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  • Pool party on hold as fiscal court seeks bids

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court voted Tuesday  morning to advertise for bids for a swimming facility, but not actually build it.
    By a 4-1 vote, magistrates approved soliciting bids for a proposed $2.8 million facility that will include a water slide, diving boards, splash park area and other features.
    That vote means only that the fiscal court will receive bids, and a separate vote is still required to actually approve building the facility.

  • Scalded inmate files federal suit against county

    A former Lawrenceburg resident has filed a federal lawsuit against Anderson County, its judge-executive, jailer and others claiming that he was burned by another inmate while incarcerated at the Shelby County Detention Center.

  • Audits show taxpayers bought Creatine for inmates

    A pair of state audits released last week show that Anderson County taxpayers purchased muscle building powder, urinary pain relief tablets, unnecessarily paid sales tax on numerous occasions and revealed a rash of other problems.

    Despite being classified by state Auditor Adam Edelen as “clean,” the 2011 and 2012 audits of the Anderson County Fiscal Court reveal issues ranging from how county employees handle cash to credit card purchases that were “unreasonable and/or unnecessary to the purpose of any county business,” according to the report.

  • Vote on swimming pool expected Tuesday

    Residents could find out Tuesday if Anderson County will get its own public swimming facility.

    Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway said Friday that he intends to bring his proposed $2.8 million swimming facility to a vote when the Anderson County Fiscal Court meets Tuesday at 10 a.m. A work session is scheduled for 9 a.m.

    Both are open to the public, and the 10 a.m. meeting will include time for public comments.

  • Three vehicles collide on US 127

    Three vehicles were involved in a wreck Friday around 1:30 p.m. on US 127 near the Bluegrass Parkway.

    The wreck happened just north of the Parkway in the northbound lane of US 127 in front of the Valero gas station.

    No one appeared to be injured in the accident that involved the mini-van, a pickup truck and a smaller car. No other details were immediately available.

    Responding were the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, Kentucky State Police and Anderson County Fire and EMS.

  • Downs promoted to news editor

    Meaghan Downs was promoted recently from staff writer to news editor of The Anderson News.
    Downs joined the newspaper’s staff two years ago fresh out of college and immediately became a tremendous asset.
    “She excelled from day one,” said Publisher and Editor Ben Carlson. “During her short time with us, Meaghan has continued to take on additional responsibilities and has handled each very well.”

  • She ‘likes’ The Anderson News!
  • ‘Twilight’ actor coming here to film movie on bridge

    Tyrone Bridge was made for the movies.
    As cliché as it sounds, Director Joshua Overbay said in a phone interview, Tyrone Bridge is cinematic, the perfect location to shoot an upcoming feature film “Hope Bridge.”  
    Before June 11, Overbay said, he had only seen photos of Tyrone Bridge, the S-curved crossing high above the Kentucky River that connects Woodford and Anderson counties.
    Overbay said he was initially drawn to the uniqueness of the bridge, the way the road slowly shows itself as a filmmaker’s lens would.

  • Library board discusses hiring PR firm, taxes

    The library will be slightly under budget at the end of the fiscal year, Director Pam Mullins said during last Tuesday’s board meeting, which may translate to the board being able to decrease property tax rates for 2013-2014.
    Those tax rate calculations, however, will be handed down from the state library association based on House Bill 44, a method being contested in a recent lawsuit filed by Anderson County taxpayers.

  • Proposed pool would cost $2.8M

    The size and cost of a proposed swimming facility in the county park will be detailed during the July 2 meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court.
    The meeting begins at 9 a.m. with a work session, followed by a regular session at 10. Both are open to the public.
    On Monday, Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway revealed that the facility — a centerpiece of his campaign for judge in 2010 — will cost an estimated $2.8 million, adding that it will have an expanded wading area for small children as well as six competition-sized swimming lanes.