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  • Fiscal court raises tax rate 3.25%

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court voted unanimously Friday afternoon to increase the tax rate property owners pay by 3.25 percent.
    The rate increased from $1.23 per $1,000 of assessed value to $1.27, meaning that the amount the fiscal court receives on a piece of property assessed at $100,000 will increase from $123 to $127.
    The decision will give the fiscal court an additional $63,000 in revenue for the coming year, and represents what is called the compensating rate, the formula for which is provided by the state’s Department of Local Government.

  • Bike rally a roaring success

    Saturday’s National Guard bike rally at the Lawrenceburg Healing Field raised more than $28,000, exceeding the expectations of its organizers.
    “It was fantastic for a first year’s event,” organizer Col. Charles Jones of the Kentucky National Guard said.
    About 500 bikes lined up inside the Anderson County Fairgrounds, bringing more than 580 people for an afternoon of barbecue, live music, booths, raffle tickets and door prizes.
    A L29 Cold War era jet made an appearance, flying over the heads of the rally goers.

  • Peeping Tom case settled for ‘nuisance’ money

    The Anderson County man accused of watching a mother and daughter use the restroom through a two-way mirror in his gas station has agreed to pay them an undisclosed amount of money to settle a civil lawsuit.
    John Ellis, owner of the Marathon station on US 127 just south of the Bluegrass Parkway, settled the case for what his attorney described as “nuisance” money two years after basically pleading no contest to a misdemeanor criminal charge in the case and being placed on probation.

  • Stratton places third at Montgomery’s steakhouse

    The boy sure can sing, and proved it last week.
    Jarrod Stratton, a 2002 graduate of Anderson County High School and proud native of Tyrone, placed third in a karaoke contest last week at Eddie Montgomery’s steakhouse in Mercer County, surviving cut after cut in the competition before finally falling just short of his goal in the finals.
    But don’t think for a moment that finishing third is the end of his ambitious road.

  • Lightning in Monday storm was ‘just bam, bam, bam’

    The storm that rocked Lawrenceburg on Monday did a fair amount of damage, including setting a home on Walker Lane ablaze.
    The fire, which apparently damaged the home’s roofline, was caused by a direct lightning strike, a police officer at the scene said. He said that a City of Lawrenceburg employee saw the home get struck, and called the fire department.
    The fire rekindled Tuesday afternoon, drawing a second response from firefighters.
    The storm also blew over a tree on East Broadway, blocking the street next to Col. Bob Thompson’s home.

  • Secretariat Drive man hit with 40 more child porn charges

    A Lawrenceburg man who has admitted to police to having “sexual desires for children” has been indicted in Shelby County on 40 counts of distribution of child pornography.
    Those charges, incurred July 20 by Mark S. Hawks of Lawrenceburg, followed on the heels of almost twice as many similar charges in Anderson County the day before.
    There, Hawks was indicted on 70 counts of possession and distributing child pornography.

  • Rally planned for Healing Field

    The American Legion Auxiliary Post 34 will host the Kentucky National Guard Memorial Ride 2011: Ride to Remember rally at the Healing Field Aug.13, starting at noon.
    Registration is $25 for a single bike or $35 for couples.
    The registration fee includes lunch, live entertainment, commemorative T-shirt and collector’s edition ride patch.
    Riders will gather from noon to 3:30 p.m. that afternoon, but everyone is welcome to come to ride, walk or drive.

  • Local couple stars in webisode series

    Travis Huber hunts orcs, but he’s always 10 minutes too late.
    As the cleric in the Web series “The Brothers Barbarian,” he’s a sort of medic who styles himself as both an alchemist and a warrior.   
    His wife Nycole plays Nicky, a thief who charms her way into getting what she wants.
    Those are the kinds of characters to be anticipated in an episodic production Travis describes as “‘The Lord of the Rings’ meets ‘The Princess Bride.’”

  • Family needs help as child battles cancer

    The hits just keep coming for the McKinney family.
    In May, Paul and Tonia McKinney’s 2-year-old daughter, Ryleigh, was diagnosed with a rare form of childhood liver cancer.
    It has since spread to her lungs.
    Then, two weeks ago, Paul lost his job when the company he worked for fired him for missing too much work to be at his ailing daughter’s side while she underwent massive bouts of chemotherapy.

  • ‘Whoever did this … will pay’

    By Ben Carlson
    General Manager
    Residents along Hammonds Creek Road don’t have much.
    The stretch of county highway that connects Alton Station Road and Highway 44 doesn’t have a general store, gas station or business of any kind.
    But they do have each other, Fellowship Baptist Church and its adjoining cemetery where many of their loved ones are buried.