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  • Director says no tax increase needed for health department

    By Ben Carlson, News staff

    Thanks in large measure to an expected surplus in his current budget, Tim Wright, the county’s director of public health, did not recommend a tax increase during last Thursday’s meeting of the Anderson County Board of Health.

    “When I was hired, I promised the board I’d do everything I could to keep from raising the health tax,” Wright said. “Going into my fourth year, it looks like I’m going to prevent it from happening again.”

  • Library lawsuit appears headed to Supreme Court

    By Ben Carlson, News staff

    The public library here and others across the state breathed a sigh of relief last Friday when the state’s Court of Appeals overturned a lower court’s ruling that would have forced them to return their tax rates to 1960s levels.

    The decision overturned rulings by two circuit court judges who found in favor of a taxpayer group in northern Kentucky that sued based on libraries not following state statutes when raising their taxes.

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  • Financial considerations key for new teenage drivers

    The portion of Americans aged 16 to 24 who have driver’s licenses fell to 67 percent in 2011, its lowest level in roughly a half-century, according to federal statistics cited in a report by the U.S. PIRG Educational Fund and the Frontier Group, two environmentally oriented organizations.

    Several ideas have been promoted as the reason teens and young 20s drive less.

    However it’s still the majority of teens who look forward to the freedom and excitement that come with earning a license.

  • Bearcat netters looking to be doubly good

    Anderson County boys’ tennis could be doubly good in 2015.

    Led by a strong tandem of seniors Hunter Wilson and Brandon Boggs in the No. 1 doubles team, the Bearcats are looking for some strong performances in Eighth Region play.

  • Fire destroys Alton Road residence

    A fire destroyed a woman’s home early Thursday night at 1636 Alton Road.

    The owner, Sherry Perry, could only stand and watch as firefighters battled the blaze that burned her home and almost all of her belongings.

    “I had only been gone about five minutes when it started,” Perry said as neighbors gave her comfort and hot coffee.

    Perry said she was preparing to move out of the home and had just recently rented it.

    “My furniture, clothes, TV and almost everything was still in there,” she said.

  • Tourney time teaches more than the game

    Before millions of people were filling out what are now busted brackets for the NCAA basketball tournament, seventh-graders at Anderson County Middle School were figuring out who those bracket-busters would be.

    It all came about as a class project sponsored by math teachers/basketball fans Leslie Edmondson and Michael Phillips to use March Madness as a way teach statistics, inferences from them and probability.

  • Red to the rescue?

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court last Tuesday named a new deputy judge-executive, heard an idea on how to recoup money it spends housing prisoners, discussed its foundering recycling program and formally approved borrowing $400,000 to balance its next budget.

  • Fish fries combine food, music, fellowshp

    By Nancy Royden, Special to The Anderson News

    The family life center at St. Lawrence Roman Catholic Church was a hive of activity last Friday night.

    Food, music and fellowship mingled during the parish’s Lenten Friday night fish fry, and it was all for a good cause — to raise money to support the church, including planned improvements to the parking lot at the church, located at 120 Gatewood Avenue.

  • Tyrone Bridge’ is Custom Made on new CD

    One of the newest CDs on the market is bluegrass, custom made.

    Or more precisely, it is bluegrass band Custom Made Bluegrass with its new release, “Tyrone Bridge.”

    The group, which is well-known to bluegrass music fans in central Kentucky, features Anderson County resident Kevin Chilton on the banjo.

    Chilton wrote the CD’s title cut, “Tyrone Bridge,” which Chilton says he has been seeing nearly every day for over two decades.