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  • 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.

  • School board calls for 5.25 percent tax rate increase

    The Anderson County Board of Education is proposing a tax increase that would create over $300,000 more in revenue than it collected last year.

    The proposed rate is 58.1 cents per $100 on real property and 58.1 cents per $100 on personal property, according to a legal advertisement that appeared in The Anderson News.

    A public hearing to discuss the general fund tax levy is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 27 at 5:30 p.m. in the Board of Education Training Room located at 1160 Bypass North.

  • Chandler answers health care reform critics

    Congressman Ben Chandler wants the Obama administration to slow down on health care and focus on jobs and the economy.

    That was Chandler’s message in an interview Monday after opponents of the House’s efforts to reform health care held a spoof town hall meeting Saturday in Lexington.

    The meeting included an effigy of Chandler on stage with a microphone.

    Chandler said he does not routinely hold town hall meetings during his August recess and had no plans to do so during the ongoing health care debate.

  • School bus, truck collide

    A school bus carrying around 37 students was hit broadside Tuesday afternoon by a pickup truck.

    None of the students appeared injured immediately following the accident, which occurred at the intersection of Highway 151 and US 127 Bypass near Eagle Lake.

    The driver of the pickup truck, Tram Roger of Lawrenceburg, also appeared to be OK.

    The accident occurred around 3:30 and involved bus 12.

    The bus was apparently headed north on 151 when it was struck by the pickup, which was headed south on the Bypass.

  • Cancer sucks!

    Hitting a curve ball was never much of a problem for Tommy Barnes. He took his sweet swing to the University of Louisville, played for one of the most prolific offensive teams in college baseball, then worked his craft in the minor leagues and as a high school baseball coach.

    But life has thrown a harder pitch than Nolan Ryan or Randy Johnson could ever deliver.

    Cancer.

    Thomas C. Barnes IV and those closest to him know this is not a game.

    And they all know, “Cancer sucks.”

    It is how Tom Barnes feels about his latest foe.

  • No poop, no playground

    Clean up your animal poop in the county park and keep dogs off the playground.

    That was the message magistrates sent during last Tuesday morning’s meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court.

    The poop-scoop and playground decisions took roughly an hour to reach, as magistrates haggled over what dogs will be allowed to do in the park now and in the future.

    At one point, a vote that would have kicked dogs off nearly every portion of the park aside from the walking track ended in a 3-3 tie, which means it lost.

  • Tragedy narrowly averted when car, train collide

    Had the train been going a hair faster or the vehicle a hair slower, tragedy would likely have been the result last Thursday morning.

    Fortunately for Lisa Chesser of Willisburg, her battle with a train that foggy morning ended with her being shaken up and the rear bumper of her SUV being torn off.

    It could have been much, much worse, experts said.

  • Sheriff files for re-election

    Sheriff Troy Young announced Monday that he will seek another term in office during the 2010 elections.

    Young said he filed a letter of intent to seek re-election with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance, freeing him up to take campaign donations.

    “Over the past few weeks I have been humbled at the overwhelming number of Anderson County citizens asking me if I’m going to run to continue serving the county in the next election, when the next election is and how they can help,” Young said.