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  • 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?

  • Clapping out a round of applause

    At least three things have remained constant at Emma B. Ward Elementary since its doors opened in 1975 - Geri Reinle, Karen Allen and a painting of Ms. Ward herself. And those three things will be a part of the new Ward elementary school when it opens this fall.

  • Shopping, from your car

    In his native Ohio, Doug Garland was accustomed to stopping at drive-through convenience stores on those occasions when he needed to pick up beer, liquor or other snacks. However, when he moved to the Bluegrass about two years ago, he found he needed to change his ways, as such stores didn't seem to exist.

    "It's very common where I'm from," Garland said. "When I came down here, I kept looking for one, but people didn't even know what they are.

    "Unless somebody has been through one, they have no idea what it is."

  • 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.