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  • Reward offered for missing dog

    A woman is frantically trying to find a dog she says was picked up by a local pet groomer and subsequently lost.
    The dog, a female Mastiff named Tasia, came up missing Saturday near Fairview Road in western Anderson County. A cash reward is being offered for the dog’s return.
    Owner Cherie Queen said a groomer picked up her dog and later told her the dog escaped.
    “We’ve passed out flyers and have been all over that area,” Queen said Monday afternoon. “She’s never been outside like this, and we’re very, very concerned.

  • Near miss

    When a large chunk of hail shattered a window just feet from her ailing father, Margaret Cotton and her family quickly moved him to safety.
    Then they prayed.
    They certainly weren’t the only families praying in Anderson County last Friday when a storm that spawned dozens of killer tornadoes in Kentucky and Indiana rumbled through Anderson County, damaging dozens of cars and homes but leaving the area largely unscathed.
    But it was oh, so close.

  • Husband indicted for murdering wife

    A Ballard Road man was indicted Tuesday for murder and two counts of wanton endangerment after allegedly shooting his wife to death and pointing a loaded firearm at her daughter and her daughter’s son.
    Modena Sutton Branson, 50, was shot to death Monday at her home, located at 1600 Ballard Road in western Anderson County near the Bluegrass Parkway.

  • Woman shot, killed on Ballard Road

    UPDATED 5 P.M. — A woman was apparently shot and killed earlier today at a residence on Ballard Road in western Anderson County.

    The man who apparently shot her also sustained a gunshot wound and was airlifted from the scene in a helicopter. It is unknown if the man shot himself or was shot.

    The Kentucky State Police is investigating, and have not released the names of the victim or suspected shooter.

    The shooting occurred around 1:45 p.m. Monday at the residence, located near the intersection of Ballard and Puncheon Creek roads.

  • Grapefruit-sized hail pounds Alton during killer storm

    Alton residents weathered the brunt of Friday's killer storm that claimed lives in Indiana and spawned countless tornadoes across Kentuckiana.

    The Cotton family had several harrowing moments when grapefruit-sized hail began to fall, battering their vehicles and smashing a hole in a window of the home where ailing Noel Cotton Sr. was resting in his hospital bed.

  • Auction to benefit CASA programs

    An auction titled “Bids for Kids” is scheduled for April 19 from 5 to 8 p.m., the Franklin County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) announced.
    The agency, which serves children in Anderson and Franklin counties, is a private, non-profit organization which provides trained volunteers to serve as personal, unbiased advocates for abused and neglected children involved in family court.
    The auction will be held at Bistro 241, located at 241 West Main St., Frankfort, and will raise funds to support the agency’s volunteer programs, organizers said.

  • Busy February weekend for Anderson County firefighters

    To say it was a busy weekend for the Anderson County Fire Department would be an understatement.
    During a 13-hour stretch, approximately 40 firefighters from stations 1, 2, 4 and 5 responded for four incidents, the first just after midnight Sunday morning when a vehicle went up in flames on Beaver Lake Road.
    At 3 a.m., firefighters responded to a fire at 2046 Fox Creek Road. The owner wasn’t home at the time of the fire, which was apparently caused by a space heater.

  • Child porn suspect gets new court date

    Landmark News Service
    A Lawrenceburg man who told police he had “sexual desires for children” has a new hearing set for Shelby Circuit Court.
    The Shelby County Commonwealth Attorney’s office will be working on a plea agreement for Mark Hawks, which could be presented on his next court date April 16.

  • Fiscal court notebook: 2-29-12

    Mallard Cove residents told no
    Get an attorney and fix up your own entryway.
    That was the message magistrates delivered last Tuesday night to a covey of Mallard Cove residents who continued their complaints about the entrance to their private community off Highway 248 in western Anderson County.
    Residents there have argued for the past two years that taxpayers should maintain Buckley Road, which allows them to access their community.

  • Fiscal court to public library: Don’t spend your money

    The Anderson Public Library should place its surplus revenue in escrow until a lawsuit in northern Kentucky is resolved.
    That’s the message the Anderson County Fiscal Court sent library officials last Tuesday, when it unanimously approved a motion to send a letter, asking them to do so.
    At issue are pending lawsuits in Campbell and Kenton counties, where a taxpayer group is challenging the legality of how libraries there have raised tax rates for decades.