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  • KU wants to zap electric bills 13.7%

    Kentucky Utilities wants to raise residential electric rates 13.7 percent, and some of its customers are speaking out against the request.

    The company says the increase is needed to cover growing demand for electricity, higher operating costs and to offset its $133.7 million investment following a major windstorm in 2008 and ice storm in 2009.

    The company has 6,378 residential and business customers in Anderson County. The company’s overall request is for an 11.5 percent increase, which includes an 11.1 percent increase for industrial customers.

  • 'Christian and I came out alive'

    A Frankfort mother and son with Lawrenceburg ties were scheduled to arrive back in the United States on Tuesday night after spending nearly two weeks in Haiti.

    Danyelle Kincaid, 32, and her 12-year-old son, Christian, were part of a mission group from Capital City Christian Church in Frankfort that left for Haiti on Jan. 7.

    The group was scheduled to return late last Thursday night, but a Jan. 12 earthquake demolished much of the already impoverished area, flattening buildings and leaving thousands dead.

  • ACE brochure in this week's issue

    Anderson Community Education's annual spring brochure will be inserted in this week's edition of The Anderson News.

    The brochure outlines the classes offered by ACE in the coming months.

    Pick up a copy at newsstands across the county beginning Wednesday, Jan. 20. Subscribe online, or by calling 502-839-6906.

  • Reel deal?

    A company that recently signed a contract to build cable reels for General Cable is considering locating its manufacturing facility to Anderson County.

    The company, Madem Reels, would employ three or four people and needs a 15,000 to 20,000 square foot facility with 17-foot ceilings and a loading dock, according to George Leamon, executive director of the Lawrenceburg-Anderson County Economic Development Authority.

    “This would definitely be a win for us to get them here,” Leamon said during last Wednesday’s EDA meeting at City Hall.

  • Turkey to construct new storage facility

    Wild Turkey will construct a new 20,000 space barrel storage warehouse in Lawrenceburg, the governor’s office announced last week.

    The $2.3 million project will add to the distiller’s storage capacity for maturing its products.

    “Kentucky is pleased to partner with Rare Breed Distilling on its latest expansion at the Wild Turkey distillery in Lawrenceburg,” Gov. Steve Beshear said in a news release.

  • 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.