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Today's News

  • Frankfort Regional receives highest rating for patient safety

    Frankfort Regional Medical Center received an “A” rating for the second consecutive report on patient safety from The Leapfrog Group in its Spring 2013 report card - Hospital Safety Scores, according to a press release.  
    The score reflects Frankfort Regional’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors. Frankfort Regional also received an “A” rating in the previous report in November 2012, according to the press release.

  • The Beatles, robots and helping people

    Robots could lead lost Alzheimer’s patients to their rooms with a little help from the Beatles.
    “We discovered music helped seniors regain some of their memory,” Quetzal Velasco told me at the Extension building Monday afternoon.
    Quetzal is not an engineer.  She’s not an Alzheimer’s disease specialist.
    She is 15, and a member of the local LEGO Legends team that programs robots through workshops (there are several coming up this summer) and competitions to help solve real problems.

  • Coffee maker little help for needy kids

    Column as I see ’em …
    Raise your hand if you think it’s acceptable to use tax dollars to feed a hungry child.
    OK, now raise your hand if you think it’s acceptable to use tax dollars to clothe that child.
    Now raise your hand if you’re OK with using tax dollars to purchase that child’s parents a coffee maker.
    Hmm. Didn’t think so.
    Those who didn’t raise their hand on the coffee pot question won’t like what they’re about to read.

  • Defend your garden’s bounty with baby powder, onion spray

    Happy June. I think I squeezed every minute out of May. I didn’t get everything done, but I never do. For some reason, I keep thinking of new projects as I play in the garden. I did get some new trees in the ground to add a little color to the front yard. The next step is to landscape the front of the house. Oh boy!

  • Congressman: IRS used as ‘political weapon’

    Congressman Andy Barr said he has serious concerns about the IRS’s admitted targeting of conservative groups and is demanding to know why it happened.
    In town last week to meet and greet residents during lunch at La Isla, Barr said he started trying to get those answers even before he was elected to Congress last fall.
    Barr, an attorney, said he wrote letters to the IRS on behalf of Kentucky 9/12 Project, demanding to know why the group was being targeted.

  • Donate blood for chance to win car, tickets

    Those 18 and older who register to donate blood with the Kentucky Blood Center will be entered to win a 2013 Toyota Prius, the agency announced.
    Those who register will also be entered to win two tickets to see Jimmy Buffett at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati on July 16, according to a news release.
    The agency will accept blood donations Tuesday, June 11 from 12:30 to 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 111 N. Main St., Lawrenceburg.
    Donors are entered to win the vehicle each time they donate blood through Sept. 13.

  • IRS scandal hits home for local couple

    The nation found out several weeks ago that the IRS has targeted conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status since 2010.
    That news didn’t come as a shock to a Lawrenceburg couple who, as members of one of those groups, said they’ve known about the targeting for at least the last two years.

  • Woman injured when car flips on 127

    A Lawrenceburg woman sustained what appeared to be minor injuries last Friday when the car she was driving flipped and landed on its roof on US 127.
    Tonya Davidson of Beaver Lake Road sustained a cut on her arm and had a sore shoulder during the wreck. She was transported to Frankfort Regional Medical Center by Anderson County EMS.
    Kentucky State Police Trooper Matt Rogers investigated the wreck, saying it appears Davidson’s vehicle went out of control during a heavy rainstorm around 4 p.m. at the Anderson-Mercer county line.

  • Council ponders payroll tax

    A rumored payroll tax being considered by the Lawrenceburg City Council is a rumor no more.
    Although the council isn’t scheduled to vote on the idea of placing the tax on those who work within city limits, at least two councilmen have discussed it, including one with Mayor Edwinna Baker.
    City councilman Ken Evans verified that he has discussed a payroll tax with fellow councilman Larry Giles, adding that the discussion originally surfaced during a recent Lawrenceburg/Anderson County Economic Development Authority (EDA) meeting.

  • Biker lands in truck’s bed following collision

    The driver of a motorcycle flew over the handlebars and landed into the bed of a pickup truck after the two vehicles collided Monday afternoon on US 62 in Lawrenceburg.
    First responders found Douglas Bater, 53, of Louisville in the back of the truck when they arrived, where they treated him while waiting for a helicopter to arrive to transport him to an area hospital.
    Bater was listed in stable condition as of Monday night and is expected to survive, according to Deputy Patrick Beasley of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.