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  • 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.

  • Local soldier seriously wounded in Afghanistan

    A Lawrenceburg soldier was seriously wounded Monday while fighting in Afghanistan, the Army has confirmed

    Spc. Seth Goodlett, 21, sustained a broken vertebrae, a severe concussion and broken shoulder.

    He is a son of Rodney Goodlett and Debbie Cummins of Lawrenceburg.

    He is listed in serious condition after being transported to a hospital in Baghram, Afghanistan, his father said, and is expected to fully recover.

    His father said he will next be transported to Germany before returning to the United States.

  • Search for possible jumper continues

    A search in under way this afternoon for the body of a man who possibly jumped from the Tyrone Bridge earlier today.

    Two rescue boats were launched around 11 a.m. from the boat ramp in Tyrone, Emergency Management Services Director Bart Powell has confirmed. The boats were still searching as of 4 p.m. It was unclear how long the search would continue Friday, but is expected to resume Saturday morning.

  • Mom upset after city says items on daughter’s grave must go

    A Lawrenceburg woman is saying it’s unfair that the city is making her remove items from her daughter’s gravesite.
    Deb Driscoll said in the three years since her daughter’s death, she has placed a lot of time and effort into decorating the gravesite.
    “I have placed brick around the headstone and I keep it maintained,” she said. “Now they’re saying I have to pull all of that up … if it’s not attached to the headstone, it has to go.”

  • Tough questions, tougher answers

    If those attending last Thursday’s inaugural community forum expected local officials to receive softball questions from the crowd, they were wrong.
    In front of nearly 100 residents, the mayor, judge-executive, school superintendent, EDA chairman and state representative fielded tough, pre-submitted questions ranging from merging city and county governments to fallout from the recent sexual harassment lawsuit against the fiscal court.