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  • Good luck insuring vicious dogs

    The owners of dogs declared potentially vicious or vicious will struggle if not fail to locally obtain liability insurance that would be required under a proposed county dog ordinance.

    The ordinance, which is scheduled for a second reading Jan. 19 by the Anderson County Fiscal Court, would require owners of potentially vicious dogs to obtain $100,000 in liability insurance, and vicious dog owners to obtain $500,000.

    Doing so won’t likely be easy and could be very expensive, insurance agents said last week.

  • A nice day for fishing

    What did a couple of big-time real estate developers, a lawyer who wants to be a judge, a fairly high ranking state cabinet official and about dozen more moderately sane people have in common Saturday afternoon?

    They willingly grabbed an empty Ol’ Roy dog food bag, slid down a snowy hill and onto a frozen pond.

    Not that you’d expect much more from a group of guys who gathered in 20-degree weather to ice fish on a pond that, chances are, had never been ice fished before.

  • Harlan to vie for Jr. Miss crown

    Casey Harlan will go up against 33 of Kentucky’s finest young ladies this weekend in hopes of bringing the state Junior Miss title — and thousands of dollars in scholarships — home to Anderson County.

    Harlan, a senior at Anderson County High School and daughter of Donald and Lori Harlan, won the local crown in May.

    “I did really well at locals, and I hope to do the same [this weekend],” Harlan said Friday afternoon.

  • Help wanted as Girl Scout enrollment skyrockets

    Anderson County Girl Scouts has seen a significant increase in enrollment this year — such an increase that nearly 30 girls are still pending placement while the organization tries to round up more troop leaders.

    “Enrollment is up everywhere, but especially here in Anderson County,” said Mary Ann Abner, volunteer coordinator and local troop leader.

    In total, 158 girls have signed up for Girl Scouts — up 50 girls (or 42 percent) from last year.

    There are around 15 local troops, not including one in the works at the middle school.

  • Share your thoughts on proposed KU rate increase

    Kentucky Utilities has requested permission to increase residential electric rates 13.7 percent, and The Anderson News is writing a news article about it for Wednesday's paper.

    To have your say in the article, please send your comments, along with your name and daytime contact information, to news@theandersonnews.com.

  • District court proceedings

    Judge Linda Armstrong heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings Oct. 5.

    Porter L. Boyd, arraignment, operating on a suspended/revoked operator’s license -- pleaded guilty, $243, installment/deferred payment Dec. 14.

    Michael W. Hays, arraignment, operating on a suspended/revoked operator’s license -- pleaded guilty, sentenced to 90 days, to serve seven days (balance conditionally discharged for two years), $243, installment/deferred payment Jan. 11.

  • 'They are ruining my property'

    Water spilling from a South Anderson Water District tower on Lanes Mill Road has a homeowner there hopping mad and demanding that the district fix damage it has caused to his property.

    Monty Collingsworth says the recent spillover has flooded his septic system, washed out his driveway and has left “miniature lakes” on his frozen yard.

    “I’ve spent thousands of dollars trying to keep my land from disappearing, but the water comes so fast I can’t stop it,” Collingsworth said. “They are ruining my property.”

  • Feared snow produces only couple of inches

    They were too prepared, but that’s a good thing.

    County highway foreman Chip Chambers said his crews were prepared for significantly more snow that the 1 ½ to 2 inches that fell Thursday in Anderson County, but is happy those preparations proved unnecessary.

    “It’s a blessing, really,” Chambers said by phone around 1:30 p.m.

  • Pit bull bites 2-year-old in face

    A pit bull attack on a 2-year-old has the Anderson County Fiscal Court reconsidering an ordinance that deals with potentially vicious and vicious dogs.

    The 2-year-old suffered facial lacerations when bitten last week by a pit bull while the child was visiting a family member in the Glensboro area, according to animal control officer Jason Chesser.

    Chesser said a nephew of the woman who owns the home and his 2-year-old son were visiting her when the child was attacked. He said the child was hospitalized with facial wounds, but has since returned home.

  • Scrap operator facing $10K fine, jail time

    A Fox Creek Road resident is facing nearly $10,000 in fines and 90 days in jail for operating what amounts to a junkyard near his home.

    Kenneth Peach, of 1820 Fox Creek Road, was found guilty during a Dec. 28 bench trial for violating a county zoning ordinance by operating a junkyard on property zoned A-1 (agricultural), according to documents on file in Anderson District Court.

    Peach can avoid all but $100 of the fine and the jail time if he cleans up his property by May 6, District Court Judge Linda Armstrong ruled.