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Local News

  • Residents gather to celebrate Day of Prayer

    Around 100 residents joined their hands, bowed their heads and lifted up their prayers Thursday afternoon on the courthouse lawn to celebrate the National Day of Prayer.

    Local religious leaders from several denominations attended the event at the courthouse and led citizens in prayers for the military, local and national government, families, educators and the church.

    Participants and organizers were thankful for a good turnout and good weather, said Alonzo Gaines.

  • Report: Impersonator beats, steals man’s pit bull mix

    A man impersonating an animal control officer beat another man’s dog with a baton and confiscated it last Thursday afternoon, according to a report obtained from the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

    Aaron Miller of 1139 Versailles Road told police that a white Dodge pickup truck pulled up beside his residence and that a man identified himself as an animal control officer.

  • Homes sales tumble by nearly half

    Home sales in Anderson County fell nearly 50 percent in the first quarter of 2009, according to statistics released by the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors.

    During the first quarter of 2008, the association reports that 67 homes were sold compared to only 35 in the first quarter this year, according to the statistics.

    “The first quarter in Anderson County was just awful this time,” said Danny Willis, broker of Century 21 Commonwealth Real Estate.

  • Newspaper moving into new office on June 1

    After spending more than a century on Main Street, The Anderson News is moving to a new location.

    Beginning June 1, the newspaper office will be located at 1080 Bypass South, next door to Countrywide and two doors down from State Farm Insurance.

    The News office will operate on Main Street under its normal business hours through Wednesday, May 27. The office will be closed on Thursday, May 28 and Friday, May 29 to move, but will re-open under normal business hours at the new location on Monday, June 1.

  • Woodford Street tracks will close Monday morning for repairs

    The railroad tracks on Woodford Street will be closed at 8 a.m. Monday morning, the Lawrenceburg Police Department announced Friday.

    The tracks will be closed to allow a work crew to repave them, Lt. Chris Adkins said.

    They are scheduled to reopen that afternoon. No set time has been established.

    Railroad tracks on North Main, Bond Lillard and Salt River Road will also be repaved during the week. No schedule for those closings was available Friday morning.

    The construction crew was scheduled to install signs near the tracks to announce planned closings.

  • City set to decide on Sunday package sales

    Citizens will get a chance to voice their opinions on the Sunday sale of package alcohol just before the council is scheduled to vote Monday night.

    The Lawrenceburg City Council will host a public hearing at 6 p.m. at the Anderson Senior Center to discuss Sunday sales.

    The council’s regularly scheduled meeting for the month of May will follow the public hearing at 7 p.m. The council meeting will also be at the Senior Center.

  • Truck forced off road on Bluegrass Parkway

    A car is being blamed for running a tractor-trailer off the road early Monday morning on the Bluegrass Parkway near the Washington County line.

    A white passenger car is suspected of cutting off the truck, causing it to flip on to its side, according to a news release issued by Deputy Brian Wooldridge of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department.

    The westbound truck wiped out several hundred feet of guardrail before flipping over and spilling its contents of wood chips.

  • Law would tighten leash on pit bulls

    Owning a pit bull in Anderson County won’t be illegal, but it will be much more difficult and expensive if the fiscal court approves a rough draft of a pit bull ordinance.

    Magistrates received their first look at the ordinance during Tuesday morning’s meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court.

    The ordinance, drafted by County Attorney Bobbi Jo Lewis, addresses a myriad of dog-related issues, including what will happen when dogs are declared potentially vicious or vicious.

  • Coming up roses

    When Mine That Bird won Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, David Holt grabbed his wife Dana, picked her up and twirled her around their living room.

    No, the Holts didn’t have a big wager on the 50-to-1 longshot Kentucky Derby winner, they have something even better: his brother.

    The Holts, owners of Gunsmoke Farm on Nevins Station Road, are the proud owners of Dadisman, a yearling sired by Birdstone, the father of Mine That Bird.

  • Schools ‘correct mistake,’ move 20 students out of Ward

    About 20 Emma B. Ward Elementary School students will be assigned to another school for the 2009-10 school year because of an error made when school assignments — based on newly created attendance areas — were handed out last year.

    Superintendent Kim Shaw told the Board of Education during a work session Thursday that the “snag” was found when assignments for incoming first-graders were being made for next year.