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  • Budget Woes to Budget Whoa!

    Just one week after freezing employee salaries, the Anderson County Fiscal Court shifted gears and decided to dole out 4 percent pay raises.

    The pay freeze wasn't the only portion of the county's proposed budget to thaw during the court's meeting Tuesday morning. Along with about $70,000 in pay increases, the court added another $50,000 to restore cuts proposed last week to the Extension and Soil Conservation services and other programs.

  • CORRECTION: Advanced Chorus' final performance will be May 6

    The final performance of the Anderson County High School Advanced Chorus will be Tuesday, May 6, at 7 p.m. in the Bearcat Theater. Admission is free. The date was reported incorrectly in the April 30 edition of The Anderson News.

  • Another set of arches

    Mark Prater is ready.

    Prater is ready and excited to open Lawrenceburg's second McDonald's, located at the intersection of Highway 151 and U.S. 127, on Thursday.

    And this McDonald's is special - especially to Prater and his family, he said. Prater owns McDonald's in Harrodsburg, Danville and Liberty, but he purchased those restaurants from previous owners. This McDonald's is the first that was awarded to him by the corporation, he said.

    But that's not the only reason it's special, he said.

  • Response to free coupon overwhelms eatery

    The owners of a new Chinese restaurant in Lawrenceburg have stopped honoring a coupon for a free buffet meal due to an overwhelming public response.

  • Judge gets pay increase; employees get zilch

    If the county budget that was presented at Tuesday night's special fiscal court meeting remains unchanged, county employees' salaries will be frozen for the fiscal year that begins July 1, although Judge-Executive Steve Cornish's pay has already this year been increased by about 6 1/2 percent.

    And if he takes advantage of incentive pay offered to those who take classes designed to make judge-executives more effective in their positions, he stands to earn an additional $2,000 to $3,000.

  • Candidates say economy, education top their priorities

    Both democratic candidates in the race for the 55th district's state representative - which includes Anderson County - place the economy and education among their top concerns

    Current Rep. Milward Dedman, of Harrodsburg, and his opponent Kent Stevens, of Lawrenceburg, both spoke at the April 22 meeting of the Anderson County Democratic Women's Club.

    Each candidate was given nine and half minutes to speak, then the floor was opened up for questions from the women in attendance.

  • Officials say restaurant funds OK to use in parks

    The city of Lawrenceburg can use its portion of a proposed restaurant tax to enhance its parks system, city and tourism officials insisted Monday.

    That stance contradicts statements made last week by a tourism official who said using tourism money that way is improper, a position shared by the president of the Kentucky Restaurant Association, who said cities frequently use the money improperly.

  • Health, safety fair set for Saturday

    A health and safety fair featuring free screenings and children's events is scheduled for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Anthony D. Stratton Building, located in the county park.

    The annual fair, hosted by the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce with assistance from the Anderson County Health Department, will include a bicycle rodeo and physical activity challenge for children, along with a roll over car simulator.

  • Into the Wild Blue Yonder

    Joshua Yeaste knew what he wanted to do in life before he ever started school.

    "I have always wanted to fly since I was a little boy," Yeaste said.

    The senior at Anderson County High School moved one step closer to that dream when he accepted an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy during a ceremony Friday at the high school.

    "He was 4 years old when he first said that he wanted to fly," Yeaste's mother, Ginger, recalled. "It has just been what he wanted to do."

  • New system warns uninsured drivers to pay

    Anderson County residents whose motor vehicles are not insured will soon have to pay up or have their vehicle registration revoked.

    Starting at the end of this week, about 200 residents will receive notifications by mail informing them that if they don't get proper insurance coverage in 30 days, their vehicle registration will be canceled, said Anderson County Clerk Harold Ritchey.

    After the initial round of letters, notifications will be sent out to new offenders on a monthly basis, Richey said.