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Today's News

  • Recycling building bids meet fiscal court’s budget

    It appears the fiscal court will build a new recycling building after all.
    All but one of the six bids that were opened during last Tuesday night’s fiscal court meeting were at or below the amount the fiscal court has approved to spend on the building.
    A previous bidding process for a larger building came in at least twice as much as was budgeted, leaving the project in limbo as the court searched for ways to downgrade the building and save labor costs.

  • Sheriff may take over business licenses

    Fresh off news that its plans to do away with business license would also end its lucrative insurance premium tax, the fiscal court is now considering turning enforcement and collection over to the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.
    That would be a dramatic switch from the way those licenses are handled now, which includes enforcement by the county’s code enforcement officer and collection by the county clerk’s office.

  • High school issues ‘soft lockdown’ after man flees Mercer cops

    Anderson County High School was under a “soft lockdown” for much of last Wednesday while local law enforcement searched for a man who fled from Mercer County authorities.
    Superintendent Sheila Mitchell said Wednesday morning that the district had a safety concern about an individual with possible connections to the high school, and that there was a probability the man would approach the high school campus.
    The “soft lockdown” involved increased security in the high school entryway and hallways as students transitioned from class to class.

  • Meatballs horse, of course

    No one likes liars.
    Particularly when your food is lying.
    Not laying on your plate, but masquerading as something it’s not supposed to be.
    Horse meat in beef’s clothing, for example.
    Imitation may be the finest form of flattery, but except when we’re not aware of the cuisine mimicry.  
    In earth-shattering headlines, media outlets pick up on the latest click-bait “you won’t believe what thing you won’t want to eat next!” and reveal another food isn’t what it said it was.

  • Business licenses, insurance fees equal death by 1,000 taxes

    Column as I see ’em …
    It was disappointing to learn that the fiscal court won’t do away with its ridiculous business license requirement simply because it includes an equally ridiculous insurance premium fee.
    Frankly, magistrates should get rid of both.
    The first is an inexplicable tax on local businesses put in place, apparently, because some people have the audacity to open a business in our fair town. The second is equally inexplicable and in place simply because people own things they either want or are required to insure.

  • Spring headed our way with full force

    Whew, did someone push fast forward on my life’s remote control?
    This last week flew by and it’s because I’ve been on the road. I’ve been commuting to Louisville every day for training and it sure gives me the opportunity to watch the wild life, including some behind the wheel.

  • Attacking bed bugs expensive, tedious

    Last week I had a call from someone who remembered my column on bed bugs from last August.
    They had a serious infestation and wanted to know what could be done and what it would cost. The answer is bad news – lots of work and lots of expense.
    Bed bugs were found at one of the Department of Transportation offices in Frankfort. Although it was reported that very few bed bugs found, the entire floor was treated the second time around.

  • On my mind: Judd’s voice needed in Senate

    Will someone please wake me up?
    I just had a dream that Ashley Judd was running for Mitch McConnell’s Senate seat.
    OMG! It was not a dream; perhaps I was just in a dozing state of denial as it appears she is taking this challenge more serious every day.
    Rumor is she recently met with Democrat insiders in Louisville to seriously discuss the possibility. She’s also met with New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Democrat bean counters to conduct some poll research.

  • Second Christian Church looks to future leaders

    At Second Christian Church, there’s no need to look far to find history.
    It’s in the colorful, traditional garb that congregation members wore to celebrate Black History Month during Sunday worship.
    It’s in the words of the Rev. Ramon E. Smith’s sermon.
     “You are our history, dear God,” Smith prayed during the Sunday church service on Feb. 24. “But we’re thankful we’ve got a history.”

  • Car blazes near Ward Elementary