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Today's News

  • No, your toilet's not on fire

    If you see white smoke coming from the plumbing inside your home this week, don't panic.

    You might, however, want to call a plumber.

    The city's public works department will conduct a smoke test Thursday and Friday on all sewer lines between the railroad tracks on North Main Street and Broadway.

    The test will be from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. both days.

    Larry Hazlett, director of public works, said the sewer lines in that area will be filled with fast-clearing harmless white smoke to help locate groundwater infiltration or damaged sewer lines.

  • COLUMN - Plucking feathers from Chicken Little

    Thanks to me abusing the power of the press, the judge-executive, mayor, city council and fiscal court can no longer do their jobs.

    That is the opening salvo of an awesome letter I received a couple of weeks ago, blaming me for "stymieing" city and county government via my editorials and columns.

    I lamented in last week's column that I could not print the letter in its entirety because when I called the supposed author, he denied writing the letter.

    Frankly, I believe him and still do.

  • These cicadas sting

    The very name "cicada" conjures images of earlier this summer when millions of them screeched and swarmed and left behind a blanket of corpses.

    Fortunately, that brood of cicada is one that arrives only every 17 years. Unfortunately, a cousin with an intimidating name and even nastier sting is prevalent this time of year, and now is the time to keep a watchful eye out for them.

    Cicada killer wasps are now setting up housekeeping in well-drained, light-textured soil, according to Tommy Yankey, an agent with the Anderson County Extension Office.

  • COLUMN - Back to school - woohoo!

    The smell of crayons, the beginning of August and the regular sightings of those big, beautiful, yellow buses - it can only mean one thing: school is in session.

    And, I challenge you to find one person who is more excited about that fact than me. (Now that I don't actually have to go to school anymore, I can be excited about it starting back. Ah, who am I kidding? I'm a total dork, and I always get excited this time of year.)

  • Win-Win-Win-Win Situation

    A Louisville-area bike shop recently promoted its business with a sign that simply said, "A bike has no gas costs."

    Steve Royalty has been finding that out since purchasing a Specialized road bike on Ebay.

    Already an avid cyclist, the Lawrenceburg state government worker has been riding his two-wheeler to his office in Frankfort at least once a week since May. Not only is he taking advantage of the fuel savings, but he has some other benefits as well.

  • At stake: $260,000 property tax increase

    County taxpayers will shell out $260,000 more in taxes if two measures are approved Thursday by the Anderson County Fiscal Court.

    The fiscal court is scheduled to discuss two tax issues during the meeting, scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. in the judge-executive's chambers on Main Street.

    The first will be to set the county's tax rate; the second whether to grant taxing authority to the county's Extension District.

  • Schools back in business

    Anderson County students began the 2008-09 school year today. Here are some of the highlights of changes going into effect this year:

    New lunch and breakfast prices

    The Board of Education voted in June to increase the price of breakfast and lunch at all six Anderson County schools.

    Meals will increase by 25 cents across the board this year, with the exception of a 40 cent per lunch increase at Anderson County Middle School.

  • GUEST COLUMN - Have wire, will talk: Ham radio classes start soon

    How do we maintain communications during and following a disaster?

    This is a question that I am frequently asked as I make presentations in the community. The question is very valid and certainly has been brought to the forefront in the aftermath of disaster after disaster that has struck the United States.

    As we have read in many media accounts, conventional communications systems seem to fail in disasters such as hurricanes and tornadoes.

  • Court Docket in current edition

    Judge Donna Dutton heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings Aug. 7.

    Justin D. Thornberry, arraignment, possession of marijuana -- pleaded not guilty, pretrial conference Aug. 14.

    Deidra H. Wash, arraignment, operating on a suspended/revoked operator's license -- pleaded guilty, $243, show cause/installment/deferred payment Nov. 24.

    Raymond Amos, sentencing, theft by deception (less than $300) -- sentenced to 90 days (conditionally discharged), $178, show cause/installment/deferred payment Oct. 30.

  • Lady Cats bring home Bluegrass Games gold

    The Anderson County High School girls' soccer team might not be heading to the Olympics, but the Lady Bearcats are gold medalists.

    For the Bluegrass State Games, that is.

    The Lady Bearcats captured the statewide competition for the first time in history Sunday when they defeated North Oldham 3-2 in the gold medal game at Lexington.

    Anderson upended Covington Holy Cross 2-0 in the semi-final round of the competition and had beaten Somerset and Hopkinsville by identical 6-0 scores in Saturday's contests.