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Today's News

  • Taxpayers deserve squeaky clean audit

    Last Tuesday’s fiscal court meeting served as the perfect example of why Anderson County continues to receive remarkably poor state audits (see A1).
    During a routine vote to approve budget transfers, Magistrate David Ruggles questioned why some figures being proposed by Treasurer Dudley Shryock didn’t appear to add up.
    Shryock tried several times to explain what was being proposed, but Ruggles simply didn’t understand what he was talking about.

  • Mitchell names Glass interim high school principal

    Chris Glass was named interim principal of Anderson County High School by Superintendent Sheila Mitchell after the school’s site-based decision making council decided to use an interim principal for the coming school year, the district announced.
    Glass, a 1993 graduate of the school, served three years as an associate principal and just completed his 12th year as a teacher and administrator, according to the news release.
    Glass replaces outgoing principal Ronnie Fields, who earlier this year accepted a position with the district’s central office.

  • Painting with pollen

    The semi-trailer stuffed with flowers would never be able to climb the hill.   
    David Kirchhoff and Mort Morss had hired five tractor-trailers — stacked five levels high with thousands of their prize-winning daylily hybrids — to follow them one by one, week by week from Florida to their new business location in Lawrenceburg.  
    The steep gravel drive off Gilberts Creek Road proved to be as insurmountable an ascent as climbing a mountain.  

  • Audits show taxpayers purchased Creatine for inmates

    A pair of state audits released last week show that Anderson County taxpayers purchased muscle building powder, urinary pain relief tablets, unnecessarily paid sales tax on numerous occasions and revealed a rash of other problems.
    Despite being classified by state Auditor Adam Edelen as “clean,” the 2011 and 2012 audits of the Anderson County Fiscal Court reveal issues ranging from how county employees handle cash to credit card purchases that were “unreasonable and/or unnecessary to the purpose of any county business,” according to the report.

  • Pool party on hold as fiscal court seeks bids

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court voted Tuesday  morning to advertise for bids for a swimming facility, but not actually build it.
    By a 4-1 vote, magistrates approved soliciting bids for a proposed $2.8 million facility that will include a water slide, diving boards, splash park area and other features.
    That vote means only that the fiscal court will receive bids, and a separate vote is still required to actually approve building the facility.

  • Scalded inmate files federal suit against county

    A former Lawrenceburg resident has filed a federal lawsuit against Anderson County, its judge-executive, jailer and others claiming that he was burned by another inmate while incarcerated at the Shelby County Detention Center.

  • Audits show taxpayers bought Creatine for inmates

    A pair of state audits released last week show that Anderson County taxpayers purchased muscle building powder, urinary pain relief tablets, unnecessarily paid sales tax on numerous occasions and revealed a rash of other problems.

    Despite being classified by state Auditor Adam Edelen as “clean,” the 2011 and 2012 audits of the Anderson County Fiscal Court reveal issues ranging from how county employees handle cash to credit card purchases that were “unreasonable and/or unnecessary to the purpose of any county business,” according to the report.

  • GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Cann explains why she'll remain Bearcat

    The recruting trail has ended for Makenzie Cann.

    At least, that is her intention.

    The Anderson County senior verbally committed to the University of Cincinnati on June 22, making the announcement on her Twitter account, saying, “Once a Bearcat, always a Bearcat.”

    Cann says she called Cincinnati coach Jamelle Elliott to let her know of her decision.

  • BASEBALL: Former Bearcat shines in summer league

    Anderson County's Jacob Russell appears to be loving his summer job.

    Russell, a 2010 Anderson County High School graduate, blasted two home runs and drove in five as the Newark (N.Y.) Pilots routed Adirondack, 22-7, in a Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League game Wednesday night.

    Russell belted a 2-run homer in the second inning, then came back with a 3-run shot two innings later as Newark set a league record for runs scored.

  • COLUMN: A welcome change for middle school athletics

    Whenever I think I have seen it all, a trip to a middle school athletic event is usually about all I need to realize I have not.

    And I never will.

    In this job, I don't get to attend a lot of middle school games, regardless of the sport. It's more a matter of having only so many hours in a week than anything else. 

    But over the years I have heard some great stories.