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Today's News

  • Library lowers property tax rates by 1.2 percent, 3.41 percent

    Library trustees, including two new board members, unanimously agreed last Tuesday to lower real property taxes by 1.163 percent and personal property taxes by 3.41 percent for the upcoming fiscal year.
    Board president Bryan Proctor made the first motion to accept a custom rate of 85 cents per $1,000 assessed value for both real and personal property.
    The new rates will shave roughly $1 off real property taxes and a little more than $3 off personal property taxes on taxpayers’ tax bills.

  • School board approves $30K for high school textbooks, iPads

    The school board unanimously approved $30,399.54 to purchase textbooks for Anderson County High School using collected student fees.
    After approving the $50 instructional fee for high school students, the board voted to use the funds collected from those fees to spend more than $30,000 on math, English, literature, psychology, government and other instructional materials for the new school year.

  • Clark takes home state fair blue ribbon for bourbon pie

    Lisa Gunther Clark of Lawrenceburg said she was “tickled” last Tuesday as she watched a Kentucky state fair judge take a bite of her bourbon tollhouse pie, lift up Clark’s entry and give the pie a sniff.  
    Clark said she wanted to taste the bourbon in her prize-winning bourbon tollhouse dessert, so she included 3 teaspoons of a 100 proof “Very Old Barton” Kentucky straight whiskey.   

  • Ex-state senator charged with DUI following wreck

    A former Kentucky state senator was charged with DUI following a non-injury wreck earlier this month on the Bluegrass Parkway in Anderson County.
    Joey Pendleton, 67, of 905 Hurst Drive, Hopkinsville was more than three times over the legal limit for alcohol when he was arrested, according to a citation filed by deputy Brian Boggs of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Bill removes King as representative in Anderson

    Anderson County will lose state Rep. Kim King as its state representative and receive a new one from Monroe County as a result of district boundary changes included in the state’s new redistricting legislation.
    Gov. Steve Beshear signed a redistricting bill last Friday that will, if given final approval by a federal three-judge panel, split 24 counties into multiple districts and create four new House districts.

  • Mystery of the missing grapes

    I am a natural born morning person. I like to watch the sun come up and brighten my day. Every day the grass and weeds get taller. The mower blades are almost shot and the weed trimmer is whining for the repair shop. We’ve had a lot of growth this summer and we have 25 more days of it.
    As the season winds down, I kick in to winter mode. I like to stock the shelves with all things necessary to get through the winter by the end of September. Because the more I get carried in now, the less I have to carry up the hill when the drive in covered in snow and ice.

  • From the education desk: Bibles, ACT and attendance

    I look pretty good in hats.
    And I wear a few of them: features writer, page designer, city government beat reporter and amateur expert in how to cover the Fair and Horse Show pageants.
    In this week’s column, I’ll put on the hat I reserve for education news (not sure what kind of literal hat that would be, but you can use your imagination) in a quick round-up of some interesting education news from the last few weeks.

    God isn’t dead even if we may not be able to pass out Bibles in school

  • Nothing ‘decent’ about Herndon’s column

    I became enraged as I read [sports editor] John Herndon’s column entitled “What happened to decency?” concerning the recent bill passed in California that protects transgender students’ right to choose the gendered sport and locker room that matches their gender identity.

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  • Sign ordinance has major, minor flaws

    Column as I see ’em …
    It’s a shame that after years of effort and no small amount of compromise the new sign ordinance being proposed by the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce does absolutely nothing to fix the current ordinance’s fatal flaw.
    Not that the chamber could do a thing about that flaw, which is simply that two zoning boards of adjustments — one city, one county — can override the ordinance at will by granting waivers.