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Today's News

  • Officials lobby to have speed limit raised near school

    The 45 mph speed limit on US 127 by Emma B. Ward Elementary School may soon be a thing of the past.
    Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway said Monday that he and other local officials met with state Department of Transportation officials to discuss changing the speed limit back to 55 mph except during times when students are arriving and leaving the school.
    The speed limit was lowered about a year ago when the new school building opened, forcing drivers to travel 45 mph until well past the school when driving north.

  • Unification meeting slated for Tuesday night at Legion

    The ongoing effort to unify city and county government will take a step forward on election night with a public information meeting.
    Attorney Walter Patrick announced that all registered voters in Anderson County are invited to the meeting, which is scheduled for Tuesday, May 17 at the American Legion facility on Broadway.
    Patrick said the meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the park’s grandstand area.
    Patrick said 2,500 invitations have been mailed to registered voters, but all are welcome.

  • Man busted for second time on meth lab-related charges

    Being arrested once for allegedly operating a methamphetamine lab apparently wasn’t enough for one Lawrenceburg man.
    Jeffrey W. Goodlett, 36, was arrested last Friday night after police received an anonymous complaint about a meth lab on Puckett Road. He was charged with second-degree manufacturing methamphetamine, first-degree unlawful possession of meth precursor and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a news release from the Kentucky State Police.

  • County code enforcement officer now packing heat

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court last week passed an ordinance that allows its code enforcement officer to carry a firearm.
    Doug Ingram, who was hired earlier this year as the county’s combination code enforcement and ABC officer, is certified to carry a firearm through previous employment in Lexington, and will be recertified through the sheriff’s department.
    Asked why Ingram needs to be armed, Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway said for protection.

  • Plenty of time left to get garden planted

    OK, enough with the rain already. Let’s expect the sun to come out. It will and it will warm up and dry up. Remember how it stayed warm long into fall? Well, keep that in mind. Our gardens will flourish. They just won’t be producing as early as we want.
    Big deal.
    Those of you down hearted because you haven’t even tilled yet need to just chill. It is not too late to get the garden going. We have plenty of time to grow our favorite veggies. It may be late August before we start canning, but we will can.

  • Polling places are changed

    As we enter the home stretch toward the May 17 Primary Election for state officials, I thought it to be important to talk about the final decisions for the polling locations.
    During April’s meeting of Anderson County Board of Elections, the board gave until May 9 at 10:30 a.m. (special called meeting) for Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway to get approval from fiscal court to spend up to $10,000 on the Rutherford and Hickory Grove precinct voting locations to bring them up to ADA guidelines.

  • Editorial: A fungus among us

    Help wanted

  • Borrowing, spending in proposed county budget

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court passed on first reading last Tuesday a borrowing-heavy budget that will increase spending nearly $500,000 from the previous year.
    If approved, spending will go from $6.320 million in the 2010-11 budget to $6.794 million in 2011-12, a 7 percent increase.
    The proposed amount includes using roughly $140,000 from the fiscal court’s reserves to balance the budget, which will leave the court roughly $900,000 in unrestricted funds.

  • Mold found on voting machines

    Seventeen of Anderson County’s voting machines were apparently contaminated with mold after the building in which they are stored in leaked during recent heavy rain.
    Getting them cleaned and ready for next Tuesday’s primary is likely to happen, but is also likely to cost taxpayers thousands of dollars, County Clerk Jason Denny said Monday morning during an emergency meeting of the Anderson County Board of Elections.

  • Primary election set for May 17

    The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 17 for the 2011 Primary Election.
    Only voters who were registered with a specific party before Jan. 1 or first-time voters who registered with a party after Jan. 1 are eligible to participate in the primary.
    Voters who do not know if they are eligible to vote can call the Anderson County Clerk’s Office at 839-3041. To find out where to vote, citizens can call the county clerk’s office or visit www.elect.ky.gov and follow the “Where Do I Vote” link.