Erich Ruehs, The Advocate Messenger en Burgin's Graduation Rate One of Best in State <p><a href=",0,530771.story">Burgin Independent School may be small in enrollment</a>, but its high school graduation rate makes a big impression. Figures just released by the Kentucky Department of Education show the independent school system in Mercer County had a 94.74 percent Average Freshman Graduation Rate in 2009-2010, better than 167 other school districts. Tue, 16 Aug 2011 17:34:05 +0000 Erich Ruehs, The Advocate Messenger 10672 at Auctioning a Harrodsburg Farm <p><a href=",0,1152065.story">When Harrodsburg native Ralph Anderson died in February</a> at the age of 86, Mercer County lost not only its most illustrious philanthropist and most famous resident since Daniel Boone, but one of Kentucky&rsquo;s largest landowners. On Nov. 16 at the Lexington Convention Center&rsquo;s Bluegrass Room, 4,537 acres of Anderson Circle Farm will go up for auction. The auction will consist of 50 individual tracts of land. In addition to the land, many of the 50 tracts have existing structures. The property includes 10 residences and numerous barns, including the massive show barn on U.S. 127 north of Harrodsburg. Thu, 11 Aug 2011 16:55:23 +0000 Erich Ruehs, The Advocate Messenger 10373 at Auctioning a Harrodsburg Farm Opthalmologists Unhappy with New Law <p><a href=",0,6361343,print.story">Dr. Arthur K. Rivard has been an eye doctor in Danville </a>for more than 20 years and is not shy when lending his view point on a just who should engage in eye surgery and who shouldn&#39;t. Rivard, along with many of his fellow ophthalmologists, is unhappy with a new Kentucky law which sets the stage for optometrists to perform various types of surgery, including laser. The issue has been reignited thanks to a public forum held in Lexington last month in which optometrists, who Rivard points out are not medical doctors, began the process of determining what type of surgeries they may and may not perform under the new law, which was approved overwhelmingly in both the House and the Senate. Sun, 07 Aug 2011 14:10:07 +0000 Erich Ruehs, The Advocate Messenger 10070 at Harrodsburg Police Chief Seeks Improvement <p><a href=",0,273406.story">After a year plagued with personnel problems</a>, Police Chief Rodney Harlow is working to rebuild the Harrodsburg Police Department and restore the public&rsquo;s trust. In the last six months, one officer was indicted on third-degree rape charges involving a minor. Another resigned after allegedly shoplifting an item from a local convenience store while on duty. And a police dispatcher was fired by Chief Harlow. Thu, 04 Aug 2011 17:36:07 +0000 Erich Ruehs, The Advocate Messenger 9926 at