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  • Annual Relay for Life scheduled for Friday

    Sitting in her office at the Commonwealth Credit Union, Branch Manager Kim Jennings’s eyes mist with tears as she explains the art of puzzle assembly and the importance of having the right pieces first.

    The puzzle Jennings is trying to solve: cancer.

    As the chair for the Anderson County Relay for Life event, Jennings is tasked every year with trying to place the right pieces together to form one of the biggest events that benefits the American Cancer Society.

  • Man’s art collected around world

    By Nancy Royden

    Special to The Anderson News

    Some folks excel in business, and some succeed in creative pursuits.

    Lawrenceburg’s James Kessinger, 70, is one who is passionate about, and accomplished at, both undertakings.

    One thing that sets him apart from many other artists is his blindness. Kessinger began to lose his sight in his 30s to macular degeneration, he said.

  • Four Roses celebrates $54M expansion

    Jim Rutledge sounded like a proud parent Thursday morning while addressing the crowd assembled to celebrate a $54 million expansion of Four Roses, including $34.1 million at the distillery in Lawrenceburg.

    “This means a lot to me,” Rutledge said, moments after detailing how, 20 years ago, the brand was nearly taken off the shelves permanently.

    When he arrived in 1994, Rutledge said the plant was then part of Seagram’s and that there were discussions among the ownership group of shutting it down and using other distillers.

  • Family donates DARE cart in memory of late grandson

    When those participating in Saturday’s DARE Fishing Derby walked past the tricked-out golf cart emblazoned with the DARE logo, most probably thought it looked awesome and moved on to catch another catfish.

    Little did they know that the cart represents much more to the Lawrenceburg family who built and donated it to Sheriff Troy Young’s decades-long effort to steer children away from the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

  • Hospital launches electronic check-in

    Patients who visit Frankfort Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Room can now use an electronic check-in process designed to expedite and improve their care and provide them with a better ER experience, the hospital announced.

    The process is similar to that used in airports and retail outlets. Patients first scan their driver’s license or type in basic identification information at the check-in station in the ER.

  • Douglass earns Eagle Scout
  • Hundreds pay respects to fallen trooper

    Hundreds of mourners paid their respects to Kentucky State Trooper Eric Chrisman during visitation at Ninevah Christian Church Sunday afternoon.

    Chrisman, who had just graduated from the Kentucky State Police Academy in January, died Tuesday when his cruiser collided with a tractor-trailer in Livingston County in western Kentucky. Chrisman was answering a call about a reckless driver when the accident occurred.

    Chrisman, 23, was an Anderson County native and graduated from Christian Academy of Lawrenceburg in 2009.

  • County punts on $400K loan

    Since Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton took office in January, has been telling the Anderson County Fiscal Court that it needs to borrow $400,000 to close a budget deficit.

    Last Tuesday, just before magistrates were scheduled to vote to borrow that amount money, Gritton recommended not doing it.

    Gritton said afterward he did so because the lender, the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo), changed the terms of the loan and that he was very happy about it.

  • Cox is fairest of them all

    The Lawrenceburg Fair and Horse Show has crowned its new queen.

    Seven local beauties competed Monday evening for the title of Miss Lawrenceburg Fair and Horse Show 2015, but Jasmine Cox was deemed by the judges to be the fairest of them all.

  • Goodbye, Kenny

    Jenny Trent was trapped inside of her vehicle when an angel arrived to care for her.

    That angel was Kenny Goodlett, 60, a beloved police officer, friend and family man who succumbed to cancer early last Friday morning.

    Trent’s story is one of hundreds, perhaps thousands of memories being shared as seemingly all of Anderson County mourns the loss of a public servant whose career included time with the ambulance service, sheriff’s office and for the past six years, the Lawrenceburg Police Department.