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  • Beloved historian W.J. Smith dies at 86

    Anderson County lost the man many regarded as the county's resident historian when William Johnson "W.J." Smith died last Wednesday.

    "I've known him for 50 years," said Helen Shryock, a longtime friend and neighbor of both W.J. and his late wife Nancy. "We met when I moved to Lawrenceburg with my first husband in 1957.

    "W.J. knew every newcomer who came to town. He was very intelligent and remembered everything. He was the best historian we ever had."

    Shryock said Smith was also an extremely kind and considerate man, sentiments that were echoed by others.

  • Community gathers to recall county clerk

    Every pew was full at First Baptist Church on Friday as the community gathered for Harold Ritchey's funeral.

    Ritchey, 64, died June 2 of an apparent heart attack. He was a life-long resident of Anderson County and served as county clerk for 18 years.

    Robert F. Ehr spoke at the service, and recounted Ritchey's life and the many community and leadership positions he held over the years.

    Ehr described Ritchey as a dedicated public servant and someone who always had a smile on his face.

  • Storm destroys Healing Field, damages legion's grandstand

    Straight-line winds nearing 50 mph destroyed Lawrenceburg's Healing Field, removed a large section of the grandstand at Legion Park and fell trees across the city Monday night.

    The Healing Field, the only permanent healing field in the nation which serves as memorial to soldiers killed in the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, sustained major damage. Strong winds ripped a number of flags from their poles, strewing them across the ground. Other poles were bent to the ground, and the rest sustained damage.

  • Storm wrecks Healing Field, damages grandstand

    A powerful storm Monday night pummeled the American Legion Auxiliary's Healing Field and tore off a large section of the grandstands at American Legion Park.

    The storm, which began about 10 p.m., toppled trees across the city and killed power to a number of homes.

    As of Tuesday morning, it was still too early to assess just how much damage was done at the park and what affect it might have on the upcoming Lawrenceburg Fair and Horse Show, scheduled to begin June 21.

    For full coverage of Monday's storm, see Wednesday's edition of The Anderson News.

  • Cornish appoints Hanks as county clerk

    Edith Hanks has been appointed as county clerk and will serve in that position until the general election in November, Judge-Executive Steve Cornish announced Thursday morning during a special-called meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court.

    Hanks was the chief deputy in the county clerk's office under former county clerk Harold Ritchey, who died unexpectedly Monday night.

    According to Kentucky Revised Statutes, a vacancy in the office of the county clerk is to be filled by an appointment from the county judge-executive.

  • Boys, girls heading to state playoffs

    Anderson County sports fans could only shake their heads in amazement of what transpired last Thursday night.

    "Never," said longtime fan Jerry New when asked if he could have ever foreseen both the boys' and girls' teams from Anderson County High School winning regional championships in the same or corresponding sports the same year. "It is just so tough to make it," New said.

    New and a throng of Anderson softball fans had watched the Lady Bearcats take care of long-time rival Shelby County 4-0 for the Eighth Region championship at Oldham County High School.

  • Fire destroys Lanes Mill Road home

    Furious flames engulfed a home on Lanes Mill Road near Lovers Leap Winery on Tuesday, resulting in the "total loss" of the house, said Mike Barnes, Anderson County fire chief.

    The house belongs to Jerry Holder, who owns the winery. Holder and his family were on vacation in Florida at the time of the fire, so no one was injured, Barnes said.

    "They have been notified, and it is my understanding that they are on their way back," he said.

    The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, the fire chief said.

  • County clerk collapses, dies while jogging

    Longtime Anderson County Clerk Harold Ritchey died of an apparent heart attack while jogging Monday evening near the entrance of American Legion Fairgrounds.

    According to an unofficial preliminary report, Ritchey, 64, collapsed at about 8:30 p.m. He was unresponsive when county EMS workers treated him at the scene and he was immediately transported to Frankfort Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead at about 9:30 p.m.

    The news of his untimely passing was met by disbelief and a great deal of sadness by people throughout the community.

  • Annual DARE Fishing Derby set for Saturday

    The fifth annual DARE Fishing Derby will be this Saturday, June 7, from 8-11 a.m. at the Hope Community Church Lake near the Anderson/Franklin county line on U.S. 127.

    The derby is sponsored by the Anderson County Sheriff's Office DARE Program and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife.

    Children ages 15 and younger are invited to fish for free. Participants are asked to bring their own fishing pole/tackle. Bait will be provided, and participants can keep what they catch. The Sheriff's Office stocks the pond a few days before the event.

  • County clerk dies

    Anderson County Clerk Harold Ritchey, 64, died Monday night after collapsing while jogging on Broadway.

    Gash Memorial Chapel is handing the arrangements.

    For more information, see today's edition of The Anderson News.