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  • Denny defeats Stratton for county clerk

    Anderson County will seat the first Republican county clerk in its history after Jason Denny narrowly defeated Anthony Stratton in Tuesday night’s election.

    Denny, a magistrate with the Anderson County Fiscal Court, defeated Stratton, a former magistrate and judge-executive, by an unofficial total 5,275 to 5,142, on a day marked by busy polling places across Anderson County and the United States.

    “I said if I won by 100 votes I’d be tickled to death, and I am,” Denny said, moments after realizing he had won.

  • City, churches plan to offer Halloween fun

    The city of Lawrenceburg set 5:30 to 8 p.m. as the official hours for trick or treating Halloween night, Oct. 31.

    After trick or treating hours conclude, the city will present "Halloween At The Park," featuring storyteller Bonnie Strassell's "Faces of the Night," a journey into the unknown.

    The program will start at 8 p.m. at Lawrenceburg City Park. Refreshments will be served and admission is free.

  • Employee killed at Industry Road business

    A Lawrenceburg man was killed Thursday when a load of steel bars fell from a forklift, knocked him to the ground and landed on his head, Anderson County Coroner Brian Ritchie confirmed last night.

    David Soard, 34, was working at Over The Top Rope Monster Ring and Cages, located at 1048 Industry Road in Lawrenceburg. He and another worker were walking beside a forklift loaded with rebar when the load shifted and fell.

  • ‘We all loved Dave’

    Editor’s note: The following was submitted by Mike Samples, owner of Over the Top Rope Monster Ring and Cages, following the death last Thursday of one of his employees, Dave Soard.

    Dave Soard was, by job title, our painter. We build and sell wrestling rings, boxing rings and cage fighting rings and send them all over the world. We have a crew of 13 guys in the shop, and they all stay very busy.

  • Neighbors rescue man from fire

    Frank Hopper said he would have crawled from his burning apartment at 126 Cardinal St. to escape the fire that was smoldering upstairs.

    He didn’t have to. Instead, Hopper’s neighbors made sure he, other neighbors and even some pets made it out safely Monday morning.

    Hopper, who has one leg and is wheelchair bound, lives in an apartment building that caught fire when a space heater ignited a pile of clothes on the second floor.

    Jessica Monroe, who lives in the apartment next door, awoke when she smelled something burning around 9:30 a.m.

  • Pool funds for skate park?

    As the prospect of building an aquatic center languishes due to a lack of funds, magistrates last Tuesday night discussed the possibility of turning over pool money raised by school children and others to finish construction of a skateboard park.

    "It doesn't look like we're going to get a pool built," Magistrate David Ruggles said during a fiscal court work session.

  • Grape Expectations

    Armed with small pruning shears, sunglasses and a floppy hat, Logan Leet grabs a handful of grapes and snips the vine.

    It’s a repetitive process — one that Leet and a dozen or so workers at Lover Leap Winery & Vineyards on Lanes Mill Road have performed countless times over the past several weeks as they harvest the ambrosia-like spheres that will eventually become a dizzying array of wines to please all palates.

  • Property transfers

    The following property transfers were recently recorded at the Anderson County courthouse.

    CitiFinancial Inc., to Hope L. Kirk, real estate on Indian Ridge Lane, $171,000.

    C.E. and Barbara McAdams, to Emily and Ron Lois, real estate on Ky 1472, quitclaim.

    Jerry W. and Sonyia L. Waldridge, to William D. Jennings Jr. and Jeanne Ceroalo, real estate on Teal Point Drive, $68,000.

    U.S. Bank National Association, to Betty Melloan, real estate on Grant Drive, $66,000.

  • Fire guts trailer on Lock Road

    An Anderson County man lost his Lock Road home and all of its contents in a fire late last Friday afternoon.

    Charles Boyd wasn't home when the fire started, according to Anderson County Fire Chief Mike Barnes.

    "When he came home, heavy smoke was puffing from the trailer," Barnes said. "He went across the road to the fellow who owns the property and called 911."

    When firefighters arrived at the home, located near the end of Lock Road in the 1800 block, the trailer was fully engulfed, Barnes said.

  • Nothing ladylike about them

    Summer brought us a rare hatch of ear-piercing cicadas.

    There’s nothing rare about what fall is likely to bring: an invasion of quieter, but no less pesky, ladybugs.

    Tommy Yankey, Anderson Extension agent for agriculture, issued a warning last week that ladybugs — actually Asian lady beetles — are likely to begin invading homes all across Anderson County as the weather continues to cool.