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  • District court proceedings

    Judge Donna Dutton heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings Sept. 28.

    Allen G. Wilson, review, operating a motor vehicle under the influence -- show cause.

    Cassandra L. Wolfe, disposition, failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security -- dismissed.

    Robert D. Woods, arraignment, license to be in possession, failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security, failure to notify Department of Transportation of change of address -- pleaded not guilty, continued to Oct. 12.

  • Police solve smoke shop burglary

    A Louisville man is behind bars and facing charges in connection with a burglary at Bo’s Smoke Shop last month.

    Tracy Shanklin, 42, is charged with third-degree burglary, a Class D felony, and theft by unlawful taking over $10,000, a Class C felony.

    More arrests are expected in the case, according to Detective Bryan Taylor with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Ice storm is year's top story

    Old man winter slapped Anderson County and most of Kentucky square in the chops late last January, blanketing us first with an inch of ice followed by several inches of snow.

    The storm, widely considered the worst of its kind in the state’s history, fell trees and power lines across Anderson County, leaving thousands shivering in the dark and hundreds seeking shelter.

    The city and county declared states of emergency, triggering shelters to open as dozens fled from their dark, freezing homes.

  • Abandoned horses put down

    Three horses abandoned in the Birdie area were put down last week after a veterinarian determined it was the “most humane thing to do,” said Anderson County Judge-Executive Steve Cornish.

    Someone in the neighborhood called animal control on Dec. 22 to report the horses wandering in the middle of the road.

    Animal control officer Jason Chesser picked up the horses, which he said ranged in age from 3 to 6 years.

    “Altogether, they probably didn’t weigh 800 pounds,” Cornish said.

  • Icy roads blamed in Parkway wreck

    A Lawrenceburg couple’s car flipped Sunday night on the Bluegrass Parkway, sending both to the hospital, according to a news release issued by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department.

    William Hudson, 55, and Deborah Hudson, 53, were each transported to the University of Kentucky Medical Center following the accident, which occurred near the Parkway’s 60-mile marker, according to Deputy Tony Likins.

  • Sheriff candidate cited for large sign

    Sheriff hopeful Rex Burkhead was issued a zoning violation and a cease and desist order last Monday for allegedly violating the county’s sign ordinance.

    He was cited for a campaign sign on US 127 Bypass, just north of McDonald’s.

    The ordinance requires political signs to be no larger than 16 square feet. Burkhead’s sign, which sits atop a goose-neck trailer, appears to be about 12 feet by 8 feet.

  • Health board launches septic tank survey

    The Anderson County Board of Health received plenty of public input about its now-defunct septic pumping ordinance.

    Now it’s looking for more.

    A subcommittee created to recommend what future ordinance, if any, should be considered to mandate septic tank pumping has developed an online survey, seeking public input.

    The eight-question survey is available at the Anderson County Health Department’s website, www.achdonline.org, and is available through Dec. 30.

  • Share your favorite holiday memories

    While you're decking the halls this Christmas season, snap a few photos or take a minute to send us your favorite family Christmas memory or tradition.

    Send your memories any time now through the week of Christmas, and we'll run them in an upcoming issue of The Anderson News.

    Take some Christmas photos, while decorating or opening presents, and we'll share those with the community after the holidays, too.

    Send your favorite memories and photos to news@theandersonnews.com.

    Have a safe and happy holiday season!

  • Maryland storm strands students

    Forty-four high school juniors, five chaperones and a tour guide stranded on the side of a Maryland interstate as snow bellowed down on their tour bus.

    With only a sketchy looking hotel’s blinking sign in sight, the situation had all the makings of a “perfect horror film,” said Ronnie Fields, associate principal at Anderson County High School.

    But with a little perseverance, the annual junior class trip to Washington, D.C., turned from horror flick to the happy ending of a family film.

  • Joshua's gift

    More than 30 people went under the clippers Friday morning at Walmart in support of a local 3-year-old boy diagnosed with leukemia earlier this year.

    The head shaving event raised around $2,300 for Joshua Huff and his family. Joshua is a son of Tom and Tammy Huff.

    Elizabeth Whitaker, Joshua’s aunt and a Walmart employee, said words couldn’t describe how much the family appreciated the community’s support.

    “I am so thankful,” Whitaker said. “These are wonderful people.”