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  • 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.

  • 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.