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  • Candidates exchange barbs, ideas at debate

    By Ben Carlson and Chanda Veno

    News staff

    The race for state representative heated up last Thursday when candidates for the 53rd House District debated everything from Kentucky dumping its health insurance exchange, state road and education funds, charter schools and who they are, or aren’t, supporting for president.

    Incumbent James Tipton (R-Taylorsville) and challenger James Sargent (D-Lawrenceburg) had several spirited exchanges during the debate, which was hosted by The Anderson News and held at the Anderson County Middle School.

  • Private recycler’s fate to be decided Thursday

    The fate of a local business is likely to be decided when the county’s Board of Zoning Adjustments (BOZA) meets Thursday at 7 p.m. in the fiscal court chambers on Main Street.

    The public is expected to be able to make comments before BOZA votes on Francis Recycling, a private recycling company located on 127 Bypass that was cited three times since December for violating the conditional use permit granted by BOZA in 2011.

  • Kidnapping victim recounts being beaten, robbed

    The victim of an alleged kidnapping and assault that including him being beaten up twice and forced to withdraw money from an ATM recounted the incident last week after news broke that two women were arrested as accomplices in the case.

    Jeremy Simpson, 33, of Lawrenceburg said he continues to mend from the beatings he took in the incident that took place in early September, that left him with a broken wrist.

  • Hardin honored by Kentucky State Police
  • Chrisman race proceeds benefit Trooper Island
  • Monday fire destroys man’s home, belongings

    John Holbert stood on his front deck late Monday morning, wearing a pair of shorts, shirt, socks and shoes — the only possessions that survived a fire Monday morning that ravaged his home on Versailles Road.

    “I’ve lost everything I owned,” he said, staring into what was the front door of the trailer he rented and had fixed up through the years.

    Holbert said losing all of his possessions was one thing, but what hurt even more was losing family heirlooms that cannot be replaced.

  • Lt. gov. tours schools, pitches Entrepreneurship Challenge

    Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton toured three Anderson County schools Tuesday.

    Hampton, who came to pitch her new Entrepreneurship Challenge aimed at high schoolers across Kentucky, said was impressed.

    “It’s amazing to be invited to talk to high schoolers, middles schoolers and elementary school students in one day. Today, I’m focusing on the students,” Hampton explained. “It’s one of the most rewarding parts of my job.”

  • News briefs

    Kiwanis plans

    Meet, Greet and Eat event

    The Anderson County Kiwanis Club and its high school Key Club has scheduled an event titled Meet, Greet and Eat for 6 p.m. Oct. 20 at the high school, the club announced.

    The event will be held in the freshman wing cafeteria.

    Steve McMichael, a former Anderson County student athlete, will serve as guest speaker. A member of the class of 1998, McMichael will share how Kiwanis is making a difference in his community in Hardin County, organizers said in a news release.

  • News briefs

    Lawrenceburg Pierian Woman’s Club

    meets Oct. 20

    The regular monthly meeting of the Lawrenceburg Pierian Woman’s Club is at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Anderson County Health Department Community Room.

    Amy Kate Smith, Anderson County’s Distinguished Young Woman, will speak.

    The book “The Narrows” by Michael Connelly will be discussed. “A Walk to Remember” will be distributed for discussion at the November meeting.

    Guests are welcome.

  • ‘We are not going to be silent about this’

    Of the 10 people who took the stage at Monday’s Anderson County Community Drug Education Forum, none were as touching as Laura Parrish’s testimony.

    The forum drew a sizable crowd and was hosted by Anderson County Attorney Bobbi Jo Lewis’ office.

    Parrish, whose son Nick passed away in April, gave an eye-opening account of Nick’s decent into addiction.