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  • 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.

  • GOP selects Denny for clerk

    The race for county clerk is set now that the county's Republican Party has nominated Fiscal Court Magistrate Jason Denny.

    Denny, who is in the middle of his first term on the fiscal court, was selected among four candidates Friday night to challenge former judge-executive Anthony Stratton, a Democrat, to fulfill the remaining two years of the late Harold Ritchey's county clerk position.

    Ritchey collapsed and died earlier this summer.

    Denny said the job is one he's had his eye on for years.

  • Man arrested after report of gunshots

    A Lawrenceburg man was arrested July 13 after the Lawrenceburg Police Department responded to a report of gunshots on Township Square.

    Joseph A. Pratt, 39, Lawrenceburg, was arrested by Officer Josh Satterly on charges of wanton endangerment and alcohol intoxication.

    Other police reports from the past few weeks are:

    July 1

    Ashley N. Richardson, 19, Lawrenceburg, was arrested by Officer Teddy Melton on charges of possession of alcohol by a minor and alcohol intoxication after a suspicious person complaint was made on Dudley Street.

  • Family Fun Fest set for July 31

    The seventh annual Anderson County Schools Family Fun Fest will be Thursday, July 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Anderson County Middle School.

    The first 800 Anderson County students in preschool to eighth grade to attend will receive free backpacks with school supplies.

    The event is sponsored by the district Family Resource and Youth Service Centers, Wal-Mart and the middle school

  • Humane Society to county: Pay up!

    The Anderson Humane Society wants its money and wants it now.

    After waiting more than a year for the Anderson County Fiscal Court to reimburse them for work completed to its animal shelter in 2006, Humane Society officials have retained an attorney, and the agency's treasurer said she is considering charging the court interest to the tune of 18 percent until the balance is paid.

    The fiscal court voted in June 2007 to reimburse the Humane Society for the $7,700 it spent to enlarge the lagoon and install adequate lighting and fencing at the animal shelter.