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  • COLUMN: A pain in the grass

    After spending the better part of four decades not trying to keep up with them, the Joneses finally caught me in their web of jealousy this spring.

    Their name isn’t actually Jones, but that’s not the point. Several families in my neighborhood had (past tense gleefully and firmly intended) lawns that would make even the Cincinnati Reds’ groundskeeper green with envy, and did exactly the same thing to me.

    They didn’t have dandelions poking their rotten yellow heads out of the ground only hours after they mowed.

  • Who's the best? You decide

    Honor your favorite Anderson County businesses by casting a ballot — or two — in the second annual “Best of Anderson” contest.

    Paper ballots can be found in the Aug. 4, 11 and 18 editions of The Anderson News, as well as the Aug. 9 and 16 editions of The Anderson News Extra.

    Only original paper ballots will be accepted; no copies are allowed.

    Votes can also be cast online at www.theandersonnews.com. Click here to vote.

  • Ag office cites county for spraying weeds

    The admission last Tuesday in fiscal court that a highway employee sprayed weed killer after his state certification expired has resulted in state charges against the county and sparked a political firestorm among judge-executive candidates.

    Highway foreman Chip Chambers, the Republican candidate for judge, admitted to the infraction during the meeting while being quizzed by Magistrate John Wayne Conway, a Democrat also running for judge.

  • City tax rate ticks higher

    Lawrenceburg homeowners received a 1.2 percent property tax rate increase Monday evening after the city council voted to accept what the state terms as a “compensating” tax rate.

    The ordinance establishing the tax rate was approved unanimously on first reading, and the council is expected to vote on the ordinance on second reading at its next monthly meeting.

  • Parents asked for input on new middle school principal

    Steve Karsner is the new instructional supervisor for Anderson County Schools, filling a vacancy left when Sheila Mitchell was hired as the district’s new superintendent.

    Karsner spent the last three years as principal of Anderson County Middle School, and now the school's site-based decision making council is beginning its search for a new principal.

  • County tax rate goes up

    Homeowners in Anderson County received a 2.5 percent property tax rate increase Tuesday morning after the fiscal court voted to accept what the state terms a “compensating” tax rate.

    Magistrates voted unanimously to increase the tax rate, which is set at the state level and means that the fiscal court will operate on the same amount of revenue it did this past fiscal year.

    Tuesday’s fiscal court meeting also included a round of sparring between a magistrate and the county’s highway foreman, each of whom is running for judge-executive.

  • District court proceedings

    Judge Donna Dutton heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings May 27.

    Tanessa Wilson, disposition, non-support -- bench warrant.

    Samantha J. Wolverton, disposition, first-degree criminal trespassing, third-degree criminal mischief -- continued to June 10.

    Barry K. Young, disposition, menacing -- amended to disorderly conduct, deferred for six months, review Dec. 9.

    Kelly N. Mills, arraignment, theft by deception (less than $10,000) -- waived to grand jury.

  • Police bust outdoor meth lab

    Three people, including a Lawrenceburg woman, were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine Tuesday afternoon after being discovered living in a drainage pipe just off Highway 44.

    The trio, which included a man from Harlan County and a man from Bell County, were apparently living in the pipe after being kicked out of a home on Brenda Drive two days earlier.

    Lawrenceburg police declined to release any of their names pending an ongoing investigation.

  • Schools mourn loss of Saffell student

    For the second consecutive year, the Anderson County school district has opened mourning the loss of one of its students.

    Summer Raine Evans, 8, a student at Saffell Street Elementary School, died Monday in an automobile accident in Woodford County.

    “This is a very sad way to start the school year, with the loss of a student,” said Superintendent Sheila Mitchell.

    Last year, just before the school year started, Seth Carnahan, 13, a student at Anderson County Middle School, drowned after falling into North Elkhorn Creek in Scott County.

  • Couple celebrates 70 years of love

    Virgil and Leoda Lunsford of Lawrenceburg celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary July 31.

    They were married in Madison County on July 31, 1940.

    This year, on July 24, their children and grandchildren honored them with a surprise cookout — 48 family members attended the event.