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  • Kickin' some grass!

    The state’s spotlight will shine on Anderson County this week as farmers from across Kentucky converge here to discuss and view forage and grassland.

    The Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council Field Day is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 3 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Buddy Smith’s farm on 1984 Graefenburg Road.

    This will mark the first time the event has been held in central Kentucky, according to Extension agriculture agent Tommy Yankey. It will feature some of the most cutting-edge forage and grassland work being done today in agriculture, he said.

  • Beaver Lake Road to close Thursday

    The county road department is closing Beaver Lake Road at the second causeway on Thursday, Sept. 3 beginning at 8 a.m.

    The road will remain closed until 4 p.m. for culvert repair, said road foreman Chip Chambers.

  • District court proceedings

    Judge Linda Armstrong heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings June 29.

    James C. Flora, arraignment, operating a vehicle with an expired operator’s license -- dismissed.

  • 'Public relations disaster'

    One health board member is angry that the health department is leaving Main Street.

    Another questioned why the board OK’d a new $2.1 million building near Wal-Mart just months after a state officials advised against it.

    Keith Klink, a pharmacist whose family has operated a drug store on Main Street for decades, said the deciding factor for him was a comment Health Director Brandon Hurley made about potential fallout of the health department leaving Main Street.

  • No, you can't!

    A group of Anderson County business owners are concerned about a proposed 5.25 percent school tax rate increase and plan to let the school board know about it Thursday night.

    The business owners gathered for a meeting Monday night at Eagle Lake to formulate questions and concerns they plan to air, and said they planned to meet again Tuesday night and invite school officials.

    Most were quick to point out that they are not against a solid education system, but are concerned at such a large tax increase.

  • $2.1 million OK'd for new health department

    Citing the need for more room and its inability to expand its current building, the Anderson County Board of Health voted Wednesday to construct a new, $2.1 million building near Wal-Mart.

    Board members voted 5-3 on the measure, ending a years-long debate about how to expand the health department.

    The new building is expected to be around 10,000 square feet, doubling the size of the department’s current location on Main Street, which is about 17 years old. It will be located on 2 acres of land between Wal-Mart and Lawrenceburg Physical Therapy on Woodford Street.

  • 'Ignorance tax'

    If health board members had any question about where septic tank owners stand on an ordinance that requires them to pump their tanks every three years, they don’t any more.

    About 50 people attended last Wednesday’s meeting of the Anderson County Board of Health in an attempt to get the board to change the ordinance.

    Adopted in 2004 and reaffirmed in 2007, the ordinance requires those with homes three years old or newer to have their tank pumped and inspected every three years. The pumping costs about $250, on top of a $25 fee to the health department.

  • City cops charge Gillispie with DUI

    Former University of Kentucky men's basketball coach Billy Gillispie was arrested and charged with driving under the influence this morning by Lawrenceburg police.

    Police received a report of an erratic driver with Texas plates heading north on US 127 early Thursday morning. When responding to the call, police pulled over the vehicle near Emma B. Ward Elementary School. Sgt. Chad Powell was the arresting officer.

    Gillispie had one passenger in his car. That passenger was also arrested.

  • City offers to buy grave markers for families with wooden crosses

    The five wooden crosses in the Lawrenceburg Cemetery may soon be replaced by stone monuments at no cost to the families who have been fighting to keep them there.

    At a meeting Friday afternoon, the Public Works Committee of the city council decided to make a peace offering to the families who were recently asked to remove wooden crosses from their loved ones graves because they were not in compliance with the city’s cemetery ordinance.

    Councilman and committee chair Bobby Durr suggested that the city offer those families grave markers at no cost to them.

  • District court proceedings

    Judge Donna Dutton heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings June 22.

    Sean M. Roberts, disposition, operating a motor vehicle under the influence (BAC .130) -- show cause.

    Justin A. Robinson, disposition, failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance -- dismissed.

    Jorge Ruiz, continued first appearance, no operator’s/moped license -- pleaded guilty, $243, show cause/installment/deferred payment Sept. 28.