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  • Magistrates begin process of mandatory trash pickup

    Mandatory trash pickup inched closer to reality Tuesday morning.
    The measure, if approved, would require those not currently having their trash picked up to do so, and pay for the service on their water bills.
    By a 4-3 vote, magistrates approved having the county attorney draft an ordinance, which will still need to be passed at a future date.
    Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway has pushed for mandatory collection since taking office in January.

  • Ex-Bearcat found dead in dorm

    By John Herndon
    Sports Editor
    There was a reason for the shock that made its way through two communities last week: Stephen Hawkins had changed.
    Hawkins, 28, was found dead in his apartment at Kentucky Christian University in Grayson last Wednesday. An athlete during his days at Anderson County High School, Hawkins had become a respected student at the school.
    Friends in Lawrenceburg and Grayson, where Kentucky Christian is located, were in shock over Hawkins’ sudden death. Results of an autopsy, performed Thursday, are pending.

  • Sky-high electric bills a real shocker

    Thousands of Anderson County residents are fuming this week after receiving electric bills that are, in some cases, three or four times higher than their normal amounts.
    Kentucky Utilities is blaming a contracted meter reader for the problem, but is billing customers for his mistakes, anyway.
    The meter reader has since been fired by Tru-Check, the company contracted to read Kentucky Utilities’ meters, after he apparently misread them and recorded electric usage below what was actually used.

  • Poker Run raises more than $9,000 for Healing Field

    The fourth annual Poker Run for the Healing Field was held Sept. 3.
    Signaling the start of the Poker Run was Department of Kentucky Auxiliary President Lois Hall. There were 117 people to register and 77 motorcycles. More than $9,000 was raised with the raffle, silent auction, 50/50 jackpot, sale of T-shirts and registration.

  • Like father, like son

    Aura’s not your typical high school garage band.   
    To be exact, the four Anderson County High School seniors practice in a barn.  
    Guitarist Lowell Gordon reassures the converted stall on drummer and cousin Brett Tracy’s property is a good place to work on Aura’s music.
    If they tried practicing in the same space as their fathers’ band, Garland Buckeye, they’d make a lot of alternative rock noise.  ”It’s got to be separate, with all that rock music,” Lowell said.

  • Harry Wise residents fuming over fiscal court decision

    Residents along Harry Wise Road are speaking out after the Anderson County Fiscal Court rejected a planning and zoning recommendation to allow a new tract of homes to be built.
    The fiscal court made its decision last Tuesday morning, and asked the county attorney to draft facts and findings it will vote on at a later date.
    Developer Larry Cann asked the court to override planning and zoning’s decision and grant him a zoning change that will allow him to build up to 17 homes in a wooded lot he owns on Harry Wise Road.

  • English by birth, American by oath

    Phil Cooke had a valid green card, and could have stayed in America in perpetuity without the hassle of filling out the mountains of paperwork and other requirements to receive full citizenship.
    But the native of England said he loves living in Lawrenceburg so much, completing the tedious process was the least he could do.
    “The reason I did it was out of respect for the community,” Cooke said. “The people of Lawrenceburg and First Baptist Church right from day one made me feel welcome. I feel it really is my home.”

  • Duo indicted after alleged crime spree

    Two Lawrenceburg residents were indicted last Tuesday on numerous felony counts of burglary and theft by unlawful taking.
    Frederick Kirchhoff III, 28, and Samantha Wolverton, 27, both of 101 Brenda Drive, were indicted by the Anderson County Grand Jury on six counts of theft by unlawful taking, over $500, each a Class D felony. They were also indicted on five counts of third-degree burglary and one county first-degree burglary for an alleged crime spree earlier this year, according to the indictment on file in Anderson County Circuit Court.

  • Pool Party?

    Events in the county park, and plenty of them.
    That’s the formula Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway has put in place to someday allow Anderson County to own and operate its own public swimming facility.
    “That’s my insight; that’s my vision,” Conway said Monday. “It might not happen in next three or four years, but I can actually see it happening.”

  • City council OKs maximum tax increase

    The city council voted unanimously Monday night to approve the first reading of a 4 percent revenue increase for the 2011-12 fiscal year.
    With the projected tax revenue for the city set at $990,000, the 4 percent revenue increase would increase tax rates homeowners pay from $1.67 per $1,000 of assessed value to $1.78, a 9.38 percent increase.
    That rate would provide total revenue of $1,038,063 for both real and personal property.
    The 4 percent revenue increase is the maximum allowed by state law without the decision becoming subject to a public referendum.