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  • Early morning fire destroys Anderson home

    By John A. Nelson, News staff

    High winds kept Anderson County firefighters struggling for seven hours Saturday morning to contain a house fire at 1265 Ninevah Road.

    Battalion Chief Brandon Brown said nine fire trucks were on the scene and used 64,000 gallons of water to fight what he called “a wind driven structure fire.”

  • Gas Leak closes Alton Road

    Alton Road has been closed from McCormick Road to Green Wilson Road due to a natural gas leak and will remain closed for an estimated six hours. Anderson Public Safety Director Bart Powell says several homes have been evacuated as first responders continue to assess the risk. There is no word as to what caused the leak. We'll provide updates as they become available.

  • Turner Elementary students compete in annual spelling bee
  • News Briefs

    Road to be named for Chrisman

    The road taking worshippers to the church of fallen Trooper Eric Chrisman will soon bear his name.

    The Kentucky State Police, Transportation Cabinet and Chrisman family will conduct a ceremony Nov. 28 to dedicate state Highway 326 (Ninevah Road) in the memory of Chrisman, the young trooper killed in the line of duty.

    The ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. at Ninevah Christian Church, where Chrisman’s family worships.

    The church is located at 1195 Ninevah Road, Lawrenceburg.

  • Suspect leads deputies on chase through woods

    A Frankfort man who three times lead police on a chase through the woods near Northwood Loop was finally tracked down and arrested earlier this month.

    Christopher T. Beagle Jr., 26, of 112 Hollow Creek Drive, is charged with first-degree fleeing from police, first- and second-offense alcohol intoxication in a public place, resisting arrest and first-degree disorderly conduct in the incident that started around 11:20 p.m. in the small community just off U.S. 127.

  • Firetruck washing mud from road collapses bridge on Hungry Run Road

    A fire truck inadvertently knocked a hole in a small bridge on Hungry Run Road, closing it for the time being while county highway workers get it repaired.

    County highway foreman Glenn Hawkins said last week that the bridge is a concrete slab that leads to only one home on the short stretch of road, and that the residents can use the other end to leave.

    “There are two ways in,” he said. “It runs off Ballard Road and goes down to Puncheon Creek Road. It’s only about a mile long.”

  • School board to bid for roof repairs, asphalt, boiler

    The Anderson County Board of Education on Monday voted unanimously to seek bids for several asphalt projects and to repair a portion of Saffell Street Elementary School’s leaky roof along with its water boiler.

    The board received an estimate ranging between $175,000 and $200,000 for the Saffell roof repairs, which has been a maintenance sore spot for the past couple of years.

    The water boiler estimate was for a shade over $10,000, meaning it can be replaced outside of the bidding process because it’s below the $20,000 threshold.

  • Weekend cold snap an early reminder to unhook garden hoses

    Wowzer! It got cold this weekend.

    I had the first fire of the season in the woodstove this weekend and it was lovely. I had to break out the Carhart bibs to work outside. I finally cut up some major limbs that had fallen over the summer. After a few hours of chain saw work and stacking wood, my back said enough.

    I’ve come to the conclusion that I do my best woodworking in shifts, as long as they’re a few days apart. While I was picking up limbs, I gathered another bucket of walnuts. Pretty soon I’ll have enough for my holiday baking and snacks.

  • DNC isn’t helping local Democrats

    Column as I see ’em …

    As the Democratic National Committee busies itself with infighting over what went wrong last Tuesday night, it’s hard to believe there isn’t some serious soul searching going on here in Anderson County.

    Democrats here once again fell miserably short in winning an election that included all city and county voters, with hometown school board member James Sargent getting shellacked in his bid to unseat incumbent state Rep. James Tipton of Taylorsville.

  • Film crew to capture success at Turner

    The honors just keep growing for Robert B. Turner Elementary School.

    On Friday, a film crew with the International Center for Leadership in Education is expected to visit the school to document not just how well it is succeeding, but to show educators from across the country how success is accomplished.

    Four of the school’s teachers made headlines last year when they made a presentation to educators from across the country during the annual Model Schools Conference in Orlando.