Local News

  • Mission accomplished

    Surviving simply wasn’t enough for Lawrenceburg’s General Cable plant.
    Faced with the daunting reality that telecommunication products — the cables strung between phone poles — were going the way of the dodo bird, employees at the worldwide company’s local plant vowed to be its “last plant standing” — a mission to outperform and outlive its sister plants.
    Mission accomplished.

  • Thrill of victory, agony of defeat

    The Pinewood Derby is much more than a race, according to assistant Cub Master Dean Kendrick of Pack 38.
    “As the leaders of the pack strive to improve the derby each year, we hope the scouts will see that and strive to improve their cars each year.
    “The official Cub Scout motto is ‘Do Your Best,’ and we sincerely hope we are successful in teaching this important life lesson to our scouts,” Kendrick said via e-mail.

  • Rogers doesn’t file for re-election

    Anderson County will have a new Circuit Court clerk next year.
    Jan Rogers, who has held the position since 1994, confirmed Monday that she will not run for re-election.
    One of her assistants, Pam Robinson, a Democrat, confirmed that she is running for the seat.
    Robinson, who was required to pass a test to run for the office, is the only one who filed by Tuesday’s deadline.
    “I’ve been here a long time,” Robinson said, adding that she has worked in the office for 19 years. “I’ll have big shoes to fill.”

  • King wins round one in battle to keep seat

    A Franklin County Circuit Court judge issued a temporary injunction Tuesday afternoon to delay the filing deadline for state legislative candidates through Feb. 7.
    That ruling keeps alive state Rep. Kim King’s hopes of keeping her seat in Anderson County after a redistricting plan signed into law last week pushed her out.
    “I’m very pleased,” said King, who represents Anderson County as part of the 55th District.

  • A downtown fixture

    Jim Hyatt didn’t grow up thinking he would own Lawrenceburg’s only pool room.
    More than 40 years later, he couldn’t imagine doing anything else.
    Hyatt, the 76-year-old proprietor of Jim’s Pool Room on Main Street, has been slinging hamburgers and coney dogs while chatting up neighbors and fellow University of Kentucky fans for decades.
    “I should retire, but I’ve been doing it so long,” he said, standing behind the pool room’s well-worn wooden bar. “I like doing it.”

  • Coming Wednesday: General Cable struts its stuff
  • New ECC building too small

    The Ezra B. Sparrow Early Childhood Center will be completed by next school year, offering new technology and a new building, but not enough square feet.
    According to Superintendent Sheila Mitchell, some early childhood programs or classrooms at the current ECC will need to relocate to individual district elementary schools next school year due to lack of space at the newly constructed center.

  • Foreclosure forecast is gloomy

    First, the good news. Home foreclosures in Anderson County dropped to their lowest level in several years in 2011.
    Now, the bad news. It appears that the decline was artificial, and 2012 could be worse than ever.
    Foreclosures, which have topped 100 each of the past three years, dipped to 63 in 2011, according to Bill Patrick, a Lawrenceburg attorney who oversees foreclosures as the county’s master commissioner.

  • Slashed payroll proposed to balance health department budget

    The Anderson County Health Department’s financial woes will be solved largely on the backs of its employees if proposed spending cuts are approved.
    The health board’s finance committee has approved slashing an estimated $163,000 in payroll and an additional $30,000 in other spending in an effort to rectify an estimated $185,000 budget deficit.
    The proposal will be presented to the full health board when it meets Feb. 15. It must first be approved by the state’s acting commissioner of public health.

  • School board to consider $600,000 in pay increases

    Salary increases, textbook funding and $200,000 in school bus purchases are three new budget items included in the first draft of the district’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year.
    A budget committee, composed of administrators, staff, superintendent Sheila Mitchell, finance officer Nick Clark and one board member, offered input for the draft budget presented to the board and drafted by Clark.
    “The goal is for everyone to have a voice in the process,” Mitchell said.