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Local News

  • New ECC building too small

    The Ezra B. Sparrow Early Childhood Center will be completed by next school year, offering new technology and a new building, but not enough square feet.
    According to Superintendent Sheila Mitchell, some early childhood programs or classrooms at the current ECC will need to relocate to individual district elementary schools next school year due to lack of space at the newly constructed center.

  • Foreclosure forecast is gloomy

    First, the good news. Home foreclosures in Anderson County dropped to their lowest level in several years in 2011.
    Now, the bad news. It appears that the decline was artificial, and 2012 could be worse than ever.
    Foreclosures, which have topped 100 each of the past three years, dipped to 63 in 2011, according to Bill Patrick, a Lawrenceburg attorney who oversees foreclosures as the county’s master commissioner.

  • Slashed payroll proposed to balance health department budget

    The Anderson County Health Department’s financial woes will be solved largely on the backs of its employees if proposed spending cuts are approved.
    The health board’s finance committee has approved slashing an estimated $163,000 in payroll and an additional $30,000 in other spending in an effort to rectify an estimated $185,000 budget deficit.
    The proposal will be presented to the full health board when it meets Feb. 15. It must first be approved by the state’s acting commissioner of public health.

  • School board to consider $600,000 in pay increases

    Salary increases, textbook funding and $200,000 in school bus purchases are three new budget items included in the first draft of the district’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
    A budget committee, composed of administrators, staff, superintendent Sheila Mitchell, finance officer Nick Clark and one board member, offered input for the draft budget presented to the board and drafted by Clark.
    “The goal is for everyone to have a voice in the process,” Mitchell said.

  • Rep. King bounced from House seat; Stevens files

    State Rep. Kim King (R-Harrodsburg) was stripped Friday of her seat when Gov. Steve Beshear signed into law a redistricting plan offered by the state’s House of Representatives.
    That plan changed the boundaries of the 55th District from all of Anderson and Mercer counties and a portion of Spencer County to include all of Spencer and Anderson and a portion of Mercer.
    King’s residence is not inside of those boundaries, meaning she will be unable to run for re-election and that the seat is now open.

  • Man charged with beating his mother

    A Lawrenceburg woman remains hospitalized after sustaining serious head injuries after allegedly being assaulted by her son.
    Charles K. Hendren, 44, of 510 Forrest Drive, was charged with second-degree assault last Friday by Lawrenceburg police offers who responded to a domestic dispute call at his residence.
    The victim, Gloria K. Ewing, 63, also of 510 Forrest Drive, was transported to the University of Kentucky Medical Center with head injuries, and remained hospitalized Tuesday morning in serious condition.

  • Puppy killer found guilty

    Paul “Doobie” Dearinger won’t serve any additional jail time after being convicted last Wednesday of misdemeanor animal cruelty.
    Dearinger was sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined $500, but served 34 days after his initial arrest in October of 2010, The Anderson News has confirmed.
    His sentence was recommended by the five man, one woman jury who convicted him of killing an 8-month-old puppy, and agreed to by District Court Judge Donna Dutton.

  • News judged state’s best

    The Anderson News was judged the best newspaper of its size in the state during the Kentucky Press Association’s annual awards ceremony last Friday night in Lexington.
    The newspaper racked up a total of 18 awards in news writing, opinion writing, photography, features and sports.
    It marks the second statewide first-place finish in 2011 for the paper, which claimed the press association’s top prize in advertising last fall.

  • Fiscal court outlaws synthetic pot, bath salts

    A public hearing that featured one person being tossed out by the sheriff’s office and another advocating in favor beastiality wasn’t enough to sway the Anderson County Fiscal Court from banning the sale and possession of synthetic marijuana and bath salts.
    In front of a packed courtroom, magistrates voted unanimously last Tuesday night to outlaw the the drugs, which until now have been sold over the counter in convenience stores and other retail outlets.

  • Ecstasy-laced sex device lands 3 in jail

    Three people were arrested Sunday morning after police found a sex device laced with the drug Ecstasy inside their vehicle.
    Charged were Ashley Maggard, 20, of 1510 Timbercreek Road; Samual Oates, 21, of 311 Carlton Drive; and Natalie Likens, 31, of 1011 Bondville Road.
    All three were charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana. Oates was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.