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  • Craftsman creates brooms with recycled tobacco sticks

    Richard Day holds his tongue pressed to the outside of his mouth in that particular way that can only mean an artist is concentrating hard on his work.

    Day is crafting a brightly colored broom at the Old Depot Farmer’s Market, cranking away on an antique broom-making machine from the 1800s that he purchased almost 16 years ago.

    “It’s just a hobby,” he smiles.

  • Man jailed for driving on suspended license for fourth time

    A Lawrenceburg man was jailed Monday after being ticketed for driving on a suspended DUI license for the fourth time this summer.

    Brent Wayne Campbell, 41, of 1131 Salt River Road was stopped Monday afternoon by Anderson County Sheriff’s deputy Chad Cox driving his motorcycle at a “very high rate of speed” on Harrodsburg Road, according to police reports.

  • Fiscal Court Notebook

    Third time’s not a charm for coroner

    Anderson County Coroner Dr. Mark Tussey and his deputies walked away from yet another fiscal court meeting empty handed last Tuesday evening in their quest to secure some additional help.

    The meeting marked the third time Tussey has lobbied the fiscal court for a third deputy, each time laying out why providing an additional $5,000 to his office’s budget would benefit families of the deceased and make the office more efficient.

  • Volunteer trainer given the boot

    A longtime volunteer trainer with the Anderson County High School varsity football team was told to leave the sidelines at halftime of last Friday’s home opener and it isn’t clear yet if he will be allowed back for future games.

    Brad Briscoe, a physical therapy assistant with Lawrenceburg Physical Therapy who has provided trainer services for a variety of school athletic teams at no cost for the past 17 years, was told to leave the sidelines as he and the team were making their way into the locker at halftime.

  • $100K a year for tourism?

    Details are emerging on a plan that would merge city and county tourism efforts, including how much money the fiscal court might be willing to spend to fund it.

    Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton said last Friday that his goal is to fund the new tourism commission with up to $100,000 from the county’s general fund, more than three times the level of tourism funding in the current county budget.

  • Living with Danger

    Brian Flood sighs briefly then responds when asked what is going to happen if something isn’t done to fix the road in front of his house.

    “Someone is going to get killed, and chances are it’s going to be me or someone in my house,” Flood said while seated with friends who had gathered Monday evening on the front porch of neighbors Jerry and Lisa Hughes.

  • Cleanup complete after tanker ruptures on Graefenburg Road

    A spill that dumped estimated 1,000 gallons of gasoline into Jerry and Lisa Hughes’ front yard when a tanker truck left the road and smashed into a tree last Tuesday on Graefenburg Road was largely cleaned up by Thursday.

    A team from Southern Environmental Services out of Bowling Green was at the wreck site Wednesday and had already dug up an estimated 600 tons of dirt that was saturated with gasoline.

  • Tipton favors relief for clerks on same-sex marriage

    State Rep. James Tipton said last week that he is in favor of legislation sure to surface in the coming session that will give relief to county clerks uncomfortable with issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

    Tipton (R-Taylorsville), who represents Anderson County as part of the 53rd Legislative District, was reacting to news last week that a U.S. District judge ordered Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who stopped issuing marriage licenses following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriages early this year, to begin issuing them immediately.

  • County fire department reignites cadet program

    After a long hiatus, the Anderson County Fire Department has reinstated a Cadet Firefighter Program and is accepting applications from boys and girls ages 14 to 18.

    The program, which is designed to offer high school students the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience in the firefighting profession, is a partnership with the fire department, Boy Scouts of America and the Kentucky State Fire Commission.

  • Warrant leads to man’s arrest on meth charges

    A man pulling into Florida Tile last Wednesday night was charged with possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, according to a report filed by the Lawrenceburg Police Department.

    Benjamin Wilson, 50, of 12701 Bethlehem Road, Bethlehem was stopped by Lawrenceburg police officer Clay Crouch on Florida Tile Drive in Alton.

    According to his report, Crouch found .4 grams of meth along with a meth smoking device, a snort straw and Suboxone strips while searching Wilson’s vehicle.