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  • Library board approves $1.357 million budget

    Library board trustees approved a $1.357 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year after heated debate over giving a 2 percent raise for applicable library staff.
    Board members voted 4-0, with library board president Bryan Proctor abstaining from the final vote.
    Library Director Pam Mullins advocated for a 2 percent salary raise for her staff — those who have completed a full year of service — by July 1, an increase she said would amount to less than 50 cents per hour per employee.

  • News briefs: 5-29-13

    ‘Longest Day of Play’ to be held in Legion park June 11
    The Anderson County Health Department will host its fifth annual “Longest Day of Play” on June 11 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the American Legion Park.
    According to a press release from the health department, the Longest Day of Play is an effort to increase physical activity for adults and youth in Anderson County.

  • Health board approves flat tax rate, fewer furlough hours for employees

    With the specter of the fiscal court approving a tax rate increase looming over its head, the Anderson County Board of Health voted unanimously recently to keep its tax rate flat.
    Fresh off being informed by County Attorney Bobbi Jo Lewis that the fiscal court would have to vote to include its rate on property tax bills, health board members batted around several rate increase options, including raising the tax rate from 30 cents per $1,000 in assessed property value to 40 cents.

  • Scales for recycling center put on hold

    An effort to install scales at the county’s recycling center was put on hold last Tuesday when magistrates tabled the issue due to the absence of vacationing Magistrate David Ruggles.
    They also got an inside look at the impact Obamacare will have on county government, its employees and even inmates.
    Ruggles, who chairs the fiscal court’s solid waste committee, has spoken in favor of installing scales at the recycling center and charging several cents per pound for those who dump nearly everything but household trash into a compactor there.

  • Meet The Anderson News’ summer photography intern

    Bria Granville, a 20-year-old Western Kentucky University junior, joined The Anderson News staff May 22 as the newspaper’s 2013 Kentucky Press Association photography intern.
    Granville, who lives in Georgetown, will be working with editorial staff for the next 10 weeks covering the people, places and events of Anderson County.
    Majoring in photojournalism with a minor in sociology, Granville said she would like to work with a non-profit organization as a photojournalist after college.

  • District seeks input for new Early Childhood Center principal

    A survey to help select the next principal at the Sparrow Early Childhood Center is now available on the school district’s website, www.acschools.net, the school district announced.
    The center’s school based decision making council hopes to have a new principal named by June 26, according to a news release from the district.

  • Council work session on basin, ‘glass pile’ to be rescheduled

    The city council work session to discuss a future $2 million wet weather detention basin and a recycling plant “glass mountain” has been tentatively rescheduled for June 6 at 5 p.m., according to City Clerk Robbie Hume.
    The work session date needed to be changed because of a conflict with Anderson County High School graduation on May 30, Hume said.
    According to Hume, the engineering firm GRW and the Dlubak Glass Company are both scheduled to attend the work session.

  • Tractor-trailer crashes into couple’s Graefenburg Road home

    A tractor-trailer crashed into the spare front bedroom of a Graefenburg Road home last Wednesday morning and pulled down a live power line, trapping the driver inside his vehicle for about an hour.
    Driver Gurmail Singh Kler, 64, of Canada lost control of the semi truck and dropped off the right shoulder of Graefenburg Road at about 6:23 a.m. Wednesday, Kentucky State Police said.
    The tractor-trailer smashed through the front porch and came to a stop in the front bedroom of 1699 Graefenburg Road.

  • DARE fishing derby Saturday

    Grab a fishing pole, some bait and tackle, and head over to the annual DARE Fishing Derby, scheduled to be held this Saturday, to see who can nab the biggest catch of the day.  
    The 2013 DARE Fishing Derby is set to be held Saturday, June 1 from 8 to 11 a.m. at the lake near Hope Community Church, located just over the Anderson County line on US 127.
    Registration is free for children ages 15 and younger. Fishing begins at 8 a.m. Participants are asked to bring their own fishing poles, tackle and bait (not provided.)

  • Seniors remember Cody

    A simple button for a simple country boy: just Cody Ramsey’s name, the year he would have graduated from Anderson County High School, and the word “unforgettable.”   
    High school seniors Peyton Howard and Rachael Walker said they were driving down US 62 one night about two months ago when they passed the place where their friend and classmate Cody Ramsey had died.
    Ramsey, about to enter his senior year at Anderson County High School, was driving back to work to his job in the county park last July when his minivan hit a tree.