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  • Chamber gala is Saturday

    The Anderson County Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Christmas Gala on Saturday night at Eagle Lake Convention Center.
    The semi-formal event begins at 6, and includes dinner, live music, a cash bar and an awards ceremony. It will also feature a silent auction, a money tree and a “wine and diamonds” event.
    Tickets are $25 for chamber members; $30 for non-members, and will be available at the door or by calling 839-5564.
    Entertainment will be provided by musical group Nearly Nervous, which plays blues, reggae and rock.

  • Deadline approaching for Angel Tree

    Plenty of angels are still available for adoption on the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree.
    Maj. Linda Hicks with the Salvation Army in Frankfort said about 200 Anderson County families with 400 children applied for assistance this year.
    The majority of those children, represented by angels on the Angel Tree located inside Walmart, are in danger of not receiving any help this Christmas, she said.
    “The angels aren’t going very fast,” Hicks said.

  • Hunting accident kills man near Lovers Leap

    An afternoon of hunting ended in tragedy Sunday night when the body of a hunter was found in his tree stand.
    Marc W. Helton, 34, of Lexington died when his hunting rifle accidentally discharged, striking him in the neck.
    He was pronounced dead at the scene.
    Helton was hunting with a friend in the Lovers Leap area, a remote area in northern Anderson County located off Lanes Mill Road.
    After climbing 20 feet into his tree stand, Helton was apparently using a rope to hoist his .30-30 rifle into the stand when it discharged.

  • Sowing seeds of understanding

    By Mark Ray
    Special to The Anderson News
    More than 25 years after he became an Eagle Scout, Todd Ewing, an assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 37 in Lawrenceburg, still reflects on a story his Scoutmaster, Joe Lovell, once told.

  • Sharing stories

    When Janeen Lewis took her then-boyfriend/now-husband Jesse home to meet her parents for the first time, she never imagined that story would end up in a Chicken Soup for the Soul anthology titled “Family Matters.”

  • COLUMN: Show your leftovers who’s boss

    This Thanksgiving, after the bellies are full and the relatives are headed back home after a day of fellowship, minds will undoubtedly turn to two things: shopping and leftovers.

  • Santa letters due Dec. 3

    If you’ve been good this year, tell Santa all about it by submitting your letters to The Anderson News.
    For the 33rd consecutive year, the News will help Santa by publishing the letters and pictures of Anderson County’s children.
    Santa only asks one thing. In order to make sure he can get through them all, please keep letters to 100 words.
    Letters should be e-mailed to santa@theandersonnews.com. Photos should be attached to the letters they accompany and should be saved in JPEG format.

  • County burn ban lifted

    Anderson County received just enough rain over the past few days to allow the county fire department to lift its burn ban, Fire Chief Mike Barnes said Thursday morning.
    “We’ve gotten over an inch of rain,” Barnes said.
    However, Barnes emphasized that the ban put in place by the Kentucky Division of Forestry is still in effect through Dec. 15.
    According to that ban, controlled burns must be 150 feet away from wooded areas and are only permitted between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.

  • Auditor warns schools on excess spending

    During the past fiscal year, Anderson County Schools spent $1.1 million more than it had budgeted — a habit that, if not broken, could be devastating to the district, Auditor Denise Keen cautioned at Monday night’s board of education meeting.
    “You need to take a hard look at your budget,” Keen told the board members. “You cannot afford another $1 million (in excess spending).”

  • Fire, smoke ravage firefighter’s home

    Jimmy Robinson has plenty of experience putting fires out at other people’s homes, but Monday he was forced to do so at his own.