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    Salvisa Ruritans plan

    Bountiful Harvest

    The Salvisa Ruritan Country Days Bountiful Harvest Festival has been announced for Sept. 15-16, and will be located at 404 Main St.

    The event will feature a Salvisa Pageant and Baby Show.

    A Ruritan Cruise-In is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 15 from 5 to 9 p.m., with music provided by DJ Rick Johnson. Run for Cover is scheduled to perform at 8 p.m.

    On Saturday, Sept. 16 performances are scheduled from musical quests R &R Band, Daughters of the King, Rob Rawlings, and Bluegrass 101.

  • Rotary plans Summer Fest to purchase football scoreboard

    The Rotary Club of Lawrenceburg is taking its public service priorities up a notch.

    The club, famous locally for giving scholarships and dictionaries to students and a myriad of other public works projects, has set as its next goal erected a scoreboard for the football field in the county park, and needs your help.

    The club will kick off its fundraising for the scoreboard with Summer Fest — Small Town Throwdown, Friday, Sept. 15 at the American Legion Fairgrounds.

  • Work continues to fix pension woes

    Over the course of the past few days, I have heard from many of you who have shared your thoughts and concerns with regard to our public pension systems.

    I realize that the recommendations that were submitted last week to the General Assembly by the consulting group who reviewed our retirement systems were troubling and unsettling. I know that there are many of you who have dedicated many years of public service to our communities and our state.

  • Confederate monument has to go

    White supremacists incited deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia last month in defense of a Confederate monument.

    We must show the country that Lawrenceburg gives no safe harbor to such hatred.

    We must remove the Confederate monument on the Anderson County Courthouse lawn in Lawrenceburg. 

  • Drury’s roach comments remarkably irresponsible

    Column as I see ’em …

    Does Saffell Street Elementary School really have a cockroach problem?

    It does according to school board chairperson Donna Drury.

    During a public hearing to raise property taxes last week, Drury alarmingly recounted a visit to the school that she said resulted in her having bugs in her hair and crawling all over her, before doubling down on that nightmare by saying students are bringing cockroaches home in their backpacks. (See A1).

  • You’re not Conway Twitty

    A Lawrenceburg man allegedly tried to pass himself off as the late country singer Conway Twitty before police charged him Aug. 27 with his fourth DUI, according to an arrest report.

    Bradley W. Driskell, 46, of 1150 Paxton Road was asked to show identification when a Lawrenceburg police officer stopped him around 6 p.m. on Fox Creek Road. According to the officer’s report, Driskell handed him a Conway Twitty cassette tape.

  • First Christian men paying it forward

    First Christian Church of Lawrenceburg has been paying it forward to the community for decades by building handicap ramps for those in need.

    Started in the 1980s by church members Nathan Allen and Clarence Ray Sparrow, the gesture began as a way to help church members.

    Jim Link later took over the project, and it morphed into not only helping members of the church, but many others in Anderson County.

  • Roaches at Saffell, school bus safety cited as reasons to raise school tax

    Student safety and cockroaches at Saffell Street Elementary School were among the reasons supporters and school board members gave for taking the largest property tax increase allowed by law during last Thursday’s public hearing.

    By a vote of 4-1, the board increase its property tax rate from $6.08 per $1,000 in assessed value to $6.27, a 3 percent rate increase that is expected to generate an additional $700,000 from local property taxes.

  • EDA puts industrial park up for sale

    Just because it’s trying to sell the land it purchased a few years ago to develop into an industrial park doesn’t mean the Lawrenceburg/Anderson Economic Development Authority is throwing in the towel on bringing industry to that location.

    “Absolutely not,” said the agency’s director, George Leamon. “We want to get as much exposure for that land as we can.”

  • Judge: Opinion coming soon on proposed fire tax hike

    After getting an earful Tuesday morning from an angry Willisburg Road taxpayer about the proposed 38-percent tax rate increase proposed by the Anderson County Fire District, Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton said he is preparing to issue an opinion about what, if anything, the Anderson County Fiscal Court can do about it.