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  • Goodlett seriously injured in Afghanistan

    Imagine having a son or daughter fighting in Afghanistan.
    Now imagine how it would feel if your phone rang and the caller said the following: “Your son has been seriously wounded. That’s all the information I can give you at this time.”
    Rodney Goodlett doesn’t have to imagine how that would feel, because last Monday afternoon he lived through that exact phone call.

  • Beasmore: Conway had kin on jury

    The woman who unsuccessfully sued the Anderson County Fiscal Court for $1.5 million on sexual harassment and whistleblower allegations is demanding a new trial.
    In a motion filed Friday in Anderson Circuit Court, Lea Beasmore said she should be given a new trial because a relative of Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway served on the jury.
    Juror Carolyn Burton’s relationship to Conway was not spelled out in the motion, but she is believed to be a cousin of Conway’s wife.

  • Searchers find body of man who leaped from bridge

    The body of a Versailles man who leaped to his death from the Tryone Bridge last Friday was found earlier today.

    The body of Brian “Scotty” Stewart, 39, was found on the downriver side of Damn Lock 5, according to Anderson County Fire Chief Mike Barnes.

    His discovery ended a week of searching by Anderson County Fire, EMS and a host of other nearby agencies that lent equipment and expertise.

    For more on his discovery, see Wednesday’s edition of The Anderson News.

  • 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.