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  • A year after Newtown, Anderson fine-tunes school security

    Change in school security came with two new buzzers.
    School staff at Robert B. Turner and Saffell Street Elementary now stop people at the door and ask for names before visitors to any Anderson County school are allowed to enter and sign in at the office.
    Diane Womack, bookkeeper and attendance clerk at Robert B. Turner Elementary, said the new security buzzer system at Turner — installed this past summer — requires front desk staff to ask visitors to identify themselves in addition to their usual offers of assistance.

  • Fairview Road murder suspect arraigned, pleads not guilty

    The man charged with murdering a Fairview Road resident in September pleaded not guilty during his arraignment last Tuesday morning in Anderson Circuit Court.
    Lexington resident Gary Luttrell, 39, is charged with shooting Steven Briscoe in the chest Sept. 14 during a confrontation between the two in Briscoe’s driveway.
    His next court appearance is March 4 at 9 a.m.

  • State pension gap getting worse, not better

    By Kevin Wheatley
    The State Journal
    The funding gap in Kentucky’s pension plan for most state workers and retirees continues to widen while lawmakers hope to stop the bleeding in the upcoming budget session, actuaries told the Kentucky Retirement Systems’ Board of Trustees Thursday.

  • Pickup loses its top
  • Lawsuit would prevent pipeline company from using eminent domain

    By Ryan Quinn
    The State Journal
    A new nonprofit filed a lawsuit Thursday in Franklin Circuit Court seeking a ruling on whether Bluegrass Pipeline can use eminent domain in Kentucky.
    Kentuckians United to Restrain Eminent Domain is using the suit to determine the validity of Bluegrass Pipeline’s claim it has the power of eminent domain to build a natural gas liquids pipeline through the state.
    In cases of controversy, plaintiffs can sue under state law to seek a binding declaration of rights.

  • Council unanimously passes amended Alcohol Beverage Control ordinance

    The Lawrenceburg City Council unanimously passed the second reading of its amended Alcohol Beverage Control ordinance 5-0 on Dec. 9, effectively allowing the sale of alcohol on Election Day due to new state law regulations.
    Senate Bill 13, passed by the Kentucky legislature in March 2013, allows for the sale of alcohol on Election Day in areas where beer, wine and liquor are normally sold.
    The new ABC law went into effect June 25, according to the Kentucky League of Cities.

  • Grad student uses Anderson News for ethics case study

    When it comes to publishing DUI photos in the newspaper, one Syracuse University journalism graduate student said if the decision were up to him, he would err on the side of caution.
    “In my opinion, just because you have access to public information doesn’t make it a story or right to do,” Adam Matula, a Newhouse School Magazine, Newspaper and Online Journalism master’s program student, said in a phone interview Sunday afternoon.

  • Health department offering free flu shots while supplies last

    The Anderson County Health Department will offer free flu shots through Dec. 13 as part of National Influenza Week, the agency announced.
    The shots will be given until supplies are gone.
    The department’s hours are Monday through Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Friday from 8 to 11 a.m.
    The department is located at 1180 Glensboro Road. Call 839-4551 for more information.

  • Surplus brings end to health department furloughs

    With its financial results better than expected nearly halfway through the fiscal year, the Anderson County Board of Health voted 7-2 Thursday to end employee furloughs — but only through March 2014.
    The decision marks the end of employees losing payroll hours each week for the past year and a half as the health department worked to overcome financial shortfalls brought on by a combination of issues, including the decision several years ago to construct a new building.

  • News briefs: 12-11-13

    Fundraiser to benefit fire victims
    A fundraiser for the Mill Creek Pike family that lost its home in a fire late last month is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Edwardo’s Pizza, organizers announced.
    Tips along with a portion of the proceeds will go the Casson family, which lost its home, belongings and dogs in the fire.
    “All tips go to the family and everyone is welcome to stop in and make a donation that will go to the family,” organizers said.

    Free Christmas Day meal
    set at Open Hands