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  • Schools back in business

    Anderson County students began the 2008-09 school year today. Here are some of the highlights of changes going into effect this year:

    New lunch and breakfast prices

    The Board of Education voted in June to increase the price of breakfast and lunch at all six Anderson County schools.

    Meals will increase by 25 cents across the board this year, with the exception of a 40 cent per lunch increase at Anderson County Middle School.

  • Court Docket in current edition

    Judge Donna Dutton heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings Aug. 7.

    Justin D. Thornberry, arraignment, possession of marijuana -- pleaded not guilty, pretrial conference Aug. 14.

    Deidra H. Wash, arraignment, operating on a suspended/revoked operator's license -- pleaded guilty, $243, show cause/installment/deferred payment Nov. 24.

    Raymond Amos, sentencing, theft by deception (less than $300) -- sentenced to 90 days (conditionally discharged), $178, show cause/installment/deferred payment Oct. 30.

  • North to Alaska

    If you want to know exactly how far it is from Lawrenceburg to the Alaska state line, just ask Garry Wash or Ken Long.

    The Lawrenceburg men know it's 4,046 miles because that's what the odometers on their Harley-Davidsons read when they finally made it to the country's northernmost state in June, about two weeks after leaving Anderson County on what Wash described as a trip of a lifetime.

    "It was unbelievable," he said. "I've been thinking about doing it forever and ever, and it was all we hoped it would be.

    "It was a once-in-a-lifetime adventure."

  • 'Substantial' amount of cash stolen on Herndon Road

    A "substantial" amount of cash and a variety of tools were stolen earlier this month from a residence at 1219 Herndon Road and Kentucky State Police are determined to find out who did it.

    Trooper Trevor Harris said the unspecified amount of cash and the safe it was in were reported stolen July 13. He said the cash, safe and tools were stolen from an outbuilding behind the residence, out of which the homeowner operates a lawn mowing business.

    Harris said he is combing the area looking for leads to solve the case.

  • Sheriff: 'You can't replace them'

    Sixty years.

    That's how much law enforcement experience Anderson County will lose this week when Chief Deputy BJ Crane, Sgt. Joe Milam of the Kentucky State Police and Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Officer Rick Hettinger retire from their departments.

    Although coincidental in timing, it nevertheless is interesting that the three Anderson County men with so much law enforcement experience would all step down on virtually the same day.

  • Economic development group to survey businesses

    A survey of Anderson County businesses is scheduled to begin Aug. 10 to determine business needs and conditions, the Lawrenceburg-Anderson County Economic Development Authority announced Tuesday morning. The survey will be mailed to each of the county's 900-plus businesses, and a draft report of the results is scheduled for release Sept. 25. The survey is being conducted in cooperation with the Lawrenceburg-Anderson County Industrial Foundation.

  • Foreclosures could hit century mark

    Anderson County is well on its way to eclipsing 100 foreclosures this year, nearly double its total for 2006.

    The national credit crunch precipitated by a plethora of sub-prime home loans has communities across the country reeling from the number of families losing their homes, and Anderson County is no exception.

    Just last Friday, nine local properties were available for foreclosure sale on the county courthouse steps, and nine more are scheduled for foreclosure in August.

  • Levy County millage rate stays same

    Levy County's property tax millage rate will remain at its current rate - 7.4212 mills - for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1

    That's good news for property tax owners. But the bad news for Levy County is that employees won't get a raise and it will have to spend its entire emergency reserve fund, to balance a reduced budget at that tax rate.

  • Nuestras Vacaciones de Verano (Our Summer Vacation)

    Healthy, tanner, laden with bargains and looking forward to American tap water, 11 travelers from Anderson County High School recently returned from a trip to Mexico.

    In June, Brittany Van Hook, a 2007 graduate; Bethany Jefferies, a 2008 graduate; Noel Sutherland, a 2008 graduate, and his mom, Kim; incoming juniors Mark Lancaster, Erika Frye, Chelsea Watts, Melissa White and Tiffany Bales; and Spanish teacher Sylvia Hensley and her daughter, Carrie, visited Mexico City, Guanajuato, Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta.

  • Extension inches closer to taxing authority

    The Anderson County Extension Service is one step closer to being able to collect property taxes.

    During its meeting Tuesday night, the Anderson County Fiscal Court allowed a first reading of an ordinance that would give taxing authority to the extension service.

    Although the rates could change during a required second reading of the ordinance, magistrates proposed a tax rate that means property owners will pay an additional tax of $16 per $100,000 of assessed value.