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  • Rail crossings to be shut down for short periods of time Tuesday

    Lawrenceburg Mayor Edwinna Baker announced Monday that railroad crossings throughout the county would be shut down for short periods of time on Tuesday.

    "They have told me that replacement rails and ties will be dropped and that the crossings should each be closed for about 15 minutes," Baker said. Baker added that she was also told that in about three to four weeks each crossing will be closed for longer periods as new rails and ties are set in place.

  • County issues burn ban

    A ban on outdoor burning was issued Wednesday afternoon for all of Anderson County.

    "That means no burning at all," warned Anderson County Fire Chief Mike Barnes, who made the announcement after the decree was approved by Anderson County Judge-Executive Steve Cornish.

    Barnes said the ongoing lack of rain prompted the ban, along with a number of small grass fires that have flared up over the past couple of weeks.

  • Second postal unit to open Thursday

    Beginning Thursday, Anderson County residents will have two locations at which to fulfill their postal needs.

    A new contract postal unit will open at noon on Sept. 4 at Cash A Check in the Markwell Center at 1004 Bypass South. However, this opening is a "soft opening," said Regina Decker, Lawrenceburg postmaster.

    A grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house will be the following Thursday, Sept. 11 at noon.

    The Markwell Center CPU will be open from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9-2 Saturdays.

  • Wine and song

    Logan Leet's chair sits perilously close to the precipice of Lovers Leap, a tiny outcropping of rock that overlooks the Kentucky River gorge.

    Despite being a foot or so away from plunging hundreds of feet to the river bottom, Leet appears undaunted as he strums his acoustic guitar and discusses the music he'll play Saturday, Sept. 13 during this year's Wine Festival, sponsored by the Lawrenceburg Rotary Club.

  • Magistrates OK tax hike

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court approved a new tax Tuesday morning that will increase property taxes $16 per $100,000 of assessed value.

    By a 5-2 vote, the fiscal court created a taxing district for the Anderson County Extension Service, giving it authority to levy taxes against real and personal property.

    The tax rate is set at 16 cents per $100 assessed value.

    The new tax has been debated for the past two months as magistrates haggled over what the rate should be and how much rent the county will charge the Extension for the building it occupies in the county park.

  • Judge-executive, Humane Society bury the hatchet

    A cease-fire agreement was apparently reached between Judge-Executive Steve Cornish and the Anderson Humane Society when the two sides met last week.

    During the meeting, Cornish said he handed over a $7,700 check to pay off a nearly two-year-old debt the county owed the Humane Society, and explained why he said "absolutely no" when voting against paying that amount earlier this month.

    "I explained that I was not against paying back the money, and if came across that way, I apologize," Cornish said after the meeting. "What I was against was paying it all back at once."

  • Bringing home the bacon

    Five members of Anderson County's 4-H Livestock Club recently brought home honors at the Kentucky State Fair in the 4-H country ham competition.

    Quetzal Velasco received the Reserve Champion Speech award in the 9-year-old division.

    Chelsea Whittle received the Reserve Champion Speech award in the 14-year-old division.

    Alyssa Hollander received the Reserve Champion Ham award in the 14-year-old division.

    Kate Wickizer and Travis Wickizer both received blue ribbons on their country hams.

  • Manhunt nabs third home invasion suspect

    The man who led city, county and state police on a manhunt Aug. 15 was caught and arrested Saturday in Lexington, according to a news release from the Lawrenceburg Police Department.

    Montez Lamont Graves, 24, of Nicholasville, was arrested in Fayette County by the Lexington Police Department Gang Unit on the Anderson County charges, the release said.

  • Man kicked in face by horse dies

    A Lawrenceburg man died last Thursday, 10 days after being kicked in the head by his horse.

    Franklin D. "Cracker" Holt Jr., 69, of 1705 Jenny Lillard Road, was feeding his 3-year-old horse on Aug. 13 when it apparently was spooked and kicked him in the face, his wife of 40 years, Judy, said Monday afternoon.

    The blow caused him to fall and break his hip. His wife said he likely laid there for a while, but was able to retrieve his cell phone and call her for help.

  • Better than Gold

    The first time Charlie Klink met his future wife, he bought her a balloon at a church festival.

    "It probably cost about a nickel then," Charlie said.

    A friend introduced the two while they were walking around the festival, but that balloon must have sealed the deal.

    Charlie and his wife, Ginny, will celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary on Sept. 8.

    The Klinks were married in 1943.

    "But I'll tell you what, it's gone by in a hurry," Charlie said.

    At the time of the wedding, Charlie was 22 and Ginny was 20, he said.