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Missed opportunities revealed while discussing Alton

A very depressing telephone call

By Ben Carlson, Publisher

Column as I see ’em …

He went on and on last Friday, telling me one sad story after the next about Anderson County’s shortcomings, near misses and inability to secure that which seemingly comes easy to other communities.

It’s a conversation I’ve had before, but never with someone who knew so much about the machinations that have left our area wanting while other areas flourished.


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Welcome, folks, to the Teaparty Times

A loss that lessens Anderson County

By Ben Carlson

Column as I see’em …

I’ve been rationing the homemade pickled beets she gave me several months ago in an effort to make them last.

Not that getting a treat from Janette was uncommon. Without warning, the woman I came to consider the queen of western Anderson County would sometimes drop in unannounced and lay some of her fabulous kitchen creations on my desk.


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SMH over dump truck at compactor

Heroin bust a reason to cheer

By Ben Carlson

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It was with great pleasure that I photographed the scene of a heroin bust conducted early Monday evening by the Lawrenceburg Police Department.

When it comes to police getting that garbage off the streets, the dispassionate journalist in me takes a vacation and I actually feel like cheering while taking photos.

Lawrenceburg, like so many other communities in Kentucky and across the country, is lousy with heroin and the problem continues to get worse.


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Tax charts interesting, sad look at Anderson County

Column as I see ’em …

The old adage that figures lie and liars figure is usually true, but the two lists I’ve included here certainly don’t.

They do, however, require a bit of explanation for those just joining us in following who is taxing us locally and who is paying the most.

The Top 10 list is equal parts intriguing and sad, frankly, and hasn’t changed in any measurable way since the last time I printed it a couple of years ago.


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You bet there was

Bias in this paper?

By Ben Carlson

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If the article I wrote on the front page about school lunches made you grit your teeth, get a load of what I didn’t include in that piece.

While interviewing Superintendent Sheila Mitchell and Ronnie Fields, who doubles as the district’s food service director, we discussed the school lunch prices and what they said is a telling example of a federal government that is out of its ever-loving mind.


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Will election results bring spanking for Anderson County?

Brough a good hire for tourism, but …

By Ben Carlson

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It’s encouraging to see the tourism commission actually making some headway by hiring a paid executive director who will, ostensibly, make sure tourism is paid something aside from lip service.

Pam Brough was hired for that job, which is similar to the one she already has as president of the chamber of commerce. She is obviously a solid choice for the position, but her selection does give one reason to pause.


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Cartoon: Michelle for Senate


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Election night shatters pomposity, Democrats

Column as I see ’em …

By Ben Carlson

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It’s fairly rare that I’m at a loss for words.

Driving home Tuesday night after watching the local Democrat party suffer what has to be the worst defeat in its history (I’d soon learn that the rest of America’s Democrats did roughly the same), I can’t say I was shocked over who won here, but the margins were stunning.


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The Lawrenceburg man who nearly became president

James Beauchamp “Champ” Clark was born near Lawrenceburg on March 7, 1850. As a boy he worked on farms in Anderson County. By the time he was 62 years old he had become the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, was the ranking Democrat official in the nation, and the leading Democratic candidate for president going into the 1912 Democrat nominating convention.


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Judge, board member poised to prosper after selling land they just bought to EDA

A deal almost too good to be true

By Ben Carlson

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I can’t help but marvel at the unbelievably good deal the group that sold the industrial park property to the EDA received — a deal that is certain to get even sweeter over time.

I have all the documents on how the deal went down and even I can barely believe it!


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