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  • Habla espanol?

    If Tony Andrade has his way, the language barrier between English- and Spanish-speaking people in Anderson County will soon go the way of the dodo bird.

    Andrade, pastor of Family Worship Center on Frankfort Road in Lawrenceburg, will offer free Spanish lessons beginning March 2 at the church.

    A native of the predominantly Hispanic town of Seguin, Texas, about 25 miles outside of San Antonio, Andrade is bilingual and says his goal is to help bridge the communication gap.

  • Weekend fire flattens Fairmont Road house

    Wind-whipped flames quickly flattened a house late Sunday afternoon in the Mallard Cove subdivision off Fairmont Road.

    The house was destroyed and apparently vacant at the time of the blaze, said Donald Cox, deputy chief of the Anderson County Fire Department.

    Cox said the extensive damage to the home would make it difficult to determine what caused the fire.

    The fire was called in by a neighbor, who reported seeing smoke coming from the house's roof. Several minutes later, another call to 911 reported seeing flames.

  • Predictions for real estate in '08 mixed

    Ask local real estate professionals to forecast the Anderson County market for 2008 and responses range from continued doom and gloom to outright optimism.

    All agree, however, that Anderson's real estate market suffered mightily in 2007. The number of home sales dropped 20 percent when compared to 2006. Home prices - considered by most a bellwether sign of the market - were off 6 percent, according to statistics released last week by the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors, which includes statistics specifically for Anderson County.

  • Wintry mix slows traffic, closes schools

    A wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain closed schools and brought traffic to a crawl Monday night and Tuesday morning across Anderson County.

    Only a smattering of minor traffic-related incidents was reported by Tuesday morning.

    "We've had a number of vehicles off the road on the [Martha Layne Collins Bluegrass] Parkway and some on Highway 151, but thankfully nothing major," said Todd Sparrow of the city of Lawrenceburg's emergency dispatch center.

    "I guess people were taking their time."

  • Woman struck on Frankfort Road

    A Lawrenceburg woman was struck and killed Sunday night when she apparently walked or ran onto Frankfort Road from her driveway.

    Debra Rainey, 43, of 1020 Frankfort Road, was pronounced dead shortly after being transported to Frankfort Regional Medical Center, according to the Anderson County Sheriff's Department.

    The driver of the vehicle that struck Rainey, Anderson County resident Geromie Gay, was not charged in the incident, and no other charges have been filed.

    Deputy Robbie Armstrong said Monday afternoon are continuing to investigate how the accident occurred.

  • Testimony: Pot purchase gone awry led to stabbing

    The Lawrenceburg man charged with fatally stabbing a Franklin County man outside the Lawrenceburg Food Court on Jan. 16 was bound over to the grand jury, after appearing in Anderson County District Court on Thursday for a preliminary hearing.

    Frederick C. Graeter, 18, is charged with first-degree murder for allegedly stabbing Robert Snider, 20, to death.

    According to court testimony, Graeter allegedly attempted to purchase marijuana from Snider.

  • Calendar of Events

    Wednesday, Feb. 6

    Education

    8 a.m. to noon: GED instruction and college preparation, Anderson Community Education building, 219 E. Woodford Street, Lawrenceburg.

    10 to 10:30 a.m., Toddler time for 2-year-olds and their parents/guardians, Anderson Public Library

    11 to 11:45 a.m., Preschool story time for 3- to 5-year-olds, Anderson Public Library

    Noon to 4 p.m.: GED instruction and college preparation, Bluegrass Community and Technical College, U.S. 127 campus.

  • UP AND DOWN

    A drive around Lawrenceburg reveals American flags being flown at government-run buildings at full staff, half-staff or not at all.

    For example, a driver heading south Monday morning on Main Street sees the flags flying at half-staff in front of the Early Childhood Center and the nearby library. Just up the street the driver sees the flag flying at full staff at City Hall.

    Keep cruising and the driver sees flags at full staff atop memorial markers at the American Legion Auxiliary's Healing Field on Broadway, the city's fire hall and police station.

  • KABOOM!

    Stacy Simms was at her horse barn along Leathers Road going about her normal Monday chores when, at about 9 a.m., she endured quite a shocking experience.

    "I just turned around and saw this big flash of light," she said. "Then about two seconds later I heard a loud boom. Then it started to rain."

  • HOTTEST TICKET IN TOWN

    Tickets for the annual Anderson County Beast Feast will be available Saturday, Feb. 9, at Sand Spring Baptist Church.

    The doors will open at 8 a.m., and the tickets will be sold in the order of arrival, starting at 9.

    Price of the tickets will be $10 per person with a limit of five tickets per person. No tickets held for anyone, and Sand Spring Baptist Church is the only sales location, officials said.