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  • 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.

  • Dairy Cheer owner wanted by police

    The owner of the now-closed Dairy Cheer restaurant who allegedly stiffed employees out of thousands of dollars in pay just before Christmas is facing numerous felony and misdemeanor charges.
    Lou Compton, who operated the store for just a couple of months before skipping town, is wanted on 14 arrest warrants, including five Class D felonies for theft by deception over $500, and nine Class A misdemeanors for theft by deception under $500, according to information obtained from the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Supreme Court sides with King

    It took only three hours last week for the Kentucky Supreme Court to confirm what state Rep. Kim King has been saying all along — that a redistricting map signed into law by the governor earlier this year was unconstitutional.
    That ruling means King, who represents the 55th District comprised of Anderson, Mercer and a portion of Spencer County, will be able to seek re-election here this fall.