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Today's News

  • $2.1 million OK'd for new health department

    Citing the need for more room and its inability to expand its current building, the Anderson County Board of Health voted Wednesday to construct a new, $2.1 million building near Wal-Mart.

    Board members voted 5-3 on the measure, ending a years-long debate about how to expand the health department.

    The new building is expected to be around 10,000 square feet, doubling the size of the department’s current location on Main Street, which is about 17 years old. It will be located on 2 acres of land between Wal-Mart and Lawrenceburg Physical Therapy on Woodford Street.

  • 'Ignorance tax'

    If health board members had any question about where septic tank owners stand on an ordinance that requires them to pump their tanks every three years, they don’t any more.

    About 50 people attended last Wednesday’s meeting of the Anderson County Board of Health in an attempt to get the board to change the ordinance.

    Adopted in 2004 and reaffirmed in 2007, the ordinance requires those with homes three years old or newer to have their tank pumped and inspected every three years. The pumping costs about $250, on top of a $25 fee to the health department.

  • City cops charge Gillispie with DUI

    Former University of Kentucky men's basketball coach Billy Gillispie was arrested and charged with driving under the influence this morning by Lawrenceburg police.

    Police received a report of an erratic driver with Texas plates heading north on US 127 early Thursday morning. When responding to the call, police pulled over the vehicle near Emma B. Ward Elementary School. Sgt. Chad Powell was the arresting officer.

    Gillispie had one passenger in his car. That passenger was also arrested.

  • City offers to buy grave markers for families with wooden crosses

    The five wooden crosses in the Lawrenceburg Cemetery may soon be replaced by stone monuments at no cost to the families who have been fighting to keep them there.

    At a meeting Friday afternoon, the Public Works Committee of the city council decided to make a peace offering to the families who were recently asked to remove wooden crosses from their loved ones graves because they were not in compliance with the city’s cemetery ordinance.

    Councilman and committee chair Bobby Durr suggested that the city offer those families grave markers at no cost to them.

  • Bearcat sacrifices burn Lions

    LANCASTER – Sacrifice is a concept often discussed yet rarely practiced.

    And it is often the single trait that separates the great from the good.

    “That is why I love football so much,” Anderson County coach Mark Peach said moments after his team had routed Garrard County 47-10 in the Garrard Hall of Fame Classic on Friday night. “You have to have so many individual sacrifices for the good of the team. Tonight, we had so many kids make the sacrifice for the team.”

  • Bearcats outlast Meade County in Alumni Bowl shootout

    Dustin Combs scored four touchdowns, including a 97-yard kickoff return that sealed things as Anderson County defeated visiting Meade County 43-34 in Friday's Alumni Bowl game.

    A packed house witnessed a contest loaded with offensive fireworks.

    “It had to be an entertaining game for the fans, but it wasn't so entertaining for us,” said Anderson coach Mark Peach. His Bearcats, ranked eighth in the state 5A, moved to 2-0 on the year.

  • EARLIER: The Jake of all trades and master of winning

    Contrary to popular opinion, there are some things Jacob Russell does not do well.

    Take singing for instance. When asked about his musical prowess, the Anderson County senior broke into a sheepish grin, laughed, and said, “Not really.”

    “Oh yeah, he can sing,” says Russell's teammate and good friend, Grant Cox. “He's pretty good. Believe it or not, he likes pop. He likes Katy Perry and Chris Brown.”

    Rap?

    Cox, a rap aficionado, concedes, “He can't rap.”

  • Cancer sucks!

    (EDITOR'S NOTE: The following story was published in the print editions of the Aug. 19 Anderson News. Since then, Tommy Barnes has been accepted as a candidate for additional surgery at the University of Cincinnati. A golf scramble in his benefit at Wild Turkey Trace was a phenomenal success and another has been scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 29 at The Brook in Versailles. Contact Berry Popp at Century Bank, 502-859-5111, for more information. The Anderson News will update on his progress.)

  • Boys' Soccer: Shelby outlasts Anderson

    The Anderson County boys' soccer team played well but fell to a strong Shelby County team 2-0 on Thursday night at the Anderson field.

    Shelby got a goal in the 33rd minute on a rebound, then scored on a header with nine minutes to play.

    Anderson goalie Brian Fleck had many good saves as Shelby pounded early. Anderson got many more looks in the second half, but Martin Frontsvog's direct kick hit the cross bar and Shelby's keeper thwarted two more chances with stellar saves.

    Check the Sept. 2 Anderson News for a full report.

  • West Jessamine wins Top 10 battle

    West Jessamine showed why it is ranked sixth in the state, defeating visiting Anderson County, 3-0, in girls' soccer action Wednesday night. West Jessamine's Arin Gilliland scored twice on identical plays, then the hosts scored another quick goal to put things out of reach.

    Anderson had several chances to score and had three near-misses in a five minute stretch of the second half.

    “They were a better team tonight,” said Anderson coach Jason Earnest, whose team came into the contest ranked eighth in the state. “They took advantage of our mistakes.”