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  • How much will your school spend this year?

    As the school board finalizes its budget in September — and sets a new tax rate in the meantime — individual Anderson County schools already know how much money they’ll be able to spend this school year.
    According to Finance Officer Nick Clark, site-based decision making councils, commonly referred to by the shorthand acronym SBDM, compile their own school budgets at the end of every school year.  

  • Police chief conducts ‘internal investigation’ after cops allegedly omit drug bust evidence

    By Meaghan Downs
    and Ben Carlson
    News staff
    City Police Chief Chris Atkins said an internal investigation is being conducted after two city cops allegedly withheld evidence during a cocaine drug bust.
    Circuit Court Judge Charles Hickman recently dismissed cocaine trafficking charges against Lawrenceburg man Shanta Bixler, 31, of 505 East Woodford Street, after learning city cops failed to include information about a traffic stop involving Bixler.

  • City council approves $147K in municipal road aid

    The city council unanimously approved $147,508 for its yearly allotment of municipal road aid, receiving about $2,000 more than last year.
    City Clerk Robbie Hume said Public Works Director Larry Hazlett was currently working on a list, but would like the council’s input as to what city streets and roads needed improvements.

    Street paving bid for $190,044 approved,
    roads selected
    The council approved the lowest bid of $190,044 from Colston Paving for the 2013 street paving contract.

  • Caught between tax rate hike and future budget cuts

    The school board’s “back is against the wall,” board vice president Scott Brown said, as it deliberates between two unpopular and difficult choices to sustain district services: raise taxes or cut program spending.
     “You can’t make something out of nothing,” Brown said as the school board debated during a work session on tax rates held last Thursday night. “We’ve got to get money somewhere.”

  • ‘The devil works hard to destroy the church, but he’s not going to do it here’

    Abigail Wilson, 12, burst into tears when she arrived at the only church she’s ever known last Thursday morning.
    “I’ve been coming here since I was 6 months old,” the Anderson County Middle School student said while joining other members of Mt. Pleasant Baptist in the church’s parking lot. “I had never seen anything like that. It just made me cry.”

  • Puncheon Creek couple ‘holding onto each other’

    The message carved into a sign on Rick and Lorraine Coffman’s front porch reads: “The best thing to hold on to in life is each other.”
    That’s about all the couple has left after a devastating flash flood late last Wednesday night left their home at the corner of Puncheon Creek Road and Highway 53 in ruins.
    “The inspector said the best bet is to take a bulldozer to it,” said Lorraine, who battled back tears Saturday morning from her front porch as she looked across her front yard at the creek that destroyed her home.

  • First day of school marks 50th anniversary of school integration in Anderson County

    Geneva Washington, now Geneva Howard, made history 50 years ago when she walked through the doors of Anderson High on the first day of school.
    “At the time, I didn’t think about it,” Howard, one of the first black students to attend Anderson High School. “At the time, I knew it was something we had to do.”
    Howard was one of about 16 African-American students from Lawrenceburg who attended the high school in the fall of 1963, the first year the school was integrated.

  • City cops withheld drug bust evidence

    Evidence “omitted purposefully” and conflicting testimony from two City of Lawrenceburg police officers resulted in the dismissal of drug trafficking charges against a Lawrenceburg man Monday in Anderson Circuit Court.
    “I’m deeply concerned that critical information, really exculpatory information in favor of the defendant, was omitted purposely by the police department,” Circuit Court Judge Charles Hickman said moments before dismissing cocaine trafficking charges against Shanta Bixler, 31, of 505 East Woodford St.

  • Pipeline company claims eminent domain

    The company proposing to build the Bluegrass Pipeline through Anderson County confirmed Monday that it thinks it already has, and is prepared to use, the power of eminent domain to get it built.
    Just days after the Anderson County Fiscal Court unanimously approved a resolution to keep the controversial pipeline out of Anderson County, company officials responded to questions from The Anderson News that included residents’ concerns about questionable tactics used by agents attempting to secure permission to survey their property.

  • Ex-city councilman jailed for punching, threatening to kill cop

    A 68-year-old Lawrenceburg man is charged with punching and threatening to kill a police officer along with making a lewd statement to an emergency medical technician.
    David Alan Kays of 1049 David St. was arrested Aug. 6 on charges that include assaulting a police officer, terroristic threatening, resisting arrest and harassment after Lawrenceburg police entered his home to serve him with a bench warrant for failing to pay a fine.