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Today's News

  • Buy a plant, help a student

    Getting ready to plant a garden?
    The Anderson County High School Greenhouse is open and is offering a variety of plants sure to get you started.
    The greenhouse, which is operated by the district’s agricultural students, offers several varieties of tomato and pepper plants, along with herbs, flowering bedding plants and hanging baskets.
    The greenhouse is open Monday through Friday from 2 to 4 p.m., and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Martin pleads, gets 23 years

    A former Lawrenceburg resident pleaded guilty April 19 to multiple charges of sex abuse, sodomy and rape and was sentenced to 23 years in prison.
    John C. Martin pleaded guilty to six counts of first-degree sex abuse of a victim under the age of 12; two counts of second-degree sodomy; one count of second-degree rape (no force); and one count of third-degree rape.
    His plea follows several years of Martin being in and out of court. Earlier this year he rescinded a previous guilty plea, only to agree to the sentence last Tuesday in Anderson Circuit Court.

  • Bancroft indicted as persistent felony offender

    The man suspected of slicing his girlfriend’s throat and stuffing her body into a trash bag last fall was indicted April 20 as a persistent felony offender, according documents on file in Anderson Circuit Court.
    Gary Bancroft is charged with first-degree murder and tampering with evidence in the death of Frances Renee Mobley, who was found dead at Bancroft’s residence last September.

  • Magistrates reject reapportionment offer

    The fiscal court will go old school this year when it comes to reapportioning magisterial districts following the 2010 census.
    The Bluegrass Area Development District pitched an idea to use a computer program to ensure that each district has the same population within 10 percent — at a cost of $3,000.
    The proposal was tabled earlier in the month and defeated last Tuesday morning.
    Instead, the fiscal court approved the method it has always used and will appoint a committee of three people to examine population shifts and redraw the lines accordingly.

  • Fiscal court approves ‘green’ committee

    Can Anderson County make the rest of Kentucky “green” with envy?
    At least two residents think so, and are willing to lead the way.
    David Steedly and Scott Luna approached the Anderson County Fiscal Court last Tuesday, asking for and receiving permission to form a committee to help residents and businesses go green.

  • Legality of health department furniture buy questioned

    Members of the Anderson County Board of Health are calling into question the legality of health director Brandon Hurley’s decision to purchase $63,000 in new furniture without seeking bids.
    Board member Harold Todd questioned Hurley about the decision during last Wednesday’s board of health meeting, saying it was apparent to him that Hurley should have bid on the furniture.
    Todd read that state statute that outlines when and if bids should be sought for purchases, saying that it is required for items purchased in excess of $20,000.

  • ‘My dad, my hero’

    From the moment a little girl is born, she has her daddy wrapped around her finger.
    Ever since I can remember I have been “daddy’s little girl.” There are so many memories that come to my mind and put a smile on my face when I envision my dad.
    Undoubtedly I would frequently ask, “Daddy, you’re never going to have to go overseas are you?” and always get the same comforting answer. “No honey, I’ll be right here.”

  • Health board blinks, keeps tax rate flat

    With roughly 75 citizens staring them down, the Anderson County Board of Health voted against raising its tax rate for the coming fiscal year during its meeting last Wednesday night.
    In doing so, the board approved spending $160,000 of its dwindling cash reserves during the year to make up for a projected revenue shortfall. That will allow the health department to operate at its current staffing level and not reduce services.

  • Batten down the hatches!

    Wind, rain and more of both on the way.
    That’s been life in Anderson County in April, as storm system after storm system continues to dump buckets of rain on our heads and send us scurrying for closets, basements and storm shelters when the wind kicks up.
    Through Monday, just over 9 inches of rain has fallen in Anderson County during April, one of the wettest on record.

  • Will trash pickup become mandatory?

    Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway grimaced, thought about it, then said it anyway.
    Knowing that he’s certain to get some serious blowback, Conway floated a trial balloon during last Tuesday’s meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court to make trash collection mandatory county-wide.
    Conway stressed that the idea is just that — an idea — and that he’s very interested in getting feedback from the public.