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  • Fire destroys woman’s home

    By Ben Carlson, News staff

    As her neighbors poured her coffee and tried to console her, all Sherry Perry could do last Thursday evening was stand in their front yard and watch her home on Alton Road go up in flames.

    “To be honest, I was just in shock,” Perry said the following day. “I’d only been gone about five minutes — I was with my ex-husband — when my neighbor called him and said my house was on fire. He thought I was in the house.”

  • Psych eval ordered for ex-bus monitor

    By Ben Carlson, News staff

    The former bus monitor charged with pushing a child’s face into a seat and tearing up another child’s homework entered Alford pleas on two misdemeanor charges last Thursday in Anderson District Court.

  • City council mulls new tax on liquor, wine

    By Ben Carlson, News staff

    Mayor Sandy Goodlett said last Thursday that Lawrenceburg police spend two thirds of their time dealing with alcohol-related issues, and that it’s time for those who sell and drink it to pay a greater share of the associated costs.

    During a special called city council meeting, Goodlett presented a pair of ordinances related to the sale of alcohol, both of which passed on first reading.

    A second reading and formal passage on both is required.

  • Director says no tax increase needed for health department

    By Ben Carlson, News staff

    Thanks in large measure to an expected surplus in his current budget, Tim Wright, the county’s director of public health, did not recommend a tax increase during last Thursday’s meeting of the Anderson County Board of Health.

    “When I was hired, I promised the board I’d do everything I could to keep from raising the health tax,” Wright said. “Going into my fourth year, it looks like I’m going to prevent it from happening again.”

  • Library lawsuit appears headed to Supreme Court

    By Ben Carlson, News staff

    The public library here and others across the state breathed a sigh of relief last Friday when the state’s Court of Appeals overturned a lower court’s ruling that would have forced them to return their tax rates to 1960s levels.

    The decision overturned rulings by two circuit court judges who found in favor of a taxpayer group in northern Kentucky that sued based on libraries not following state statutes when raising their taxes.

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  • Financial considerations key for new teenage drivers

    The portion of Americans aged 16 to 24 who have driver’s licenses fell to 67 percent in 2011, its lowest level in roughly a half-century, according to federal statistics cited in a report by the U.S. PIRG Educational Fund and the Frontier Group, two environmentally oriented organizations.

    Several ideas have been promoted as the reason teens and young 20s drive less.

    However it’s still the majority of teens who look forward to the freedom and excitement that come with earning a license.

  • Bearcat netters looking to be doubly good

    Anderson County boys’ tennis could be doubly good in 2015.

    Led by a strong tandem of seniors Hunter Wilson and Brandon Boggs in the No. 1 doubles team, the Bearcats are looking for some strong performances in Eighth Region play.

  • Fire destroys Alton Road residence

    A fire destroyed a woman’s home early Thursday night at 1636 Alton Road.

    The owner, Sherry Perry, could only stand and watch as firefighters battled the blaze that burned her home and almost all of her belongings.

    “I had only been gone about five minutes when it started,” Perry said as neighbors gave her comfort and hot coffee.

    Perry said she was preparing to move out of the home and had just recently rented it.

    “My furniture, clothes, TV and almost everything was still in there,” she said.

  • Tourney time teaches more than the game

    Before millions of people were filling out what are now busted brackets for the NCAA basketball tournament, seventh-graders at Anderson County Middle School were figuring out who those bracket-busters would be.

    It all came about as a class project sponsored by math teachers/basketball fans Leslie Edmondson and Michael Phillips to use March Madness as a way teach statistics, inferences from them and probability.