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Today's News

  • City’s value falls again

    The overall value of city of Lawrenceburg dipped for the sixth consecutive year while outside of the city, the county’s overall value showed a healthy increase.

    Lawrenceburg’s value fell from last year’s assessment of $530,167,902 to 529,886,650, roughly a $1.2 million decline.

    Since 2010, the city’s overall assessment has dipped nearly $13 million, and it is anticipated that the declines will continue in years to come.

    City Administrator Robbie Hume there are several overall factors for the overall decline.

  • From Alton Station to Grand Ole Opry

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — If the definition of a great country song is “three chords and the truth,” David Wayne Johnson might have found his niche.

    The Anderson County native has toiled for 10 years trying to make it in the country music business, playing between 250 and 300 shows a year in bars and clubs across the country. All the while, he’s been searching for that right combination of Hall of Famer Harlan Howard’s description of what makes Music City magic.

    He keeps things simple with three chords and the truth.

  • Talks break down between state, 151 Group

    Talks between residents of Highway 151 and the state’s Transportation Cabinet have broken off, likely sending to trial the group’s demand to ban commercial trucks on the treacherous state highway, according to one of the group’s spokesmen.

    The 151 Group, led by residents Tom Isaac and Don McCormick, filed a lawsuit earlier this year to permanently ban commercial vehicles other than local delivery after decades of wrecks they say were caused by unsafe conditions on the road that serves as a shortcut between U.S. 127 and I-64.

  • Smith wins crown, scholarships

    Amy Kate Smith ran away with most of the scholarships and the title of 2017 Distinguished Young Woman of Anderson County Saturday night at the Anderson County High School auditorium.

    “This is something I dreamed about since I was a little girl,” she said, moments after 2016 Distinguished Young Woman Brooklyn Carpenter placed the medallion over her head. “My mom is a past winner and this is something I’ve always wanted to do.”

  • Anderson County’s worst-kept secret

    Column as I see ’em …

    Spoiler alert! If you want to be surprised Aug. 16 by who Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton names to replace retiring Sheriff Troy Young, don’t read this column.

    Well, you were warned.

    The obvious answer to what is probably Lawrenceburg’s worse-kept secret is Chief Deputy Joe Milam, a man perfectly suited to be the next sheriff.

    No, Gritton hasn’t tipped me off on his choice, but it’s obvious and one that is a no-brainer to make.

  • Cutting one night, canning the next

    Tis the season, the season of harvesting the garden. Dehydrators, canners and freezers are the major tools of the trade. The washing, peeling and slicing is only the beginning. Finding the time is the tough part, but I have learned a few tricks to help save time.

  • Do’s and don’ts for cicada killer wasps

    Cicada killer wasps are active across Kentucky during July and August.

    Females are intent on their tasks of digging underground burrows and provisioning them with the paralyzed cicadas that will be food for their grub-like larvae. These insects are focused on their tasks and pay no attention to anything else unless handled or mashed by bare feet.

  • Good summer for books

    I’ve had my nose stuck in a book for as long as I can remember.

    When I’m not writing or editing at the newspaper or shooting hoops with my kids, I can usually be found with a book in my hands and a drink by my side.

    I read most any genre with the exception of romance and western. Although I must admit the only western I’ve read is “Lonesome Dove” by Larry McMurtry. And I quite enjoyed it.

    I love a good, solid summer read, and so far this summer I’ve hit a few homers with a string of books worthy of mention.

  • School board ponders tax rate amid gloomy financial report

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    The news wasn’t all bad during Monday’s Anderson County Board of Education work session, but it was pretty darn close.

    Board members heard a fairly dire review of the district’s finances as they prepare to decide on a tax rate for the coming year.

  • Fate of Glensboro Schoolhouse given extension; athletic budgets passed

    The Anderson County School Board voted to extend bid requests for the old Glensboro Schoolhouse for an additional 30 days at its regular meeting Monday evening.

    The schoolhouse, which has been sitting at the corner of the high school property since the 1990s, has sat vacant and deteriorated for years. In March, the school board was told that it is the rightful owner of the building and, in order to have the building removed, would need to, first, surplus it, then, pending the state’s approval, accept bids for its removal.