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  • Surplus brings end to health department furloughs

    With its financial results better than expected nearly halfway through the fiscal year, the Anderson County Board of Health voted 7-2 Thursday to end employee furloughs — but only through March 2014.
    The decision marks the end of employees losing payroll hours each week for the past year and a half as the health department worked to overcome financial shortfalls brought on by a combination of issues, including the decision several years ago to construct a new building.

  • News briefs: 12-11-13

    Fundraiser to benefit fire victims
    A fundraiser for the Mill Creek Pike family that lost its home in a fire late last month is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Edwardo’s Pizza, organizers announced.
    Tips along with a portion of the proceeds will go the Casson family, which lost its home, belongings and dogs in the fire.
    “All tips go to the family and everyone is welcome to stop in and make a donation that will go to the family,” organizers said.

    Free Christmas Day meal
    set at Open Hands

  • Hugs, tears as Tony’s shuts down

    Tony’s BBQ Barn couldn’t close its doors without a bear hug between father and son.
    Owner Tony Howard ended the hug by grabbing his 33-year-old son Jon’s hand for a seconds-long waltz to “I Can’t Help Falling in Life with You.”
    Then both men faced the music, the Elvis tune crooned by good friend Eugene Hoffman at the front of the restaurant. Jon wiped away tears.

  • Obamacare has fire depts. ‘shaking in their boots’

    A wrinkle in Obamacare that could force fire departments to purchase health insurance for volunteers would have a “crippling” affect on them here and across the nation.
    That’s the message from Anderson County Fire Chief Mike Barnes who, like thousands of other chiefs across the country who oversee all-volunteer fire departments, is waiting for a determination from the Internal Revenue Service about how Obamacare will affect those departments.

  • Teen charged in home invasion case now an adult

    Kendall Cunningham, released from jail earlier this summer with all his charges dropped, will be tried as an adult for allegedly pointing a gun at two teenagers during a Lawrenceburg home invasion, according to court documents.
    Cunningham, 18, of 545 Carlton Drive, Lawrenceburg, is scheduled to appear in Anderson Circuit Court Dec. 17 at 9 a.m. for a disposition hearing.
    Cunningham was released from jail in August 2013 with all his charges dismissed following a complaint about his case’s improper transfer from juvenile to Circuit Court.

  • Pipeline opponents, officials to square off

    Those with questions about the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline will finally get a chance to ask them Monday night.
    The Anderson County Fiscal Court will hold a special-called meeting Dec. 16 starting at 6 p.m. that will begin with what Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway said would be a 15 minute presentation from pipeline officials, followed by questions from the audience.
    The meeting will be held at the Extension office, located in the county park.

  • Trial off after granny takes plea deal

    The woman charged with tying up her 3-year-old granddaughter for up to 16 hours each day has accepted a plea offer instead of going to trial, which was scheduled to begin Monday.
    Commonwealth’s Attorney Laura Donnell confirmed that Carolyn Case has accepted a plea deal, but declined to say what the deal is until it is formally signed.
    Case is now scheduled to formally enter a guilty plea Dec. 17 in Anderson Circuit Court, Donnell said Monday afternoon. The recommended sentence from Donnell’s office will be revealed at that time.

  • Franklin Co. sheriff to give $10K reward for bourbon theft tips

    By Kristina Belcher
    The State Journal
    Information on the whereabouts of more than $26,000 worth of missing Pappy Van Winkle bourbon could now mean a big payday for the tipster.
    Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton announced Monday that a $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case. The distillery reported the stolen bourbon Oct. 15.
    Melton said $1,000 of the reward money is coming from Bluegrass Crime Stoppers. The other $9,000 is coming from an “undisclosed” donor.

  • News briefs: 12-4-13

    Salvisa Christmas parade to be held Saturday
    The city of Salvisa will be hosting its annual Salvisa Christmas parade on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 10 a.m.
    The parade features a Lex 18 meteorologist as the grand marshal, according to event organizers.
    There will be host chocolate, coffee and snacks with Santa at the Salvisa Ruritan building following the parade.
    The Christmas parade festivities also include float and snow queen contests.
    For more information, check out the parade’s Facebook page and website at www.salvisaruritan.org.

  • Parade scheduled for Saturday

    Main Street in Lawrenceburg will be aglow with Christmas cheer this weekend during the city’s annual Christmas parade, scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7.
    The grand marshal of the 2013 “A Country Christmas” parade will be Marva Gill in recognition of the many years of volunteer work she’s dedicated to Anderson County, according to city hall.
    The Christmas parade line-up will begin at the American Legion park with judging of entries scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m.