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  • Opponents: Pipeline ‘no good for citizens of Kentucky’

    Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway says he doesn’t want the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline to cross Anderson County, and apparently has plenty of company.
    About a dozen opponents of the pipeline voiced their displeasure during last Tuesday night’s Anderson County Fiscal Court meeting, telling magistrates how they have been misled by land acquisition agents, that it offers no local benefit and how potentially dangerous the proposed project is to the environment.

  • Library director rejects tax rate demanded in lawsuit

    Taxpayers can expect their library tax rates to remain flat, or decrease slightly for the upcoming fiscal year.
    If they’re expecting the library board to drop rates to the level demanded by a taxpayer lawsuit against Anderson Public Library, it won’t be an option.
    Library director Pam Mullins said she found no reason to recommend the compensating rate, at 87 cents per $1,000 assessed value, or a 4 percent revenue increase, at 90 cents per $1,000 assessed value.

  • Final fiscal court vote on swimming facility unlikely until September

    A final vote on building a $2.8 million swimming facility in the county park likely won’t happen until September, if it happens at all.
    Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway said last week that the fiscal court will open architectural bids for the project during its meeting Aug. 6, but doesn’t expect a vote that day to hire one.
    Conway said the fiscal court’s parks and recreation committee will review those bids before being presented to the fiscal court for a vote.

  • Residents plea for help on ‘dangerous’ road

    A decades old fight to have the county take over maintenance of the end of Herndon Road resurfaced after residents presented a petition last Tuesday to the Anderson County Fiscal Court.
    Seven families live on the 2,500-foot stretch of narrow, rutted road that they say exposes their children to dangerous conditions and is inaccessible to fire trucks and ambulances.

  • Woman hurt in N. Main wreck

    Anissa Young, 41, of Lawrenceburg received minor injuries in a one-vehicle wreck that occurred at about 8:20 a.m. Tuesday on North Main/US 127 Business.
    Young, the sole passenger of a 2007 Kia Optima, was driving north on North Main Street/US 127 Business toward the Bypass on July 23 when her vehicle fell off the shoulder of the road, hit a telephone pole guide wire and crashed through a fence, Deputy Chad Cox of the sheriff’s office said.

  • Clerk ‘shocked’ when Senate hopeful Grimes asks for cash

    Anderson County Clerk Jason Denny says his office doesn’t answer to Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, and doesn’t want e-mail solicitations from her campaign for US Senate sent to his county government e-mail address.
    Denny was one of a number of Republican county clerks who received the e-mail solicitation for money from Grimes, Kentucky’s chief election officer and a Democrat who recently tossed her hat in the ring to challenge incumbent Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell next year.

  • Speed a factor in wreck that injured four teens

    By Meaghan Downs
    News staff
    Four Anderson County teenagers sustained serious injuries in a wreck on Rice Road last Tuesday afternoon, with two victims being airlifted by two separate helicopters to the University of Kentucky medical center.
    Landon Ockerman, the male driver of a gray Nissan Altima carrying Autumn Judd, Amber Judd and a third female passenger, were heading toward US 62 July 16 when their vehicle struck a tree on Rice Road, causing the vehicle to roll over and come to a stop in the middle of the street.

  • Cops & Rodders set for Saturday

    Main Street will be awash with hot cars and cool bikes this Saturday for the Cops & Rodders 2013 Car Show.
    Sponsored by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, the event raises funds for the annual Shop With a Cop program and the Kentucky Sheriff’s Association’s Boy’s and Girl’s Ranch.
    The event is scheduled for 4 to 9 p.m. on Main Street in Lawrenceburg, and will feature music, fun, food and a mixture of police vehicles and street rods. This year’s event also features a motorcycle division.

  • ‘Gun to our heads on the budget’

    The school board denied two department budget increases for high school and middle school athletics and fewer security cameras for Anderson County buses, citing its tight budget for the upcoming school year.
    The board unanimously voted to disperse the same amount of athletic budget funding as last year: $49,550 for the high school and $24,400 for the middle school.
    Athletic director Rick Sallee had requested a $3,500 increase for the upcoming school year for two items:

  • ‘I will be candidate in 2014’

    Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway laid to rest speculation that he won’t seek a second term in office by announcing Friday that he will run again in 2014.
    Conway, a 20-year magistrate who was elected judge-executive in 2010, had suggested he wouldn’t seek re-election leading up to last Friday’s announcement due to ongoing controversies about recycling, building a swimming facility and two embarrassing state audits.
    He said that changed after hearing from his supporters.