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  • 11 on 11-11-11

    Makayela Lewis is no stranger to the number 11.
    Born on Nov. 11 (11-11) in 2000, the Lawrenceburg youngster is celebrating her 11th birthday today, Nov. 11, 2011 (11-11-11).

    The next time the calendar will read 11-11-11 it will be Nov. 11, 2111.
    Here’s hoping that Makayela, who will turn 111 on the next 11-11-11, is still around to enjoy it.

  • ‘Why veterans serve’

    The veteran serves — whenever and wherever they’re called.
    At the American Legion Auxiliary Veterans Day service on Sunday, that sentiment was echoed in the prayers, the songs and the speeches made at Patriot Hall.
    Auxiliary Post 34 vice president Pam Rice spoke not only as a member of the Legion, but as a mother of a son in active duty.  
    Rice, who said her son will be returning from Iraq in two weeks, said she didn’t know what a veteran meant until her son was deployed.

  • Less hours, probation for embattled health director

    After three and a half hours in closed session, the Anderson County Board of Health voted 9-2 Thursday night to reduce health director Brandon Hurley’s full-time position to part-time status, including contingencies for a 90-day probationary period and improvement plan.
    Hurley and the board have come under public ire and scrutiny regarding the health department’s 2008 decision to build a new health department building as well as the department’s mounting debt.  

  • Beshear a clear choice here

    Anderson County voters chose incumbent Democrat Gov. Steve Beshear by a nearly 2-1 margin in Tuesday night’s statewide elections.

    Unofficial results show that Beshear pulled 50.23 percent of Anderson County votes, leaving challengers David Williams (R) with 25.99 percent and Gatewood Galbraith (I) with 23.78 percent.

    For results from each of Anderson County's voting precincts, see the graph that appears with this article.

    Beshear was easily re-elected Tuesday, and was joined by fellow Democrats in winning all but one of the statewide races.

  • Make sure Santa gets the message

    If you’ve been good this year, tell Santa all about it by submitting your letters to The Anderson News.

    For the 34th 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.

  • Farmer vs. a farmer in race to replace Farmer for ag commissioner

    By Stephen Lega
    Landmark News Service
    One candidate to be Kentucky’s Commissioner of Agriculture has done stand-up comedy. His opponent thinks his campaign is a joke.
    The Democratic candidate, Robert “Bob” Farmer of Louisville operates his own marketing firm, in addition to his occasional comedy performances. James Comer of Monroe County, the Republican candidate, is a farmer who has also served as a state representative.

    James Comer

  • Secretary of State candidates believe in their backgrounds

    By Stephen Lega
    Landmark News Service
    Bill Johnson is running for Kentucky Secretary of State because he is concerned about the future of the Commonwealth. Alison Lundergan Grimes is running because  Kentuckians are hurting and she thinks they need and deserve strong leaders.
    Grimes, 32, the Democratic candidate, and Johnson, 44, the Republican candidate, will square off on Election Day, Nov. 8.

    Identification, please

  • Edelen, Kemper III vie to replace outgoing state auditor Luallen

    By Jesse Osbourne
    Landmark News Service
    On Nov. 8, two candidates will vie to replace outgoing Kentucky State Auditor Crit Luallen.
    Adam Edelen, the Democratic candidate, and John T. Kemper III, the Republican candidate, will go head-to-head to see who will fill that vacancy.
    Adam Edelen
    At 36, Adam Edelen may be young, but he’s had a lot of experience in both business and government.

  • Conway, P’Pool battle for attorney general’s office

    By Tracy Harris
    Landmark News Service
    Despite advertisements and debates to the contrary, attorney general candidates Jack Conway and Todd P’Pool do have a few things in common.
    Conway, the democratic candidate and current attorney general, will face P’Pool, the republican candidate, on Election Day, Nov. 8.
    Conway, 42, believes his record shows his dedication to the attorney general’s office, a position he has held since 2008.

  • Honor veterans Sunday at Legion

    A Veterans Day celebration sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary will be held Sunday, Nov. 6 at American Legion Post 34.
    The service will begin at 3 p.m. in the Patriot Hall building, and there will be a guest speaker.
    Three area churches will serve a meal to Anderson County veterans and their spouses and guests following the service.
    Interested individuals may RSVP for the meal by calling Pam Rice at 502-680-1268 or Shirley Thornberry at 502-418-6286.