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  • ‘Oh, my God, Daddy!’

    Ben Carlson, News staff

    Ethan Sizemore was already busting at the seams.

    While he and his second-grade classmates at Emma B. Ward Elementary School were busy making American flags out of construction paper last Wednesday afternoon, Ethan made it clear why he was making his.

    “My dad’s in the military and he’s coming home this weekend,” he said, nearly bubbling over with enthusiasm. “I can’t wait to see him.”

    He didn’t have to wait nearly that long.

  • Readers wish moms happy Mother’s Day

    Dear Mother, (Iris Case)

    Hello, mother, just wanted to let you know that I am truly blessed to have you as my mother.

    You will always be my Mother Bear and I will always be your baby boy.

    I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day.

    Love,

    Adam Case

    Dear Mom, (Amanda Case)

    Mom, I want you to realize that my sister and I are very lucky to have you as our mother.

  • ‘I was born to do this'

    Ben Carlson, News staff

    Someone passing by the high school music room last Thursday afternoon could easily have assumed that the singing coming from within was the recorded voice of one of the world’s great opera performers.

    In time, they very well may be correct.

    The voice filling the room was that of Anderson County High School senior Hayden Bright, who is poised to make history this fall when he becomes what is believed to be the first local graduate to enter to the University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts to study opera.

  • Soilder surprises son upon return from Middle East

    Watch this incredibly emotional video from this afternoon (Wednesday) when a second grader from Emma B. Ward Elementary School is surprised by the return of his father, who just completed nearly a yearlong tour of duty in Iraq and Kuwait. The student’s name is Ethan Sizemore. His father is Sgt. Brad Sizemore, a Blackhawk helicopter crew chief stationed at the Boone Center in Frankfort. Thanks for your service, Sgt. Sizemore, and welcome home.

  • Woman jailed for punching officer in mouth

    By Ben Carlson, News staff

    A woman is behind bars after being charged with punching a Lawrenceburg police officer in the mouth early Tuesday morning on Poplar Drive, according to police reports.

    Katherine D. Yarborough, 31, 207 Hawthorne St., Frankfort, faces a host of charges that include second offense DUI, third-degree assault of a police officer, second-offense alcohol intoxication in a public place, second-degree possession of a controlled substance, prescription not in proper container and resisting arrest.

  • Get out!

    Ben Carlson, News staff

    Sheriff Troy Young says he’s had about all he can stand of so-called “gypsies” showing up here from the Carolinas each spring and scamming unsuspecting residents.

    “I’ve been dealing with these people for 23 years,” said Young. “Every year it’s fence painting, barn painting or a blacktopping scam.

    “I pretty much have come to expect they’re going to show up, just like the dandelions. Sometimes you just gotta go out and spray.”

  • Councilman escapes serious injury when garage bursts into flames

    By Ben Carlson, News staff

    It could have been worse. Much worse.

    City councilman Bobby Durr narrowly escaped serious injury when his garage at 1031 Indian Trail caught fire Saturday afternoon while he was working to repair his lawnmower.

    “I was very blessed to get out,” Durr said following the fire that singed his hands, eyebrows and hair. “I could have been very easily laying in the funeral home.”

    Contacted Monday by phone, Durr said he was OK and thankful that he wasn’t seriously injured.

  • A humbling surprise

    Ben Carlson, News staff

    He processes hundreds of deer each year, but none give Denny Markwell as much pleasure as those he cuts and wraps for children who participate in the annual youth hunts organized by officers with Kentucky Fish and Wildlife.

    Markwell, owner of Markwell’s Deer Processing on Bruner Road, doesn’t charge a fee for processing those deer but was rewarded for his efforts recently by being selected the 6th District Sportsman of the Year.

  • City firefighters save woman’s home from fire

    Ben Carlson, News staff

    This time, the trailer survived.

    A fire damaged but didn’t destroy a woman’s house trailer on Versailles Road, thanks to quick action by the Lawrenceburg Fire Department and some remodeling of the structure.

    The fire broke out around 8 a.m. Monday at 1141 Versailles Road, Lot 43, in a home owned by Jacqueline Lendrum, who was home when it broke out but escaped without injury, according to Lawrenceburg Fire Chief Bobby Hume.

  • State funds OK’d to resurface part of Highway 749

    By Ben Carlson, News staff

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court voted last Tuesday to accept nearly $500,000 in state funds, the bulk of which will be used to resurface 4.9 miles of state highway 749 between Hickory Grove and Bonds Mill roads.

    Magistrates approved the state’s recommendation to spend $335,588 on that portion of the road, but rejected the recommendation to use the balance of the funds — $151,063 — to pave an additional two miles of that road.