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  • Locals flock to pumps, fearing higher prices

    Jeremy Coates spent $100 filling up his truck Friday afternoon, and that was considered a good deal.

    With rumors that gas prices might reach $5 per gallon last weekend, a friend told Coates he should fill up soon or literally pay the price.

    And Coates certainly was not alone.

    Kathy Case, who was working the cash register at the BP on U.S. 127, said the gas station had seen a definite increase in business during the lunch hour Friday.

    "The pumps have been full for an hour and a half," Case said.

    But Five Star on Broadway could even top that.

  • Locals flock to pumps fearing higher gas prices

    Jeremy Coates spent $100 filling up his truck Friday afternoon, and that was considered a good deal.

    With rumors of gas topping $5 per gallon in Lexington and Louisville on Friday morning, a friend told Coates he should fill up soon or literally pay the price.

    And Coates certainly was not alone.

    Kathy Case, who was working the cash register at the BP on U.S. 127, said the gas station had seen a definite increase in business during the lunch hour Friday.

    "The pumps have been full for an hour and a half," Case said.

  • County issues burn ban

    A ban on outdoor burning was issued Sept. 3 for all of Anderson County.

    "That means no burning at all," warned Anderson County Fire Chief Mike Barnes, who made the announcement after the decree was approved by Anderson County Judge-Executive Steve Cornish.

    Barnes said the ongoing lack of rain prompted the ban, along with a number of small grass fires that have flared up over the past couple of weeks.

  • Back yard brawl

    When family members wanted to have a wedding in Shelby Phillips' back yard, they took one look at her neighbor's yard and said "no way."

    The property behind Phillips' Ballard Street home is a tangle of overgrown weeds, piles of scrap lumber, junked vehicles and other debris that she says poses a health hazard and is driving down adjacent property values.

    "We all keep our yards nice and neat," said Phillips. "But this is horrible. It ruins everybody's back yard."

  • 'Paul was tops'

    Anderson County lost one of its finest citizens when native son Paul Wickliffe Hanks died last Wednesday.

    A community stalwart, Hanks, 80, was the local Kentucky Utilities manager when he retired in 1987. The company employed him for 35 years, after he served with distinction in the Navy during the Korean War.

    A dedicated member of First Baptist Church since 1950, Hanks served in many capacities including that of deacon emeritus.

  • Don't forget Saturday's wine fest

    The Lawrenceburg Rotary Club's annual Wine Fest is scheduled for 2 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Lovers Leap Winery, located on Lanes Mill Road.

    The event will feature three bands, a variety of food and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit various Rotary projects. Last year, $1,000 of the proceeds went toward building a skate park.

    Admission is $5 in advance by calling the winery at 839-1299 to reserve tickets, or by purchasing them from any Rotarian. Admission is $6 at the gate. Children under 12 are admitted free.

  • Half-ton pot bust trial delayed

    The trial of a Lawrenceburg business owner charged with trafficking marijuana has been postponed because of "discovery issues," said Larry Cleveland, the commonwealth's attorney for Franklin County.

    Cleveland didn't elaborate on what those issues are.

    The jury trials of Randy Kendall Sr., 49, of Frankfort, and his son, Randy Kendall Jr., were scheduled to begin last Monday in Franklin Circuit Court, Cleveland said.

    Both Kendalls are charged with trafficking marijuana over 5 pounds, first offense.

  • Target: December

    Lawrenceburg's legion of skateboarders received some welcome news during Monday night's Lawrenceburg City Council meeting.

    The committee working to build a skate park said the project is "alive and well" and is closing in on having enough funds to get it built.

    Kaycie Len Carter spoke on behalf of the committee, saying that California-based skate park designer Kelly Saad, who has helped build parks and obstacles for skating icon Tony Hawk, is involved in designing Lawrenceburg's skate park.

  • Rail crossings to be shut down for short periods of time Tuesday

    Lawrenceburg Mayor Edwinna Baker announced Monday that railroad crossings throughout the county would be shut down for short periods of time on Tuesday.

    "They have told me that replacement rails and ties will be dropped and that the crossings should each be closed for about 15 minutes," Baker said. Baker added that she was also told that in about three to four weeks each crossing will be closed for longer periods as new rails and ties are set in place.

  • County issues burn ban

    A ban on outdoor burning was issued Wednesday afternoon for all of Anderson County.

    "That means no burning at all," warned Anderson County Fire Chief Mike Barnes, who made the announcement after the decree was approved by Anderson County Judge-Executive Steve Cornish.

    Barnes said the ongoing lack of rain prompted the ban, along with a number of small grass fires that have flared up over the past couple of weeks.