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  • Power outage puts Thoroughbred in deep freeze

    If you thought Friday’s sub-zero temperatures were bad, imagine waking up to discover you had no electricity.

    That nightmare was a reality for those who live in Thoroughbred Estates after an unusually high demand for electricity early Friday morning overloaded the community’s circuits, leaving residents there in the dark — and cold.

    The outage began around 6:30 a.m. and power was restored to all 275 homes by around 12:30 p.m., Cliff Feltham, KU’s statewide media relations manager said.

  • Union effort squashed at General Cable

    Workers at General Cable overwhelmingly voted against joining a labor union last Thursday and Friday, squashing the effort that has been under way for the better part of the past decade.

    By nearly a 4-to-1 margin, workers rejected joining the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. The final vote was 203 no and 57 yes. Fourteen votes were challenged, according to a message on the factory’s telephone system.

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  • Thoroughbred Estates loses electricty on coldest day of year

    UPDATED 8:30 P.M. FRIDAY — A heavy demand for electricity in Thoroughbred Estates is being blamed for the subdivision’s loss of power Friday morning, leaving homeowners in a deep freeze as utility workers scrambled to restore power.

    Crews with Kentucky Utilities and Atmos Energy, the area’s natural gas supplier, began working early Friday morning when the unusually heavy demand for electricity shut down the subdivision’s power grid.

  • UPDATED: County schools closed Friday

    Anderson County Schools will be closed Friday, according to Transportation Director Chuck Fletcher.

    Originally, the district was put on a one-hour delay because of extremely cold temperatures predicted for Friday morning, but with temperatures looking to remain in the single digits until tomorrow afternoon, the decision was made to cancel school altogether.

  • Union effort squashed

    UPDATED 9:20 P.M. FRIDAY — General Cable workers soundly rejected union representation by voting against it by nearly a 4-to-1 margin.

     

    The final vote was 203 no, 57 yes and 14 challenged votes, according to an answering machine at the plant, located off U.S. 127 Bypass in Lawrenceburg.

    The vote was held Thursday and Friday at the plant, and voting ended Friday at 8 p.m.

    For more on this story, see the Jan. 21 edition of The Anderson News.

  • Cable ready?

    Workers at the county’s largest private employer will decide this week if they want to form a union at General Cable.

    The vote for all non-management employees is scheduled for Thursday and Friday at General Cable, located on U.S. 127 Bypass. A simple majority is all that is required for it to pass.

    “It’s going to be extremely close,” said Earl Riley Jr., a 30-year employee who helped organize the effort to join the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). “I can’t tell one or the other which way it will go.”

  • Wind chill advisory issued for Anderson County

    A wind chill advisory has been issued for Anderson County from 4 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursday, according to the National Weather Service in Louisville.

    Arctic air is headed toward the area and will bring plunging temperatures after midnight, according to the weather service. The cold air will also bring wind, which may gust as high as 30 mph at times.

    Temperatures are expected to fall into the lower teens across the Bluegrass area, and the resulting wind chills could fall toward -10 F.

  • Sims takes Denny’s seat on court

    During the next two years as the magistrate for the 4th District, Buddy Sims hopes to provide Anderson County residents with quality service — despite a tighter budget.

    “I want to take my years of experience and find different ways to do more,” Sims said. “I want to give them (county residents) the same or better service, even though I know we’ll be working with less money.”

  • Concerns linger following water advisory

    A weekend-long boil water advisory issued by the city ended Sunday morning, but questions remain regarding how effectively residents are being notified.

    Two of the city’s main water lines had to be shut down to make repairs late Friday afternoon, forcing city officials to declare the advisory.

    City Clerk Robbie Hume said his office contacted each of the city’s restaurants and other locations that serve tap water or use it in beverages they sell.