Today's News

  • Plants rarely stink, but they do smell

    I’m not a big fan of turtles right now. In one night, some
    hard-shelled slow poke chopped down 60 of my tomato plants. I didn’t say anything out loud when I saw them, but I was thinking about all my relatives who like turtle soup.
    OK, so I have plenty more plants, but these were already planted, dang it.
    I researched methods to deter turtles and found out a sprinkling of diatomaceous earth around the plant will do the trick. Until then, I’m keeping them dusted with baby powder.

  • Keeping dry eye impossible during Memorial Day ceremony

    It happens every Memorial Day.
    Camera in hand, I go to the ceremony at the Healing Field bound and determined not to get misty eyed during the service.
    After all, I’m a working, impartial journalist there to report and photograph, not participate.
    Then someone says or does something that gets me going, my throat gets a lump and I have to pretend I have a speck of dirt in my eye.
    This year was no different. I was fine for a while, snapping photos of praying and saluting veterans and their families while trying not to detract from the ceremony.

  • Authors abound in Lawrenceburg

    The only thing that comes close to giving birth is writing.
    And I’m not the only one who thinks so.
    Anyone who writes — even just by texting or sending e-mails — understands how difficult it can be to find the right word.
    I once spent three weeks trying to remember the word “efficacy.”
    “Dilapidated” will forever haunt me as the word that vanquished me in the third round of the regional spelling bee.

  • You may now kiss the bride

    Five Anderson County couples share more than mutual friends and the same high school memories.
    All 10 men and women also share the same wedding anniversary — June 1, 1962.
    Although the couples will celebrate 50 years of marriage next month, none of them have the same story of what they expected marriage to be like or what future newlyweds can anticipate marriage to hold for them.

    Raymond and Suzanne Casey

  • Difficult decisions help maintain fiscally stable school budget

    Every year, just a few months after a new school year begins, the Anderson County Board of Education begins its financial planning for the next school year.
    In the fall, the district begins planning by making projections for student enrollment and average daily attendance (ADA).
    ADA is the foundation for each districts’ SEEK funding, as public school districts receive a flat rate per student based on ADA, not enrollment.
    For 2012-13 the rate, will revert back to 2008 levels at $3,833 per student in ADA; this amount is less than the previous year.

  • Cleaning, playing will help burn unwanted calories

    It’s time to weed the garden.
    I like being outdoors but weeding isn’t my favorite activity. I’d rather be walking or hiking somewhere else.  At least I can count it as part of my daily physical activity.
    So I don’t have to walk three miles every day to stay physically active. Here are some activities that you may have on your “to-do” list and approximately how many calories you will burn while you are doing them.

  • DARE Derby is Saturday

    If you don’t have stink bait starting to, well, stink, better get busy because annual DARE Fishing is approaching fast.
    This year’s catfish derby is scheduled for Saturday, June 2 from 8 to 11 a.m. at the lake near Hope Community Church, located just over the Anderson County line on US 127.

  • Murphy pleads guilty

    An ex-social services worker has admitted lying about a host of child welfare investigations she was supposed to conduct, including several allegations of sexual abuse and child being given drugs.
    Margaret “Geri” Murphy, 61, pleaded guilty to nine felony counts of tampering with public records last Tuesday morning in Anderson Circuit Court in return for an offer from Commonwealth Attorney Laura Donnell’s office of five years in prison.
    Sentencing is scheduled for 9 a.m. July 24.

  • School employee sues, says rights were violated

    An instructional assistant is suing Superintendent Sheila Mitchell and the Anderson County Board of Education in federal court, claiming that her rights were violated when she lost her job at the end of the 2010-11 school year.
    Kathy Campbell, of 1077 Indian Trail, Lawrenceburg, claims that other classified employees with less seniority were able to keep their jobs, a violation of state statutes and board policy. She also claims her rights were violated under the 5th and 14th amendments of the Constitution.

  • Duncan sets new state record in winning championship

    As he neared the finish line in the 300-meter hurdle race, Connor Duncan knew he would be getting a gold medal at the state middle school track meet last Saturday.

    He knew he had been fast, bursting out of the starting block and leading all the way. But it wasn't until a few seconds later that the magnitude of what the Anderson County Middle School eighth-grader had done began to sink in on the track at Dunbar High School in Lexington.

    “The coaches said, 'You got it in 41 (seconds). I thought I had the state record,” Duncan said.