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  • A mighty blow

    It wasn’t a tornado that lifted the Cunninghams’ carport off its moorings and onto their vehicles last Friday morning, but it might as well have been.

    Instead, officials say straight-line winds at an unknown speed are what toppled the carport and uprooted trees at the family’s home just north of the Bluegrass Parkway.

    “I spoke with the National Weather Service and there were no confirmed tornadoes,” said Bart Powell, the county’s director of public safety.

  • Briar Creek goes belly up

    People who own homes in Briar Creek have no worries, but the developer who owns the rest of the lots there does.

    Hometown Bank has foreclosed on dozens of vacant lots owned by developer Ray Peden, according to an Anderson County Master Commissioner’s sale legal notice scheduled to appear in this week’s edition of The Anderson News.

    Briar Creek is a 143-acre subdivision adjacent to the southbound lane of US 127 Bypass and located behind Best Western and other commercial developments in that area.

  • From bundle of worry to bundle of joy

    Emy and Brandon Womack didn’t expect any complications when their second son, Brady, was born.

    Brady was born at 40 weeks and nothing throughout Emy’s pregnancy had led the family to believe there were any foreseeable problems.

    But the Womack family was hit with the unexpected.

    Brady was born with meconium aspiration, meaning he had inhaled meconium during birth and it was blocking his airways.

  • Anderson County High School homecoming photos

    Here are some of our photos from Anderson County High School homecoming events last week.

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  • Charge dropped, dozen remain against ex-youth pastor

    One of 13 charges against the ex-youth pastor accused of rape and sodomy was dismissed on Tuesday, and another is in review.

    Gordon Lunceford, 47, appeared in Anderson County Circuit Court on Tuesday for a status hearing.

    Lunceford, who was a youth minister at First Baptist Church in 1992 when the alleged abuse occurred, was originally charged with six counts of third-degree rape, five counts of third-degree sodomy, one count of first-degree sexual abuse and one count of second-degree sexual abuse.

  • Gillispie headed to trial, maybe

    With what amounts to a sentencing offer still on the table from the county attorney, Billy Gillispie’s attorney inched the former UK basketball coach closer to a trial when he appeared Monday morning in Anderson District Court.

    County Attorney Bobbi Jo Lewis and Gillispie’s attorney Bill Patrick agreed on a second pretrial conference date for Nov. 2 at 10:30 a.m., and for a trial to be held Feb. 10-11 in District Court.

  • Price tag for new Early Childhood Center: $6.3 million

    The Anderson County Board of Education took the first step last week toward building a new Early Childhood Center — but don’t expect any ground to be broken for at least a couple years.

    At a special meeting Sept. 28, the board approved a BG-1, which is a project application form the district submits to the Kentucky Department of Education.

    However, district officials don’t expect to be able to start on the project for two to three years, said Superintendent Kim Shaw.

  • Check here for veterans' photos

    On Veterans Day, the Anderson News will publish a special section saluting the local men and women who have served our country in the armed forces.

    We are accepting new photos for the section, but if you have submitted a photo for our Hometown Heroes section in the past, you do not need to resubmit it. Photos that have been published in previous editions automatically will be included this year.

    To view the most recent Hometown Heroes section, published in 2005, click below:

  • District court proceedings

    Judge Donna Dutton heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings Aug. 3.

    Shana L. Bowman, hearing, license to be in possession, failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance -- bonded out.

    Bradley D. Comp, arraignment, third-degree terroristic threatening -- continued first appearance Aug. 27.

    Bryan E. Duke, motion to revoke probation, operating on a suspended/revoked operator’s license, failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security -- motion granted, to serve five days.

  • Prosecutor: Gillispie's 'charge will not be amended down'

    Former University of Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie will have to plead guilty to driving under the influence or go to trial, according to a statement released last week by Anderson County Attorney Bobbi Jo Lewis.