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  • Lawrenceburg man dies in I-64 wreck

    A Lawrenceburg man was killed Friday afternoon when the vehicle he was driving on Interstate 64 in Woodford County was hit head-on by another vehicle.

    Vernon Patton, 52, was pronounced dead at the scene by Woodford County Coroner Danny Owens, who said Patton suffered severe blunt force trauma.

    Patton’s vehicle was traveling east toward Lexington when it was struck by a westbound vehicle driven by Claire Estes, 36, of Louisville, according to a news release issued by the Versailles Police Department.

  • Jobless rate climbs above state, national averages

    Anderson County’s unemployment rate eclipsed the state and national averages in October, according to a report issued last week by the state education and workforce development cabinet.

    October’s rate here was 6.9 percent, while the statewide average was 6.2 percent and national average was 6.7 percent.

    Anderson’s rate was also about a full percent higher than surrounding counties, with Shelby registering 5.8 percent, Franklin at 5.7 percent and Mercer at 5.7 percent.

  • Court Street home burns twice over weekend

    When Marvin Stratton crawled from his bed Saturday morning to see what was making such a racket, he thought it might have been a mouse.

    It didn’t take long for the 73-year-old Court Street man to realize that the noise he was hearing had nothing to do with a pesky rodent.

  • Armed robber pleads guilty, will serve 15 years

    A man accused of robbing a local service station just over a year ago and threatening to shoot its owner pleaded guilty Monday and will serve 15 years in prison.

    Ronald Ray Hopkins pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery, kidnapping, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, fourth-degree assault and alcohol intoxication Monday afternoon just before his jury trial was scheduled to start.

    Hopkins will not be eligible for probation or parole and must serve 85 percent of his sentence, said Det. Bryan Taylor with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Four Roses wins top distillery award

    Four Roses is on a fast track back to its halcyon days and its master distiller couldn’t be happier.

  • Fire damages Stringtown home

    A Stringtown home sustained major damage in a fire Monday morning at 1734 Harrodsburg Road.

    No one was home when the fire started, and its cause remains under investigation.

    “There are a couple of things we are looking at,” said Anderson County Fire Chief Mike Barnes. “We haven’t been able to pin it down and say for sure what we think it is.”

    The home was rented by Beverly Terry, who lived there with her children.

  • TNA wrestles its way to Lawrenceburg

    Wrestling in towns across Kentucky is nothing new for Chris “Abyss” Park.

    “I came up wrestling in Kentucky,” said Abyss, who now lives in Independence. “I’ve been everywhere from Lexington to Louisville to Paris to Cynthiana to Georgetown.”

    This Saturday, Abyss — and many other Total Nonstop Action wrestlers — will add Lawrenceburg to his list.

    Eagle Lake Expo Center is hosting “TNA Live in Lawrenceburg” on Saturday night. Doors open at 6:30, and the event is set to begin at 8.

  • Lawrenceburg Christmas celebration begins Dec. 5

    The city of Lawrenceburg’s holiday season will officially kick off 6 p.m. Friday at Lawrenceburg Green with a remembrance ceremony, the lighting of a Christmas tree, and caroling led by Sand Spring Baptist Church music director Ellery Milburn.

    Refreshments will be provided by the Lawrenceburg Burgoo Festival Committee.

    The annual Christmas parade is scheduled for noon Saturday with John Allen Perry serving as grand marshal.

  • Businesses see green on Black Friday

    Despite of an economy that some say is in recession, local retailers had taken in lots of green by mid-morning on Black Friday

    “We’ve been very busy since about 5 a.m.,” said Jason Edwards, who works in customer service at Lawrenceburg Wal-Mart.

    His boss agreed with Edwards’ assessment.

    “So far, this has been our best (Black Friday) ever,” Wal-Mart manager Kim Darland said. “I have no clue why, but it has been very busy and I from everything I’ve seen, it’s that way everywhere.”

  • Letters to santa due by Friday

    Hey, kids! Santa knows if you’ve been naughty or nice, but he might not be sure exactly what you want for Christmas.

    It’s up to you to fill him in, and we have the perfect way for you to do it, but you have to act fast.

    All you have to do is e-mail your wish list to Santa at our special e-mail address: santa@theandersonnewscom. Oh, and you can attach a JPEG formatted photo of yourself, too.

    We’ll print your letter and photo in a paper next month, letting Santa know what you want.