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  • Broadband vetted by water board

    The South Anderson Water District is requesting more information before it decides whether to allow a broadband internet supplier to attach antennas to its water towers in an effort to bring the service to rural Anderson County.

    The water district board met last Tuesday night and discussed the possibility with Shelby Broadband owner Chuck Hogg, judge-executive candidate Chip Chambers and several interested citizens and business owners.

  • Three of five schools fail to reach NCLB goals

    Just two of Anderson County’s five schools that are subject to state testing met the required No Child Left Behind goals for 2010, and the district as a whole also failed to meet its goals.

    NCLB goals are set by the state in an effort for all students to score proficient or higher on state assessments by the year 2014. In order to get to 100 percent by 2014, schools are required to reach a percentage, which increases each year.

    Emma B. Ward and Robert B. Turner elementary schools met all of their NCLB goals, according to data released Thursday.

  • Cattle rustlers swipe 17 cows

    When all of Donnie and Sandy Peggs’ cows didn’t show up for feeding time Sept. 8, they knew something was amiss.

    What they didn’t know at that moment but are convinced of now is that 17 of their cows were stolen — in broad daylight.

    “It’s just a very strange situation,” Sandy Peggs said by phone Monday afternoon. “My husband noticed all the cows not showing up. He looked around that night, but couldn’t find them.”

  • Wreck kills Dana Drive man

    A Dana Drive man was killed last Wednesday in a three-vehicle accident at the intersection of US 127 Bypass and Highway 62.

    Ralph G. Coy, 65, died from injuries he received in the accident, according to a news release from the Anderson County Coroner’s Office.

    Kentucky State Police are investigating the accident, but as of Monday had not released any specific details about how it occurred.

  • School board blinks, keeps tax rate

    The public spoke Wednesday night, and the Anderson County Board of Education listened.

    The board voted unanimously to leave the property tax rate where it is, and where it has been for the past two years.

    The property tax rate will remain at $5.52 per $1,000 of assessed value, meaning the school’s portion of this year’s tax bills will neither increase nor decrease.

    Dozens of concerned citizens attended a public hearing on the tax rate Wednesday, and most of them implored the board not to raise taxes.

  • FULL STORY: Late tax bills sold despite lawsuit

    A Circuit Court judge on Monday rejected the last-minute pleas of one of Anderson County’s largest property owners to halt the sale of his delinquent tax bills.

    Brad Smith, owner of SmithCo Properties, which includes Eagle Lake Convention Center and a host of strip malls, sued the county attorney, judge-executive, sheriff and county clerk in an effort to stave off the sale of his 2009 back taxes, which totaled roughly $95,000, nearly $10,000 of which includes his home.

  • Burgoo Fest on tap this weekend

    The Burgoo Festival rolls in to town this weekend bringing with it a Civil War re-enactment, disc golf tournament, and truck and tractor pull.

    The festival, in its 17th year, seems to expand each year.

    Last year saw the expansion of the Civil War re-enactment into Anderson County Community Park, where it will be located again this year.

  • Rusted out bridge closed

    Rusted and swayed beams beneath a bridge at the Anderson-Franklin county line have forced state Department of Transportation officials to close it indefinitely, county highway foreman Chip Chambers announced Monday afternoon.

    The bridge, located on Lanes Mill Road, was downgraded following a state inspection earlier this year and restricted to vehicles weighing 3 tons or less, Chambers said.

  • District court proceedings

    Judge Donna Dutton heard the following cases during District Court proceedings August 19.

    Stacey E. McCoy, pretrial conference, theft by unlawful taking (shoplifting), possession of controlled substance – jail gave Sept. 2 as court date.

    Sidney Roberts, pretrial conference, fourth-degree assault domestic violence (minor injury) – bond decision, pretrial conference Sept. 22, motion/disposition/trial date Sept. 30.

    Latasha N. Stevens, preliminary hearing, receiving stolen property (less than $10,000) – waive 20 days, preliminary hearing Sept. 2.

  • Murder suspect allegedly tells friend: 'I sliced her from ear to ear'

    The friend of a Bardstown Road man accused of murdering a Mount Eden woman Sept. 3 claims the man admitted doing so the next day while trying to convince him to help get rid of her body.

    “I [f-ed] up. I killed her. I sliced her from ear to ear and put her in a trash bag in the bathroom,” is what Ronnie Hale of 4307 Bardstown Road claims in court documents was said by Gary M. Bancroft, 33, the day after Bancroft allegedly killed his girlfriend, Frances Renee Mobley, 33.