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  • Grieving families chew out city council over cemetery

    A pair of grieving moms, a grieving grandmother and grieving widower weren’t enough to sway the Lawrenceburg City Council to drop its cemetery demands during Monday night’s meeting at City Hall.
    The meeting room was nearly full as family members with loved ones buried in the city-owned Lawrenceburg Cemetery came to voice their objections to being forced to remove basically everything from their loved one’s graves except the headstone to accommodate summer mowing.

  • Officials lobby to have speed limit raised near school

    The 45 mph speed limit on US 127 by Emma B. Ward Elementary School may soon be a thing of the past.
    Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway said Monday that he and other local officials met with state Department of Transportation officials to discuss changing the speed limit back to 55 mph except during times when students are arriving and leaving the school.
    The speed limit was lowered about a year ago when the new school building opened, forcing drivers to travel 45 mph until well past the school when driving north.

  • Unification meeting slated for Tuesday night at Legion

    The ongoing effort to unify city and county government will take a step forward on election night with a public information meeting.
    Attorney Walter Patrick announced that all registered voters in Anderson County are invited to the meeting, which is scheduled for Tuesday, May 17 at the American Legion facility on Broadway.
    Patrick said the meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the park’s grandstand area.
    Patrick said 2,500 invitations have been mailed to registered voters, but all are welcome.

  • Man busted for second time on meth lab-related charges

    Being arrested once for allegedly operating a methamphetamine lab apparently wasn’t enough for one Lawrenceburg man.
    Jeffrey W. Goodlett, 36, was arrested last Friday night after police received an anonymous complaint about a meth lab on Puckett Road. He was charged with second-degree manufacturing methamphetamine, first-degree unlawful possession of meth precursor and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a news release from the Kentucky State Police.

  • County code enforcement officer now packing heat

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court last week passed an ordinance that allows its code enforcement officer to carry a firearm.
    Doug Ingram, who was hired earlier this year as the county’s combination code enforcement and ABC officer, is certified to carry a firearm through previous employment in Lexington, and will be recertified through the sheriff’s department.
    Asked why Ingram needs to be armed, Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway said for protection.

  • Borrowing, spending in proposed county budget

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court passed on first reading last Tuesday a borrowing-heavy budget that will increase spending nearly $500,000 from the previous year.
    If approved, spending will go from $6.320 million in the 2010-11 budget to $6.794 million in 2011-12, a 7 percent increase.
    The proposed amount includes using roughly $140,000 from the fiscal court’s reserves to balance the budget, which will leave the court roughly $900,000 in unrestricted funds.

  • Mold found on voting machines

    Seventeen of Anderson County’s voting machines were apparently contaminated with mold after the building in which they are stored in leaked during recent heavy rain.
    Getting them cleaned and ready for next Tuesday’s primary is likely to happen, but is also likely to cost taxpayers thousands of dollars, County Clerk Jason Denny said Monday morning during an emergency meeting of the Anderson County Board of Elections.

  • Primary election set for May 17

    The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 17 for the 2011 Primary Election.
    Only voters who were registered with a specific party before Jan. 1 or first-time voters who registered with a party after Jan. 1 are eligible to participate in the primary.
    Voters who do not know if they are eligible to vote can call the Anderson County Clerk’s Office at 839-3041. To find out where to vote, citizens can call the county clerk’s office or visit www.elect.ky.gov and follow the “Where Do I Vote” link.

  • Proposed library spending up $100K

    The Anderson Public Library’s board of trustees will consider a $100,000 proposed spending increase when it meets tonight (Wednesday) at 6:30 at the library.
    The meeting is open to the public.
    The library’s proposed budget calls for spending to increase from last year’s proposed total of $1.243 million to $1.343 million.
    That $100,000 spending increase equals the amount of budgeted tax receipts the library expects to receive, documents show.
    The documents also show that the library has $1.8 million in reserve.

  • Search continues for man who apparently leaped from bridge

    The Kentucky River is refusing to give up the body of a man believed to have leaped to his death Friday morning from the Tyrone Bridge.
    Search crews entered day five of the efforts Tuesday morning, but had not been able to locate the body of Brian “Scotty” Stewart, 39, of Versailles. Anderson County Fire Chief Mike Barnes said as of Tuesday night, his body had yet to be recovered.
    Stewart’s vehicle was found abandoned on the bridge mid-morning Friday, according to Barnes, whose office is leading the recovery effort.