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  • Congressman: IRS used as ‘political weapon’

    Congressman Andy Barr said he has serious concerns about the IRS’s admitted targeting of conservative groups and is demanding to know why it happened.
    In town last week to meet and greet residents during lunch at La Isla, Barr said he started trying to get those answers even before he was elected to Congress last fall.
    Barr, an attorney, said he wrote letters to the IRS on behalf of Kentucky 9/12 Project, demanding to know why the group was being targeted.

  • IRS scandal hits home for local couple

    The nation found out several weeks ago that the IRS has targeted conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status since 2010.
    That news didn’t come as a shock to a Lawrenceburg couple who, as members of one of those groups, said they’ve known about the targeting for at least the last two years.

  • Woman injured when car flips on 127

    A Lawrenceburg woman sustained what appeared to be minor injuries last Friday when the car she was driving flipped and landed on its roof on US 127.
    Tonya Davidson of Beaver Lake Road sustained a cut on her arm and had a sore shoulder during the wreck. She was transported to Frankfort Regional Medical Center by Anderson County EMS.
    Kentucky State Police Trooper Matt Rogers investigated the wreck, saying it appears Davidson’s vehicle went out of control during a heavy rainstorm around 4 p.m. at the Anderson-Mercer county line.

  • Council ponders payroll tax

    A rumored payroll tax being considered by the Lawrenceburg City Council is a rumor no more.
    Although the council isn’t scheduled to vote on the idea of placing the tax on those who work within city limits, at least two councilmen have discussed it, including one with Mayor Edwinna Baker.
    City councilman Ken Evans verified that he has discussed a payroll tax with fellow councilman Larry Giles, adding that the discussion originally surfaced during a recent Lawrenceburg/Anderson County Economic Development Authority (EDA) meeting.

  • Biker lands in truck’s bed following collision

    The driver of a motorcycle flew over the handlebars and landed into the bed of a pickup truck after the two vehicles collided Monday afternoon on US 62 in Lawrenceburg.
    First responders found Douglas Bater, 53, of Louisville in the back of the truck when they arrived, where they treated him while waiting for a helicopter to arrive to transport him to an area hospital.
    Bater was listed in stable condition as of Monday night and is expected to survive, according to Deputy Patrick Beasley of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Principal named at middle school

    The site-based decision-making council for Anderson County Middle School named Jeanna Kidd, Garrad County Middle School principal, as the new middle school principal for the upcoming school year.
    After interviewing and vetting candidates, the five members of the council selected Kidd on June 2.
    Kidd will start her new job July 1 as the middle school principal for 2013-2014.

  • Woman injured when car flips on US 127

    An unidentified woman was injured Friday afternoon around 3:30 when the car she was driving overturned in the southbound lane of US 127.

    Her injuries did not appear to be life threatening, according to first responders at the scene.

    The wreck happened during a heavy thunderstorm, but it is unknown if weather played a role.

    The Kentucky State Police is investigating. Also responding were the Anderson County Sheriff's Office, Anderson County Fire Department. A Kentucky Fish and Wildlife officer was also at the scene.

  • Congressman Barr in town today

    Congressman Andy Barr will meet constituents today (Friday) from noon to 1:30 p.m. at La Isla Mexican Restaurant, located 751 West Broadway, Lawrenceburg.

    “I hope you will please stop by to share your thoughts on legislation, to get help with federal agencies, or even just to chat,” Barr said in a news release.

    “The event is a casual, come-and-go opportunity for constituents to visit directly with me, and part of an ongoing series I have held across the Sixth District since being sworn into office.

  • Parlez-vous francais? At high school, not any more

    Limited staff allocation funds led the Anderson County High School site-based decision-making council to say “au revoir” to offering French to students for the upcoming school year.
    According to Anderson County High School Principal Ronnie Fields, the high school needs 180 students to sign up for French in order to justify hiring an instructor for a part-time position.
    Only 141 students enrolled in French language courses for the upcoming school year, Fields said via e-mail.

  • Three Mercer County men busted for allegedly being meth ‘smurfs’

    Three Mercer County residents are scheduled to be arraigned May 30 on charges that they were supplying cold pills to be used to manufacture methamphetamine, according to documents on file in Anderson District Court.
    Known by police as “smurfing,” the activity typically involves methamphetamine “cooks” paying others to purchase ingredients used to make drug.