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  • Cheerleading coordinator charged with theft

    The 2007-08 coordinator of the Anderson County Youth Cheerleading Association has been charged with taking over $3,000 from the organization during that season, the Lawrenceburg Police Department announced in a news release.

    Mary Ann Pratt, 32, of Lawrenceburg, was charged with theft by unlawful taking over $300 and lodged in the Franklin County Regional Detention Center after a four-month-long investigation by Det. Mike Schell.

    Police were contacted in April regarding missing funds from the ACYC, the release said.

  • Their goal? Catch drunk drivers

    The Anderson County Sheriff's Office will conduct periodic traffic safety checkpoints at approved locations as part of "Make the Crackdown Count," which runs from Aug. 15 to Sept. 1, the sheriff's office announced in a news release.

    The sheriff's office will maintain a highly visible presence on the county's roadways and will be out in force conducting traffic safety checkpoints and saturation patrols to detect, arrest and prosecute impaired drivers to the fullest extent of the law, the release said.

  • No, your toilet's not on fire

    If you see white smoke coming from the plumbing inside your home this week, don't panic.

    You might, however, want to call a plumber.

    The city's public works department will conduct a smoke test Thursday and Friday on all sewer lines between the railroad tracks on North Main Street and Broadway.

    The test will be from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. both days.

    Larry Hazlett, director of public works, said the sewer lines in that area will be filled with fast-clearing harmless white smoke to help locate groundwater infiltration or damaged sewer lines.

  • These cicadas sting

    The very name "cicada" conjures images of earlier this summer when millions of them screeched and swarmed and left behind a blanket of corpses.

    Fortunately, that brood of cicada is one that arrives only every 17 years. Unfortunately, a cousin with an intimidating name and even nastier sting is prevalent this time of year, and now is the time to keep a watchful eye out for them.

    Cicada killer wasps are now setting up housekeeping in well-drained, light-textured soil, according to Tommy Yankey, an agent with the Anderson County Extension Office.

  • At stake: $260,000 property tax increase

    County taxpayers will shell out $260,000 more in taxes if two measures are approved Thursday by the Anderson County Fiscal Court.

    The fiscal court is scheduled to discuss two tax issues during the meeting, scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. in the judge-executive's chambers on Main Street.

    The first will be to set the county's tax rate; the second whether to grant taxing authority to the county's Extension District.

  • 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.