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  • City tax rate ticks higher

    Lawrenceburg homeowners received a 1.2 percent property tax rate increase Monday evening after the city council voted to accept what the state terms as a “compensating” tax rate.

    The ordinance establishing the tax rate was approved unanimously on first reading, and the council is expected to vote on the ordinance on second reading at its next monthly meeting.

  • Parents asked for input on new middle school principal

    Steve Karsner is the new instructional supervisor for Anderson County Schools, filling a vacancy left when Sheila Mitchell was hired as the district’s new superintendent.

    Karsner spent the last three years as principal of Anderson County Middle School, and now the school's site-based decision making council is beginning its search for a new principal.

  • County tax rate goes up

    Homeowners in Anderson County received a 2.5 percent property tax rate increase Tuesday morning after the fiscal court voted to accept what the state terms a “compensating” tax rate.

    Magistrates voted unanimously to increase the tax rate, which is set at the state level and means that the fiscal court will operate on the same amount of revenue it did this past fiscal year.

    Tuesday’s fiscal court meeting also included a round of sparring between a magistrate and the county’s highway foreman, each of whom is running for judge-executive.

  • District court proceedings

    Judge Donna Dutton heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings May 27.

    Tanessa Wilson, disposition, non-support -- bench warrant.

    Samantha J. Wolverton, disposition, first-degree criminal trespassing, third-degree criminal mischief -- continued to June 10.

    Barry K. Young, disposition, menacing -- amended to disorderly conduct, deferred for six months, review Dec. 9.

    Kelly N. Mills, arraignment, theft by deception (less than $10,000) -- waived to grand jury.

  • Police bust outdoor meth lab

    Three people, including a Lawrenceburg woman, were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine Tuesday afternoon after being discovered living in a drainage pipe just off Highway 44.

    The trio, which included a man from Harlan County and a man from Bell County, were apparently living in the pipe after being kicked out of a home on Brenda Drive two days earlier.

    Lawrenceburg police declined to release any of their names pending an ongoing investigation.

  • Schools mourn loss of Saffell student

    For the second consecutive year, the Anderson County school district has opened mourning the loss of one of its students.

    Summer Raine Evans, 8, a student at Saffell Street Elementary School, died Monday in an automobile accident in Woodford County.

    “This is a very sad way to start the school year, with the loss of a student,” said Superintendent Sheila Mitchell.

    Last year, just before the school year started, Seth Carnahan, 13, a student at Anderson County Middle School, drowned after falling into North Elkhorn Creek in Scott County.

  • Couple celebrates 70 years of love

    Virgil and Leoda Lunsford of Lawrenceburg celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary July 31.

    They were married in Madison County on July 31, 1940.

    This year, on July 24, their children and grandchildren honored them with a surprise cookout — 48 family members attended the event.

  • Deals abound for early birds

    The annual 127 Yard Sale is supposed to kick off Thursday, but don’t try telling that to the thousands of visitors and dozens of vendors who flocked last weekend to Eagle Lake Convention Center.

    “We had a lot of vendors that wanted to come in a weekend early and set up,” said Eagle Lake owner Brad Smith. “We had a pretty fair turnout of mostly local shoppers who wanted to get out early and shop before the big crowds show up.

    “By Thursday when it starts for real, it will be crazy.”

  • Depot could become welcome center

    The man who helped save the old Lawrenceburg train depot and move it to the US 127 Bypass is back in action, this time to help turn the facility into a welcome center.

    C. Michael Davenport said he hopes to generate enough public interest in the project to have the old depot renovated and turn it not only into a welcome center, but a home for the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce and community facility.

  • District court proceedings

    Judge Donna Dutton heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings May 24.

    Terry S. Allen, hearing, operating a motor vehicle under the influence (BAC .138) -- show cause.

    Melissa D. Bamberger, arraignment, license to be in possession, operating a vehicle with an expired operator’s license -- dismissed.

    Martin G. Begley, arraignment, failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance -- pleaded guilty, $643, show cause/installment/deferred payment Dec. 6.