Today's News

  • Want good news? Read

    The Anderson News prints good news.
    This statement is fact.
    Not opinion, although I’m declaring this truth to be self-evident in a column on the opinion page.
    Recently I was asked by a reader via e-mail to give more positive recognition in the paper, promote more positive coverage.
    I don’t mind responding to reader requests, especially easy ones.
    My answer — we already do.

  • Taxpayers, unemployed won’t like any of this

    Column as I see ’em …
    If you had poured over $900,000 into home improvements since 1988, would you even consider selling it today for $75 grand?
    Granted, the old Early Childhood Center isn’t a home, per se, but that’s about how much money taxpayers have dumped into it over the past 24 years.
    Not a very good investment, considering that earlier this month the building — along with 7.5 acres of land — fetched about 12 percent of the amount spent to fix it up, according to the district’s own depreciation schedule.

  • Calm after the storm
  • Hospital to host ‘Kids Safety Day’

    Frankfort Regional Medical Center will host a “Kid’s Safety Day” on Saturday, July 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the back parking lot of the hospital.
    The event is free to the public, and all children in attendance will receive a free bike safety helmet.
    Other events include:
    Bike raffle
    Charlie’s Challenge bike safety course
    Child ID Kits
    Child safety seat checks
    Pool safety
    Information on poison control
    Information on heat and sun exposure
    Information on bites and stings

  • All in the family

    Grape stomping is in Joe Sloan’s blood.
    His Italian grandfather taught him how, and Joe kept the tradition alive, passing down his knowledge to his three sons.
    “We’ve done the ‘Lucille Ball’ thing, get in there and smash them up with your feet,” Joe said.
    The art of wine making stayed in the family as well, with the Sloan family opening its Rising Sons Home Farm and Winery to the public for the first time this summer.   

  • Family Fun Fest set for Thursday

    The Anderson County school district will host its 11th Family Fun Fest on July 26 from 6-8 p.m. at the Anderson County Middle school.
    According to a press release from the school, the district plans to donate 800 backpacks again this year, filled with school supplies.
    If interested in donating school supplies, reserving a space for a business or making monetary donations toward Family Fun Fest, contact Beckey Johnson at beckey.johnson@anderson.kyschools.us.

  • State police bust man for growing pot

    A Lawrenceburg man was arrested last week after the Kentucky State Police uncovered 68 marijuana plants growing in his apartment Thursday afternoon on Lynn Drive, according to a news release.
    Arrested was Chester L. Byrd, 46. He has been charged with cultivating marijuana over five plants, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
    He was charged and transported to the Shelby County Detention Center, according to the news release.

  • Library board: lowered tax rate a ‘goodwill gesture’

    Homeowners can shave a few dollars off their property tax bill next year, at least when it comes to Anderson Public Library’s tax rate.
    The library board of trustees voted 3-2 at its July 24 meeting to lower both its real property and tangible personal property tax rates for the upcoming fiscal year.
    The board lowered its tax rate from 88 to 86 cents per $1,000 assessed value, a 2.3 percent decrease.
    The board also lowered its tangible personal property tax rate from $12.68 to $8.80 per $1,000 assessed value, a 30.6 percent decrease.

  • Woman says family court judge should be indicted

    As Margaret “Geri” Murphy was being sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday morning, a woman outside of the Anderson County Courthouse carried a sign lobbying for the indictment of a family court judge she says was complicit in Murphy’s crimes.
    Taylorsville resident Deborah Klotz, who failed to perform a citizen’s arrest on Family Court Judge John David Myles on July 2, carried a large cardboard sign that said “Indict Myles for Complicity,” drawing attention from area media and curious looks from passersby.

  • ‘Disturbed’

    The former social services worker who pleaded guilty to nine felony counts of falsifying child welfare investigations was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday in Anderson Circuit Court.
    Margaret “Geri” Murphy, 61, heard her fate, was taken into custody, shackled and placed among about a dozen other inmates as families affected by her actions looked on in delight.