Local News

  • Fire district approves flat tax rate

    The Anderson County Fire Taxing District joined taxing districts countywide in either keeping their tax rates flat or lowering them.
    The fire district voted unanimously recently to keep its rate at 66 cents per $1,000 assessed value, a decision that will nevertheless result in an additional $7,800 thanks to an increase in the county’s overall assessment.
    “Basically, looking at the overall economy, we didn’t want to throw any additional burden on folks,” said Fire Chief Mike Barnes.

  • Parents charged with selling pot to 17-year-old son

    The parents of a Lawrenceburg teen were scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Anderson Circuit Court on charges that include selling marijuana to their 17-year-old son.
    Hershel and Karen Brown of 124 Dove Drive face numerous charges after police searched their residence and reported finding marijuana, hydrocodone, Oxyconton, cash and guns.
    Police also found 1.3 ounces of marijuana in their son’s pocket that was divided up in small baggies for resale, according to a complaint filed by officer Jeremy Cornish of the Lawrenceburg Police Department.

  • Ready for some football?

    There’s no need to wait for UK, the Bengals or any of the other college or NFL teams to start playing for real — the Bearcats do that tonight when they host Bryan Station in their season opener.

    Kickoff is 7:30 at the high school. Admission is $5.

    The Bearcats made it to the state finals last year and are expected to field a rugged team again this year under head coach Mark Peach.

  • Charges dismissed for woman who alleged police coercion

    Charges against a Lawrenceburg woman who claimed police pointed a gun at her to force her to confess to a crime were dismissed just before she was supposed to stand trial last Wednesday morning.
    Heather Hume, 32, of 201.5 Saffell St. was charged last August with falsely reporting an incident when a man at that address, Zachary Penwell, allegedly shot himself in the leg to avoid paying rent and claimed he was robbed.
    David Nutgrass, a prosecutor with the Anderson County attorney’s office, explained why the charges against Hume were dropped.

  • Dozen file for city council, four for school board

    Twelve candidates filed by Tuesday’s deadline for six seats on the Lawrenceburg City Council, including each of the six incumbents, according to information provided by Anderson County Clerk Jason Denny.
    They will face off in the Tuesday, Nov. 6 general election, with the highest six vote getters earning  council seats.
    The six challengers include Dustin Burley, George Geohegan III, David Allen Kays, Troy Settles, Dan Stumph and David Watts.
    The incumbents are Bobby Durr, Ken Evans, Larry Giles, Steven Rucker and Paul Thomas Vaughn.

  • City OKs paving projects, new equipment for water plant

    The city council unanimously approved more than $318,000 in paving projects and a replacement chlorinator for the city’s water plant at its monthly meeting on Aug. 13.
    Public works director Larry Hazlett announced the chosen bid of $141,890 with BJ’s Striping, Paving and Sealing for a total 1,867 tons of city street paving in the upcoming year.  
    Planned paving projects for city streets include:
    Court Street: 2,630 feet
    Hilltop Drive: 100 feet
    Eagle Drive: 975 feet
    Hummingbird Drive: 385 feet  

  • Lower tax rate would generate more money for school district

    Preliminary numbers show that the school board can lower the tax rate property owners pay in the coming year while receiving more total revenue.
    The numbers, released last Friday by Anderson County Property Value Administrator Brian Stivers, show that a so-called “compensating” rate would lower the rate on real estate from $5.52 per $1,000 assessed value to $5.48, a drop of about 1 percent.
    Even with the rate drop, the district would collect around $62,000 more than it did the previous year.

  • Annual poker run to benefit Healing Field, Wall

    The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 34 will host its annual poker run Sept. 15 at the Healing Field and American Legion clubhouse.
    Registration will be from 10-11:30 a.m., with kick stands up at noon. Each hand will be $10 and an extra card is $5, with each participant being limited to two.
    There will be a complimentary cookout of hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks, chips and baked beans for riders served at 4 p.m., with $5 per plate for non-riders. Other activities and prizes include first and second place winners, including the worst hand, a 50/50 pot and pull tabs.

  • Taxpayers on hook to fix road years after bond cashed

    One bond was cashed in 12 years ago, but the work it was supposed to pay for was never done.
    Another bond, this one to fix the small road that leads to 4 Way Stop and Go and Century 21 off Frankfort Road, means taxpayers will be on the hook for thousands to make repairs.
    Both problems surfaced following last Tuesday’s meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court.

  • AG says school board violated Open Records Act

    The Kentucky state attorney general’s office recently ruled in favor of The Anderson News’ appeal to view the Early Childhood Center’s property appraisal, stating the Board of Education improperly denied public access to the documents.