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  • Confirmed case of a mosquito borne virus in Anderson County

    There is confirmed case of Chikungunya, a mosquito borne virus, in Anderson County, according to the Anderson County Health Department.

    The sample was released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and confirmed to be the first case of Chikungunya statewide Tuesday morning. An Anderson County resident who recently traveled to the Caribbean reportedly contracted the virus.

  • Burkhead crowned Miss Lawrenceburg

    Molly Kate Burkhead was crowned the 2014 Miss Lawrenceburg Fair and Horse Show Monday night.

    Burkhead, a recent Anderson County High School graduate, beat out 10 other contestants for the title of Miss Lawrenceburg.

    The contestants are judged 50 percent on stage presence and poise. The other 50 percent is based on a pre-pageant interview.

    “This feels wonderful,” said Burkhead. “I’m so proud of the other girls who worked so hard.”

  • Kentucky Chamber study shows slow job recovery since recession

    A recent Kentucky Chamber of Commerce study tracked the sluggish job recovery after the 2007-2009 recession but locally unemployment fairs better than state and national averages.

    The study found that a total of 104,000 jobs were lost statewide in the last recession. Since July 2009, the study noted that statewide a net of 65,000 have been added since March 2014.

  • Birdwhistell is picked to lead Lady Bearcat basketball

    Anderson County High School did not have to look far to find the new leader of the its girls’ basketball program.

    Clay Birdwhistell, an assistant coach since 2006, has been picked to take over the reins of the program from the program’s winningest coach, Tony Kays, who retired in May.

    The school received numerous applications for one of the prime coaching vacancies in Kentucky.

  • Fiscal court budget in ‘good shape’

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court budget progress report presented Tuesday of last week shows the budget is in “good shape,” according to Treasurer Dudley Shryock.

    Most of the fiscal court funds have significantly more revenue than originally budgeted for the July 2013-June 2014 budget. The total expenses as of July through May were at $7,332,647.79, a total of $1,032,978.21 less spent than originally budgeted.

    Some of the funds include:

    •The EMS fund has a total of $94,217.39 more than originally budgeted.

  • Health department helps prep women for motherhood

    The Anderson County Health Department hosted the first ever community baby shower Thursday evening.

    Around 20 expecting mother registered for the shower, and there were several vendors who donated prizes and setup booths with informative material.

    The baby shower was part of the Health Access Nurturing Development Services (HANDS) division of the Anderson County Health Department, which is a voluntary home visitation program for all first time parents. Parents can sign up for the services during pregnancy or anytime before a child is 3 months old.

  • No one was injured in Fairview Road fire

    The Anderson County Fire Department responded to a structural fire in the 1700 block of Fairview Road around 8:45 a.m. Tuesday of last week.

    The fire caused extensive damage to the structure and all of the occupant Don Keeling’s belongings. Several Anderson County firefighters were checked by EMS for dehydration and heat exhaustion. None of the firefighters required transport to the hospital.

  • Affordable Care Act has not replaced the need for the free clinic

    Kim Brown is not one to look a gift horse in the mouth.

    A couple of years ago, the 57-year-old diabetic was between a rock and a hard place. She needed frequent blood tests to get medication but couldn’t afford the tests that cost around $1,500 per month.

    Her health had deteriorated to the point that she was in constant pain.

    While reading The Anderson News one day, she found information about what would become her salvation - the Anderson County Community Medical Clinic, a free service to qualifying patients.

  • Is the T.B. Ripy mansion haunted?

    Jeff Waldridge, paranormal investigator and owner of the Lawrenceburg Ghost Walk, says benevolent spirits attached to the house, possibly even Thomas B. Ripy himself, haunts the Ripya mansion.

    Waldridge, a lifelong Lawrenceburg resident, has been working on the Lawrenceburg Ghost Walk for about 3 years, compiling research through microfilm at the Anderson Public Library, Kentucky Historical Society documents and The Anderson News clippings from the 1900s.

    The end product fuses history with the paranormal to give tourists a memorable experience.

  • New sign ordinances are designed to be explicit, user friendly

    The city, county and Anderson County Chamber of Commerce worked together to draft new sign ordinances designed to be more explicit and easier to follow.

    The sign ordinance draft was presented at an Anderson County Fiscal Court meeting Tuesday of last week.

    The new proposed sign ordinances outline each sign and gives a glossary of definitions for popular signage from an abandoned sign to a window sign.