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Today's News

  • Turn off the lights!

    When the Anderson County Board of Education signed on with an energy savings program last fall, board members were promised the district would save thousands. Less than a year into its four-year contract, it already has.

    Based on data gathered from the last week of February through May, the district has saved $59,272.

    Just exactly what does that mean?

    Last year during the same time frame, the district spent just under $250,000 on energy and water bills alone. This year, that number dropped to just over $190,000 — a savings of nearly 24 percent.

  • Police uproot over $600,000 in marijuana

    Friday was not a good day for pot heads in Anderson County.

    The sheriff’s department and state police used a helicopter to spot, and hatchets and saws to chop down, over $600,000 worth of pot plants in the county’s western end.

    Sheriff Troy Young said the tag-team duo spotted and removed 303 marijuana plants in 25 different locations that afternoon as a means of helping keep pot out of Anderson County.

  • Found money

    The county treasurer backfilled at least a portion of Anderson’s financial hole last week, telling magistrates that he uncovered just over $100,000 when he reconciled the county’s books.

    Treasurer Dudley Shyrock said it’s not unusual to find money when he closes out the county’s fiscal year each July, but even he was surprised at the amount.

    Shyrock told magistrates about his findings during last Tuesday night’s meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court.

  • Tanker truck overturns near county line

    A tanker truck loaded with liquid propane overturned Tuesday night on US 127 near the Mercer County line, forcing nearby residents to evacuate their homes.

    The accident occurred when the driver of the truck, Charles E. Ballard, 45, of LTJ Transport in Burgin failed to make a right turn on Wheat School Road and went into a roadside ditch, according to a news release from the Kentucky State Police.

    No propane spilled, but US 127 was closed for more than six hours while emergency responders removed the truck from the ditch.

  • Batcats claim NSA World Series title

    The Central Kentucky Batcats-Red 10 and under team captured 2009 10 and under “B” NSA World Series, held July 19-26 in Crown Point, Ind.

    The Batcats went 11-1 in the 31-team tournament, outscoring their opponents 117-20.

    The Batcats beat the Mattoon Cobras 13-0 and the Illinois Raiders 15-3 in pool play to claim top-seed in their pool.

    In tournament play, the Batcats won their first two games against the Howard County Inferno (9-1) and Indiana Eclipse (13-0) before losing their only game to the St. Louis Espirit 4-3.

  • COLUMN: Sunlight, and how to keep yards mowed

    Column as I see ’em ...

    Had an interesting chat with the city attorney based on a note in last week’s column about the need for the city to crack down on mowing the yards of abandoned homes.

    He asked for what I would do about the problem, which I’ll gladly share here.

    First, I’d solicit bids from yard mowing services to cut the yards, eliminating the need to use city employees and freeing them to do more pressing work.

  • COLUMN: Private schools, public sports

    Will it ever end?

    I mean, really ever end?

    It is the seemingly eternal wrangling over public and private school sports at the high school level. In case you missed it, The Courier-Journal reported last week that a Presentation Academy student is asking a judge to overturn a Kentucky High School Athletic Association rule that declares athletes ineligible if they receive more than 25 percent of a private school tuition from grants or scholarships.

  • Three barrels, two hearts, one championship

    Imagine a rookie learning the game teaming with an aging, overweight teammate suffering from arthritis to win a state championship.

    Far-fetched?

    Don’t tell Hannah Alves.

    The Anderson County Middle School student entered the final weekend of the 2009 barrel racing season in second place, just 32 points behind the state leader in the Division 3 standings.

    Hannah took the lead with a second-place finish at Carrollton Friday night, then won her race in Lewisburg, Ohio on Saturday.

  • Group sets out to determine ‘greenness’ of Anderson County

    Six high school students spent their summer assessing the "greenness" of Anderson County. This week, they'll present their findings in a competition hoping to win new computers.

    For the full story, including a list of places to recycle in Anderson County, see this week's Anderson News, available on newsstands across the county.

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  • Community calendar 7.29-8.4

    Wednesday, July 29

    Education

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

    10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Story Time for Toddlers, Anderson Public Library. (No school, no program.)

    11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., Story Time for Preschoolers, Anderson Public Library. (No school, no program.)

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