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Today's Features

  • Throughout the morning Saturday, over 300 children completed their Christmas shopping and never spent over $3 on any single item.

    Anderson County’s homemakers’ circles sponsored “Santa’s Workshop” at the Extension Office giving children ages 4 to 12 a chance to pick up that special gift for mom, dad, grandma or grandpa.

    Most of the gifts were made by the homemakers and prices ranged from 25 cents to $3, said President Kirtley Zimmerman.

  • Ask both his wife and his boss and they’ll tell you — Daniel “Danny” Gaines had a heart of gold.

    “He had an outgoing personality,” said Gaines’ wife, Crystal. “He’d do anything for anybody. If he had the means to do it, he would do it.”

    Gaines, of Frankfort, died unexpectedly Nov. 23. He had an enlarged heart. Born Nov. 28, 1974, he was 33.

  • Other than finding a mall parking space on Black Friday, perhaps the second most pressing issue most Americans will have the day after Thanksgiving is what to do with all that leftover turkey.

    Everyone has fallback positions, including turkey sandwiches slathered with mayo and turkey salad. The uncouth will even grab a chunk out of the fridge, douse it with salt and slam it down.

  • Two words describe what the Anderson County High School Advanced Chorus is doing this year — “keeping busy.”

    At least that’s what Director Sue Lou Smith says of her 40-member choir.

    Ten members auditioned for the Kentucky All-State High School Chorus and six were recently selected to perform with the choir this winter.

    Those six are Alex Cheser, tenor; Ramsey Edington, alto; Jade Martin, tenor; Eric Steedly, bass; Singrid Tipton, soprano; and Katelyn York, soprano.

  • I voted eight times — I’ll explain that later — last Tuesday morning for McCain.

    Needless to say I was disappointed that evening when Obama claimed victory and McCain accepted defeat.

    Losing only matters, though, when you examine what went wrong and fix the errors of your ways.

    Here’s where I went wrong.

    I admit being a bit dubious at first about McCain, and was struggling to consider voting for him once, let alone eight times.

  • A crowd of about 30 attended the city's grand opening of its disc golf course Saturday at the city park.

    Lawrenceburg Mayor Edwinna Baker cut the ceremonial ribbon and made the first official throw at the course.

    As part of the grand opening events, the city hosted a "closest to the pin" contest. Discs were given away as prizes to the five closest throws and the five furthest away. Baker also gave discs to the oldest person, who was 50, and the youngest person, who was 15, in attendance.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 15

    Education

    8 a.m. to noon, GED instruction and college preparation, Anderson Community Education building, 219 E. Woodford St.

    10 to 10:30 a.m., Toddler time for 2-year-olds and their parents/guardians, Anderson Public Library.

    11 to 11:45 a.m., Preschool story time for 3- to 5-year-olds, Anderson Public Library.

    Noon to 4 p.m., GED instruction and college preparation, Bluegrass Community and Technical College, U.S. 127 campus.

  • Squeezing Linda Apple for her lemonade secret is a waste of time.

    Not that her fellow Anderson County Fire Department Auxiliary members haven't tried.

    "Oh, they've tried," she said, taking a break from serving Lemon Shake Ups during last weekend's Burgoo Festival. "They've tried everything known to man and woman to get that recipe out of me, but I'm not saying."

  • Refueling helicopters while fighting in the war in Iraq doesn't seem to faze Army Spec. Kyle Porteous.

    That was hardly the case, though, when he got his first glimpse of his infant daughter last Sunday night at the airport in Lexington.

    "I just froze," said Porteous, 21. "I couldn't believe she was actually real. I've seen pictures and talked on the phone, but when I saw her with my own eyes, it was the best feeling in the world."

    Porteous deployed for Iraq last October, leaving behind his wife of only two months, Lisa, who was pregnant with the couple's first child.

  • When "Scare Fest" opens at Lexington's Heritage Hall on Sept. 12, it will be the largest horror and paranormal convention ever held in the Southeast, according to one of the event's organizers, Jeff Waldridge, an Anderson County native.

    "In terms of space and guest list, it will be the largest," Waldridge said, who along with Patti Starr is event manager and co-creator.

    He also hopes the turnout will be large.