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  • Council ponders payroll tax

    A rumored payroll tax being considered by the Lawrenceburg City Council is a rumor no more.
    Although the council isn’t scheduled to vote on the idea of placing the tax on those who work within city limits, at least two councilmen have discussed it, including one with Mayor Edwinna Baker.
    City councilman Ken Evans verified that he has discussed a payroll tax with fellow councilman Larry Giles, adding that the discussion originally surfaced during a recent Lawrenceburg/Anderson County Economic Development Authority (EDA) meeting.

  • Biker lands in truck’s bed following collision

    The driver of a motorcycle flew over the handlebars and landed into the bed of a pickup truck after the two vehicles collided Monday afternoon on US 62 in Lawrenceburg.
    First responders found Douglas Bater, 53, of Louisville in the back of the truck when they arrived, where they treated him while waiting for a helicopter to arrive to transport him to an area hospital.
    Bater was listed in stable condition as of Monday night and is expected to survive, according to Deputy Patrick Beasley of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Principal named at middle school

    The site-based decision-making council for Anderson County Middle School named Jeanna Kidd, Garrad County Middle School principal, as the new middle school principal for the upcoming school year.
    After interviewing and vetting candidates, the five members of the council selected Kidd on June 2.
    Kidd will start her new job July 1 as the middle school principal for 2013-2014.

  • Woman injured when car flips on US 127

    An unidentified woman was injured Friday afternoon around 3:30 when the car she was driving overturned in the southbound lane of US 127.

    Her injuries did not appear to be life threatening, according to first responders at the scene.

    The wreck happened during a heavy thunderstorm, but it is unknown if weather played a role.

    The Kentucky State Police is investigating. Also responding were the Anderson County Sheriff's Office, Anderson County Fire Department. A Kentucky Fish and Wildlife officer was also at the scene.

  • Congressman Barr in town today

    Congressman Andy Barr will meet constituents today (Friday) from noon to 1:30 p.m. at La Isla Mexican Restaurant, located 751 West Broadway, Lawrenceburg.

    “I hope you will please stop by to share your thoughts on legislation, to get help with federal agencies, or even just to chat,” Barr said in a news release.

    “The event is a casual, come-and-go opportunity for constituents to visit directly with me, and part of an ongoing series I have held across the Sixth District since being sworn into office.

  • Parlez-vous francais? At high school, not any more

    Limited staff allocation funds led the Anderson County High School site-based decision-making council to say “au revoir” to offering French to students for the upcoming school year.
    According to Anderson County High School Principal Ronnie Fields, the high school needs 180 students to sign up for French in order to justify hiring an instructor for a part-time position.
    Only 141 students enrolled in French language courses for the upcoming school year, Fields said via e-mail.

  • Three Mercer County men busted for allegedly being meth ‘smurfs’

    Three Mercer County residents are scheduled to be arraigned May 30 on charges that they were supplying cold pills to be used to manufacture methamphetamine, according to documents on file in Anderson District Court.
    Known by police as “smurfing,” the activity typically involves methamphetamine “cooks” paying others to purchase ingredients used to make drug.

  • Library board approves $1.357 million budget

    Library board trustees approved a $1.357 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year after heated debate over giving a 2 percent raise for applicable library staff.
    Board members voted 4-0, with library board president Bryan Proctor abstaining from the final vote.
    Library Director Pam Mullins advocated for a 2 percent salary raise for her staff — those who have completed a full year of service — by July 1, an increase she said would amount to less than 50 cents per hour per employee.

  • News briefs: 5-29-13

    ‘Longest Day of Play’ to be held in Legion park June 11
    The Anderson County Health Department will host its fifth annual “Longest Day of Play” on June 11 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the American Legion Park.
    According to a press release from the health department, the Longest Day of Play is an effort to increase physical activity for adults and youth in Anderson County.

  • Health board approves flat tax rate, fewer furlough hours for employees

    With the specter of the fiscal court approving a tax rate increase looming over its head, the Anderson County Board of Health voted unanimously recently to keep its tax rate flat.
    Fresh off being informed by County Attorney Bobbi Jo Lewis that the fiscal court would have to vote to include its rate on property tax bills, health board members batted around several rate increase options, including raising the tax rate from 30 cents per $1,000 in assessed property value to 40 cents.