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Today's News

  • COLUMN: DUI conviction rate allows us to feel safer

    Anderson County just keeps proving how great it is.

    So far this year we’ve had so many things to be happy about, including sports victories, shooting a film and we’re among the toughest on drunk driving in the state.

    Although some of us can’t drive, we still ride in cars.

    With Christmas a few weeks away there will be lots of traveling to various places. We all know the roads aren’t always the safest places, but knowing Anderson County law enforcement is very watchful of the roads makes you feel safer.

  • Letters to the editor - 12.9

    Thankful Fox has ‘the guts to tell the truth’

    To the editor:

    I truly appreciate Mr. Schraub’s letter last week giving voice to my letter from the week before.

    Isn’t it great that we still have freedom of speech? I take my freedom and that of my family very serious, as all Americans should.

    I noticed you counted my paragraphs and I also noticed you feel I have no facts to back up my opinion. You seem to blame Fox News, Limbaugh, Hannity, and let’s not forget Glenn Beck.

  • COLUMN: Vote seekers not only sinners in parade

    Column as I see ’em ...

    Did it bother you to see campaign floats during Saturday’s Christmas parade?

    I make a living commenting and writing about local politics, so when I saw those floats go by I knew right away that some folks were going to object.

    That’s fine, but let’s keep some perspective on this.

    Yes, a Christmas parade is supposed to be about Christmas and, by proxy, celebrating the birth of Christ.

  • KET, state leaders visit Turner Elementary

    Representatives from Kentucky Educational Television joined state Rep. Kent Stevens, Superintendent Kim Shaw and other Anderson County educators Thursday to witness technology in use in the classrooms at Robert B. Turner Elementary.

    For more on this story, including examples of technology used by students, see this week's Anderson News, available on newsstands across the county.

    Subscribe online or by calling 502-839-6906.

  • Community calendar - 12.16 to 12.22

    Wednesday, Dec. 16

    Education

    8 a.m. to noon, GED instruction and college preparation, Anderson Community Education building, 219 E. Woodford St.

    Noon to 4 p.m., GED instruction and college preparation, Bluegrass Community and Technical College, U.S. 127 campus.

    4:30 to 7:30 p.m., GED instruction and college preparation, Anderson Community Education building, 219 E. Woodford St.

    6:30 to 8:30 p.m., English as a Second Language, Anderson Community Education building, 219 E. Woodford St.

    City/county government

  • Land wins spelling bee

    Whether it was his lucky pants or a lucky guess, Clayton Land earned a first place trophy at the Anderson County Championship Spelling Bee.

    Clayton, a fourth-grader at Emma B. Ward Elementary School, has worn his “lucky” pants at every level of competition leading up to Thursday night — and he plans to wear them when representing Anderson County at the state competition as well.

  • Bail reduced for dad accused of shaking baby

    Charges against the father accused of shaking his infant daughter so hard she suffered retinal bleeding, brain bleeds and broken bones were referred to the Anderson County Grand Jury last Thursday.

    Derek Hartley, 26, of 1016 Anderson City Road, was arrested Nov. 19 on two charges of first-degree assault. He appeared in Anderson County District Court on Thursday for a preliminary hearing before Judge Linda Armstrong.

  • Politics on parade?

    The level of campaigning during Saturday’s Christmas parade didn’t set well with Mayor Edwinna Baker, and likely won’t happen again.

    At least four candidates for office in next year’s election had floats or vehicles encouraging their election, including judge-executive candidates Donna Drury and John Wayne Conway, property value administrator candidate Chris Jones, and sheriff candidate Rex Burkhead.

    Other elected officials participated in the parade, but did not post signs or hand out literature encouraging their re-election.

  • Paris man charged with kidnapping Lawrenceburg teen

    Kentucky State Police arrested a 19-year-old Paris man Tuesday in connection with a Lawrenceburg teenager who went missing for about a day earlier this week.

    Brian T. Jones was arrested in Bourbon County after state police troopers and detectives from Post 12 in Frankfort executed search and arrest warrants at his residence, according to a news release from KSP.

    Chelsey Lane Deshazer, 14, of Lawrenceburg, was reported missing to state police on Sunday afternoon.

  • Unemployment rate surges to 12.5 percent

    Anderson County’s unemployment rate skyrocketed to 12.5 percent in October, according to statistics released recently by the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training.

    Anderson’s rate is 25 percent higher than the average for the Bluegrass District (9.3 percent) and well above the state average of 10.7 percent.

    Anderson’s rate rose from 10.9 percent in September, and is up 4.4 percent from last October.