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  • Beast of the Bluegrass

    The old saying that someone is "as strong as an ox" might be an understatement Saturday when the inaugural Beast of the Bluegrass strongman competition is held in the pavilion at Eagle Lake Convention Center.

    To win one of the four divisional designations of Beast of the Bluegrass, competitors will be required to compete in five different events.

    In addition to a first place trophy, winners will also receive an invitation to the North American Ameteur Strongman National competition to be held in Utah this fall, according to event organizer Davey McCann.

  • Primary vote set for Tuesday

    Ginned up by the prospect of weighing in on the great Hillary vs. Obama debate, election officials here expect a decent turnout when Anderson Countians head to the polls Tuesday.

    "I think that will be the key to the turnout, if the excitement holds" said County Clerk Harold Ritchey, who predicted a voter turnout of about 45 percent.

    Polls will open at 6 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. Those in line at 6 p.m. will be allowed to vote, Ritchey said.

  • Peace rally is Wednesday morning

    Eighth-graders from Anderson County Middle School are exercising their First Amendment rights as a class project. Two eighth grade social studies classes will be holding a peace rally at 10:15 a.m.Wednesday on the courthouse lawn.

    The idea for the rally came from social studies teacher Lisa Petrey-Kirk's classes when they were studying the Constitution. Petrey-Kirk, who is also president of the teacher's association, said to give the students an idea of how First Amendment rights have been used in history, she had them study the 1960s and the protests that occurred then.

  • City warns water rates might rise

    At Monday evening's city council meeting, Lawrenceburg Mayor Edwinna Baker proudly proclaimed in her annual State of the City address that the city "was able to stay within the confines of the 2007-2008 budget" and that she planned to do the same for the new fiscal year that starts July 1.

    She added that no tax increase is planned, but it is possible that water rates might have to be increased "down the road in order to meet the requirements of our bonding company."

  • Tuggers raise thousands for FFA

    Saturday's truck tug in Anderson Community Park drew a crowd of over 500 people and raised an estimated $3,000 for Anderson County High School's Future Farmers of America, one of the tug's organizers said.

    The tug, which kicked off the spring season for the Kentucky Truck Tuggers, was a huge success, said Tuggers spokesperson Melanie Wiley.

    "It went really, really great," she said. "The weather turned out perfect."

  • Dedman, Stevens square off May 20 for state representative seat

    The ongoing saga between Democrat presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will dominate the minds of Democrat voters May 20.

    But Anderson Countians will also be asked that day to help decide who will represent them for the next two years in the state House of Representatives.

    Incumbent state Rep. Milward Dedman will square off with a familiar opponent, Lawrenceburg resident Kent Stevens, for the right to represent Anderson, Mercer and Spencer counties in Frankfort.

  • Local businesses shoot 'Hoops for a Cure'

    American Founders Bank is teaming up with Eu-reka Pizza this weekend to raise money for Relay for Life.

    The bank and restaurant will square off on the basketball court during "Hoops for a Cure" on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Anderson County Middle School.

    Admission is $3, and children under 4 get in free, said Tiffany Kessinger, who works at the bank.

  • Tuggers set to kick off season Saturday with FFA fundraiser

    The Kentucky Truck Tuggers will kick off its season Saturday with an event to support the Anderson County High School branch of Future Farmers of America.

    The tug is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. in the county park. Weigh-ins will begin at 5 p.m.

    Admission is $7, and children under 6 are admitted free.

  • Two teens charged with first-degree sodomy

    Two 13-year-olds were charged with first-degree sodomy and fourth-degree assault following a sexual assault complaint filed with the Lawrenceburg Police Department.

    Their names are being withheld because of their ages, and police did not release specific details about the charges, other than that the suspects are from Lawrenceburg and that the alleged incident occurred April 21. Detective Mike Schell is investigating the case, according to a report issued by Lawrenceburg police.

  • Anderson teachers willing to endure pain at the pump

    Suzanne Farmer drives through three school districts five days a week to get to her job at the Early Childhood Center - and she notices the gas prices along the way.

    Farmer, the math intervention teacher at ECC, lives in Danville and with the price of fuel on the rise, estimates she spends upwards of $60 a week getting to and from work.

    And she's not alone.

    About 50 percent of the certified staff at ECC commutes each day. On average, those staff members spend more than $50 a week - or $200 per month - on fuel, and those numbers don't seem to be getting any lower.