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  • Dozen file for city council, four for school board

    Twelve candidates filed by Tuesday’s deadline for six seats on the Lawrenceburg City Council, including each of the six incumbents, according to information provided by Anderson County Clerk Jason Denny.
    They will face off in the Tuesday, Nov. 6 general election, with the highest six vote getters earning  council seats.
    The six challengers include Dustin Burley, George Geohegan III, David Allen Kays, Troy Settles, Dan Stumph and David Watts.
    The incumbents are Bobby Durr, Ken Evans, Larry Giles, Steven Rucker and Paul Thomas Vaughn.

  • City OKs paving projects, new equipment for water plant

    The city council unanimously approved more than $318,000 in paving projects and a replacement chlorinator for the city’s water plant at its monthly meeting on Aug. 13.
    Public works director Larry Hazlett announced the chosen bid of $141,890 with BJ’s Striping, Paving and Sealing for a total 1,867 tons of city street paving in the upcoming year.  
    Planned paving projects for city streets include:
    Court Street: 2,630 feet
    Hilltop Drive: 100 feet
    Eagle Drive: 975 feet
    Hummingbird Drive: 385 feet  

  • Lower tax rate would generate more money for school district

    Preliminary numbers show that the school board can lower the tax rate property owners pay in the coming year while receiving more total revenue.
    The numbers, released last Friday by Anderson County Property Value Administrator Brian Stivers, show that a so-called “compensating” rate would lower the rate on real estate from $5.52 per $1,000 assessed value to $5.48, a drop of about 1 percent.
    Even with the rate drop, the district would collect around $62,000 more than it did the previous year.

  • Annual poker run to benefit Healing Field, Wall

    The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 34 will host its annual poker run Sept. 15 at the Healing Field and American Legion clubhouse.
    Registration will be from 10-11:30 a.m., with kick stands up at noon. Each hand will be $10 and an extra card is $5, with each participant being limited to two.
    There will be a complimentary cookout of hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks, chips and baked beans for riders served at 4 p.m., with $5 per plate for non-riders. Other activities and prizes include first and second place winners, including the worst hand, a 50/50 pot and pull tabs.

  • Taxpayers on hook to fix road years after bond cashed

    One bond was cashed in 12 years ago, but the work it was supposed to pay for was never done.
    Another bond, this one to fix the small road that leads to 4 Way Stop and Go and Century 21 off Frankfort Road, means taxpayers will be on the hook for thousands to make repairs.
    Both problems surfaced following last Tuesday’s meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court.

  • AG says school board violated Open Records Act

    The Kentucky state attorney general’s office recently ruled in favor of The Anderson News’ appeal to view the Early Childhood Center’s property appraisal, stating the Board of Education improperly denied public access to the documents.

  • Back to school: Seniors share hopes, fears of life after school

    High school senior Cameron Hutchens’ future is stenciled on his car’s rear windshield.  
    It’s a decal of the Marine Corps insignia that Hutchens designed himself, a symbol of the military branch he’ll be enlisting with after graduation.   
    Hutchens, who has been member of a paramilitary group called Young Marines since age 12, did his homework.
    Hutchens knows he can use 40 percent of his post 9/11 GI Bill toward schooling. He knows he’ll be shipped off for basic training for 13 weeks starting June 10, 2013.

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  • Coach prays scoreboard woes don’t hurt team

    What if the defending state runner-up played a football game and there was no way for anyone to know the score?
    Or, even more importantly, what if players and coaches did not know how much time was left?
    Anderson County High School is hoping it is a moot point when the Bearcats host Bryan Station in the season opener on Friday night, but those involved with the program might even be asking for divine help when the ball is teed up.
    “I will be praying that it is working,” Anderson coach Mark Peach said. He was not joking.

  • King: Gov. trying to ‘buy votes’ for Stevens

    An effort by state representative candidate Kent Stevens to deliver state road funds to Anderson County touched off a political firestorm last week, including allegations by his opponent, state Rep. Kim King, that Gov. Steve Beshear is “funneling slush funds” into Stevens’ campaign to “buy votes.”
    It also resulted in a biting exchange between Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway and King over her efforts to help Anderson County.