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  • Robbing Peter?

    Anyone who missed Monday morning's meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court missed an exceptional lesson in how some elected officials view the money they are given to operate.

    Throughout a lengthy discussion on whether the Cooperative Extension District should be able to levee its own taxes, we heard comment after comment from the judge-executive and magistrates as they discussed "their" money and "their budget." Not once did they mention the very people who are forced to give them "their" money: the taxpayers.

  • NO BULL

    When Wanda Waldridge of Salvisa auditioned for a popular game show last year, she wasn't sure what she would say to the producers.

    But a story involving her farm, cows and some 90-proof bourbon turned out to be just the thing.

    Waldridge, a Lawrenceburg native, auditioned to be on the newly syndicated version of "Deal or No Deal." At the audition she was given 30 seconds to tell something unique about herself.

    Waldridge, 66, is retired but raises cattle with her brother, so she decided to tell those "city boys" a story about her farm.

  • Dems tap Stratton for clerk

    Anthony Stratton will be the democratic nominee on the ballot for Anderson County clerk this November, the Anderson County Democrat Executive Committee decided Monday night.

    Stratton has held public office in Anderson County before, serving as a magistrate from 1990-93 and as judge-executive from 1999-2006.

    "I'm very excited," Stratton said. "This is a position where you serve the public...and it pleased me to be chosen as the nominee."

  • Mow it, or else

    Property owners who don't maintain their yards can expect swifter action and harsher penalties from the city of Lawrenceburg.

    In a special called meeting Monday night at City Hall, the city council voted unanimously to revise its nuisance ordinance, shortening the length of time it takes to impose penalties on overgrown yards.

    After being served notice that the property contains what the ordinance calls "noxious or unsightly growth," the owner has five days to fix the problem.

  • Animal control officer charged with DUI

    The county's animal control officer was charged June 17 with DUI while on duty at the county animal shelter.

    Darrell Waldridge, 50, of 206 Center St., Lawrenceburg, had a blood alcohol level of .171, nearly twice the legal limit, according to an arrest report obtained from the Anderson County Sheriff's Department.

  • Championship Horse Show begins tonight

    The Championship Horse Show begins Wednesday night at the Lawrenceburg Fair and Horse Show.

    The show is made up of different classes each night, with over 100 classes total.

    Ribbons are given to eight places in each class, said Bobby Thornberry, a member of the Lawrenceburg Fair and Horse Show executive committee.

    The riders are judged on posture and how they handle the horse, and judges look at how the horses raise their feet and how they walk, Thornberry said.

  • Clerk hopeful says he would donate portion of pay

    A retired Lawrenceburg police officer wants to be the next county clerk and is willing to put a portion of his paycheck where his mouth is.

    Tommy Vaughn, 44, is seeking the Democrat Party's nominee to run this November for county clerk. If he is nominated and wins the position, Vaughn said he would donate to charitable causes about half of the $60,000-plus salary he would receive, pending tax implications.

    "I'm not independently wealthy or anything, but if I could donate part of my pay to help get some projects done that need to be done, I'd be happy to do it," Vaughn said.

  • Animal control officer charged with DUI while on duty

    The county's animal control officer was charged Tuesday afternoon with DUI while on duty at the county animal shelter.

    Darrell Waldridge, 50, of 206 Center St., Lawrenceburg, had a blood alcohol level of .171, nearly twice the legal limit, according to an arrest report obtained from the Anderson County Sheriff's Department.

  • Home sweet home sales

    A drop in home prices coupled with interest rates hovering around 6 percent resulted in home sales here that significantly outpaced sales nationally during the first quarter of 2008.

    Real estate professionals are rejoicing in the latest home sales figures released last week by the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors, or LBAR, that show sales in Anderson County were up 24 percent from the first quarter of 2007. Nationally, sales were down nearly 23 percent.

  • Interest high for county clerk seat

    Lawrenceburg's rumor mill is in high gear as Republicans and Democrats prepare to name their candidates to fill the late Harold Ritchey's county clerk seat.

    Ritchey, who held the position for about 20 years, collapsed and died earlier this month while jogging on Broadway.

    Edith Hanks, who worked for Ritchey, was chosen by Judge-Executive Steve Cornish to fill Ritchey's position until the November election.

    The chairman of each party said there is no shortage of people interested in the position, which pays in excess of $60,000 a year.