Local News

  • Suit accuses library of ‘unlawful taking’

    The Anderson Public Library is accused of “unlawful taking” and “complete disregard of the law” in a class action suit filed Friday that seeks hundreds of thousands — if not millions — of dollars in refunds to taxpayers.
    The suit, filed by Lawrenceburg resident Harold Todd in Anderson County Circuit Court on behalf of taxpayers, mirrors three suits filed against libraries in Kenton, Campbell and Boone counties.

  • School board OKs $200,000 property tax increase

     By Meaghan Downs
    News staff
    The Anderson County Board of Education unanimously approved its proposed budget Monday night calling for a 4 percent revenue increase, about $200,000 more in anticipated property tax revenue for the upcoming fiscal year.
    School board chairman James Sargent said the budgeted 4 percent revenue increase does not mean the board will ultimately decide to raise tax rates.

  • Lane closures announced on Bluegrass Parkway

    All four lanes of the Bluegrass Parkway are scheduled to be closed Monday, May 20 from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., and Tuesday, May 21 from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., the state’s transportation cabinet announced.

    Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction through July 31 to demolish a bridge over the parkway at Fairview Church Road, located at the Anderson-Washington county line.

    The recommended detour when all four lanes are closes for eastbound traffic is: use exit 42 to KY 555 to US 62 to KY 53 and rejoin the parkway at exit 48.

  • Text shows health chair told director not to alert paper of meeting

    Despite having an attorney general’s opinion that said committee meetings must be conducted in public, the chairman of the Anderson County Board of Health told the department’s director not to notify The Anderson News about a health committee meeting.
    The newspaper continues to investigate what appears to be an illegal meeting of a health board finance committee April 18, and has obtained via an open records request several e-mails and a text message between Director Tim Wright and board Chairman Steve Carmichael.

  • Fiscal court, not health board, to have final say on tax rate

    The Anderson County Board of Health is expected to set a tax rate Thursday night, but apparently won’t have the final say in the matter.
    The Anderson County Fiscal Court will still have to vote to include that rate on property tax bills — a drastic change brought about by the realization that a statute requiring it to do so actually exists.

  • News briefs: 5-15-13

    Truck tuggers’ first
    meet is Saturday
    The Kentucky Truck Tuggers will hold its first tug of the season Saturday, May 18 at Eagle Lake Convention Center, the group announced.
    The tug will benefit Relay for Life.
    Start time is 6 p.m.
    Admission is $8, with children under 5 admitted free.
    The tug will feature several classes, including three sanctioned classes: 4,200 pound 4x4, 5,500 pound 2-wheel drive, and 6,000 pound 4x4. It will also include local stock classes.

  • District begins search for middle school, ECC principals

    The Anderson County school district seeks the community’s input as it begins its search to fill two principal positions for the 2013-2014 school year.
    Members of the Anderson County middle school’s site-based decision-making council voted to offer an online survey for “stakeholders” — those parents, students staff and residents with a vested interest in the middle school — as the council evaluates principal candidates.

  • Council approves first reading of $3.559M budget

    The city council unanimously approved the first reading of its $3.559 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year, a $43,400 increase.
    The budget’s expenses for health insurance may need to be adjusted, according to Mayor Edwinna Baker during the finance committee meeting Monday afternoon, because of delays in receiving health insurance rates for employees.
    Baker said the expenditures for employees’ health insurance will change and most likely be higher once the city receives health insurance rate information by June 1.

  • Council to discuss $2M detention basin project, ‘glass mountain’

    The city’s wastewater treatment plant can handle increased water flow during heavy rains.  
    For now, according to Public Works Director Larry Hazlett.
    Processing a little more than 1.8 million gallons of wastewater on a normal day, the city wastewater treatment plant has averaged 10 million gallons per day during wet weather conditions, about 1 million gallons more than the plant’s maximum capacity of 9.9 million.

  • City council squashes historic district plan

    The city council voted 4-1 to reject the historic district commission’s proposal for an historic district in the city of Lawrenceburg.
    Council member George Geoghegan, former historic district commission chairman and sole dissenting vote, was the only council member to speak prior to the council’s vote.