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  • January surprise: Chambers files for judge-executive

    A stunning, last-second filing has thrown wide open the race for Anderson County judge-executive.

    Chip Chambers, the county’s highway supervisor, shocked the county’s political establishment by filing for this November’s general election late Tuesday afternoon at the Anderson County Courthouse. Chambers, a Republican, filed his paperwork about an hour before the official filing period ended.

  • Beast Feast will feature Turtle Man

    “Beast” won’t be the only thing on the menu for this year’s annual Beast Feast, scheduled for Feb. 20 at Sand Spring Baptist Church.

    Added attractions this year include the Turtle Man of Kentucky, music by Bluegrass 101 and guest speaker Jase Robertson of the Duck Commanders television show.

    Tickets, which traditionally sell out soon after they go on sale, will be sold Saturday, Feb. 6 starting at 9 a.m. at the church. Organizers said the doors will open at 7 a.m., and tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Coroner won't seek re-election

    In a week full of last-minute political surprises, Coroner Brian Ritchie upped the ante by announcing Monday that he would not seek re-election.

    A Democrat who has held the office for the past 16 years, Ritchie said he made his decision to spend more time with his family.

  • 'Waiting on a miracle'

    Two weeks ago, 8-year-old Caleb Pack slipped into a coma after going into cardiac arrest.

    His family has been “waiting on a miracle” ever since, said Michelle Vaughn, who works with Caleb’s mother, Robin, at Evergreen Child Care.

    Caleb has suffered from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis for about four years, and the disease weakened his immune system. Caleb had recently been sick, and became severely dehydrated, Vaughn said. The dehydration caused Caleb to go into cardiac arrest on Wednesday, Jan. 13, and he has been in a coma since then, Vaughn said.

  • Mailer causes questions; city responds

    After fielding "a lot of phone calls" Tuesday regarding a mailer received by many in the community, the City of Lawrenceburg is clearing up some confusion.

    The mailer, from a company called Home Service USA Corp, "looks as if it may be from the state, city, or water utility," at first glance, said City Clerk Administrator Robbie Hume. "Obviously, it is not."

  • District court proceedings

    Judge Linda Armstrong heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings Oct. 8.

    Hassell H. Craft III, show cause, no operator’s/moped license -- dismissed.

    Dana Dahlen, show cause, operating a motor vehicle under the influence -- continued to Nov. 2.

    Michelle L. Doutaz, arraignment, failure to notify Department of Transportation of change of address, failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security -- failed to appear.

  • Election filing deadline is Tuesday

    The filing deadline for this year’s election cycle ends Tuesday, Jan. 26, County Clerk Jason Denny announced Tuesday morning.

    The deadline to file is 4 p.m.

    A number of seats are up for election, including county judge-executive, sheriff, jailer, county attorney and six magisterial seats on the Anderson County Fiscal Court.

    A number of candidates have already filed, including incumbent Judge-Executive Steve Cornish, and challengers Magistrate John Wayne Conway and Donna Drury. Conway and Cornish will meet in the May primary. Drury is registered independent.

  • Wreck kills Salvisa woman

    A Salvisa woman died Wednesday after her vehicle collided with another on U.S. 127 just inside the Anderson County line.

    Rosemary B. Spurlock, 65, was leaving a business on 127 and attempting to cross both northbound lanes to go south toward Mercer County, according to a news release from Kentucky State Police.

    A Toyota Camry driven by Francis R. Downs, 28, of Bardstown, was traveling north on 127 and struck Spurlock’s Chevy Malibu in the driver’s door, the news release said.

    Anderson County fire and EMS removed Spurlock from the vehicle.

  • KU wants to zap electric bills 13.7%

    Kentucky Utilities wants to raise residential electric rates 13.7 percent, and some of its customers are speaking out against the request.

    The company says the increase is needed to cover growing demand for electricity, higher operating costs and to offset its $133.7 million investment following a major windstorm in 2008 and ice storm in 2009.

    The company has 6,378 residential and business customers in Anderson County. The company’s overall request is for an 11.5 percent increase, which includes an 11.1 percent increase for industrial customers.

  • 'Christian and I came out alive'

    A Frankfort mother and son with Lawrenceburg ties were scheduled to arrive back in the United States on Tuesday night after spending nearly two weeks in Haiti.

    Danyelle Kincaid, 32, and her 12-year-old son, Christian, were part of a mission group from Capital City Christian Church in Frankfort that left for Haiti on Jan. 7.

    The group was scheduled to return late last Thursday night, but a Jan. 12 earthquake demolished much of the already impoverished area, flattening buildings and leaving thousands dead.