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  • Anderson County couple win big with $20 scratch-off lottery ticket

    Terry and Tracy Durham of Lawrenceburg recently won $140,000 with a scratch-off lottery ticket they bought in town.

    According to a news release from the Kentucky Lottery, Terry Durham bought a $20 ticket from Murphy USA on Hwy 127 Bypass North and took it back to the car. When he and his wife scratched it off, they had won $100.

    The couple decided to take $80 in cash and buy another ticket. Terry bought a different $20 ticket this time, called Royal Riches.

  • Internet scam leaves woman $4,000 in debt

    What started as an Internet romance left one Anderson County woman $4,000 in debt.

    The woman, who asked not to be identified, said she began chatting with a man on a romance site for divorcees about five weeks ago. The two started building a relationship, talking online and on the phone.

    "I really believed this guy really cared," the woman said, adding that the man had even sent her flowers and planned to visit her Friday, July 4.

    One day, the man asked her to wire $50 to help his son who had gotten sick while on a digging expedition in Nigeria.

  • State honors local schools' transportation director

    Something is unusual about the complaints concerning transportation in Anderson County Schools.

    "We don't get them," said Roy Prince, manager of transportation for the State Department of Education.

    Prince said Anderson County School's transportation system has risen to new heights over the past few years, and now the man behind that change is being recognized.

  • Walking and riding for a cure

    People and horses will have a place at this year's Anderson County Relay for Life.

    The annual Relay for Life event, which raises money for the American Cancer Society, will be Friday, July 11, beginning at 6 p.m. at the American Legion Fairgrounds.

    Nearly 30 teams have set out to raise $82,000, said Charlene Hanks, a publicist for the event.

    Some highlights will be the survivor's walk and the luminaria ceremony, Hanks said.

    Another can't-miss will be a performance by gospel/bluegrass singer Kenny Bishop, she said.

  • Two impaled by fence in Harrodsburg accident

    Two Harrodsburg women were impaled by a fence during a single-car accident Thursday night in Mercer County.

    A Lawrenceburg man, Samuel L. Oates, 18, of Long Road, was driving the car.

    Both the women, Elizabeth B. Perque, 17, and Lou Anne Shearer, 21, were passengers in the vehicle.

    According to reports from the Mercer County Sheriff's Department, Oates was driving the car along Curry Pike. Roadway conditions were listed as wet, while the weather was cloudy and it was still daylight outside.

  • Old Dance, New View

    When Nycole Huber had a friend perform at her wedding in Lawrenceburg almost four years ago, the reaction was not what she had hoped for.

    "Some guests got up and walked out," Huber said.

    The performance was belly-dancing, something Huber, 27, has been doing since she was 14. Now she is hoping to shed some light on the controversy of the dance form.

  • Parade, fireworks on tap Friday

    The second annual Fourth of July Parade will begin Friday at 11 a.m.

    The parade will start at Anderson County Middle School, go down Main Street, turn on Broadway and end at the fairgrounds, said Betty Butler of the American Legion Auxiliary.

    Various community groups will be represented in the parade, including veterans, Boy Scouts, fireman and such, Butler said. All Anderson County veterans are encouraged to participate, said Shirley Thornberry, of the Auxiliary.

    Participants are asked to meet at the middle school at 10 a.m. on Friday.

  • Robbing Peter?

    Anyone who missed Monday morning's meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court missed an exceptional lesson in how some elected officials view the money they are given to operate.

    Throughout a lengthy discussion on whether the Cooperative Extension District should be able to levee its own taxes, we heard comment after comment from the judge-executive and magistrates as they discussed "their" money and "their budget." Not once did they mention the very people who are forced to give them "their" money: the taxpayers.

  • NO BULL

    When Wanda Waldridge of Salvisa auditioned for a popular game show last year, she wasn't sure what she would say to the producers.

    But a story involving her farm, cows and some 90-proof bourbon turned out to be just the thing.

    Waldridge, a Lawrenceburg native, auditioned to be on the newly syndicated version of "Deal or No Deal." At the audition she was given 30 seconds to tell something unique about herself.

    Waldridge, 66, is retired but raises cattle with her brother, so she decided to tell those "city boys" a story about her farm.

  • Dems tap Stratton for clerk

    Anthony Stratton will be the democratic nominee on the ballot for Anderson County clerk this November, the Anderson County Democrat Executive Committee decided Monday night.

    Stratton has held public office in Anderson County before, serving as a magistrate from 1990-93 and as judge-executive from 1999-2006.

    "I'm very excited," Stratton said. "This is a position where you serve the public...and it pleased me to be chosen as the nominee."