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  • Meetings today on restaurant tax

    A new tax that would force restaurant owners to charge their customers an additional 3 percent to fund to tourism-related programs will be discussed twice today.

    The Lawrenceburg City Council will consider the idea during a 4 p.m. work session at City Hall. The Anderson County Chamber of Commerce will host a meeting at 7:30 p.m. at Bluegrass Community and Technical College, and has invited restaurant owners to share their thoughts.

  • Gilbert's Creek Road reopens

    Gilbert's Creek Road reopened this morning, 10 days after heavy rain caused a section of it to collapse.

    The announcement was made by Anderson County Fiscal Court Magistrate Jason Denny, who represents residents in that area.

    Denny credited county highway foreman Chip Chambers and his crew for getting the road open as fast as possible.

    "They really worked hard," Denny said. "We thought at first it would take two weeks, but it's done ahead of scheduled."

  • The 'eyes' have it

    Tammy Caldwell isn't sure what attracted her to Humphrey. It certainly wasn't his good looks, and she acknowledges that he doesn't always smell pleasant and at times can be downright cantankerous.

    Maybe it was his eyes.

    "I don't know why, I just wanted a camel," she said. "Once you see a camel, you fall in love with their eyes. He has the longest eyelashes."

  • Proposed use of restaurant tax funds called 'improper'

    Stated plans from local officials on how they would use a proposed 3 percent restaurant tax were called improper Monday by two people who work closely with the tax in other cities.

    The Lawrenceburg City Council is expected to consider the tax - proposed by the Anderson County Tourism Commission - next month. If approved, city and tourism officials say they plan to divide the estimated $320,000 the tax would generate.

    With its share, the tourism commission would hire a director who would double as director of the county's Economic Development Authority.

  • 'The bravest soldier I ever knew'

    I was on the couch wondering when or if my father would call. Sept. 11, 2005, was a nerve-wracking day, no matter what the situation you were in, especially if you have a friend or family member in Iraq, like my dad was, fighting for Iraqi Freedom.

    About that time the phone rang loudly over the TV. How ironic, I thought. I read the caller ID and my hand started to shake as I picked it up. Boone National Guard in Frankfort was calling, but [my father] wasn't anywhere near Frankfort right now.

    "Hello?" I tried to sound friendly, but my voice cracked a little.

  • Tipton claims local Junior Miss crown for 2009

    Two days after being named Anderson County's Junior Miss 2009, Singrid Tipton was still in shock.

    " 'Participant No. 12, Singrid Tipton' - I keep replaying it in my mind," Tipton said Monday afternoon. "It's almost unfathomable. I was not expecting to win."

    Tipton not only won, but nearly swept every category, grabbing fitness, self-expression, and creative and performing arts awards as well.

    All of this year's 21 participants were juniors at Anderson County High School.

  • Goat blamed for motorcycle wreck; owner ticketed

    A Louisville man was airlifted April 8 to University of Louisville Hospital after hitting a goat with his motorcycle on U.S. 62.

    Eric K. Griffith told the Anderson County Sheriff's Office that the goat ran up an embankment at Western School and into the path of his motorcycle. Griffith told Deputy Tony Likens he was following a semi truck on U.S. 62. Griffith saw the truck swerve and prepared to hit his brakes, but by the time he saw the goat, it was right in front of him and "there was nothing he could do," Likens said.

  • UPDATED: School board rules on day care dilemma

    The Anderson County Board of Education decided Tuesday night to keep its transportation policy in tact - meaning students will not be transported across attendance area lines - but changed a procedure, making the policy more flexible.

    The school system will not bus students across attendance area lines, but parents can request to have their child transferred to the school in the attendance area of their after-school care provider, the board decided.

  • Restaurant tax pushed

    A proposal to place a 3 percent tax on meals served in city restaurants had a wide airing Monday as a tourism official briefed city and chamber of commerce officials on what he says are the idea's benefits.

    The measure, if approved by the city council, would drive more customers to restaurants, pay to hire someone to direct tourism and economic development, and increase the number of visitors to Anderson County, according to Craig Stratton, chairman-elect of the Anderson County Tourism Commission.

  • ANTI-TAX STAND EARNS COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD FOR NEWS

    Great news and sports writing, outstanding design and a tough stance against a proposed countywide payroll tax earned The Anderson News a host of awards last Friday afternoon in Louisville.

    The paper was judged against other weekly newspapers across the country owned by Landmark Community Newspapers Inc.

    Sports Editor John Herndon won a pair of first place awards, including excellence in sports writing and best news/feature story series. He won a second place award for sports column writing.

    Creative Director Mary Madden Garrison won first place for front-page design.