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Today's News

  • Parents asked for input on new middle school principal

    Steve Karsner is the new instructional supervisor for Anderson County Schools, filling a vacancy left when Sheila Mitchell was hired as the district’s new superintendent.

    Karsner spent the last three years as principal of Anderson County Middle School, and now the school's site-based decision making council is beginning its search for a new principal.

  • Community calendar - 8.11 to 8.18

    Wednesday, Aug. 11

    Education

    8 a.m. to noon, GED instruction and college preparation, Anderson Community Education building, 219 E. Woodford St.

    Noon to 4 p.m., GED instruction and college preparation, Bluegrass Community and Technical College, U.S. 127 campus.

    4:30 to 7:30 p.m., GED instruction and college preparation, Anderson Community Education building, 219 E. Woodford St.

    6:30 to 8:30 p.m., English as a Second Language, Anderson Community Education building, 219 E. Woodford St.

    City/county government

  • County tax rate goes up

    Homeowners in Anderson County received a 2.5 percent property tax rate increase Tuesday morning after the fiscal court voted to accept what the state terms a “compensating” tax rate.

    Magistrates voted unanimously to increase the tax rate, which is set at the state level and means that the fiscal court will operate on the same amount of revenue it did this past fiscal year.

    Tuesday’s fiscal court meeting also included a round of sparring between a magistrate and the county’s highway foreman, each of whom is running for judge-executive.

  • District court proceedings

    Judge Donna Dutton heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings May 27.

    Tanessa Wilson, disposition, non-support -- bench warrant.

    Samantha J. Wolverton, disposition, first-degree criminal trespassing, third-degree criminal mischief -- continued to June 10.

    Barry K. Young, disposition, menacing -- amended to disorderly conduct, deferred for six months, review Dec. 9.

    Kelly N. Mills, arraignment, theft by deception (less than $10,000) -- waived to grand jury.

  • Police bust outdoor meth lab

    Three people, including a Lawrenceburg woman, were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine Tuesday afternoon after being discovered living in a drainage pipe just off Highway 44.

    The trio, which included a man from Harlan County and a man from Bell County, were apparently living in the pipe after being kicked out of a home on Brenda Drive two days earlier.

    Lawrenceburg police declined to release any of their names pending an ongoing investigation.

  • COLUMN: UK team earns positive press

    The University of Kentucky’s football team made headlines last week for all the right reasons.

    According to reports from several media outlets, 30 members of the team helped the Christian Appalachian Project load supplies Thursday into trucks that would travel to Pike County, an area hit hard by flooding last month.

    At least one report said 50 team members signed up to participate, but the project could only accommodate 30.

    On its website, www.christianapp.org, the project confirms it received some help from some very eager team members.

  • Schools mourn loss of Saffell student

    For the second consecutive year, the Anderson County school district has opened mourning the loss of one of its students.

    Summer Raine Evans, 8, a student at Saffell Street Elementary School, died Monday in an automobile accident in Woodford County.

    “This is a very sad way to start the school year, with the loss of a student,” said Superintendent Sheila Mitchell.

    Last year, just before the school year started, Seth Carnahan, 13, a student at Anderson County Middle School, drowned after falling into North Elkhorn Creek in Scott County.

  • Couple celebrates 70 years of love

    Virgil and Leoda Lunsford of Lawrenceburg celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary July 31.

    They were married in Madison County on July 31, 1940.

    This year, on July 24, their children and grandchildren honored them with a surprise cookout — 48 family members attended the event.

  • COLUMN: Heirloom tomatoes and nursery rhymes

    I took a trip up to Indiana last week. It’s just a day trip, albeit a long one. Going up, I drove through a gully washer. I’ve been through a lot of gully washers in my life but this was the mother of all gully washers that hit just before I got on Interstate 465. Thankfully, there wasn’t too much traffic at that time of day, but as usual, it was undergoing some construction.

  • Deals abound for early birds

    The annual 127 Yard Sale is supposed to kick off Thursday, but don’t try telling that to the thousands of visitors and dozens of vendors who flocked last weekend to Eagle Lake Convention Center.

    “We had a lot of vendors that wanted to come in a weekend early and set up,” said Eagle Lake owner Brad Smith. “We had a pretty fair turnout of mostly local shoppers who wanted to get out early and shop before the big crowds show up.

    “By Thursday when it starts for real, it will be crazy.”