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  • Legality of health department furniture buy questioned

    Members of the Anderson County Board of Health are calling into question the legality of health director Brandon Hurley’s decision to purchase $63,000 in new furniture without seeking bids.
    Board member Harold Todd questioned Hurley about the decision during last Wednesday’s board of health meeting, saying it was apparent to him that Hurley should have bid on the furniture.
    Todd read that state statute that outlines when and if bids should be sought for purchases, saying that it is required for items purchased in excess of $20,000.

  • ‘My dad, my hero’

    From the moment a little girl is born, she has her daddy wrapped around her finger.
    Ever since I can remember I have been “daddy’s little girl.” There are so many memories that come to my mind and put a smile on my face when I envision my dad.
    Undoubtedly I would frequently ask, “Daddy, you’re never going to have to go overseas are you?” and always get the same comforting answer. “No honey, I’ll be right here.”

  • Health board blinks, keeps tax rate flat

    With roughly 75 citizens staring them down, the Anderson County Board of Health voted against raising its tax rate for the coming fiscal year during its meeting last Wednesday night.
    In doing so, the board approved spending $160,000 of its dwindling cash reserves during the year to make up for a projected revenue shortfall. That will allow the health department to operate at its current staffing level and not reduce services.

  • Batten down the hatches!

    Wind, rain and more of both on the way.
    That’s been life in Anderson County in April, as storm system after storm system continues to dump buckets of rain on our heads and send us scurrying for closets, basements and storm shelters when the wind kicks up.
    Through Monday, just over 9 inches of rain has fallen in Anderson County during April, one of the wettest on record.

  • Will trash pickup become mandatory?

    Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway grimaced, thought about it, then said it anyway.
    Knowing that he’s certain to get some serious blowback, Conway floated a trial balloon during last Tuesday’s meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court to make trash collection mandatory county-wide.
    Conway stressed that the idea is just that — an idea — and that he’s very interested in getting feedback from the public.

  • Tornadoes swirl above Lawrenceburg

    Thankfully, none of the numerous tornadoes that swirled directly over Lawrenceburg early Friday night touched down.

    The storm, which blew in from Taylorsville around 6 p.m., spawned a dozen or more overhead tornadoes, some with wind speeds in excess of 100 mph, according to Anderson County Emergency Management Director Bart Powell.

    “We were tracking it on Doppler, and had as many as six or seven rotations at the same time,” Powell said.

  • Judge’s office, recycling closed Friday, Saturday

    The Anderson County judge-executive’s office and the county’s recycling program will be closed this Friday and Saturday due to the Easter holiday, Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway announced.

  • Stranded family, pets leave

    A stranded family and their 29 pets were able to leave town last week, thanks to donations totaling just over $4,000.
    The family, including a husband, wife and two teenagers, became stranded here when the mini-van they were driving was rear-ended on the Bluegrass Parkway.

  • The good Samaritan lives

    Jamie Richardson is anything but a typical 21-year-old.
    Not only is he a happy-go-lucky, somewhat talkative young man, he’s also remarkably honest and demonstrated both traits last Friday morning.
    Richardson was hanging out in the city parking lot off Court Street while his buddy cleared up a traffic ticket in court.
    He looked down, saw a check and instead of jamming it in his jeans, proceeded to call the phone number on the check to ensure it was returned to its rightful owner.

  • ‘Brianna’s Mutt Strut’ scheduled for May 7

    A dog walk titled “Brianna’s Mutt Strut” in the memory of the late Brianna Borwig is scheduled for Saturday, May 7 from noon to 2 p.m. at the county park, organizers said.
    The walk will benefit the Anderson County Humane Society and is being held in memory of Brianna who, at age 13, died from a brain tumor.
    “Brianna was a girl with a big heart for animals,” her family said. “She wanted to be a veterinarian or animal rescue worker.”
    The event will include bracelets and T-shirts to benefit the Humane Society.