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  • Manslaughter ex-con faces assault, terror charges

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    The Lawrenceburg man released from prison after serving less than two years of a 10-year sentence for shooting and killing Luke Beasley is scheduled to be in court next Tuesday on charges that include assault, terroristic threatening and DUI.

    Christopher Murphy, 29, of 1100 Bear Creek Road was found guilty in 2008 of second-degree manslaughter after shooting Beasley point-blank in the chest with a rifle following an altercation.

  • Open Hands Food Pantry to offer diabetic food options

    The Open Hands Food Pantry, which has served Anderson County residents for nine years, will unveil its new program providing food and nutrition information to diabetics this fall.

    The program was made possible by a $5,000 United Way grant to promote healthy living. Katie Howard, volunteer for the food pantry, said it’s not about providing more food but instead promoting different food choices for diabetics and tips for serving, cooking and portion size.

    The food pantry serves around 350 Anderson County residents monthly.

  • Anderson grad featured in viral ‘Shake It Off’ video

    It was about three weeks ago just after the start of school at Transylvania University and members of Delta Sigma Phi were bored and looking for something to do.

    Naturally, the boys decided to record a video of them strutting their stuff through the hallways of their fraternity and going room to room dancing and lip-syncing to Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.”

  • Chamber of commerce president to chair tourism commission

    Pam Brough was appointed as chairperson for the Anderson County Tourism Commission during its meeting last Wednesday.

    Brough, who also serves as president of Anderson County Chamber of Commerce, said she is excited to take on her new role.

    “This will be a learning process for me. I’m excited for the opportunity to promote Anderson County,” said Brough. “I’ve only been here for 35 years, but I love Anderson County. Anything we can do to promote it, I’m all in.”

  • Judge, state rep. candidates share views with Farm Bureau

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    The Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation isn’t shy about the policies it supports, and last Thursday night wanted to see if the local candidates for judge-executive and state representative agree with those policies.

    “We don’t endorse candidates,” said Jeff Harper, a Lawrenceburg resident who serves as director of the agency’s public affairs division. “We feel candidates should endorse our policies.”

  • Four Roses still Burgoo Cookoff champions

    Jesse Sanford, of Four Roses, took home the trophy again this year, making him the four-time reigning Anderson County Burgoo Cookoff champ.

    Trailing just behind Four Roses was Dudley Darnell’s team, Darnell’s Old Timey Burgoo. Wild Turkey came in third.

    All the funds from the cookoff go toward Shop with a Cop, which provides Christmas gifts to children in need.

    “It’s an honor,” said Sanford. “I love doing this for the kids.”

  • ‘This is for everyone’

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    Megan Smith has no choice but to spend precious time and dollars each time her child’s frequently infected ears flare up.

    Left with no local option when Anderson Primary Care closed its doors in July, Smith has spent the past several months travelling to Versailles, Frankfort or beyond just to get a simple prescription filled for her son.

  • A bigger, badder haunted house continues through October

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    By day, Alyssa Hoover is a pleasant 22-year-old who cares for residents in a Frankfort retirement community.

    By night, she becomes a remarkably scary monster who can make grown men cry and others vomit or even, well, go No. 1 or 2 in their pants.

  • Two days, two fires

    From staff reports

    Anderson County firefighters and other first responders were kept busy last week after separate blazes destroyed racecars and other items on Spaulding Lane, and a hay-filled barn on Hickory Grove Road.

    The Hickory Grove Road fire included minor injuries to firefighters after a hose hit a barrel of pesticide, splashing one firefighter in the eyes and another in the mouth.

    Both received assistance from EMS and were determined to be OK shortly afterward.

  • Firefighters working to control barn fire

    At around 3 p.m., Anderson County firefighters, EMS and the sheriff's office responded to a large hay barn fire on Hickory Grove Road. At 4:30 p.m., Firefighters were still working to get the fire under control.