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  • Mixed emotions

    A bittersweet aura floated through the crowd during the American Legion Auxiliary’s Healing Field and Veterans Day Ceremony on Sunday afternoon.

    Those in attendance seemed saddened to have to raise 11 new flags at the Healing Field, but triumphant to have a place to honor the state’s fallen heroes — especially since its grounds were flattened during a storm five months ago.

  • How low will it go?

    Six weeks ago locals flocked to neighborhood gas stations to fill up on $4-a-gallon gasoline before it rose to a rumored $5-a-gallon.

    That was then.

    Last week people hustled back to fill up for a much more appealing reason — to take advantage of gasoline prices that were falling at a record pace.

  • Judge denies lone student’s appeal to vote

    Lara Wheeler didn’t vote in yesterday’s election, but it wasn’t for a lack of trying.

    Wheeler was one of the 21 current and former students who attempted to register to vote through Anderson County High School, but whose registration cards were turned into the county clerk’s office four days too late.

    However, Wheeler was the only one from the group who decided to appeal the decision of the county’s board of elections in Anderson Circuit Court.

    Judge Charles Hickman sat on the bench to hear Wheeler’s appeal.

  • Better slow down

    The state’s transportation cabinet lowered the speed limit on U.S. 127 Bypass to 45 mph in front of the new elementary school, and drivers are just now finding out.

    Over the past week, multiple drivers have been pulled over, thinking that the limit jumped to 55 mph when they passed the park entrance heading north, and dropped at the same location when heading south.

  • Man dies at scene of one-car accident

    A Lawrenceburg man died last Tuesday night after the vehicle he was driving went off the road and into a ditch on Highway 44 in front of Capital Medical Group.

    Larry Garlen, 52, of 230 N. Main St., was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Anderson County Deputy Coroner David Walden.

    It remained unclear Monday if Garlen was killed in the accident or if he suffered a heart-related incident while driving east on Highway 44.

    An autopsy revealed that Garlen suffered from severe coronary disease, Walden said.

  • High schoolers to be shut out Election Day

    Twenty-one current and former Anderson County High School students are in for a rude awakening when they show up at the polls Nov. 4.

    Those students apparently attempted to register to vote through the high school, but their registration cards were turned into the county clerk's office four days too late.

    The Anderson News was notified of the situation via e-mail. The author of that e-mail declined to be identified, but Anderson County Clerk Edith Hanks confirmed his story.

  • 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.