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  • Fans want answers after coach told he can’t pray with team

    Hundreds of Anderson County citizens simply want to know, “Why?”

    Why was the decision handed down to modify the tradition of post-game and post-practice prayers by the Anderson County High School football team? Why were head coach Mark Peach and his staff told they could not participate in the prayers, even if they are not leading them.

  • Packaging plant opens at Wild Turkey

    The owners of Wild Turkey Distillery celebrated the opening of their new $40 million packaging facility Tuesday morning, then moved on to more important matters.
    As Gov. Steve Beshear, Mayor Edwinna Baker and company officials made remarks, shot glasses filled with the famous amber bourbon were passed out to dozens of invited guests, employees and dignitaries who then joined together to congratulate Master Distiller Jimmy Russell on the anniversary of his 59th year at the distillery.

  • Superintendent reviews schools’ policies, explains decision

    Superintendent Sheila Mitchell is currently reviewing district policies on all religious activities following legal guidance from the state and the school district’s attorney.
    Mitchell said she sought legal counsel after the ACLU of KY sent letters to superintendents in August asking for the district to stop Gideons International from handing out Bibles during school hours or face potential litigation.

  • City, county will continue opening in prayer

    By Meaghan Downs
    and Ben Carlson
    News staff
    Attorneys for the city council and fiscal court confirmed this week that, despite the ACLU’s contention that it violates the Establishment Clause of the Constitution, both will continue to open their meetings in prayers.
     “We’re living in a poor place when you can’t have a prayer for the community,” council member Ken Evans said Monday afternoon.

  • Schools crack down on prayers, city, county don’t follow suit

    Just days after the Anderson County School District issued an edict against coaches and staff leading students in prayer, attorneys for the city council and fiscal court vowed to pray on before holding public meetings.
    Threatened litigation by the ACLU over Bible distribution in schools has sparked one of the most passionate and controversial topics to hit Anderson County in recent memory, and has already resulted in drastic changes to school policy that were on full display last Friday night.

  • Honoring veterans by escorting the Wall

    Hundreds of motorcyclists roared through Lawrenceburg on Aug. 29, honking and waving to onlookers stationed along the U.S. 127 Bypass, on their way to Harrodsburg as part of the Traveling Wall Honor Escort.
    The traveling escort started its ride in Frankfort, passing through Lawrenceburg around 6 p.m, and then ended the ride in the Anderson-Dean park in Harrodsburg.
     

  • Deer season opens Saturday for archers

    For hunters, it’s a day to rejoice.
    For the deer they’re trying to shoot? Not so much.
    Saturday marks the opening of the archery deer season in Kentucky, a day when thousands of eager hunters wielding bows and wearing camouflage will climb tree stands or hunker down in ground blinds hoping to harvest a “shooter” buck — or at least fill their freezers with quality red meat.
    Either way, it’s one of the most anticipated days each year for sportsmen itching to hit the woods.

  • On Safari

    When they fired their first arrows, chances are the Peyton brothers never figured that one day their love of archery would lead them on a trip of a lifetime.
    But it did.
    Braden, 19, and Cameron, 17, each spent a portion of their recent summer vacations in Africa, where they successfully harvested zebras while working on a game farm.

  • Football home opener is Friday

    Friday Night Lights hit Lawrenceburg again, starting this week.
    Anderson County opens the home portion of the high school football season that night when it hosts a very good South Oldham team.
    Kickoff is set for Friday, Sept. 6 at 7:30 p.m.

  • City council raises taxes over 3 percent

    City councilmen will add $6 for every $100,000 of assessed real property to city tax bills after approving a first reading of a compensating tax rate for the upcoming fiscal year.
    The council voted unanimously to set tax rates at $1.90 per $1,000 assessed real property, a 3.26 percent increase
    All six members of the council also approved to set personal property taxes at $3.07 per $1,000 of assessed property values, a 1.087 percent increase.
    The new rates will produce roughly $1.1 million in revenue for the city, a $32,185 increase from 2012.