Today's News

  • He’s for equality, but against gay marriage

    Dustin Burley is gay.
    Dustin Burley is also against gay marriage.
    So don’t expect him to change his Facebook profile photo to a red equal sign
    Originally designed by the Human Rights Campaign, the equal sign has become a virtual and viral banner of one’s social media support for marriage equality.
    Burley says he’s definitely for equal rights, just not gay marriage.
    And if you ask him why, Burley won’t hesitate.

  • High school volunteers brighten community clinic
  • Large tax increase a bad idea for board of health

    Column as I see ’em …
    It’s fairly surprising that the health department director is pushing for a 33 percent revenue increase in the agency’s next budget. (See A1 for details).
    I get why he’s doing it; the department took a major revenue blow this year thanks to a Medicaid insurer that is refusing to pay its bills, and he’s right that those who work there should not have to endure another year of furlough days.

  • News briefs: 4-3-13

    Beta Sigma reports
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    Beta Sigma Phi met Jan. 7 at the library to begin 2013 activities.
    “Our home tour on Dec. 2 was a great success and our members had fun participating in the House of Trees and Relay for Life,” according to a Beta Sigma Phi press release.

  • Two semi accidents temporarily close Parkway

    Two separate tractor-trailer crashes, happening about 30 minutes apart, closed down sections of the Blue Grass Parkway near Lawrenceburg on Monday afternoon.
    According to County Fire Chief Mike Barnes, a flat-bed tractor-trailer, heading eastbound, flipped onto its driver’s side on the off-ramp near Exit 59 on the Martha Layne Collins Blue Grass Parkway.
    The semi was hauling two big rolls of aluminum when it overturned at about 5:55 p.m. Monday, Barnes said.

  • Fireman's funeral
  • Health director seeks 33% tax rate increase

    The county’s health director is proposing a 33 percent property tax rate increase to make up for funds his department did not receive from a Medicaid insurance provider and end furlough days for employees.
    Director Tim Wright is asking the county’s board of health to increase the tax rate from 30 cents per $1,000 of assessed value to 40 cents, an increase of 33 percent. That increase is expected to generate $150,000 in additional revenue, from about $460,000 to $610,000, a 32.6 percent increase.

  • Ward teachers to be evaluated by their students

    Student growth and student-answered surveys will be two new components of evaluating the effectiveness of Anderson County teachers.
    A new teacher evaluation system, known as the Professional Growth and Effectiveness System (PGES), places teachers on a “continuum of performance,” from the low level category of “ineffective” to highest level of “exemplary.“

  • Mailed pot lands two behind bars

    A 57-year-old Lawrenceburg woman is behind bars for allegedly allowing 8 pounds of pot to be mailed to her home in exchange for crack cocaine.
    Diana L. Hart of 303 Vail Drive was charged with trafficking marijuana when a postal inspector tracked a large box to her home that was mailed from an address in California.
    The post office alerted the Lawrenceburg Police Department, which arrested Hart and Lexington resident Tenisha Y. Higgins on Friday afternoon, according to police. Both are charged with trafficking marijuana, over 5 pounds, a Class C felony.

  • Student, granddad jailed after car wreck

    All she had to do was call the police.
    That’s what officers are saying after a vehicle driven by an 18-year-old Anderson County High School student hit a patch of ice, veered off Hammond Road and destroyed an estimated $500,000 worth of telephone equipment last Wednesday morning.
    Instead, Johnna M. Lohman of 1070 Buckley Lane apparently sped off, triggering a police search for the car that resulted in numerous criminal charges against her and her grandfather, Louis A. Colpitts, 73, of the same address.