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Today's News

  • Failing grade for Kentucky Utilities

    We’ll give credit to Kentucky Utilities for owning up to the problem with its contracted meter reader (see A1), but the credit stops there.
    At a minimum, the thousands of people affected by this ridiculous foul-up should have received some sort of warning from the company, along with a letter in their September bills that spelled out their payment options.
    What they received, though, were incredibly high electric bills with no explanation of why they went up so much, or what customers could do about it.

  • Sheriff to host open house

    An open house to celebrate the new Anderson County Sheriff’s Office is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 28, the sheriff’s office announced.
    The open house will begin at 5 p.m. Tours of the facility will be available, and light refreshments will be served.
    The office is located at 208 South Main St., in the building that formerly served as the Anderson County Health Department.
    All are welcome.
     

  • City to vote on maximum tax increase

    The city council will make its final decisions on tax rates for the 2011-12 fiscal year tonight in a special-called meeting at 5:30 p.m. at city hall.
    At the Sept. 12 city council meeting, council members voted unanimously to approve the first reading of a 4 percent revenue increase.
    The 4 percent revenue increase would increase tax rates for homeowners from $1.67 per $1,000 assessed value to $1.78, a 6.6 percent increase.
    This is the maximum tax rate allowed by state law without the decision becoming subject to a public referendum.

  • Man shoots self in front of trooper, EMS crew

    An unidentified Lawrenceburg man shot himself in the head last Thursday in an apparent failed suicide attempt while in the presence of a police officer and EMS workers.
    The Kentucky State Police confirmed that the man attempted suicide but declined to release his name because he is not being charged in the incident.
    The man apparently called 911 and waited for Anderson County ambulance personnel to arrive  before shooting himself.
    Sources said he left a note at the residence declaring that he wanted to be an organ donor.

  • Western High reunites, reminisces

    By Meaghan Downs
    Staff writer
    When it comes to classmates from Western High, a high school reunion is a family reunion.
    The school closed its doors in 1989, but for more than 25 former Western students gathered at the county park last Friday, the memories remain.
    Kim Satterly Walridge, who attended Western High from 1977-1979, came from a family legacy of Western students and graduates.
    “It was an old country school,” she said. “Everybody knew everybody.”

  • Main St. loses another as Klink’s closes

    By Meaghan Downs
    Staff writer
    After 64 years in downtown Lawrenceburg, Klink’s drugstore will close its doors and merge with MedStop pharmacy beginning Sept. 26.
    Klink’s drugstore, one of the oldest businesses on Main Street, officially became under the ownership of MedStop owner Walter Sharshon this past May.
    Sharshon said the decision to merge the two pharmacies was based on the small volume of Klink’s customers coming downtown, along with the lack of parking and the convenience of a drive-thru window.

  • Magistrates begin process of mandatory trash pickup

    Mandatory trash pickup inched closer to reality Tuesday morning.
    The measure, if approved, would require those not currently having their trash picked up to do so, and pay for the service on their water bills.
    By a 4-3 vote, magistrates approved having the county attorney draft an ordinance, which will still need to be passed at a future date.
    Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway has pushed for mandatory collection since taking office in January.

  • Ex-Bearcat found dead in dorm

    By John Herndon
    Sports Editor
    There was a reason for the shock that made its way through two communities last week: Stephen Hawkins had changed.
    Hawkins, 28, was found dead in his apartment at Kentucky Christian University in Grayson last Wednesday. An athlete during his days at Anderson County High School, Hawkins had become a respected student at the school.
    Friends in Lawrenceburg and Grayson, where Kentucky Christian is located, were in shock over Hawkins’ sudden death. Results of an autopsy, performed Thursday, are pending.

  • Sky-high electric bills a real shocker

    Thousands of Anderson County residents are fuming this week after receiving electric bills that are, in some cases, three or four times higher than their normal amounts.
    Kentucky Utilities is blaming a contracted meter reader for the problem, but is billing customers for his mistakes, anyway.
    The meter reader has since been fired by Tru-Check, the company contracted to read Kentucky Utilities’ meters, after he apparently misread them and recorded electric usage below what was actually used.

  • BOYS SOCCER: Bearcats explode in second half to down Frankfort

     

     

    For a half, it looked like Anderson County might be in trouble.

    David Simmons and Josh Doolin made sure the Bearcats avoided any problems on the soccer pitch.