.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Local News

  • Unemployment rate surges to 12.5 percent

    Anderson County’s unemployment rate skyrocketed to 12.5 percent in October, according to statistics released recently by the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training.

    Anderson’s rate is 25 percent higher than the average for the Bluegrass District (9.3 percent) and well above the state average of 10.7 percent.

    Anderson’s rate rose from 10.9 percent in September, and is up 4.4 percent from last October.

  • Chamber lashes out over sign ordinance

    With nearly two dozen Anderson County Chamber of Commerce members staring them down last Thursday night, the city’s board of adjustments tabled several requests for variances in the city’s sign ordinance.

    The meeting, held at city hall, became a rallying cry of sorts by chamber members who for the past year have attempted to work with city government to revise what they say is the city’s outdated sign ordinance.

  • COLUMN: Mustangs a team of 'Destiny'

    It was a good thing that Destiny was on Anderson County’s side Friday afternoon.

    Without her, the middle school state championship trophy might be residing in Whitley County today, just a long 3-pointer from the Tennessee line in Williamsburg.

    And yes, we said her. Destiny. Proper noun. Destiny Stewart.

  • Pain in the gas

    Residential natural gas customers will see their bills increase 6.6 percent if Atmos Energy gets its way.

    The supplier that provides gas to 2,782 Anderson County homes and businesses has asked state’s public services commission to approve the increase, along with a proposed 1.9 percent increase for commercial customers and a 3.9 percent increase for industrial customers.

  • Preacher can't sway fiscal court on booze

    A preacher quoting a Bible verse about repelling evil wasn’t enough to stop the Anderson County Fiscal Court from approving Sunday alcohol sales.

    Magistrates voted 5-1 Tuesday morning to allow restaurants to sell alcohol by the drink on Sundays, ending a years-long debate about the topic. They also approved allowing the county’s two bourbon distilleries and Lovers Leap Vineyard and Winery to sell their products on Sundays.

    They did so following an animated upbraiding from a Frankfort-area preacher, who said magistrates are charged with keeping people safe.

  • Send Santa your wish list!

    The Anderson News is once again helping Santa find out just what to bring on Christmas morning.

    Send your letters for the jolly Mr. Claus to santa@theandersonnews.com by 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27.

    Please limit your letters to 100 words so that Santa has enough time to read through them all.

    If you'd like, send along a photo of yourself in JPEG format.

  • Weekend events kick off Christmas in Lawrenceburg

    Community members are invited to celebrate an “old-fashioned Christmas” this weekend during a host of events sponsored by the City of Lawrenceburg.

    The city’s annual Holiday Remembrance Ceremony and Christmas tree lighting are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4 at Lawrenceburg Green. The Green is located behind Town and Country Bank and adjacent to the city parking lot.

  • Anderson among state's toughest on drunk drivers

    Former UK basketball coach Billy Gillispie wasn’t the first to find out that drinking and driving in Anderson County nearly guarantees a conviction, and he certainly won’t be the last.

    Anderson trails only Shelby County in DUI conviction rate, and only by the narrowest of margins, according to statistics compiled in a joint effort between the Kentucky Transportation Center and UK College of Engineering.

    Between 2004 and 2008, Anderson sported a 92.3 conviction rate, one-tenth of a percent behind Shelby’s 92.4.

  • District court proceedings

    Judge Linda Armstrong heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings Sept. 21.

    Joseph L. Linville, arraignment, failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security -- pleaded not guilty, disposition Oct. 5.

    Courtney Lovell, arraignment, no operator’s/moped license -- pleaded not guilty, disposition Nov. 2.

    Ricardo S. Meaux, arraignment, passing a loading/unloading school/church bus -- pleaded not guilty, pretrial conference Oct. 14, motion/disposition/trial date Nov. 2.

  • District court proceedings

    Judge Matthew K. Eckert heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings Sept. 10.

    Melissa D. Bamberger, arraignment, theft by unlawful taking (shoplifting) -- bonded out.

    Brian Lawson, arraignment, receiving stolen property (firearm) -- pleaded not guilty, continued to Sept. 17.

    Megan L. Reffett, arraignment, fraudulent use of credit cards (less than $10,000) -- pleaded not guilty, continued to Sept. 17.