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Today's News

  • Mow it, or else

    Property owners who don't maintain their yards can expect swifter action and harsher penalties from the city of Lawrenceburg.

    In a special called meeting Monday night at City Hall, the city council voted unanimously to revise its nuisance ordinance, shortening the length of time it takes to impose penalties on overgrown yards.

    After being served notice that the property contains what the ordinance calls "noxious or unsightly growth," the owner has five days to fix the problem.

  • Mixes and sprays to keep pests away

    As I sit here to type, I've got to tell you that I'm having a strong urge to go have "puppy time." At 6 weeks old, they are nothing but adorable. These are healthy puppies and each has its own personality. While spending time outside with the pack tonight, I was reminded that it is the season for chiggers.

    I've been pretty good about using my chamomile tea spray, before working outside. It's when I just come home from work and spend an hour or so taking stock of the day. Duh - that's prime time for chigger and mosquito bites.

  • Asbury selects former Bearcat as men's basketball coach

    Asbury College announced last Tuesday that Kentucky Christian University head man Will Shouse will be its new men's basketball coach.

    Shouse, a former assistant under departed head coach Jim Aller, is coming out of two seasons at Kentucky Christian where he was named NCCAA Mid-East Region Coach of the Year both years and was a finalist for national Coach of the Year in 2007.

    His teams placed third in the NCCAA Division II national semifinals both years. Shouse is a 1998 graduate of Anderson County High School.

  • Catching up with an old friend

    I've been stumbling for days trying to find some ideas to write a column about. I'm getting married in 17 days, so you'd think I would have plenty.

    I could easily ramble on for inches about how my wedding dress doesn't fit any more, how frustrated I am with all that comes with ordering a wedding cake or how frustrated I am with myself for forgetting to take the wedding invitations home with me the last time I went.

  • Animal control officer charged with DUI

    The county's animal control officer was charged June 17 with DUI while on duty at the county animal shelter.

    Darrell Waldridge, 50, of 206 Center St., Lawrenceburg, had a blood alcohol level of .171, nearly twice the legal limit, according to an arrest report obtained from the Anderson County Sheriff's Department.

  • Catfish, and a turtle for your stew pot

    Catfish, catfish and more catfish. The first Saturday of June sure brought out the "yungins" with fishing poles trying their hands at catching some "bigguns."

    The annual D.A.R.E. fishing day was held at Hope Community Church lake much to the pleasure of over 100 kids, 15 and younger. Hunter is a year too old now, so Suzanne and I loaded up the poles and tackle to see what she could catch.

  • Championship Horse Show begins tonight

    The Championship Horse Show begins Wednesday night at the Lawrenceburg Fair and Horse Show.

    The show is made up of different classes each night, with over 100 classes total.

    Ribbons are given to eight places in each class, said Bobby Thornberry, a member of the Lawrenceburg Fair and Horse Show executive committee.

    The riders are judged on posture and how they handle the horse, and judges look at how the horses raise their feet and how they walk, Thornberry said.

  • Clerk hopeful says he would donate portion of pay

    A retired Lawrenceburg police officer wants to be the next county clerk and is willing to put a portion of his paycheck where his mouth is.

    Tommy Vaughn, 44, is seeking the Democrat Party's nominee to run this November for county clerk. If he is nominated and wins the position, Vaughn said he would donate to charitable causes about half of the $60,000-plus salary he would receive, pending tax implications.

    "I'm not independently wealthy or anything, but if I could donate part of my pay to help get some projects done that need to be done, I'd be happy to do it," Vaughn said.

  • An amazing budget and one dead issue

    Column as I see 'em ...

    While pouring over the county budget to prepare an article for this week's paper, it was amazing to see just how much proposed spending was eliminated when compared to the year before.

    Even with about $80,000 in pay increases for county employees, the fiscal court was able to create a balanced budget.

    Helping the court along were significant reductions in debt and employee fringe benefits, along with nearly $100,000 in cuts from money set aside last year for economic development and the swimming pool fund.

  • Bearcats' best season?

    Anderson County sports fans have posed the same question repeatedly over the last few weeks.

    "Has there ever been a better year in the history of the school than this one?"

    Wow. We are taking in a LOT of territory but as my friend Mike Fields pointed out in Friday's Lexington Herald-Leader, there were only three schools in Kentucky that had 10 wins in football and 20 wins in boys' and girls' basketball and 20 wins in baseball and softball.

    Has there ever been a better year?