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Today's News

  • County burn ban lifted

    Anderson County received just enough rain over the past few days to allow the county fire department to lift its burn ban, Fire Chief Mike Barnes said Thursday morning.
    “We’ve gotten over an inch of rain,” Barnes said.
    However, Barnes emphasized that the ban put in place by the Kentucky Division of Forestry is still in effect through Dec. 15.
    According to that ban, controlled burns must be 150 feet away from wooded areas and are only permitted between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.

  • Auditor warns schools on excess spending

    During the past fiscal year, Anderson County Schools spent $1.1 million more than it had budgeted — a habit that, if not broken, could be devastating to the district, Auditor Denise Keen cautioned at Monday night’s board of education meeting.
    “You need to take a hard look at your budget,” Keen told the board members. “You cannot afford another $1 million (in excess spending).”

  • Fire, smoke ravage firefighter’s home

    Jimmy Robinson has plenty of experience putting fires out at other people’s homes, but Monday he was forced to do so at his own.

  • Beard eating story explodes

    Lawrenceburg is known nationally for its famous bourbon distilleries, but it is also now known as the place where a man was forced to eat his own beard.

  • ‘Tickle game’ abuser gets four years

    The man convicted of sexually abusing a first-grader was sentenced to four years in prison Tuesday morning in Anderson Circuit Court.

  • Football playoffs, hoops tip-off on tap

    It would be hard to imagine any small town being busier than Lawrenceburg for a sports fan this weekend. With the Anderson County High School football team making a strong showing in the state playoffs and basketball making its final preparations for tipoff, sports fans can get their fill of the action.

  • EDITORIAL: Smith leaves legacy of outspoken honesty

    It’s hard to believe that in a matter of weeks, Larry Smith will no longer represent the county’s 5th Distrct on the fiscal court.
    That’s a shame.
    What’s even more of a shame is that the vast, vast majority of people who live here never bothered to attend a meeting to see him in action.
    Smith decided against seeking re-election this fall, which is likely the only way he would ever not have filled his seat on the court.

  • EDITORIAL: Cutting earmarks not enough

    Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell joined House Republicans on Monday in joining the chorus that favors banning all earmarks.
    He called the measure mostly symbolic, but one designed to ensure voters that he and others in D.C. heard them loud and clear Nov. 2.
    He’s right to assert that banning earmarks won’t put a dent in the federal budget deficit, which now runs into umpteen trillions.

  • COLUMN: A message from the heart

    Sometime around 4:30 Saturday afternoon, I checked my Facebook news feed much like I’d done about 50 times already that day, I’m sure.
    Typically, I can’t stand “chain statuses” — the Facebook equivalent of chain letters or e-mails. If it’s “best friend week,” or “pet week,” or “favorite food to eat when you were a fifth-grader week,” I just don’t care. I read just enough for the signal to go off in my head that this thought is unoriginal at best, and I move on.

  • COLUMN: Take advantage of odd November weather

    Who would have thought that we’d have 70-degree days in the middle of November?
    I just can’t figure out Kentucky’s weather and I’ve been trying for the past 14 years. Last year at this time the high was 54, with an average of 44 degrees. The year before that we had a high of 34 degrees. Maybe I brought a little Arizona weather back with me and it just took the scenic route.