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  • 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."

  • Mow it, or else

    Property owners who don't maintain their yards can expect swifter action and harsher penalties from the city of Lawrenceburg.

    In a special called meeting Monday night at City Hall, the city council voted unanimously to revise its nuisance ordinance, shortening the length of time it takes to impose penalties on overgrown yards.

    After being served notice that the property contains what the ordinance calls "noxious or unsightly growth," the owner has five days to fix the problem.

  • Animal control officer charged with DUI

    The county's animal control officer was charged June 17 with DUI while on duty at the county animal shelter.

    Darrell Waldridge, 50, of 206 Center St., Lawrenceburg, had a blood alcohol level of .171, nearly twice the legal limit, according to an arrest report obtained from the Anderson County Sheriff's Department.

  • Championship Horse Show begins tonight

    The Championship Horse Show begins Wednesday night at the Lawrenceburg Fair and Horse Show.

    The show is made up of different classes each night, with over 100 classes total.

    Ribbons are given to eight places in each class, said Bobby Thornberry, a member of the Lawrenceburg Fair and Horse Show executive committee.

    The riders are judged on posture and how they handle the horse, and judges look at how the horses raise their feet and how they walk, Thornberry said.

  • Clerk hopeful says he would donate portion of pay

    A retired Lawrenceburg police officer wants to be the next county clerk and is willing to put a portion of his paycheck where his mouth is.

    Tommy Vaughn, 44, is seeking the Democrat Party's nominee to run this November for county clerk. If he is nominated and wins the position, Vaughn said he would donate to charitable causes about half of the $60,000-plus salary he would receive, pending tax implications.

    "I'm not independently wealthy or anything, but if I could donate part of my pay to help get some projects done that need to be done, I'd be happy to do it," Vaughn said.

  • Animal control officer charged with DUI while on duty

    The county's animal control officer was charged Tuesday afternoon with DUI while on duty at the county animal shelter.

    Darrell Waldridge, 50, of 206 Center St., Lawrenceburg, had a blood alcohol level of .171, nearly twice the legal limit, according to an arrest report obtained from the Anderson County Sheriff's Department.

  • Home sweet home sales

    A drop in home prices coupled with interest rates hovering around 6 percent resulted in home sales here that significantly outpaced sales nationally during the first quarter of 2008.

    Real estate professionals are rejoicing in the latest home sales figures released last week by the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors, or LBAR, that show sales in Anderson County were up 24 percent from the first quarter of 2007. Nationally, sales were down nearly 23 percent.

  • Interest high for county clerk seat

    Lawrenceburg's rumor mill is in high gear as Republicans and Democrats prepare to name their candidates to fill the late Harold Ritchey's county clerk seat.

    Ritchey, who held the position for about 20 years, collapsed and died earlier this month while jogging on Broadway.

    Edith Hanks, who worked for Ritchey, was chosen by Judge-Executive Steve Cornish to fill Ritchey's position until the November election.

    The chairman of each party said there is no shortage of people interested in the position, which pays in excess of $60,000 a year.

  • Riding for a cure

    A Horseback Poker Run is set for Sunday, June 22, from 1 to 5 p.m. to raise money for Relay for Life.

    The event will be at the Taylorsville Lake horse riding area. Riders pay $5 for a hand, and can pay $1 for one extra card. Half of the proceeds will go to the winner, and the other half will be donated to the American Cancer Society. Those attending are asked to bring a dish for a pot-luck picnic.

    Another event, "Riding for a Cure," will be Friday, July 11, at 6 p.m. at the American Legion Fairgrounds. There will be horseback games, wagon rides and a silent auction.

  • Biker dies on Tyrone Bridge

    A Lawrenceburg man died Sunday after the motorcycle he was driving crashed on the Tyrone Bridge.

    Douglas R. Martin, 30, was driving eastbound on the bridge when he struck the concrete bridge rail just before exiting the bridge on the Woodford County side and was thrown from his motorcycle, according to Kentucky State Police.

    Public Affairs Officer Ronald Turley said Martin was trying to negotiate the turn on the bridge when he lost control.