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  • Trashed!

    An Allied Waste garbage truck pummeled a home on Horn Drive last Thursday morning when its brakes apparently failed.

    The truck’s driver exited the truck after stopping on Brenda Drive, but the truck rolled away down a small hill, crossed the intersection at Horn Drive and punched a gapping hole into the residence.

    The residence was vacant at the time, and the driver was not injured in the crash, according to EMS Director Bart Powell.

  • School board to set tax rate

    The Anderson County Board of Education will make a second attempt to establish a new tax rate when it meets at 5:30 Wednesday night.

    The district’s previous attempt to set a rate ended in a 2-2 tie, which means it failed.

    During that meeting, board members Steve Higgins and Benita Young voted to accept a 4 percent revenue increase. Voting against it was board member Roger McDowell. Chairman Lee Hahn did not vote, which according to the rules by which the board operates, counted as a no vote, forcing the tie.

  • District court proceedings

    Judge Donna Dutton heard the following cases during District Court proceedings August 2.

    Darryl Wayne Wynne, review, operating motor vehicle under the influence (BAC .299), operating on suspended/revoked operator’s license – contempt of court $50, Oct. 14.

    William P. Xavier, III, disposition hearing, operating motor vehicle under the influence (BAC .178) – pretrial conference Jan. 3, jury trial Jan. 17.

    Justin J. Yamaguchi, arraignment, failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security – dismissed.

  • Do they need more tax money?

    Increased costs, decreased state and federal funding and taxpayer burden will all factor into the Anderson County Board of Education’s decision next Wednesday on what to do with its tax rate.

    But what is driving those increases and decreases?

    To help the public understand more about those increases and decreases before next Wednesday night’s pubic hearing, The Anderson News asked the school’s chief finance officer, Nick Clark, to share some insight on both.

  • Where's Ben? Right here!

    The Anderson County Democratic Woman’s Club will sponsor its second annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner on Monday, Sept. 13 at the Anderson County Senior Center.

    The event will begin at 6 p.m., and a catered dinner will be served at 6:30.

    Tickets are $30 each.

  • Thoughts sought on updated plan

    The Lawrenceburg/Anderson County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to consider a new statement of goals and objectives for the Comprehensive Plan update currently under way, the commission announced in a news release.

    The hearing will be held at the commission’s regular meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday Sept. 14 in the Anderson County Fiscal Court room, 139 South Main Street in Lawrenceburg.

    Public input is encouraged, according to the news release.

  • Murder victim slashed multiple times

    An Anderson County man is in jail on murder charges after police found the body of a woman in his residence at 4197 Bardstown Road on Saturday.

    Gary M. Bancroft, 33, is charged with murdering 33-year-old Frances Renee Mobley.

    Mobley’s identity was confirmed Tuesday morning, said Anderson County Coroner Brian Ritchie. Mobley is said to have been staying with Bancroft at least part time in Anderson County, but her family lives in Spencer County, he said.

  • Meet Kentucky's best dispatcher

    Jennifer Mitchell never got a drop of water on her while helping to save a stranded family from drowning in the Kentucky River earlier this year.

    In fact, Mitchell never came within a mile of the river during the rescue effort, but her role in getting the family safe to shore was as important as those who manned rescue boats or plucked the family from its stranded boat.

  • District court proceedings

    Judge Linda Armstrong heard the following cases during District Court proceedings July 26.

    Jessica M. Harris, hearing, possession of marijuana – to serve 30 days (credit time served).

    Thomas D. Jacobs, hearing, license to be in possession, trafficking in marijuana (less than eight ounces), use/possession of drug paraphernalia – to be released when proof filed of completion of treatment.

  • Teens injured in head-on wreck

    Two Anderson County High School students were seriously injured last Wednesday in a head-on collision on Highway 53.

    The accident occurred around 6:30 p.m. about 1 mile from the Bluegrass Parkway.

    Arianne Weakley, 16, suffered a compound fracture to her right leg, and Chelsea Payne, 17, sustained a collapsed lung and other injuries. The driver of the other vehicle, Albert Leitenberger of Willisburg, was treated at the scene and released, according to a news release from the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.