Mrs. Willard Hurt when coal stove explodes

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December 22, 1960
Mrs. Carl Willard was seriously injured at her home on North Main when a coal stove exploded.
Mr. Willard and their son, Carl Willard Jr., were at the barn milking when the accident occurred.
According to reports, Mrs. Willard had lighted the stove, which had been formerly used as a laundry stove but was used as a heating stove and had new connections. It was believed that water had collected in some parts of the connections, causing the explosion.
Mrs. Willard suffered a broken leg and a leader was cut in the other. The kitchen was set afire as a portion of the stove hit a window and anther portion hit the new electric water heater, tearing a hole in the outer casing.
She crawled from the kitchen to another room and it was there her son found her. He put out the fire and called for help. A local physician treated her before being moved to the Frankfort hospital.
Former residents of Franklin County, they had just moved to the newly redecorated home on the ‘Sherwood farm on North Main.

A newly formed Optimist Club of Lawrenceburg elected officers. The club was to meet each Thursday night at The Anderson Grill.  Officers were: Lewis bishop, director; Francis L. Herndon, secretary-treasurer; Marvin Robison, president; Jack Spencer, vice president; J.D. Collins Jr., sergeant-at-arms; Marvin Moffett, P.D. Boone, Malcolm Stinnett, Ed Grace and Jimmy Robinson, directors.

Ann Houchin, student at Sand Spring School, was the winner of the Soil Conservation Essay contest.
Joe Drury of Western High placed second and Carroll Gibson of Anderson High was third. Other winners were Sandra Troxel, Paul Johnson and Janet Sue Cox.

Raymond Morris, driver for the City Cab Company, was killed when his car crashed into a tree on Ky. 44 about five miles from Lawrenceburg.
Gary Shapira, 59, distillery and department store executive of Louisville, died in Washington, D.C.
Imogene Tinsley Gaines, 80, widow of John Gaines, died on Christmas Day after a four-day illness.
Andrew Jackson Shryock, 74, died Christmas Day at the Veteran’s hospital after a short illness.
Jennie Hanley Kinton, 99, the oldest resident of Anderson County, died at a Lexington nursing home.
Addie Strange Wiley, 73, mother of Thurston Wiley of Lawrenceburg, died at a Georgetown hospital Christmas morning.

December 24, 1970
Old Saint Nick visited the head start children at Western to give them treats and gifts. They were: Donna Barnett, Melissa Yates, Kevin Hatchett, Dona Ward, Tammie Hawkins, Bobbie Kay Peach, Allen Darnell, Lisa Armstrong, Melvin Waldridge, Veanna Brothers, Dannette Darnell, Richard Peach, Steven Drury, Keith Barnett, Johnny Barnett, Rhonda Waldridge and Anthony Peach. Mrs. Johnny Cammack and Mrs. Leo Lay were the teachers.

Mitchell Cunningham entered the University Hospital in Lexington for treatment of an eye injury sustained when he was hit in the eye with a rock.

William Beckham Hahn, 69, died at his home in Lexington, where he had been a resident since 192. He was a retired plastering contractor, native of Anderson County
Mrs. Margaret Allen Hughes Tingle, 56, Puckett Road, near Alton, died after a short illness. Ray Thurman, 61, native of Lawrenceburg, died at his home in Louisville.
Violet Corrine Peyton Durr, 63, native of Anderson County, died at Haggin Memorial Hospital in Harrodsburg.
Michael Ray Young, 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Young, died at his home.
George Gilbert Mattox, 59, died at his home following an apparent heart attack.
Russell Mattingly, 70, retired farmer, died at his home.

December 18 and 25, 1980
Denise Crabb was crowned Western Anderson Homecoming Queen. Her court included Susan Sea, Kim Gritton, Emma Jeffries, Jeanette Barnett, Cynthia Steilberg, Angela Boblitt and Holly Miller. Tammy Dean was the flower girl and John Conway Jr. was the crown bearer. Last year’s winner was Cindy Welch.

Fred Coke and his soon-to-be son-in-law Mike Mahan were the new owners of Lawrenceburg Western Auto.

Fire of undetermined cause destroyed the two-story frame home of Alan and Vickie Cooper on Timber Creek Road. Both had left for work when the fire broke out and firemen from Glensboro and Stringtown reported to the blaze just minutes later.
The family was able to save a few of their belongings from 130-year old structure known as the old Brown homestead.

Several other recent victims of fire received aid.
During recent weeks the Gene Slatten family on Palmer Road, the Melvin Davis family on Jenny Lillard Road and the Glen Rodgers family from Bonds Mill all were victims of fire.
The good news was the families received help from churches, friends and local agencies.
Clothing and other things were being collected at local churches for the all three families. The Davis family was relocated to another residence. The Rodgers family was fixing up a new mobile home on their place.

Christie Hays, a third grader at Western Anderson, and Lee Buntain, a third grader from Saffell Elementary, were pictured as the winners of The Anderson News Letter to Santa contest.
Each received a bunch of gifts as winners.

Christmas came early to the Elwood McCann’s of Lawrenceburg. They were blessed with twin sons Dec. 15. Elwood McCann III and Robert Joseph McCann were born at the Harrodsburg Hospital.

Leamon Barnett, 69, a farmer, died Dec. 9 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center.
Joe Likins, 80, Bonds Mill Road, retired employee of Old Joe Distillery and retired farmer, died Dec. 5.
James Marshall Kinder, 62, employee of American Saw and Tool Division of Vermont American of 29 years, died at the Methodist Hospital in Louisville.

Dear Santa
“Last year I got chewen gum all over me. this year I got sticky candy all over me. My mother makes cakes. I made a big bird cake. the fethers were all over the place when I got finised. I had icing from head to toe....” — Christy Jane Whitt, 9.
“My name is clay Nathan Birdwhistell . . . I’m free years old....
“I hope you are fine. I hope the hostages get out. i want a stereo for Christmas and game. P.s. will you fill our stocking? — Angela Brown
“I work hard at school consatrating on my work. I do my chores at home when I get home from school such as 1. cutting kinlin, 2. cleaning my bedroom up. 3. doing my home work, and I take it seriously. then I go out play until super time. Sometimes I get out of hand far as behaving at school and at home, but then I ask for forgiveness and try hard to make up for it....” — Lee Buntain
“My name is Christie Michelle Hayes. I’m 8 years old and in the third grade at Western School. I have been pretty good this year. I’m like everybody else. I have my good days and bad days....”

December 20, 1995
Daniel Flora, 10, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Flora, was named both team and league overall ‘defensive Player of the Year’ for the 8-10-year-olds in the Frankfort Youth Football League.

Teacher Joe Cooley was pictured attempting a shot during a scrimmage game in which several ACHS teachers took on the Kentucky Wheelcats. The Wheelcats poke to the student body before the game on the dangers of drug abuse.
The picture was taken by student Amanda White and appeared on the BearFacts page.

Ethel Rose Lawrence Jeffries, 83, daughter of Otha and Iva Goodnight Lawrence and widow of Walter Atwood Jeffries, died Dec. 16.
Florence Edith Rietz Miler, 87, former secretary for Federal Mortgage and Realty Co. in Chicago, died Dec. 16.
Sylvia May Hellard Peach, 76, former employee of National Distillery, died Dec. 16.
Agnes Ayers Douthitt Hudson, 69, died at Humana Hospital in Lexington.
Virginia Summitt O’Nan, 67, retired sorter operator for Universal Fasteners and former owner of O’Nan Boat Dock on the Kentucky River, died Dec. 20.
Charles Frank Ransdell, 74, at Bourbon General Hospital.