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  • Beasmore weighing appeal following loss in sexual harassment lawsuit

    Fired county employee Lea Beasmore was shut out last Thursday night in her $1.5 million sexual harassment lawsuit against the fiscal court, but that doesn’t mean she’s done trying.
    Her attorney, Ken Henry, confirmed Monday that Beasmore “is considering her options” in appealing the jury’s decision to the state’s Court of Appeals.
    “Every losing party has the right to appeal,” Henry said. “We’re looking to see if there are any appealable issues.”

  • New company moves into Eagle Lake

    A company that makes mosaics out of tiles is moving into Eagle Lake, Eagle Lake’s owners announced in a news release.
    Diade USA is scheduled to begin production this month, and will employ 20 to 30 people as demand and product production grows, the news release said.
    Once the mosaics are made, they are put together on what is known as mesh and shipped to the company’s purchasers. The mosaics are used as tile-like coverings for bathroom and kitchen walls and floors. They are also used on fireplaces and in swimming pools.

  • Land use map to be discussed April 20

    The final draft of a land use map developed by the joint city/county comprehensive plan update committee will be discussed Wednesday, April 20 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Center, 160 Township Square, Lawrenceburg.
    The public is welcome, and comments will be accepted.

  • Alleged puppy killer in court Thursday

    The Lawrenceburg man accused of killing his girlfriend’s puppy by stomping it then setting it on fire is scheduled to appear in Anderson District Court on Thursday, according to court documents.
    Paul “Doobie” Dearinger was charged last year with killing his girlfriend’s 8-month-old puppy following an argument.
    He is facing a misdemeanor charge of cruelty to animals after a grand jury declined to indict him on a felony charge late last year.

  • A ‘smarter’ version of 911

    Anderson County residents will soon have the ability to customize information a dispatcher will see when they call 911.
    The Anderson County Fiscal Court approved last Thursday the purchase of a system called Smart 911, based on a recommendation of the joint city/county 911 Board.
    Here’s how it will work: Residents will be asked to populate a website with important medical information about family members, allowing dispatchers to instantly inform medical personnel responding via ambulance.

  • Sales pitch tabled for reapportionment

    Until it figures out why it has already exceeded its annual budget for “special services,” the Anderson County Fiscal Court has placed on hold a sales pitch from the Bluegrass Area Development District to reapportion the county’s magisterial districts.
    During its meeting last Tuesday, a BGADD representative showed magistrates a computer software system that will move district lines to ensure that all six have population bases within around 10 percent.

  • Increases denied for CASA, Conservation District

    Requests from two local agencies for more funding were denied during last Tuesday’s meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court.
    Court Appointed Special Advocates and the Anderson County Conservation District both had their requests for additional funding denied, but will receive the same amount of funding from the fiscal court they received last year.
    “We didn’t have any choice,” said Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway.
    “If you keep dipping in and giving more money here and there, pretty soon you won’t have a budget left.

  • Magistrates OK higher trash fees

    High fuel prices aren’t just costing people more at the pump.
    Soon, they’ll also raise the price of getting their trash collected.
    The Anderson County Fiscal Court voted unanimously last Tuesday to grant a request from M&M Sanitation to raise residential garbage collection fees from $10.43 a month to $11.65, a $1.22 increase per month.
    The higher rates will be in effect on July 1.
    Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway said skyrocketing fuel costs are to blame.

  • Court OKs $10K to fix polling places

    Three western Anderson County polling places left for dead just last week were revived Monday during a special-called meeting of the fiscal court.
    The fiscal court voted to spend up to $10,000 to fix polling places at Rutherford and Hickory Grove, and Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway announced that Mago Construction, his former employer, will donate asphalt to fix the parking lot at Western Masonic Lodge.

  • Easter egg hunt Sunday at Legion

    A community Easter egg hunt will be held Sunday at the American Legion.
    There will be prize baskets and money eggs, free pictures with Mr. and Mrs. Bunny, free drinks and lots of fun for children ages 1 to 12, organizers said.
    The hunt begins at 1 p.m. There will more than 8,000 eggs, so bring the kids and have some fun, organizers said.
    If it rains, the hunt will take place April 23.
    The hunt is sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary and the City of Lawrenceburg.