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  • Schools mourn loss of Saffell student

    For the second consecutive year, the Anderson County school district has opened mourning the loss of one of its students.

    Summer Raine Evans, 8, a student at Saffell Street Elementary School, died Monday in an automobile accident in Woodford County.

    “This is a very sad way to start the school year, with the loss of a student,” said Superintendent Sheila Mitchell.

    Last year, just before the school year started, Seth Carnahan, 13, a student at Anderson County Middle School, drowned after falling into North Elkhorn Creek in Scott County.

  • Couple celebrates 70 years of love

    Virgil and Leoda Lunsford of Lawrenceburg celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary July 31.

    They were married in Madison County on July 31, 1940.

    This year, on July 24, their children and grandchildren honored them with a surprise cookout — 48 family members attended the event.

  • Deals abound for early birds

    The annual 127 Yard Sale is supposed to kick off Thursday, but don’t try telling that to the thousands of visitors and dozens of vendors who flocked last weekend to Eagle Lake Convention Center.

    “We had a lot of vendors that wanted to come in a weekend early and set up,” said Eagle Lake owner Brad Smith. “We had a pretty fair turnout of mostly local shoppers who wanted to get out early and shop before the big crowds show up.

    “By Thursday when it starts for real, it will be crazy.”

  • Depot could become welcome center

    The man who helped save the old Lawrenceburg train depot and move it to the US 127 Bypass is back in action, this time to help turn the facility into a welcome center.

    C. Michael Davenport said he hopes to generate enough public interest in the project to have the old depot renovated and turn it not only into a welcome center, but a home for the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce and community facility.

  • District court proceedings

    Judge Donna Dutton heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings May 24.

    Terry S. Allen, hearing, operating a motor vehicle under the influence (BAC .138) -- show cause.

    Melissa D. Bamberger, arraignment, license to be in possession, operating a vehicle with an expired operator’s license -- dismissed.

    Martin G. Begley, arraignment, failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance -- pleaded guilty, $643, show cause/installment/deferred payment Dec. 6.

  • McCormick enters race for sheriff

    An independent candidate for sheriff filed the required number of signatures Monday to be on the ballot for November’s general election, according to documents filed at the Anderson County clerk’s office.

    By doing so, Jeff McCormick, 48, of 568 South Main St., will challenge incumbent Sheriff Troy Young, a Democrat.

    Young defeated a challenger in May’s primary. No Republican filed to run for sheriff this fall.

  • Pornography, sex toy trial set for April

    The trial of a woman suing the Anderson County Fiscal Court on charges that she was sexually harassed, shown pornography and given a sex toy before being fired from the judge-executive’s office is scheduled to begin next April 11 in Anderson Circuit Court, according to Anderson Circuit Court documents.

    Lea Beasmore, who was fired last March, filed the lawsuit last May. In it she claims that county building inspector Dean Lickliter brought a sexual device commonly known as a vibrator into her office last Feb. 14 and gave it to her.

  • Cat killings up, dogs down

    Put mildly, 2009 was a bad year for cats in Anderson County.

    While overall euthanasia rates at the Anderson Humane Society were down nearly 14 percent, the number of cats euthanized jumped 24 percent from 2008, according to statistics from the organization.

  • A voice for freedom

    BASRA, Iraq — Matt Hackathorn would love to be spending his time working on his Anderson City Road farm or hanging out with his buddies at Wash’s Cycles.

    But for now the lieutenant colonel has more pressing issues, including working to advance the voice of freed Iraqi soldiers, police officers and citizens.

    Hackathorn, a public affairs officer with the US Army, is stationed in Basra, Iraq’s southern most province that includes its only seaport, and an area key to making the war-torn fledgling democracy economically vibrant.

  • Cops nab paddle boat bandits

    Charges are pending against two teenagers who police say went on a theft spree by paddle boat over the Fourth of July weekend.

    The two juveniles — males ages 15 and 17 — apparently stole a paddle boat and used it as a means of transportation around Beaver Lake while stealing fishing equipment and other items from several locations, said Deputy Matt Rogers, with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department.

    The teenagers then loaded the stolen items into the bed of a pickup truck, he said.