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  • City keeps tax rate flat

    The Lawrenceburg City Council opted to keep its tax rate flat during its meeting Monday night at City Hall.

    The decision followed a recommendation from the council’s finance committee, which met just before Monday night’s meeting.

    During the committee meeting, City Clerk Robbie Hume explained several options, including taking a compensating rate that would have raised the per $1,000 of assessed value rate on homes from $1.95 to $2.04, generating an additional $31,201 in revenue from the previous year.

  • Hitting his mark

    Chris Hanks readily admits he took a gamble last June when he opened Full Draw Archery, the first full-service archery shop of its kind in Anderson County history.

    “Was it a gamble? Sure it was,” Hanks said. “My wife Melissa tells me that all the time.”

    It’s a gamble that apparently has paid off.

    Standing amid a shop stuffed with over 100 compound bows, crossbows and everything required to hunt with either, Hanks said although he’s been in business only a year, he’s already planning to expand significantly.

  • Former Bearcat star QB, NFL eyeing each other

    All Jacob Russell wants is a shot. Just any kind of shot.

    That’s all the Anderson County High School graduate can ask now. He just wants a chance to pursue his dream of playing professional football.

    After an illustrious three-sport career at Anderson ended in the spring of 2010, Russell’s collegiate journey has taken him to three schools and through two sports before finding a home at Campbellsville University.

  • Football team's bus vandalized in Winchester

    When players with the Anderson County High School football team went to board their team bus after defeating Clark County last night in Winchester, they found the bus vandalized with graffiti, including at least one vulgarity.

    Athletic Director Rick Sallee said the driver of the bus followed protocol and reported the incident to local police in Winchester. He said that local officials there are going to rectify the situation.

    "There was never a safety issue and we had a good win in a tough environment," Sallee said.

  • Fiscal court pulls plug on joint tourism vote

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court earlier today (Thursday) cancelled a Sept. 1 joint meeting with the Lawrenceburg City Council that was expected to include a vote to allow the city to join the county’s tourism commission.

    It wasn’t immediately clear why the fiscal court, which had already held a first reading on an ordinance that would have created a joint tourism commission, cancelled the meeting, other than to say that the fiscal court needs “more information” before proceeding.

    The meeting has not been rescheduled.

  • Craftsman creates brooms with recycled tobacco sticks

    Richard Day holds his tongue pressed to the outside of his mouth in that particular way that can only mean an artist is concentrating hard on his work.

    Day is crafting a brightly colored broom at the Old Depot Farmer’s Market, cranking away on an antique broom-making machine from the 1800s that he purchased almost 16 years ago.

    “It’s just a hobby,” he smiles.

  • Man jailed for driving on suspended license for fourth time

    A Lawrenceburg man was jailed Monday after being ticketed for driving on a suspended DUI license for the fourth time this summer.

    Brent Wayne Campbell, 41, of 1131 Salt River Road was stopped Monday afternoon by Anderson County Sheriff’s deputy Chad Cox driving his motorcycle at a “very high rate of speed” on Harrodsburg Road, according to police reports.

  • Fiscal Court Notebook

    Third time’s not a charm for coroner

    Anderson County Coroner Dr. Mark Tussey and his deputies walked away from yet another fiscal court meeting empty handed last Tuesday evening in their quest to secure some additional help.

    The meeting marked the third time Tussey has lobbied the fiscal court for a third deputy, each time laying out why providing an additional $5,000 to his office’s budget would benefit families of the deceased and make the office more efficient.

  • Volunteer trainer given the boot

    A longtime volunteer trainer with the Anderson County High School varsity football team was told to leave the sidelines at halftime of last Friday’s home opener and it isn’t clear yet if he will be allowed back for future games.

    Brad Briscoe, a physical therapy assistant with Lawrenceburg Physical Therapy who has provided trainer services for a variety of school athletic teams at no cost for the past 17 years, was told to leave the sidelines as he and the team were making their way into the locker at halftime.

  • $100K a year for tourism?

    Details are emerging on a plan that would merge city and county tourism efforts, including how much money the fiscal court might be willing to spend to fund it.

    Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton said last Friday that his goal is to fund the new tourism commission with up to $100,000 from the county’s general fund, more than three times the level of tourism funding in the current county budget.