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Today's News

  • Preacher can't sway fiscal court on booze

    A preacher quoting a Bible verse about repelling evil wasn’t enough to stop the Anderson County Fiscal Court from approving Sunday alcohol sales.

    Magistrates voted 5-1 Tuesday morning to allow restaurants to sell alcohol by the drink on Sundays, ending a years-long debate about the topic. They also approved allowing the county’s two bourbon distilleries and Lovers Leap Vineyard and Winery to sell their products on Sundays.

    They did so following an animated upbraiding from a Frankfort-area preacher, who said magistrates are charged with keeping people safe.

  • Send Santa your wish list!

    The Anderson News is once again helping Santa find out just what to bring on Christmas morning.

    Send your letters for the jolly Mr. Claus to santa@theandersonnews.com by 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27.

    Please limit your letters to 100 words so that Santa has enough time to read through them all.

    If you'd like, send along a photo of yourself in JPEG format.

  • Community calendar - 12.9 to 12-15

    Wednesday, Dec. 9

    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

  • Weekend events kick off Christmas in Lawrenceburg

    Community members are invited to celebrate an “old-fashioned Christmas” this weekend during a host of events sponsored by the City of Lawrenceburg.

    The city’s annual Holiday Remembrance Ceremony and Christmas tree lighting are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4 at Lawrenceburg Green. The Green is located behind Town and Country Bank and adjacent to the city parking lot.

  • Anderson among state's toughest on drunk drivers

    Former UK basketball coach Billy Gillispie wasn’t the first to find out that drinking and driving in Anderson County nearly guarantees a conviction, and he certainly won’t be the last.

    Anderson trails only Shelby County in DUI conviction rate, and only by the narrowest of margins, according to statistics compiled in a joint effort between the Kentucky Transportation Center and UK College of Engineering.

    Between 2004 and 2008, Anderson sported a 92.3 conviction rate, one-tenth of a percent behind Shelby’s 92.4.

  • COLUMN: Be someone's 'Secret Santa'

    Last month, we celebrated a time of giving thanks. This month, we move into a time of, well, giving.

    Unfortunately, “giving” is a lot more difficult for 12.5 percent of the county’s population this year.

    As you may have read earlier on in this issue, Anderson County’s unemployment rate was at 12.5 percent in the month of October — up from 10.9 percent the month before.

    As the economy continues to take its toll on our community and make the holidays a lot less happy for some, there is at least one speck of light in all the darkness.

  • COLUMN: Make heartfelt gifts this year

    Here comes the cold. Have you looked at the trees? Some still have a few leaves clinging on to their branches. Guess the little chemical scissors haven’t finished snipping yet.

    November sure has spoiled us with all of its warm weather. I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but December is going to feel like winter. Well, I guess that’s only fitting since Christmas is just around the corner and that means gifts.

  • STATE CHAMPS!

    LEXINGTON – It was supposed to be a Black-out with t-shirts, jerseys and all the trappings.

    Instead, it was a gut-out as the Anderson County Middle School girls' basketball team earned the state championship with a 34-26 win over Whitley County at Rupp Arena on Friday afternoon.

    Anderson overcame adversity – some perceived, some real – to overcome the win Anderson County's first state scholastic basketball state title at any level.

  • District court proceedings

    Judge Linda Armstrong heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings Sept. 21.

    Joseph L. Linville, arraignment, failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security -- pleaded not guilty, disposition Oct. 5.

    Courtney Lovell, arraignment, no operator’s/moped license -- pleaded not guilty, disposition Nov. 2.

    Ricardo S. Meaux, arraignment, passing a loading/unloading school/church bus -- pleaded not guilty, pretrial conference Oct. 14, motion/disposition/trial date Nov. 2.

  • Letters to the editor - 12-2

    Fox/Beck/Limbaugh/Hannity talking points not enough

    To the editor:

    Karen Richardson’s lengthy letter to the editor [Obama’s strategy must be stopped] in last week’s paper consisted of 18 paragraphs of statements and opinions without referencing one specific supportable fact.

    The Cloward-Piven Strategy to which she refers is a document written in the mid-1960s (50 years old, folks) that has absolutely no bearing or factual basis linking it to events occurring today.