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Today's News

  • Dad finds daughter’s home burned to ground

    By Ben Carlson, News staff

    Police are investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed a Lawrenceburg woman’s home but wasn’t discovered until the following day.

    Battalion Chief Chris Harrod of the Anderson County Fire Department said he was alerted to the fire last Friday morning, hours after the 800-square-foot cabin had already burned to the ground at 1153 Tracy Road.

  • Recycling trashing county’s budget

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton said Monday that he is considering major changes to the county’s recycling program, which is losing an estimated $175,000 a year.

    Data obtained by The Anderson News show that revenue from recyclables in 2014 totaled just under $30,000 while expenses were nearly $205,000.

  • Hit-and-run tractor-trailer total fire dept. vehicle

    By Ben Carlson, News staff

    Two Anderson County firefighters escaped injury when the vehicle they were in was struck by a hit-and-run tractor-trailer as they attempted to help stranded motorists on the Bluegrass Parkway during last Wednesday’s snowstorm.

    Interim Fire Chief Donald Cox said department’s 2000 Jeep utility vehicle was likely totaled in the wreck, which occurred at the base of what is known as Bridge Hill on the Woodford County side of the Kentucky River.

  • City wants say over additional booze permits

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    The Lawrenceburg City Council isn’t about to allow nine additional drinking establishments to open without having some input.

    “We need to get ahead of this process,” Mayor Sandy Goodlett said during Monday night’s city council meeting. “We have no control over who gets them.”

  • As snow days pile up, school officials discuss ‘Plan B’

    When school is dismissed for extended periods of time due to severe winter weather, many parents and students look for ways to preserve spring break and not have the school calendar cut into summer vacations.

    One solution discussed over time has been the implementation of a plan of limited bus routes, often referred to as “Plan B” or “Snow Plan.”

  • Dates set for kindergarten registration

    Kindergarten registration dates for the 2015-2016 school year have been set for March 16 at the Anderson County Board of Education from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and March 23 at the Sparrow Early Childhood Center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    All incoming kindergarten students will receive free materials given to each family including a backpack, T-shirt, and easy ideas to help your child be kindergarten ready, according to a news release.

    Students are eligible to attend kindergarten if they turn 5 on or before Oct 1.

  • Resource fair rescheduled for March 17

    A resource fair for parents of children with special needs is now scheduled for Tuesday, March 17 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., the school district announced.

    The event was originally scheduled for March 5 but was rescheduled due to the weather.

    The event will be held in the lower level of the Anderson Extension building, located in the county park. It will feature a variety of agencies that will provide information about how they can of benefit to parents and their child.

  • Assigning blame for recycling mess

    By Ben Carlson

    Column as I see ’em …

    The numbers are factual, stark and daunting. Taxpayers are losing roughly $175,000 a year on a recycling program that was doomed to fail from the start.

    That program in 2014 generated a paltry $30,000 in revenue from the sale of materials collected at a cost to taxpayers of just over $200,000. Salaries alone are three times the revenue generated and will only go higher in years to come.

  • LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

    To the editor:

    I would really appreciate it if you all would find a place in your paper to recognize the gentleman who scrapes our road and the other roads in our little part of the world. Jobey Harvey comes during every snow event on his own tractor to scrape our roads. When it snows, we have no doubt that this wonderful man will be coming bright and early to make way for our community to get out with ease.

  • Plotting better ways to water garden

    Just like those giant icicles hanging by the roadside, our chances for another snow this season just keeps getting smaller. If we get any more, the broom, not the shovel, should be able to handle it. Winter is waning.

    The Old Farmer’s Almanac has called for April and May to be warmer and dryer than normal, summer should be hot and dry, and fall warm and wet. Seems like we always have a dry summer after an especially wet winter, so be prepared with your watering options.