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  • Spray park, utility costs and tourism top City budget discussion

    Increased utility costs, a potential spray park project and the need for tourism promotion gave an otherwise perfunctory budget discussion a shot in the arm during the Lawrenceburg City Council Finance Committee meeting Monday of last week.

  • Budget amendments adds $70,000 to road fund for this fiscal year

    Lawrenceburg City Council held a public hearing for community input regarding a Land & Water Conservation Grant the City is submitting for $75,000 to help construct a spray park at Legion Park.

    Mayor Edwinna Baker kept the hearing open for nearly an hour, including throughout a special-called City Council meeting, but there were no public comments by the time it was adjourned.

  • School board wants more than a Band-Aide for nurse shortage

    The need for an additional school nurse was discussed at the Anderson County Board of Education meeting Monday of last week.

    Anderson County Schools had five school nurses, supplied by the Anderson County Health Department, but a nurse resigned late last year and the position was never filled.

    The school board weighed its options to hire a fifth nurse, hire a part-time nurse or maximize efficiency with the current four nurses.

  • Wooldridge is new Saffell Street principal

    Saffell Street Elementary Site-Based Decision Making Council unanimously named Todd Wooldridge new principal Wednesday of last week.

    According to Sheila Mitchell, Anderson County Schools superintendent, 13 of 31 applicants for the position were interviewed.

    Wooldridge comes from Franklin County where he currently serves as interim principal at Elkhorn Elementary School. Prior to that, he worked at Hearn Elementary as an intermediate classroom teacher.

  • Kentucky’s overall jobless rate has risen slightly

    Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate has risen slightly to 7.9 percent from 7.8 percent, according to the Office of Employment and Training.

    The preliminary jobless rate was 0.4 percentage points below the 8.3 percent rate recorded for the state this time last year.

    The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate remained unchanged at 6.7 percent compared to a month ago, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

  • Corrections and clarifications

    In last week’s issue, a Wild Turkey product – American Honey – was incorrectly called Golden Honey in a story about Wild Turkey Master Distiller Jimmy Russell’s 60th Anniversary at the local distillery.

    American Honey was actually called Wild Turkey Honey Liqueur when it was introduced in 1978. It was re-packaged and re-named American Honey in 2006.

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    A student’s name was inadvertently left off the high honor list. Lauren Emmons, a fourth grader, received all A’s Honor Roll.
     

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  • Lewis awarded KDLA grant to code county ordinances

    The Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives recently announced that Bobbi Lewis, Anderson County Attorney, received a $9,100 grant to preserve and manage local government records.

    Anderson County is one of 51 KDLA grant recipients for the 2014 fiscal year, totaling to the amount of $1,067,144, according to a Kentucky and Workforce Development Cabinet press release.

  • Gratitude for growers

    Jimmy Disponett, 77, has lived his entire life farming in Anderson County, and there is no place he’d rather call home.

    He attempted to move to Florida and enjoy retirement, but Disponett wasn’t all that comfortable with retiring. He loved the satisfaction he got from working his farmland and putting in an honest day’s work. After three years in Florida, he moved back to Kentucky.

    “I love the country,” said Disponett with a smile. “I can still outwork any 20-year-old.”

  • Anderson native living a life dream singing gospel music

    Jeremy Dickerson is simply living a dream.

    The Anderson County native always knew he wanted to sing Southern Gospel music. Now, he's making his living doing what he loves.

    “When I was growing up, that is all we listened to at home,” Dickerson says. “My dad (Denny Dickerson) was well established singing gospel music in the area. My mom (Kathy Wade) has been singing in the area a long time.

    “I knew I would like to try it.”