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  • Fiscal court approves tax increase

    A divided Anderson County Fiscal Court narrowly approved a tax increase and the next step toward building a swimming facility when it met Tuesday morning.
    Magistrates voted 4-3 for a 1.6 percent increase on real estate, raising the rate from $1.27 per $1,000 assessed value to $1.29. That means a home assessed at $100,000 will now pay $129 instead of $127.
    Voting for the increase were Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway and magistrates David Ruggles, Forest Dale Stevens and Juretta Wells. Voting against were magistrates Buddy Sims, David Montgomery and Kenny Barnett.

  • Two women receive minor injuries in wreck near Walmart

    Two women were injured July 24 in a two-vehicle wreck at the intersection of Glensboro Road and US 127 Bypass in front of Walmart.
    City police said witnesses saw Jennifer Jaber, 31, of Louisville, run a red light at about 6 p.m. last Wednesday as she headed north on the US 127 Bypass.
    Racheal Palmerton, 22, started to make a left turn from Glensboro Road onto US 127 Bypass north when Jaber’s Ford Escape crashed into Palmerton’s Nissan 300ZX.

  • Pipeline public meeting scheduled for Tuesday

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court wants to hear what the people it represents have to say about a proposed pipeline during a special called meeting Tuesday, Aug. 6.
    The 7 p.m. meeting will be held in the basement of the Anderson Extension office, located in the county park.
    Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway called for the meeting two weeks ago when residents concerned about the pipeline attended a fiscal court meeting to voice their objections.

  • From cowardly lion to singing ogre

    Devan Pruitt kick started his acting career by guzzling hydrochloric acid.
    Egged on by friends, the high school sophomore pretended to knock back a graduated cylinder full of hydrochloric acid during an AP Chemistry lab.
    Pruitt, now a college sophomore at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, said he doesn’t remember exactly what the lab was about, maybe about testing pH levels.  
    But he remembers the consequences of his prank — getting kicked out of AP Chemistry.
    A blessing in disguise, Pruitt said.

  • Anderson high school alum hired as LaRue Co. principal

    From Larue County Herald News
    Landmark Media News
    Kyle Goodlett has been hired as principal of LaRue County High School.
    Goodlett, who served as assistant principal last year, takes over for Paul Mullins who has accepted the superintendent’s job at Garrard County.
    His duties began Monday.
    Goodlett was one of 12 applicants and four people interviewed by the LCHS site-based decision-making council. The council used also an online survey which gave everyone in the community a chance to have input.

  • Deputy uses ‘old fashioned police work’ to collar burglary suspects

    A Shelbyville couple, including a man who was just released from prison, are charged with a rash of burglaries in the Fox Creek Road area.
    Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Wooldridge arrested Hubert Smith, 31, and Emily Smith, 29, of 701 Southland Dr., Shelbyville on two counts each of second-degree burglary July 22.

  • Judge scolds attorneys during murder suspect’s hearing

    Circuit Court Judge Charles Hickman blasted the state’s Department of Public Advocacy last Tuesday afternoon for failing to adequately assign legal defense for the man charged with murdering an Anderson County woman a year and a half ago.
    Hickman scolded department officials after learning that they had yet to assign an attorney to Terrance Cram, who was scheduled to stand trial Monday for the January 2012 murder of his landlord, Clay Burgin Road resident Tena McNeely, 49.

  • ‘World’s Longest Yard Sale’ kicks off 26th year this week

    Yard sale fanatics rejoice: the wait is finally over.
    The annual 127 Yard Sale — featuring more than 690 miles of bargains, antiques and other finds along the Bypass — begins this Thursday, Aug. 1 and ends Sunday, Aug. 4.
    The 127 Yard Sale has expanded its reach across several states since the sale started in 1987, according to the sale’s official press release. The 127 Yard Sale, which will celebrate its 26th year anniversary this summer, was instituted to get drivers off the main highways and onto less known byways and roads across the country.

  • Teen in stable condition following Gator wreck on Corinth Road

    Daniel McGuffin, 16, of Lawrenceburg sustained serious injuries after he lost control of a John Deere Gator early last Thursday morning on Corinth Road.
    McGuffin was driving down Corinth Road toward Hammonds Creek when he lost control in a curve of the road, striking two trees and eventually landing on a fence about a quarter of a mile from Corinth Christian Church.

  • Arraignment set for driver charged with murder, DUI

    The Lincoln County man indicted for the vehicular murder of a Lawrenceburg woman is scheduled to be arraigned next Tuesday, Aug. 6, in Anderson District Court.
    Eric D. Jenkins, 42, of 208 Country Dr., Hustonville, is scheduled to appear at 9 a.m., marking the first time he has been in court since being indicted by the grand jury last Tuesday afternoon.
    Along with murder, he was indicted for operating a commercial vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants, according to court documents.