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  • Children seek help for arson victims

    The children of Red and Joyce Shingleton have no idea why someone burned their parents’ business to the ground late last month, but they do know they need some help while trying to recover.
    Red’s Welding and Scrap Removal was intentionally set fire twice in October — the first attempt to burn it down failed, the second did not.
    Investigators with the Kentucky State Police say both attempts were arson and they are still looking for whoever is responsible.

  • King wins in landslide

    Republican candidates state Rep. Kim King and congressional challenger Andy Barr handily defeated their Democrat rivals Tuesday night in two heated races.
    County Clerk Jason Denny said turnout was about 64 percent countywide, and that a total of 10,435 votes were cast. Of that total there were 2,307 straight ticket Republican voters and 1,720 straight ticket Democrat voters.
    Denny said Election Day went smoothly in Anderson County.

  • Plea likely from child porn suspect

    The Lawrenceburg man charged last year with 70 felony counts of possessing and distributing child pornography is expected to enter a plea when he appears today (Wednesday) in Anderson Circuit Court.
    Mark Hawks, 55, was indicted in July of 2011 after investigators with the Kentucky State Police determined he was viewing, downloading and sharing child pornography from his Secretariat Drive home.

  • Republicans win big in Anderson County

    Incumbent state Rep. Kim King (R-Harrodsburg) soundly defeated challenger Kent Stevens (D-Lawrenceburg) in unofficial results from Anderson County in Tuesday’s election, 55 to 45 percent.

    Andy Barr, the Republican challenger to incumbent Congressman Ben Chandler, soundly defeated him in Anderson County as well, 56 to 48 percent.

    In the city council election, incumbent Steven Rucker was the only seated council member to lose and will be replaced by George Geoghegan.

    For school board, Donna Drury defeated incumbent Steve Higgins.

  • Early voters packing precincts

    A cold but clear morning has voters flocking to polling places at the middle and high schools.

    When the polls at both locations opened at 6 a.m., lines were already forming and both parking lots were already at or near capacity.

    County Clerk Jason Denny predicted last week that if the weather was decent voter turnout in Anderson County could reach as high as 70 percent, a 5 percent increase from the presidential election in 2008.

  • Chandler, Barr face off again next Tuesday for seat in Congress

    By Ben Carlson
    News staff
    Incumbent Congressman Ben Chandler (D-Versailles) scored a narrow victory challenger Andy Barr (R-Lexington) two years ago to retain his seat in Congress, and the two are squaring off again next Tuesday in one of the most anticipated races of the year.
    The Anderson News asked each candidate the same questions to preview their race, and their responses are as follows.

    Ben Chandler
    What are the top three reasons people in Anderson County should vote for you?

  • Carroll, Haynes square off for state senate seat

    Incumbent state Sen. Julian Carroll (D-Frankfort) is being challenged by Frank Haynes (R-Frankfort) in Tuesday’s election to represent Anderson County as part of the state’s 7th District.
    Each was asked the same questions and what follows are portions of their responses.

    Julian Carroll
    What are the top three reasons people in Anderson County should vote for you.
    First, experience is the best reason. There are issues before the General Assembly that are so tremendously complicated now.

  • King, Stevens square off for state representative seat

    Incumbent state Rep. Kim King (R-Harrodsburg) will square off Tuesday with challenger Kent Stevens (D-Lawrenceburg) for the right to represent the 55th District in the state House of Representatives.
    Stevens held the seat before losing to King two years ago.
    Each were asked the following questions, and what follows are portions of their remarks.

    Kim King
    What has been the most difficult thing you’ve discovered about your seat during your first term?

  • Deployed dad sends good wishes to Marching Bearcats from Africa

    Even while serving in Africa, SFC David Corbin wanted to wish his daughters and color guard members, Kayla and Alexis Corbin, good luck in their marching band’s upcoming semifinal competition.
    So he created a sign that said “Good Luck Anderson Co Marching Band Djibouti Africa,” took a photo with the sign, and let Facebook be the messenger of his good wishes.

  • Four vie for Board of Ed seats

    Incumbent Steve Higgins will face candidate Donna Crain Drury Tuesday for a seat on the Anderson County Board of Education.
    Two other incumbent Board of Education members, Lee Hahn and Scott Brown, are running unopposed to keep their respective seats on the board.
    Candidates were asked the following questions, and their responses are as follows.

    Name: Steve Higgins
    Office sought: Board of Education
    Profession: Distillery control operator
    Education: 1 and a half year college