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Today's News

  • School district to pay $183K to cover insurance shortfall

    The Anderson County school district is expected to foot a $183,479 bill to cover a portion of a debt-ridden insurance trust’s $60 million deficit.
    It’s been at least 10 years since the district last worked with Kentucky School Boards Insurance Trust or KSBIT to provide accident insurance and compensation for sick and injured employees, among other services.
    But Anderson County, along with about 174 school districts as well as public and private Kentucky universities, are now finding they need to pay back fees to cover KSBIT’s losses.

  • Spring moving in on us very quickly

    Coming home from work and still having daylight is such a treat. The new norm is taking the dogs for a walk right after I get home.
    It sure works the kinks out and we all love it.
    We’ve been rambling all over the farm, looking for signs of wildlife and keeping an eye on everything showing new life.
    Inside the orchard fence, the hardy kiwi look like they are ready to form up buds. My cherry tree is budding and so is a peach and pear.
    The phlox is greening up and my roses are putting on new growth.

  • 30 seconds to understanding

    Harlem Shake.
    Reading these two words may have just produced the following thoughts:
    What in the world is the Harlem Shake?
    Is that a new beverage?
    Wow, you’re writing about the Harlem Shake videos? That was like, so Feb. 2.
    Yes, I am writing about the Harlem Shake meme.
    Not because I want to appear cool (which I am certainly not), or in step with contemporary youth culture (which I am certainly not).

  • We’re not weird, we’re wonderful

    Stoned on laughing gas and thick-tongued from Novocain, I said “Lawren-th-burg” when the dentist asked where I’m from.
     “Oh, I have friends from Lawrenceburg,” she said, the cruel whirl of the drill screaming in my ears as she leaned in to fix a troublesome tooth. “They’re always sending me that goofy newspaper with all the weird stuff in it.”

  • Create safety plans for severe weather

    March 2 was the first anniversary of the devastating tornadoes that struck Kentucky last year. Governor Steve Beshear has declared March to be Severe Weather Awareness Month. If you are prepared ahead of time for severe weather, then you won’t be as stressed when the tornado sirens sound.

  • Detection is key to colorectal cancer

    March is Colorectal Awareness Month, providing an opportunity nationwide to promote awareness of colorectal cancer prevention by early detection.
    Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of death in the United States. It is treatable and preventable, although colorectal cancer is a common and lethal disease. In the United States, there are approximately 150,000 new cases diagnosed a year.  

  • Cooperative Extension offers applicator pesticide training

    Applicator pesticide training classes are scheduled for Tuesday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m., and Tuesday, April 9 at 1:30 p.m., the Anderson County Extension Service announced.
    By law anyone using chemicals classified as restricted use must have a valid private applicator certification card, according to the news release.
    The only way to keep this card current is to attend pesticide update training on proper use and handling.
    Proper use and handling safety of agriculture chemicals makes both economic and personal health sense.

  • Sequestration delivers no immediate local pain

    By Meaghan Downs
    and Ben Carlson
    News staff
    Federal spending cuts may trickle down to Anderson County by this summer, reducing funds for school district and senior center programs, but with little to no impact on local government, law enforcement or the health department.
    The process of “sequestration,” the term assigned to automatic spending cuts at the federal level, began Friday night after President Obama and Republican congressional leadership failed to come to a compromise on reducing the deficit.

  • Total loss

    Firefighters never stood a chance late Monday afternoon when a fire flattened a home at 2300 Glensboro Road.
    Anderson County Fire Chief Mike Barnes was at the scene just minutes after the fire was called into 911, but the home, owned by Timmy Perry, was already fully engulfed in flames.
    Perry, who told reporters he had lived on that property his entire life, was among seven people who resided there and lost everything they owned but the clothes on their backs.
    The Red Cross reportedly found the family a place to stay Monday night.

  • The lifelong education of Louise Perry

    As her daughter Elissa lay dying, Louise Perry read.
    Not the fairy tales and animal fables Louise pored over as a child growing up in Fox Creek in the early ‘40s, but Bible stories.
    Anything Elissa wanted to read, mother and daughter read together until Elissa’s death from a brain tumor in 1975.
    As the 74-year-old Louise recalls now, sitting on a couch in her Lawrenceburg apartment on a rainy Wednesday afternoon, the loss of her daughter is just one part of her education.