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  • Fire leaves family of six homeless

    Joey and Chelsey Bast didn’t have anything to smile about as they stood watching their home at 1069 Herndon Road burn nearly to the ground last Tuesday afternoon.

    That is until Maj. Amy Womack with Anderson County EMS walked up their driveway and handed them a pillowcase filled with photo albums and other family mementoes.

    Those objects, along with their dog, six newborn puppies and a pot-bellied pig were all that was left of the home that housed them, their four young children and would have been home later this year to the twins Chelsey Bast is carrying.

  • Man’s art collected around world

    By Nancy Royden

    Special to The Anderson News

    Some folks excel in business, and some succeed in creative pursuits.

    Lawrenceburg’s James Kessinger, 70, is one who is passionate about, and accomplished at, both undertakings.

    One thing that sets him apart from many other artists is his blindness. Kessinger began to lose his sight in his 30s to macular degeneration, he said.

  • Hume graduates high school

    Stazia Hume, shown here in her graduation photo, was among those who graduated last Wednesday from Anderson County High School. She plans to attend Paul Mitchell School this fall to pursue a degree in cosmetology. She willed her love to her little sister, Trinity. Hume’s photo and information was not submitted in time for the recent graduation section published in The Anderson News.

  • Magistrates bicker over how to pick roads for repair

    County highways again took center stage during the Anderson County Fiscal Court’s meeting last Tuesday, including when one magistrate rejected a previous suggestion that she shouldn’t be allowed to participate in deciding which ones should be resurfaced.

    Magistrate Juretta Wells represents the 3rd magisterial district, which has no county highways. During a meeting last month, Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton suggested because of that, Wells should be the only of six magistrates not to get to place a road on the county’s priority road list.

  • Hospital launches electronic check-in

    Patients who visit Frankfort Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Room can now use an electronic check-in process designed to expedite and improve their care and provide them with a better ER experience, the hospital announced.

    The process is similar to that used in airports and retail outlets. Patients first scan their driver’s license or type in basic identification information at the check-in station in the ER.

  • Douglass earns Eagle Scout
  • Hundreds participate in annual DARE Fishing Derby
  • Suspected drunk driver injures three in Tyrone Hill wreck

    Three people were injured, two seriously, when the car they were in was struck by an alleged drunk driver earlier this afternoon on Tyrone Hill, just before the bridge.

    The two with serious injuries, both females, were transported via helicopter to area hospitals. A third person, a male, was transported by ambulance. There names have yet to be released.

    The driver of the other vehicle apparently took off on foot up the hill toward Lawrenceburg before being stopped by motorists who witnessed the wreck who told him to wait until police arrived.

  • Janie says goodbye

    It’s a good thing Janie Buntain got her car started back on May 28, 1975.

    She was to start working at The Anderson News that morning, but her mode of transportation had other ideas on making the trip from her parents’ home on Benson Creek Road to downtown Lawrenceburg.

    “I had a car that Daddy’s older brother had given me. It was a ‘62 Buick and I hadn’t even driven it,” Janie says. “I went out and couldn’t get it started. I went to our barn and Daddy came out and got it started.”

  • By any name, Janie’s a pro

    I call Janie Bowen, “Fred.”

    At least sometimes I do.

    Then there are times I call her, “Ida Lee.” If you don’t know who that is, think about “Hee Haw” reruns. Ida Lee is that Roni Stoneman character, always yelling at her husband, Laverne, in those hilarious skits.

    It’s just to aggravate Janie. She believes I do not consider it a successful day unless I have found some way to annoy her big time. And, over time, she has learned to return the banter.