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Today's News

  • Make sure to scrub garden delights

    T-Shirts and sweatshirts … it’s that kind of weather.
    Fall officially arrives this Friday, bringing both the good and the bad.
    Those who dislike hot weather, love it. The rest of us, not so much.
    Like spring, fall is a roller coaster of weather fronts, bouncing us back and forth between hot and cold, sunny and rainy and breezes and gales. We can be in T-shirts and sandals one day and bundling up the next.

  • Questions, answers as election day nears

    Although the General Election is still 48 days away, we have been receiving numerous questions, so I thought we would get an early start and answer them in this month’s column.
    Question: When is the General Election and who is running for what?  
    Answer: Nov. 8 is the date. This year’s rlection is for statewide races, which include governor, secretary of state, agriculture commissioner, state auditor, state treasurer and attorney general.
    A complete list of candidates can be seen on the Secretary of State’s website at www.elect.ky.gov.

  • ACT scores symptom of public school ills

    This year Anderson County High School juniors took the ACT test. This is the third year that the scores have been consistently leveling out at 18.3, which is below the national average of 21.1, and the state composite scores of 18.8.
    Other counties have scored higher than Anderson. Some of those are Franklin at 19, Spencer at 18.7, and Shelby at 18.7.

  • Adventures in aloneness

    I linger now where I used to fear to tread — being alone.
    Stepping out into the world by myself, even for a moment, can  be a dangerous endeavor.
    They say we’re born into the world alone, and in the same way, we die alone.
    But no one talks about the in between, or how we’re supposed to be alone in the midst of living.
    My solo forays into the social wild are fleeting. You could even say they’re not risky at all.
    A trip to the grocery store. The movies. A nice restaurant.

  • Failing grade for Kentucky Utilities

    We’ll give credit to Kentucky Utilities for owning up to the problem with its contracted meter reader (see A1), but the credit stops there.
    At a minimum, the thousands of people affected by this ridiculous foul-up should have received some sort of warning from the company, along with a letter in their September bills that spelled out their payment options.
    What they received, though, were incredibly high electric bills with no explanation of why they went up so much, or what customers could do about it.

  • Sheriff to host open house

    An open house to celebrate the new Anderson County Sheriff’s Office is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 28, the sheriff’s office announced.
    The open house will begin at 5 p.m. Tours of the facility will be available, and light refreshments will be served.
    The office is located at 208 South Main St., in the building that formerly served as the Anderson County Health Department.
    All are welcome.
     

  • City to vote on maximum tax increase

    The city council will make its final decisions on tax rates for the 2011-12 fiscal year tonight in a special-called meeting at 5:30 p.m. at city hall.
    At the Sept. 12 city council meeting, council members voted unanimously to approve the first reading of a 4 percent revenue increase.
    The 4 percent revenue increase would increase tax rates for homeowners from $1.67 per $1,000 assessed value to $1.78, a 6.6 percent increase.
    This is the maximum tax rate allowed by state law without the decision becoming subject to a public referendum.

  • Man shoots self in front of trooper, EMS crew

    An unidentified Lawrenceburg man shot himself in the head last Thursday in an apparent failed suicide attempt while in the presence of a police officer and EMS workers.
    The Kentucky State Police confirmed that the man attempted suicide but declined to release his name because he is not being charged in the incident.
    The man apparently called 911 and waited for Anderson County ambulance personnel to arrive  before shooting himself.
    Sources said he left a note at the residence declaring that he wanted to be an organ donor.

  • Western High reunites, reminisces

    By Meaghan Downs
    Staff writer
    When it comes to classmates from Western High, a high school reunion is a family reunion.
    The school closed its doors in 1989, but for more than 25 former Western students gathered at the county park last Friday, the memories remain.
    Kim Satterly Walridge, who attended Western High from 1977-1979, came from a family legacy of Western students and graduates.
    “It was an old country school,” she said. “Everybody knew everybody.”

  • Main St. loses another as Klink’s closes

    By Meaghan Downs
    Staff writer
    After 64 years in downtown Lawrenceburg, Klink’s drugstore will close its doors and merge with MedStop pharmacy beginning Sept. 26.
    Klink’s drugstore, one of the oldest businesses on Main Street, officially became under the ownership of MedStop owner Walter Sharshon this past May.
    Sharshon said the decision to merge the two pharmacies was based on the small volume of Klink’s customers coming downtown, along with the lack of parking and the convenience of a drive-thru window.