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  • 21st Annual Shakespeare Festival

    Anderson County Middle School’s 21st Annual Shakespeare Festival featured students in Ginger Warren’s eighth-grade humanities classes. Students cast the parts and choose the student leadership roles, including director, stage managers, lighting designers, properties, scenery, costumes, make-up, sound designers, actors and publicity.

  • Tourism impact reaches $12.5 billion, report says

    The economic impact of tourism in Kentucky amounted to more than $12.5 billion in 2013, Gov. Steve Beshear and Tourism, Arts and Heritage Sec. Bob Stewart announced. The economic impact figure is a 2.6 percent increase from 2012.

  • CASA swears in eight new volunteers and offers training

    Eight new CASA volunteers were sworn in to serve as advocates for abused and neglected children involved in family court. These volunteers will focus their advocacy for children in both Anderson and Franklin Counties.

    Leslie Cummins, Barbara Dalzell, Kate Heyden, Roger Hogan, Jeff Lee, Teresa Mullins, Tom Stigall and Christina Willis pledged before the court to be a voice for these children and to pursue the best outcome for each child.

  • Anderson County schools will lose four certified positions

    Budget issues and cutting four certified positions for the 2014-2015 school year were discussed at the Anderson County School Board meeting Monday of last week.

    Sheila Mitchell, Anderson County Schools superintendent, noted that the school district has cut about $2.7 million from the budget over the past 3 years by staff reductions, energy savings and a 5 percent reduction in all departments.

    Mitchell outlined several factors that have negatively impacted the budget, leading to staff reductions.

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  • Abandoned roads aren’t ‘fiscally doable’

    Anderson County Fiscal Court once again unanimously voted down taking on maintenance of abandoned county roads in a special-called budget meeting Friday.

    John Wayne Conway, Anderson County judge-executive, said abandoned county roads have been a topic of conversation since January 2011 and the board previously voted down taking on the additional road maintenance. Since Conway received several phone calls from Anderson County residents about the issue, he said he decided to re-address the matter with fiscal court.

  • Spray park, utility costs and tourism top City budget discussion

    Increased utility costs, a potential spray park project and the need for tourism promotion gave an otherwise perfunctory budget discussion a shot in the arm during the Lawrenceburg City Council Finance Committee meeting Monday of last week.

  • Budget amendments adds $70,000 to road fund for this fiscal year

    Lawrenceburg City Council held a public hearing for community input regarding a Land & Water Conservation Grant the City is submitting for $75,000 to help construct a spray park at Legion Park.

    Mayor Edwinna Baker kept the hearing open for nearly an hour, including throughout a special-called City Council meeting, but there were no public comments by the time it was adjourned.

  • School board wants more than a Band-Aide for nurse shortage

    The need for an additional school nurse was discussed at the Anderson County Board of Education meeting Monday of last week.

    Anderson County Schools had five school nurses, supplied by the Anderson County Health Department, but a nurse resigned late last year and the position was never filled.

    The school board weighed its options to hire a fifth nurse, hire a part-time nurse or maximize efficiency with the current four nurses.

  • Wooldridge is new Saffell Street principal

    Saffell Street Elementary Site-Based Decision Making Council unanimously named Todd Wooldridge new principal Wednesday of last week.

    According to Sheila Mitchell, Anderson County Schools superintendent, 13 of 31 applicants for the position were interviewed.

    Wooldridge comes from Franklin County where he currently serves as interim principal at Elkhorn Elementary School. Prior to that, he worked at Hearn Elementary as an intermediate classroom teacher.

  • Kentucky’s overall jobless rate has risen slightly

    Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate has risen slightly to 7.9 percent from 7.8 percent, according to the Office of Employment and Training.

    The preliminary jobless rate was 0.4 percentage points below the 8.3 percent rate recorded for the state this time last year.

    The U.S. seasonally adjusted jobless rate remained unchanged at 6.7 percent compared to a month ago, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.