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Today's News

  • These cicadas sting

    The very name "cicada" conjures images of earlier this summer when millions of them screeched and swarmed and left behind a blanket of corpses.

    Fortunately, that brood of cicada is one that arrives only every 17 years. Unfortunately, a cousin with an intimidating name and even nastier sting is prevalent this time of year, and now is the time to keep a watchful eye out for them.

    Cicada killer wasps are now setting up housekeeping in well-drained, light-textured soil, according to Tommy Yankey, an agent with the Anderson County Extension Office.

  • COLUMN - Back to school - woohoo!

    The smell of crayons, the beginning of August and the regular sightings of those big, beautiful, yellow buses - it can only mean one thing: school is in session.

    And, I challenge you to find one person who is more excited about that fact than me. (Now that I don't actually have to go to school anymore, I can be excited about it starting back. Ah, who am I kidding? I'm a total dork, and I always get excited this time of year.)

  • Win-Win-Win-Win Situation

    A Louisville-area bike shop recently promoted its business with a sign that simply said, "A bike has no gas costs."

    Steve Royalty has been finding that out since purchasing a Specialized road bike on Ebay.

    Already an avid cyclist, the Lawrenceburg state government worker has been riding his two-wheeler to his office in Frankfort at least once a week since May. Not only is he taking advantage of the fuel savings, but he has some other benefits as well.

  • At stake: $260,000 property tax increase

    County taxpayers will shell out $260,000 more in taxes if two measures are approved Thursday by the Anderson County Fiscal Court.

    The fiscal court is scheduled to discuss two tax issues during the meeting, scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. in the judge-executive's chambers on Main Street.

    The first will be to set the county's tax rate; the second whether to grant taxing authority to the county's Extension District.

  • Schools back in business

    Anderson County students began the 2008-09 school year today. Here are some of the highlights of changes going into effect this year:

    New lunch and breakfast prices

    The Board of Education voted in June to increase the price of breakfast and lunch at all six Anderson County schools.

    Meals will increase by 25 cents across the board this year, with the exception of a 40 cent per lunch increase at Anderson County Middle School.

  • GUEST COLUMN - Have wire, will talk: Ham radio classes start soon

    How do we maintain communications during and following a disaster?

    This is a question that I am frequently asked as I make presentations in the community. The question is very valid and certainly has been brought to the forefront in the aftermath of disaster after disaster that has struck the United States.

    As we have read in many media accounts, conventional communications systems seem to fail in disasters such as hurricanes and tornadoes.

  • Court Docket in current edition

    Judge Donna Dutton heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings Aug. 7.

    Justin D. Thornberry, arraignment, possession of marijuana -- pleaded not guilty, pretrial conference Aug. 14.

    Deidra H. Wash, arraignment, operating on a suspended/revoked operator's license -- pleaded guilty, $243, show cause/installment/deferred payment Nov. 24.

    Raymond Amos, sentencing, theft by deception (less than $300) -- sentenced to 90 days (conditionally discharged), $178, show cause/installment/deferred payment Oct. 30.

  • Lady Cats bring home Bluegrass Games gold

    The Anderson County High School girls' soccer team might not be heading to the Olympics, but the Lady Bearcats are gold medalists.

    For the Bluegrass State Games, that is.

    The Lady Bearcats captured the statewide competition for the first time in history Sunday when they defeated North Oldham 3-2 in the gold medal game at Lexington.

    Anderson upended Covington Holy Cross 2-0 in the semi-final round of the competition and had beaten Somerset and Hopkinsville by identical 6-0 scores in Saturday's contests.

  • 'Live life until it ends'

    Sometimes you need a reminder of just how valuable life is. My reminder came in the form of a man named Stanley Baldwin.

    I met Baldwin at the Senior Citizens Center on Monday. He was the subject of an interview for a story that also appears in this issue of our paper.

    Long story short, about four years ago Baldwin's kidneys started to fail him, and he's been on dialysis ever since, but instead of getting down about it and moping because of his situation, he prefers to keep a positive outlook on life.

  • North to Alaska

    If you want to know exactly how far it is from Lawrenceburg to the Alaska state line, just ask Garry Wash or Ken Long.

    The Lawrenceburg men know it's 4,046 miles because that's what the odometers on their Harley-Davidsons read when they finally made it to the country's northernmost state in June, about two weeks after leaving Anderson County on what Wash described as a trip of a lifetime.

    "It was unbelievable," he said. "I've been thinking about doing it forever and ever, and it was all we hoped it would be.

    "It was a once-in-a-lifetime adventure."