Local News

  • City council OKs maximum tax increase

    The city council voted unanimously Monday night to approve the first reading of a 4 percent revenue increase for the 2011-12 fiscal year.
    With the projected tax revenue for the city set at $990,000, the 4 percent revenue increase would increase tax rates homeowners pay from $1.67 per $1,000 of assessed value to $1.78, a 9.38 percent increase.
    That rate would provide total revenue of $1,038,063 for both real and personal property.
    The 4 percent revenue increase is the maximum allowed by state law without the decision becoming subject to a public referendum.

  • Movie Night on Green postponed

    The Movie Night on the Green for Sept. 9 featuring Toy Story 3 will be postponed until next Friday, Sept. 16, due to potential poor weather conditions.

  • Mud bog to raise funds for children

    Mud will fly and trucks will get stuck Saturday, Sept. 17 during a mud bog that will raise funds for needy children.
    The Anderson County Mud Bog is scheduled to be held in the county park beginning at 2 p.m. Admission is $5 at the gate.
    Registration for competitors will begin at 11:30 a.m.
    The bog will include several classes, including a 44-inch and under tire class, 38 1/2 and under, and 35 and under street truck class.
    There will also be 4- and 6-cylinder classes.

  • Elections board restores Western polling location

    Western precinct voters won’t have to drive to town in November to cast their ballots
    By a 3-1 vote, the Anderson County Elections Board last Friday reopened Beaver Creek Masonic Lodge as a polling place, ending nearly a year of on-again, off-again voting at the location.
    The latest decision came after the parking area of the private building was reconfigured to accommodate handicap parking requirements.

  • Comprehensive plan to be heard Sept. 13

    After over a year of work, the Comprehensive Plan Update Committee has completed a final draft document to be considered for adoption by the Lawrenceburg/Anderson County Planning Commission, according to a news release.
    The document has been presented to planning commission members for their review and will be discussed at a public hearing at the commission’s next meeting. The hearing will take place at 7 p.m. on Sept. 13. Planning commission meetings are held in the Anderson County Fiscal Court Room at the Courthouse Annex.  

  • Lawrenceburg author finds road to first book

    About five years ago Dennis Cantrill received an inheritance from his late grandfather — 40 pages of writing.
    Cantrill’s grandfather wrote about growing up in Virginia and Kentucky, arriving at 1916 before his death in 1946.
    “I still thought those 40 pages were quite an inheritance to leave to his family,” Cantrill said.
    Now Cantrill has accomplished the same with his first published book.

  • Ex-social worker pleads not guilty to tampering

    A former social worker facing nine felony counts of tampering with public records pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning in Anderson County Circuit Court.
    Margaret “Geri” Murphy appeared only briefly before Judge Charles Hickman and smiled brightly as she walked out of the courtroom with her attorney, Bill Patrick.
    Murphy, who was indicted last month, has not been arrested or taken to jail because she was issued a criminal summons to appear in court.
    Murphy will return to court Nov. 22 for a pre-trial conference.

  • Hitting the open trail

    By Meaghan Downs
    Staff writer
    A caravan consisting of a married couple, four horses, a mule and a dog trotted along Fox Creek Road as cars slowed and drivers waved.
    But Jeannette and Richard McGrath of Jackson, Wyo., are used to it.
    They’ve been on horseback for a year and a half, raising money for Hearts Up Ranch, a Christian healing and prayer ministry focused on helping victims of trauma and abuse.

  • Train hits truck near Alton Station

    A Norfolk-Southern train plowed into a pickup truck Monday morning, sending the truck tumbling off the tracks before it landed upside down.
    The driver of the truck, Brock Messina, 20, of Louisville appeared to sustain only minor injuries and was transported from the scene by ambulance.
    The accident occurred around 11 a.m. on a farm trail off Avenstoke Road in northeastern Anderson County.
    The vehicle was apparently headed south when it crossed the tracks in front of the train, which was headed east toward Lawrenceburg about three miles from Alton Station.

  • Investigators: Ex-mail carrier stole veterans’ painkillers

    A Lexington jury indicted a Lawrenceburg mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service on Friday with stealing mail that contained prescription drugs for Anderson County veterans.
    From August 2009 to May 2011, according to indictment documents, 40-year-old Pamela J. Hawkins took 12 drug parcels containing hydrocodone meant for delivery to U.S. veterans in Anderson County.
    The Anderson News has confirmed that Hawkins is no longer employed at the Lawrenceburg post office.