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  • School board OKs $23M building plan

    The Anderson County Board of Education unanimously approved a draft facilities plan that includes $23 million in proposed spending during its meeting Monday night.
    A mixture of priorities and wish list, the meat of the plan focuses on the next four years and includes spending $700,000 for six additional classrooms at the yet-to-be-opened new Early Childhood Center; a $5 million renovation to the high school and a $2.5 million renovation to the middle school.
    Those projects are slated to be done between now and 2014.

  • Obama loses here to ‘uncommitted’

    Anderson County Republicans did as expected in Tuesday’s primary and overwhelmingly carried incumbent state Rep. Kim King (R-Harrodsburg) and congressional hopeful Andy Barr (R-Lexington) into their fall races.
    Democrats, however, appeared to send a strong message of disapproval to President Obama, who lost badly — 55 to 45 percent — to the word “uncommitted” on the local ballot.
    “Uncommitted” received 854 votes, easily outpolling Obama, who received 703.

  • This week’s newspaper delayed

    This week’s edition of The Anderson News will be delivered to mail subscribers Thursday instead of Wednesday, due to a malfunction at the paper’s printing plant in Shelbyville.

    Single copies are also delayed, but will be in their normal rack locations by around noon Wednesday.

    We apologize for any inconvenience.

  • News briefs: 5-16-12

    Box seats available for
    Fair and Horse show
    Box seats for the 140th annual Lawrenceburg Fair and Horse Show are now available.  
    The fair is scheduled for June 23-30 at the American Legion fairgrounds on Broadway in Lawrenceburg.
    Box seat tickets are $75 and include six passes and reserved parking for one car for the horse show nights, which are Tuesday, June 26 through Friday, June 30.
    Box seats do not include carnival rides, which are available for $8 per person per night.

  • Former board of education president Young steps down

    Benita Young, former board president, recently resigned from her position at the Anderson County Board of Education.
    Young, who is currently employed with the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority in Frankfort, said she had taken on more duties and responsibilities with her job and more responsibility at home with the birth of her first granddaughter.
    “The school board itself was becoming more time intensive,” she said. “I just felt like I couldn’t devote the time needed to do the job properly.”

  • Ward principal selected for leadership training

    Amanda Ellis, principal at Emma B. Ward Elementary School, is among 56 Kentucky school leaders who will receive executive-level leadership training at an institute funded by the state’s business community through the Kentucky Chamber Foundation.
     “I feel honored to have been chosen for the Kentucky Chamber Foundation’s Leadership Institute for School Principals. I look forward to working with other administrators throughout the state to improve as an educational leader and best serve the students in Anderson County,” Ellis said.

  • Planting day

    Christopher Conway still had a ways to go.
    The Anderson County native, his wife, dad, mom and a pair of helpers were just beginning their annual ritual of planting tobacco plants on the Lee Steelman Farm in Fox Creek, but had only scratched the surface as of Saturday afternoon.
    Conway, his wife Terriana, Dudley Gash and Brennan Stevens had about 20 rows of plants in the ground, but still had the better part of 30 acres left to go.

  • Mayor increases city workers’ salaries by 3 percent

    By Meaghan Downs
    News staff
    The city council unanimously approved the first reading of its $3.516 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year at its May 14 meeting, as well as a 3 percent salary increase for city employees.
    Mayor Edwinna Baker said she included a 3 percent salary increase for city employees in the 2012-13 budget, and based that pay raise off of the current 2.96 percent consumer price index rate.
    “That [salary increases] was in the budget that was presented to the finance committee,” Baker said.

  • Markwell farm goes Hollywood

    The Markwell property is overrun.   
    Soldiers mill about the barn, some catching a quick afternoon nap on the floor.   
    An exhausted priest cuddles with half a bottle of whiskey on the Markwell’s living room couch.
    Crew members, dressed in black, tote cameras and audio equipment to the lake to film the next scene.
    Meanwhile Denny Markwell, the Lawrenceburg host for this small army of actors, cameramen and film producers, lights a large charcoal pit for a barbecue dinner.  

  • Angry Beasmores demand answers

    Lawrenceburg residents Lea and Kevin Beasmore want answers from the city on the state of a dilapidated Marrs Avenue property, one that the couple says is a public nuisance, a health hazard and should be demolished.   
    Lea Beasmore spoke before the council, stating she was there representing her parents, who own a home adjoining the Marrs Avenue property.
    “I’ve stood on my mom and dad’s property, and I kind of want to make my dad proud of me for standing here tonight,” Lea Beasmore, who said her father recently passed away, said.