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Today's News

  • Now it’s time to harvest the fruits of labor

    I can’t believe it’s the end of July.
    I have noticed that it’s getting light later in the mornings and that’s my reminder that the season is passing, however slowly. I took the time one morning last week to spend a few glorious minutes just sitting on the porch, listening to Mother Nature. It was incredible.

  • Debunking climate change and Obama’s debt ceiling scare tactics

    It’s hard to believe we’re halfway through summer.
    I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to visit with many of you at school sporting events, graduation ceremonies, county fairs, local festivals and Chamber of Commerce events.
    I appreciate this opportunity to share my thoughts on issues so many have recently mentioned by e-mail, phone and/or in person. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions, concerns and speaking requests. I’ll make every effort to accommodate your groups’ wishes.

  • Worshipping the tomato

    I joined a church.
    The holy order of the worship of the summertime tomato.
    I’m the official acolyte, but I suspect I’m not the only devotee.
    To think, just last summer, I was an unbeliever.
    I hated tomatoes.
    No matter what state I lived in or what chaos invaded my life, my dislike would remain constant. Nothing could change my hatred for the watery, weakly acidic flesh that was the tomato.
    Until I discovered the Farmer’s Market.

  • Let’s stop being suckling piglets

    Column as I see ’em …
    As the parent of a high school student who doesn’t receive free or reduced lunches, I’ll grudgingly chip off 50 bucks for the school’s so-called instructional fee, and grumble the entire time I’m writing that check.
    It’s not the $50; it’s the principle behind the idea that sticks in my craw.
    Since the inception of public education there have been two basic tenants: 1. That a public education be provided for free and 2., textbooks are one of the basic necessities for teaching a child.

  • Sparrow completes Kentucky Agricultural Leadership Program

    Agriculture and our rural communities face tremendous challenges in today’s political, social and economic environment. Thus, it is critical that this industry develop leaders to address these challenges and create opportunities for future generations.

  • Bourbon taxes pouring cash into taxing districts

    Taxing districts countywide will reap the rewards this year from Wild Turkey’s $55 million expansion.
    The distillery’s new barrel houses caused its distilled spirits inventory to skyrocket this year, jumping nearly $13 million in assessed value from $53.2 million to $66.4 million, according to information released this week by Anderson County Property Value Administrator Brian Stivers.

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  • Burglars hit Western school

    Six unknown suspects on four-wheelers apparently broke into the old Western school building and stole a camera, the Kentucky State Police reported in a news release.
    The break-in happened July 25 around 1 a.m., police said.
    No other property was reported missing from the building, which served as a school for the western portion of Anderson County until it was closed around a decade ago.
    Troopers are analyzing video surveillance that was taken at the building, and are trying to determine the identity of the suspects, according to the news release.

  • Mayor’s land buy angers councilmen

    The July 11 city council meeting was the first time council member Ken Evans said he had heard about the $116,250 payment on the Lawrenceburg Green.
    A bill that, according to Evans, should not have been paid without city council approval.
    “I think the council was slapped in the face by not being informed of this expenditure,” he said.
    “When you got something that big, [Mayor Edwinna Baker] needs to inform the council anyway.”

  • Free backpacks, and other stuff

    The FamilyFunFest will celebrate its 10th year of providing free backpacks, school supplies and back-to-school entertainment July 28 from 6-8 p.m. at the Anderson County Middle School campus.
    It’s first come, first served for those who want to snag one of 750 free backpacks and school supplies available at Thursday’s event.  
    With temperatures rising, students and family members will also receive Popsicles along with their new back-to-school gear.