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Not accepting pipeline officials’ request for Q&A a mistake

Paid labor trumps free labor any day

By Ben Carlson

Column as I see ’em …
Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway made a good decision and a questionable one during last Tuesday night’s meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court.
Lest I be perceived as always focusing on the bad, let’s start with the good.
Conway informed magistrates that he had recently rejected the Shelby County Detention Center’s offer of work release inmates, a wise choice once you think it all the way through.


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Pluck, pluck, plucking on heaven’s door

With three fingers clenched into a curved claw, I tried to pluck heaven out of Jane Bennett’s harp.
No rich, strong and angelic voices sang from the chord’s strings as I had imagined. Moments earlier, I had glided my pointer finger up the strings in a glissando like a child clumsily drags a stick across the bars of a fence.
My first harp lesson had lasted a total of five minutes, and I was already frustrated.
And strangely, kind of relaxed at the same time.


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Billboards new weapons of choice in holy war

By Ben Carlson

Column as I see ’em …
The holy war that has been waged first on the sidelines of local football games and subsequently in the editorial section of this newspaper apparently has plenty of company.
Just in the past month, high school football players were told their coach couldn’t lead them in prayer (although in actuality he really wasn’t), followed by the school board’s decision to pray, but only before it actually opens its meetings.


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Pipeline: Pipeline developers respectful guests, good stewards of land

By Rob Hawksworth
The Bluegrass Pipeline team has begun negotiating easements with landowners. This is a critical step in finalizing the route for this important piece of American energy infrastructure. Prior to commencing these negotiations, Bluegrass Pipeline sent a letter to the affected landowners that addressed a number of issues including the important landowner question “how does this benefit me?”


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Pipeline: Landowners should think, consult lawyer before granting easement

By Terry Geoghegan
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Landowners contacted by the Bluegrass Pipeline Partners LLC, the Williams Company or one of their representatives about selling an easement for the construction of a 24-inch pressurized natural gas liquids pipeline across their property rightfully have questions about whether granting such an easement is in their interest.


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How does school district monitor Internet use of students, teachers?

By Meaghan Downs

You sign your name in blood on the Internet.
Not literally, because that’d be gross and virtually impossible.
But no other metaphor, in my opinion, gives the right weight of gravitas when it comes to discussing the permanent nature of representing yourself on the Internet.
It’s an unconscious blood oath that you sign with the entire online world, that everyone you write and post will exist for infinity.


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If Bigfoot is real, where are the dead bodies?

Repo’d property shouldn’t be among top taxpayers

By Ben Carlson

Column as I see ’em …
The chart attached to this column is both interesting and sad.
Interesting in that it shows just how much Wild Turkey currently pays in property taxes after investing over $100 million in our fair county during the past four years.
What’s sad is the bottom half of the list because it points out just how poorly Anderson County has done in attracting more taxpaying behemoths like Wild Turkey.


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Romance blooms during Civil War skirmish

By Meaghan Downs

The metal crane, with one video camera attached to its arm, slowly panned over the field to capture the sound of cannons, the snicker-snack of cavalry sword against sword and yells from Confederate soldiers as they died.
The battles of Dogwalk and Lawrenceburg caught on film to be used as the backdrop of a larger love story.
I’ve attended the Civil War re-enactment in Lawrenceburg for the last three years, listened to Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis trade speeches and steeled myself not to jump when cannons bellowed their first boom.


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My turn is next, queen of pranks

By Ben Carlson

There’s an old adage that says it’s a bad idea to argue with someone who buys ink by the gallon (that would be me).
It’s also a bad idea to get into a prank war with someone like me, particularly when the prank involves purchasing an ad in The Anderson News Extra that pokes fun at me for turning 50 this week.
Cheri Johnson, a health department nurse who fancies herself Lawrenceburg’s Queen of Pranks, did just that, placing an ad in Monday’s Extra in a somewhat lame attempt to exact a measure of revenge for a crime I did not commit.


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Five things your children may not recognize from 1973

By Meaghan Downs

Because I work for an Anderson County institution that has been in operation since the late 1800s, I feel it’s my duty to appreciate the reporters, designers and proofreaders who came before me by taking a trip into The Anderson News archives.  
I recently got my hands on a bound archive of the paper from 1973, and I realized something.
Well, two things.


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