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  • Funeral service for city councilman Larry Giles to be held Thursday

    A funeral service for current city councilman and former Kentucky State Trooper William Larry Giles is scheduled to be held Thursday, Jan. 30 at 1 p.m. at First Christian Church.

    Giles, 74, died Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at his home in Lawrenceburg.

    Serving on the Lawrenceburg city council until his death, Giles also served as a staff sergeant in the Marine Corps and spent more than 26 years with the Kentucky state police.

  • Sen. Paul to visit Lawrenceburg on Thursday

    One of the nation’s best-known and most controversial senators will be in Lawrenceburg this Thursday morning.
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Bowling Green) will meet the public from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Best Western, located on US 127 Bypass across from the high school.
    The event is open to the public, Paul’s staff said.
    Paul visited Lawrenceburg in 2009 during his run for US Senate. Known for his libertarian leanings, Paul drew national attention when he spent 13 hours on a filibuster to oppose a presidential nomination for the CIA and the use of drones.

  • Saffell St. Elementary principal to retire April 1

    The Saffell Street Elementary site-based decision making council will begin its search for a new elementary principal due to Principal Robin Arnzen’s plans to retire by April 1, according to an email from Superintendent Sheila Mitchell.
    Mitchell said she received a letter informing her of Arnzen’s intention to retire last Friday, and the district posted an opening for a new Saffell Street principal on Friday, Jan. 17.

  • WWII vet remembered as ‘American hero’

    Truman Wells, an Anderson County World War II veteran who received his high school diploma at age 85 and was recognized by former Congressman Ben Chandler for his service, died Jan. 16 at the Veterans Affairs Center in Lexington.
    Wells was a native of Anderson County, and was born the son of the late Lillis Ray Drury and Roy Thomas Wells.
    Wells worked for many years as a respected contractor in Lawrenceburg, and served in the infantry division of the U.S. Army during World War II. He saw action in Normandy and was the recipient of the Purple Heart.

  • Workers, boss discuss minimum wage hike

    Last Friday morning at Edwardo’s Pizza and Subs began with the usual chores of mixing the dough, slicing up fresh vegetables for the lunchtime salad bar, as well as a conversation about the potential effects of a minimum wage hike in Kentucky.
    Owner Dave Richmond, who opened Edwardo’s four years ago, sat in the quiet Lawrenceburg restaurant, empty except for the employees busy preparing for the anticipated lunch rush a few hours later.

  • Insurer opts out of Obamacare enrollments

    When Obamacare launched last October, Rodney Goodlett, owner of the Goodlett Insurance Group in Anderson County, was all set to help the uninsured sign up.
    Goodlett, who says he could “see both sides” of the controversial new healthcare law, spent hours training and testing to become certified to sign people up in the state’s insurance exchange but soon realized that effort simply wouldn’t pay off.

  • Sign ordinance would allow 32 billboards

    A vote on a proposed sign ordinance that would greatly add to the number of billboards allowed in the county and strip malls to erect multi-user signs was delayed last Thursday at the request of the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce.
    Saying they had not had a chance to discuss changes proposed by the joint city/county planning and zoning commission, chamber officials asked that the vote be tabled until the commission meets in February.

  • Hitting reset button on tech experiments

    Anderson County High School science teacher Scott Ellis loves video games.
    Over the winter break Ellis said he nearly wore out his controller while attaining his kill death ratio.
    He knows not every one of his chemistry students enjoys them.
    Last trimester taught him that much, when students and parents alike freaked out over the stress of beginning the class with a zero, then pushing to achieve enough points to score an “A.”

  • New TV date for burgoo champs

    Anderson County’s reigning burgoo champs are now scheduled to appear on cable TV’s “Hungry Brothers” show on Monday, Jan. 20 at 11:30 a.m., according to a news release.
    Jesse Sanford and Jeff Royalty were filed last summer making burgoo for the show, which features brothers Tom and Henry Herbert sampling cuisine from across the country.
    The show was originally scheduled to air last month but was moved into a new date.
    The episode was filmed amid strict secrecy at Four Roses Distillery, where both men work.

  • Anderson among 96 counties with increased unemployment rate

    Unemployment rates rose in 96 Kentucky counties between November 2012 and November 2013, and Anderson County was no exception.
    Anderson’s rate jumped from 6.3 percent in November 2012 to 6.7 this past November, according to information released by the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training.
    The rate dipped, though, from 7 percent in October.
    Of the 10,747 people in the county’s labor force, 743 were unemployed, the office said in a news release.