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  • 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.

  • Fire destroys Lanes Mill Road home
  • A heart, please

    Carla Sparrow, the 22-year-old woman featured in the May 28 edition of The Anderson News, received the heart transplant she'd been waiting five weeks for early Wednesday morning, according to family and friends.

    "God has answered our prayers and found her a heart," said Michael Wright, father of Carla's two-year-old son, Blake. "She was prepped and went into the procedure between 3:30 and 5 a.m. this morning (May 28)."

    Friends and family said Carla remains at the medical center and is recuperating as expected.

  • Seniors celebrate graduation

    The Anderson County High School class of 2008 celebrated its graduation on Saturday with a commencement ceremony at the Frankfort Convention Center.

    According to the program, 271 students were in the 2008 graduating class.

    The convention center was full of family and friends who cheered and clapped when a loved one's name was read. Superintendent Kim Shaw shook the students' hands as they walked across the stage to receive their diplomas.

  • Whack job

    Anderson County schools will lose over $300,000 in preschool funding for the 2008-09 school year based on the state budget passed by the General Assembly, said Superintendent Kim Shaw.

    After factoring in the $222 increase in federal funding, the preschool program will still lose $300,113, Shaw said.

    Shaw said this decrease in funding probably made the preschool program the hardest hit by the budget.

  • YUCK!

    In the column that appeared in the May 7, 2008 edition of The Anderson News, Anderson County extension agent Tom Yankey wrote that sometime in May periodical cicadas will emerge from a 17-year nap and "begin a mating ritual that will have many Kentuckians reaching for ear plugs."

    According to JoAnn Adams, a Greenview Drive resident, Yankey's prediction was right on the mark as during the Memorial Day weekend a bunch of the noisy critters descended on her property.

  • Legion to host Memorial Day Service

    The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 34 and American Legion Post 34 will host a 3 p.m. Memorial Day Service on Monday, May 25 at the fairgrounds, said Shirley Thornberry, the Auxiliary's first vice president.

    "The service is in remembrance of our fallen men and women who lost their lives in all of our wars," Thornberry said.

    Thornberry said crosses, which bear the names of military members from Anderson County and the wars in which they fought and died, would be erected at the fairgrounds.

  • Stevens defeats Dedman in state rep race

    As the results of the primary election were read Tuesday night at the Anderson County courthouse, it was clear that Kent Stevens had won every precinct in the county.

    Not long after that, Stevens heard he had won the seat for the Kentucky State Representative in the 55th district by just more than 1,000 votes.

    Stevens won the race with 55 percent of the vote, carrying Spencer and Anderson counties. In Anderson County alone, he won 79 percent of the vote. Incumbent state Rep. Milward Dedman carried Mercer County, getting 45 percent of the overall vote.

  • So much money, so little time

    Most people have some idea of how they will spend their economic stimulus money. They might invest it, use it to help pay their bills or maybe put it toward a much-needed vacation.

    But if you want to spend your money locally, what would you buy?