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  • Wreck kills Dana Drive man

    A Dana Drive man was killed last Wednesday in a three-vehicle accident at the intersection of US 127 Bypass and Highway 62.

    Ralph G. Coy, 65, died from injuries he received in the accident, according to a news release from the Anderson County Coroner’s Office.

    Kentucky State Police are investigating the accident, but as of Monday had not released any specific details about how it occurred.

  • School board blinks, keeps tax rate

    The public spoke Wednesday night, and the Anderson County Board of Education listened.

    The board voted unanimously to leave the property tax rate where it is, and where it has been for the past two years.

    The property tax rate will remain at $5.52 per $1,000 of assessed value, meaning the school’s portion of this year’s tax bills will neither increase nor decrease.

    Dozens of concerned citizens attended a public hearing on the tax rate Wednesday, and most of them implored the board not to raise taxes.

  • FULL STORY: Late tax bills sold despite lawsuit

    A Circuit Court judge on Monday rejected the last-minute pleas of one of Anderson County’s largest property owners to halt the sale of his delinquent tax bills.

    Brad Smith, owner of SmithCo Properties, which includes Eagle Lake Convention Center and a host of strip malls, sued the county attorney, judge-executive, sheriff and county clerk in an effort to stave off the sale of his 2009 back taxes, which totaled roughly $95,000, nearly $10,000 of which includes his home.

  • Burgoo Fest on tap this weekend

    The Burgoo Festival rolls in to town this weekend bringing with it a Civil War re-enactment, disc golf tournament, and truck and tractor pull.

    The festival, in its 17th year, seems to expand each year.

    Last year saw the expansion of the Civil War re-enactment into Anderson County Community Park, where it will be located again this year.

  • Rusted out bridge closed

    Rusted and swayed beams beneath a bridge at the Anderson-Franklin county line have forced state Department of Transportation officials to close it indefinitely, county highway foreman Chip Chambers announced Monday afternoon.

    The bridge, located on Lanes Mill Road, was downgraded following a state inspection earlier this year and restricted to vehicles weighing 3 tons or less, Chambers said.

  • District court proceedings

    Judge Donna Dutton heard the following cases during District Court proceedings August 19.

    Stacey E. McCoy, pretrial conference, theft by unlawful taking (shoplifting), possession of controlled substance – jail gave Sept. 2 as court date.

    Sidney Roberts, pretrial conference, fourth-degree assault domestic violence (minor injury) – bond decision, pretrial conference Sept. 22, motion/disposition/trial date Sept. 30.

    Latasha N. Stevens, preliminary hearing, receiving stolen property (less than $10,000) – waive 20 days, preliminary hearing Sept. 2.

  • Murder suspect allegedly tells friend: 'I sliced her from ear to ear'

    The friend of a Bardstown Road man accused of murdering a Mount Eden woman Sept. 3 claims the man admitted doing so the next day while trying to convince him to help get rid of her body.

    “I [f-ed] up. I killed her. I sliced her from ear to ear and put her in a trash bag in the bathroom,” is what Ronnie Hale of 4307 Bardstown Road claims in court documents was said by Gary M. Bancroft, 33, the day after Bancroft allegedly killed his girlfriend, Frances Renee Mobley, 33.

  • Fultz settling in as new principal

    From the moment Gina Fultz got the call saying she had been selected as the new principal of Anderson County Middle School, her mind was focused on moving forward.

    “Anyone who knows me would have expected me to scream or jump up and down,” Fultz said. “I’m a very excitable person. But I was already thinking about what we needed to do next.”

    Fultz described those few moments on the phone with Lisa Petrey-Kirk, middle school teacher and chairperson of the school’s site-based council, as “very happy.”

  • Crash leaves one dead, one injured

    UPDATED at 4:15 P.M. WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 15 — One person is dead and another injured following a three-vehicle accident Wednesday morning at the intersection of US 127 Bypass and Highway 62.

    Ralph G. Coy, 65, of Lawrenceburg, died from injuries he received in the accident, according to a news release from the Anderson County Coroner's Office.

    Details of the accident remain sketchy, but it appears a white Chevrolet Impala driven by Coy and another car heading west through the intersection onto Highway 62 collided with a tractor-trailer headed south on the Bypass.

  • Trashed!

    An Allied Waste garbage truck pummeled a home on Horn Drive last Thursday morning when its brakes apparently failed.

    The truck’s driver exited the truck after stopping on Brenda Drive, but the truck rolled away down a small hill, crossed the intersection at Horn Drive and punched a gapping hole into the residence.

    The residence was vacant at the time, and the driver was not injured in the crash, according to EMS Director Bart Powell.