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  • 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.

  • Hospital named in genital amputation lawsuit

    Jewish Hospital Shelbyville has now been added to the list of parties being sued by a Waddy man who says his penis was amputated by mistake last fall.

    Phillip Seaton, 61, and his wife, Deborah, filed suit Oct. 7 in Shelby County Circuit Court against the hospital where the surgery was performed last October.

    Seaton previously filed suit against the doctor who performed the surgery, Dr. John Patterson, the anesthesiologist, Dr. Oliver James, as well as Commonwealth Urology, PSC, in Frankfort, which employs Patterson.

  • Fain, Dorough charged in drug sweep

    Two Anderson County men were among dozens of suspects arrested on drug charges by Kentucky State Police during the agency's annual "Fall Harvest" operation, according to a news release.

    Ronald Fain was charged with two counts of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and nine other charges, according to Kentucky State Police.

    Gary Dorough was charged with four counts of trafficking marijuana and one count of bribery, according to Kentucky State Police.

    Both were transported to the Franklin County Detention Center.

  • Pothole fix sparks anger, accusations

    A recently patched pothole has resulted in one magistrate accusing another of trying to benefit his campaign for county clerk by requesting roadwork outside of his district.

    Magistrate Jason Denny, who is running for county clerk, submitted a work order to have roadwork done in the Honeysuckle subdivision, located in Magistrate Larry Smith's district. Smith said Denny had no business submitted work orders in his district, and that Denny did so to help win support for his campaign for county clerk.

  • Car sails off Highway 44, crashes into ditch

    People at the scene of the accident said Jasmine Hatchell is extremely lucky to have only sustained what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries when, on Monday morning, the Lexus she was driving crashed on Highway 44 near The Gardens subdivision.

    The car apparently hurtled off a 10-foot high culvert and flipped over before coming to an abrupt halt at the bottom of the ditch that parallels the highway.