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  • EDA gets windfall from Industrial Foundation

    The Lawrenceburg-Anderson County Economic Development Authority's budget swelled from a mere $35,000 to more than $1 million last week when the privately held Industrial Foundation voted to disband and hand over its funds.

    The decision, which was approved with a 3-2 vote by the foundation, means it will turn over an estimated $1.2 million, giving the EDA a large cash infusion to help attract industry and jobs to Anderson County.

  • Wreck on Bypass kills one, hurts two

    A Lawrenceburg man was killed and his passenger seriously injured when the motorcycle he was driving slammed broadside into a car Sunday night on U.S. 127 Bypass.

    Donald Miller, 60, of Beaver Lake Road, was pronounced dead at the scene, Anderson County Coroner Brian Ritchie said Monday morning.

    His passenger, Brenda Sparrow, 48, of Lawrenceburg, was airlifted from to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, where she underwent surgery for multiple injuries. Ritchie said she was in serious condition.

  • Webb crowned first Miss ACHS

    One of Megan Webb's favorite quotes is: "The number of times you lose makes you appreciate the times you win."

    And she appreciated winning Saturday night.

    Webb, a sophomore, was crowned the first Miss Anderson County High School during Saturday's pageant, which took place in the school's auditorium.

    "That's an honor in itself," Webb said. "It's not only an honor to be Miss ACHS, but to be the first Miss ACHS."

    Webb said a "burning sensation" went through her as she was listening to the master of ceremonies announce the runners-up.

  • District court proceedings

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

    -- referred to grand jury.

    Angela Redford, disposition, theft by deception (less than $300) -- continued to Oct. 2.

  • Blazing buzzard sparks brush fire

    A buzzard that became tangled in electric transmission lines burst into flames, fell to the ground and started a large brush fire last Thursday afternoon.

    The incident was just the latest among several fires that have bedeviled local firefighters during the area's ongoing drought.

    Anderson County Fire Chief Mike Barnes recounted the burning buzzard incident Monday, saying the fire started when the flaming bird landed on the ground near Timber Creek Road.

    "The land there is not flat and we had to hike back in there a ways to get to it," said Barnes.

  • Motorcyclist killed on Bypass

    A Lawrenceburg man was killed and his passenger seriously injured when the motorcycle he was driving slammed broadside into a car Sunday night on U.S. 127 Bypass.

    Donald Miller, 60, of Beaver Lake Road, was pronounced dead at the scene, Anderson County Coroner Brian Ritchie said Monday morning.

    His passenger, Brenda Sparrow, was airlifted from to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, where she underwent surgery for multiple injuries. Ritchie said she was in serious condition.

  • Cheerleading coordinator pleads not guilty

    The woman charged with taking over $3,000 from the Anderson County Youth Cheerleading Association entered a not guilty plea during her arraignment last Thursday.

    A preliminary hearing for Mary Ann Pratt, 32, of Lawrenceburg, is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 23 in Anderson District Court.

    Pratt was arrested and charged Aug. 7 with theft by unlawful taking over $300 after a four-month-long investigation by Lawrenceburg Police Department Detective Mike Schell.

    Pratt was the 2007-08 coordinator of ACYC.

  • Heading 'em up and moving 'em out

    A wagon train made up of about a dozen wagons was on its way to Casey County when it made an unexpected stop at MedStop Pharmacy last week.

    "One of our guys had to get his medicine," explained teamster Charlie Brown.

    "This is the first time we've done this particular trip," added wagon master Bobby Perry, who has been making similar wagon trips to points around Kentucky and adjoining areas for 30 years.

    Perry said most of the wagoneers are Anderson County residents.

  • Anderson's CATS scores show progress

    The Anderson County school district ranks in the top 35 percent in the state, Sheila Mitchell, director of district-wide curriculum, told the Board of Education at its regularly scheduled meeting Monday night.

    The ranking is based on Commonwealth Accountability Testing System data for the 2008 biennium.

    CATS is a state mandate and is different from No Child Left Behind, which is a federal mandate, Mitchell said.

  • Industrial Foundation disbands, gives $1.2 million to economic development authority

    The local Industrial Foundation recently voted to disband and turned over $1.2 million to the Joint Lawrenceburg/Anderson County Economic Development Authority, Judge-Executive Steve Cornish announced at Tuesday's Anderson County Fiscal Court meeting.

    "They asked that two of their former board members be added to the Joint Authority," Cornish said.

    The court voted unanimously to approve the agreement and appointed former Lawrenceburg Mayor Bob Thompson to fill one of the two additional seats on the Joint Authority.