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  • Murder suspect charged

    With what appeared to be a self-inflicted bullet hole just above his left temple and wearing a hospital gown and handcuffs, the man indicted for shooting his wife to death was charged with murder last Thursday night.
    Timothy Lee Branson, 48, of 1600 Ballard Road was taken from his hospital bed at the University of Kentucky Medical Center to the Kentucky State Police barracks in Frankfort to be charged with murder and two counts of wanton endangerment.
    Branson allegedly shot his wife, Modena Branson, 50, during a March 5 domestic dispute, according to police reports.

  • Schools won’t serve ‘pink slime’ hamburger

    Consumers may be ask “where’s the beef?” more often after reports surfaced about the use of the meat filler dubbed “pink slime,” and its connections to ground beef served and purchased in restaurants, grocery stores and even school lunches.
    Following last week’s report by ABC News, reports stated that the USDA plans to purchase 7 million pounds of the meat filler known as “pink slime” from vendor Beef Products Inc. to mix with ground meat shipped through the national school lunch program.

  • Library board forges ahead with potential expansion

    The library’s board of trustees will move forward with its long-range plan to expand its facility, with or without aid from a public library construction grant.  
    Library director Pamela Mullins asked the trustees at their Feb. 28 meeting if they still had an interest in expanding, despite the fact that the $25,000 in public library construction grant funds the library planned to request would probably not be available.

  • 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.