Today's News

  • 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.

  • City Council finalizes tax rate for coming year; meets two new officers

    Undaunted by its continuously shrinking property tax base (see related story, A1), the Lawrenceburg City Council on Monday unanimously approved keeping its property and other tax rates flat for the coming year.

    The rate remains at $1.95 per $1,000 in assessed value, meaning a home assessed at $100,000 will pay $195 in city property taxes.

    The council also unanimously approved a resolution to borrow just under $2 million to upgrade the sewer system in Alton with the expectation that half of that cost would be borne through a Community Block Development Grant.

  • Candidates file for city council, school board

    From staff reports

    Each member of the Lawrenceburg City Council had filed for re-election this fall as of early Tuesday afternoon.

    The deadline to file was 4 p.m.

    The only other person to file for a spot on the council was Joe Marshall, who ran previously but was not elected.

    Also as of midday Tuesday, two incumbents had filed for school board seats, along with one newcomer.

  • Home visits are a success

    When Saffell Street Elementary School Principal Todd Wooldridge decided to nix the idea of a Back to School Open House in favor of teacher home visits some questioned his decision.

    “I think some in the community were nervous about it, but the kids and the teachers were excited about it. We are continuing work on building relationships with families outside the school building,” he said. “It’s always good for kids to see us outside the school setting, get on their own turf just to break the ice.”