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  • Stunning details revealed in charges against former social worker Murphy

    The former Anderson County social worker indicted on nine felony counts of tampering with public records admitted doing so to an investigator with the attorney general’s office, according to documents obtained by The Anderson News.
    Margaret “Geri” Murphy, who in September pleaded not guilty to the charges, admitted falsifying records in each of the nine counts, including cases involving numerous cases of alleged sexual abuse — one involving an infant.

  • Small businesses utilize social media marketing

    When it comes to marketing a small business in a difficult economy, it’s best to be on the cusp of what’s new.
    That’s what Pam Leet, co-owner of Lovers Leap Winery with husband Logan, was looking for when she first heard of the online coupon hub Groupon about a year ago.
    “We’re trying to stay on top of what is the biggest and the best, the biggest bang for the buck,” she said.
    Groupon is a website that offers members, usually notified by social media or e-mail, daily coupons they can purchase within a specific time frame.

  • South Anderson Water District seeks hefty rate increases

    South Anderson Water District customers will see significant increases in their water bills if proposed new rates are approved.
    The minimum bill for customers using less than 2,000 gallons per month will increase 11.8 percent, going from $16.92 to $18.93 each month.
    Those who use what is considered the average amount of water each month — 4,500 gallons — will see their water bills jump 12 percent, an increase from $42.15 to $53.75.

  • Historic district commission moves first public hearing to Dec. 6

    Due to a Gideon's event occuring at the Senior Citizens' Center, the historic district commission will move its first public hearing regarding the establishment of the proposed Lawrenceburg historic district to Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Anderson County Senior Citizens’ Center.
    Historic district landowners and adjacent landowners will be given 15 days notice of the hearing, and all are invited.
    The proposed historic district area will include:

  • Signs removed from new civil offense ordinance

    If at first you don’t follow procedure, vote again.
    After failing to follow proper voting procedure in its Oct. 10 meeting, the city council voted to approve a new civil offense ordinance for the second time in a special-called meeting Monday afternoon, this time with a few changes.
    The council unanimously approved a different version of the civil offense ordinance than what passed Oct. 10, voting to exclude sign violations from being classified as civil offenses, and lowering the maximum fine penalties for contested violations to $20-200 from $25-250.

  • Harry Wise Road zoning debate settled, for now

    The zone change saga on Harry Wise Road was put to rest Monday morning during a special called meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court.
    By a 4-3 vote, magistrates upheld a recommendation from the planning and zoning commission to keep a 16-acre tract of property there zoned A1.
    The property owner, Larry Cann, has tried for the past year to have the zoning changed to A2, which would allow him to build 16 homes vs. the eight homes he could build on A1, which requires lot sizes of at least 2 acres.

  • Marching on, perhaps to state finals

    In the Anderson County marching band’s debut competition for the 2011 season, they took home the title of reserve grand champion.
    That’s not necessarily something band director Patrick Brady would have envisioned happening three years ago.
    When Brady came to Anderson County High School as a 23-year-old music instructor, he had with no previous experience as head director of a marching band, other than assisting as a paraprofessional for one year.
    “Got my feet wet pretty quick,” Brady said.

  • Another bad audit for county

    Last year’s audit of the Anderson County Fiscal Court’s finances wasn’t good, and neither is the one just released by the state auditor.
    From credit card purchases for items not explained on receipts to employees being paid without signatures on time cards, state Auditor Crit Luallen pointed out multiple problems with the fiscal court’s financial management, just as she did the previous year.

  • Pot grower’s nightmare

    Whoever had roughly $100,000 worth of pot growing near the old Southern States building on Highway 44 is going to be mighty disappointed the next time they stop by to water their plants.
    The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office and Kentucky State Police used machetes Monday morning to chop down 47 fully budded marijuana plants in a secluded area almost directly behind Rite Aid.
    No arrests were made, but an investigation is ongoing, according to a news release from Chief Deputy Joe Milam.

  • Teenager admits stealing flags

    Misdemeanor theft charges have been filed against a 14-year-old boy who police say has admitted stealing three flags from the Healing Field memorial in Lawrenceburg.
    Detective David Decker with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office cracked the case of the stolen flags, which has outraged residents and families of soldiers who are memorialized there.
    On Friday, Decker, along with members of the American Legion Auxiliary, returned one of those flags to the mother of an Anderson County Marine who died while on a training exercise in the Philippines in 2007.