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Today's News

  • 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.

  • An amazing budget and one dead issue

    Column as I see 'em ...

    While pouring over the county budget to prepare an article for this week's paper, it was amazing to see just how much proposed spending was eliminated when compared to the year before.

    Even with about $80,000 in pay increases for county employees, the fiscal court was able to create a balanced budget.

    Helping the court along were significant reductions in debt and employee fringe benefits, along with nearly $100,000 in cuts from money set aside last year for economic development and the swimming pool fund.

  • Bearcats' best season?

    Anderson County sports fans have posed the same question repeatedly over the last few weeks.

    "Has there ever been a better year in the history of the school than this one?"

    Wow. We are taking in a LOT of territory but as my friend Mike Fields pointed out in Friday's Lexington Herald-Leader, there were only three schools in Kentucky that had 10 wins in football and 20 wins in boys' and girls' basketball and 20 wins in baseball and softball.

    Has there ever been a better year?

  • Hike becomes a religious experience

    My latest walk in the woods began just outside Kent, a small town in Connecticut.

    After about 15 minutes on the Appalachian Trail an unpleasant reality set in. I had either underestimated the degree of difficulty the mountains of the Nutmeg state would present, or had overestimated my degree of fitness.

    The answer probably lies somewhere between the two possibilities.

  • Mudcats classic underway, schedule revised

    UPDATED, Friday, June 20, 8:40 a.m.--The Central Kentucky Mudcat baseball classic is underway with a revised schedule. All games are being played at the Anderson County High School field. The Kentucky Grizzlies, based in Frankfort, led the Mudcats 3-0 before rain stopped the contest in the fifth inning Thursday night. Montgomery County defeated the Morse Mustangs of Danville in Thursday's other game.

    Because of a late entry to the tournament, the schedule changed after the June 18 print edition of The Anderson News went to press. The new schedule is: Friday, June 20

  • 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.

  • This complaint didn't fall on deaf ears

    Kudos to the Lawrenceburg City Council for listening to business owners and tabling the idea of requiring them to submit a federal tax return to purchase an occupational license.

  • Bearcat fans had plenty to cheer about in 2007-08

    Growing up, I was an avid Cat fan...well, a UK Wildcat fan, that is. You see, in the years just before the current Bearcat athletes were born, I was a Mercer County Lady Scottie, and I would dare say that back then, I would never think of cheering for the Anderson Bearcats.

    In life, however, change is inevitable. The Scotties do not even exist anymore, but more importantly, seven years ago, I was hired as an English teacher at Anderson County High School.

  • 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.