil War. “I’ve been interested since I’ve been this tall,” Darnell, holding his hand at knee-length, said. Darnell eventually found where his great great-grandfather was buried, in an unmarked grave in Richmond National cemetery in Virginia. He knew he had another ancestor, Civil War veteran Peter Waldridge Jr., buried at his home church’s cemetery, Fairview Christian. He stumbled upon his headstone, but there was no foot See SOLDIERS, Page A12 PTO working to raise $60,000 for equipment, tens of thousands more for crumb rubber By Meaghan Downs Staff writer The Parent Teacher Organization of the Early Childhood Center isn’t playing around when it comes to raising more than $60,000 by next school year for required playground equipment at the new childhood center. “It’s at least been on our radar screen; we knew even then that it would be unlikely that the money was going to be appropriated for the playground,” Belinda Hardin, PTO president, said of the needed funding for the ECC playgrounds. “Even before they were breaking ground on building the new building, we were fundraising.” Before opening its doors this fall, the Ezra B. Sparrow early childhood center will be required, by the Kentucky Department of Education under 702 KAR 4:170, to offer two separate playgrounds, one for preschool and another for kindergarten students. About 75 percent of the existing preschool playground meets state requirements and can be relocated to the new center location, Early Childhood Center principal Melissa Lentz said, but the current kindergarten playground does not meet guidelines set by the state for new school construction. “Kindergarten is different. They are in need of some updated equipment that meets certifications and guidelines,” Lentz Index Weekend Forecast Vol. 135 No. 46 • Two sections Calendar........................ A10 Opinion ........................A4-5 Church........................... A11 Real Estate ...................... B8 Classifieds ....................B6-7 Society .......................... 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