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  • Ready to represent

    With a huge state budget deficit looming, one could forgive newly elected state Rep. Kent Stevens if he were feeling a bit anxious about being sworn into the job Jan. 6.

    Not to worry. Stevens says he’s raring to be the first Lawrenceburg resident to represent Anderson County in Frankfort in nearly 20 years, budget deficit or not.

    “Yes, I am very much looking forward to it,” Stevens said Monday afternoon. “I have the opportunity to make Anderson, Mercer and Spencer counties a better place to live.”

  • Hanging up her ledger

    Joy Peach has used the same ledger during all 25 years of her service at the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office — but that ledger will close for the final time Dec. 31 when she retires.

    Peach, an office deputy, said that ledger was one of the only constants at the sheriff’s office during her tenure. The ledger actually belonged to the woman who previously held Peach’s position and could be anywhere from 30 to 50 years old, she said.

  • Theft ring warning issued by sheriff’s office

    A rash of thefts of items from unlocked vehicles and buildings have prompted the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department to issue a warning of a possible theft ring operating in this area.

    The warning was issued last Wednesday in a news release, and says that residents in the Alton area should be especially vigilant in locking their vehicles, homes and outbuildings.

  • ‘I wanted to do this for her’

    Thanks to the holiday spirit of local police and the largess of the community, the Christmases of 14 Anderson County children were jump started Saturday through a program dubbed Shop With A Cop.

    One of the children, Brianna, 12, was too ill to participate in the program, so her brother Blake, 10, filled in for her.

    “She’s really sick and has been in the hospital a lot,” Blake said. “I wanted to do this for her. I made a list of things that I thought she’d like and would make her happy. And I added a few things for myself.”

  • County schools should be in session Thursday

    Students in Anderson County can expect to be back in the classroom Thursday.

    "I expect we'll be in tomorrow," Superintendent Kim Shaw said Wednesday morning.

    Schools were closed Tuesday and Wednesday following a winter storm Monday night that dumped over 3 inches of snow in Anderson and surrounding counties.

    According to weather.com, tonight's low should be around 30 F with cloudy skies. Thursday should be cloudy with a chance for rain later in the day. The high should be around 48.

  • Schools to remain closed Wednesday

    Anderson County schools will remain closed Wednesday following Tuesday morning’s wintry blast that left roads treacherous and sent two state plow trucks sliding off the road.

    School transportation officials made the announcement at 2:21 p.m. Tuesday.

    Monday’s forecast for several inches of snow and ice to hit our area proved accurate when temperatures cooled late Monday night and the skies started spritzing a mixture of freezing rain and snow.

  • High school graduation ceremony planned for Marine home on leave

    Anderson County High School will hold a special graduation ceremony Wednesday for a student who left school earlier this year to join the Marine Corps.

    The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 9:45 a.m. in the high school auditorium.

    The public is welcome.

    Kris Payton had already met all of his graduation requirements last January, and was given permission by Principal Ray Woodyard to leave school to join the Marines.

  • A 15-year-old hero

    When Brian Thomas Pauley’s doorbell rang Nov. 28, he had no idea he was about to become a hero.

    Although a familiar face appeared at the door — it was his neighbor and fellow Anderson County High School classmate, Laken — what she was about to say was the last thing he expected to hear.

    She yelled, “My house is on fire,” Thomas, 15, later recalled.

    So, he sprung into action, doing the first thing that crossed his mind.

  • Lawrenceburg man dies in I-64 wreck

    A Lawrenceburg man was killed Friday afternoon when the vehicle he was driving on Interstate 64 in Woodford County was hit head-on by another vehicle.

    Vernon Patton, 52, was pronounced dead at the scene by Woodford County Coroner Danny Owens, who said Patton suffered severe blunt force trauma.

    Patton’s vehicle was traveling east toward Lexington when it was struck by a westbound vehicle driven by Claire Estes, 36, of Louisville, according to a news release issued by the Versailles Police Department.

  • Jobless rate climbs above state, national averages

    Anderson County’s unemployment rate eclipsed the state and national averages in October, according to a report issued last week by the state education and workforce development cabinet.

    October’s rate here was 6.9 percent, while the statewide average was 6.2 percent and national average was 6.7 percent.

    Anderson’s rate was also about a full percent higher than surrounding counties, with Shelby registering 5.8 percent, Franklin at 5.7 percent and Mercer at 5.7 percent.