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  • Confirmed case of a mosquito borne virus in Anderson County

    There is confirmed case of Chikungunya, a mosquito borne virus, in Anderson County, according to the Anderson County Health Department.

    The sample was released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and confirmed to be the first case of Chikungunya statewide Tuesday morning. An Anderson County resident who recently traveled to the Caribbean reportedly contracted the virus.

  • Kentucky Chamber study shows slow job recovery since recession

    A recent Kentucky Chamber of Commerce study tracked the sluggish job recovery after the 2007-2009 recession but locally unemployment fairs better than state and national averages.

    The study found that a total of 104,000 jobs were lost statewide in the last recession. Since July 2009, the study noted that statewide a net of 65,000 have been added since March 2014.

  • Health department helps prep women for motherhood

    The Anderson County Health Department hosted the first ever community baby shower Thursday evening.

    Around 20 expecting mother registered for the shower, and there were several vendors who donated prizes and setup booths with informative material.

    The baby shower was part of the Health Access Nurturing Development Services (HANDS) division of the Anderson County Health Department, which is a voluntary home visitation program for all first time parents. Parents can sign up for the services during pregnancy or anytime before a child is 3 months old.

  • Fiscal court budget in ‘good shape’

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court budget progress report presented Tuesday of last week shows the budget is in “good shape,” according to Treasurer Dudley Shryock.

    Most of the fiscal court funds have significantly more revenue than originally budgeted for the July 2013-June 2014 budget. The total expenses as of July through May were at $7,332,647.79, a total of $1,032,978.21 less spent than originally budgeted.

    Some of the funds include:

    •The EMS fund has a total of $94,217.39 more than originally budgeted.

  • Three injured on South Bypass car crash

    Kentucky State Police Post 12 Public Affairs Officer Kendra Wilson confirmed this afternoon that three were injured in the 127 South Bypass car crash yesterday around 4 p.m.

    Wilson said speed was a factor in the crash involving two vehicles and a semi tractor trailer.

    No serious injuries were reported, Wilson said.
    For the full story, see the Wednesday July 2 edition of The Anderson News.

  • Adult Education Program celebrates 25 years of changing lives

    The Anderson County Adult Education Program celebrated 18 students who recently received their GED certification Monday of last week at the high school auditorium.

    Another special milestone was marked, the adult education program’s 25th anniversary.

    Jacqueline Zeller, community education director, chronicled the humble beginnings of the adult education program, which started from the diligence of Helen Shryock, a retired Anderson County High School home economics teacher.

  • Anderson County recycling gets a cut of $3 million grant

    Not everybody agrees that Anderson County’s recycling program makes sense but few would argue that improvements paid from grants do.

    Anderson County Fiscal Court recently secured nearly $40,000 from the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Waste Management. It will be used for a 42 cubic yard compaction container, three 22 cubic yard recycling trailers and advertising and education, according to Anderson County Solid Waste Committee Chair David Ruggles.

  • Local participants say Relay for Life gives them comfort

    The American Legion Park was lined with 1,000 luminaries Friday night for Relay for Life. Each flame represented individuals who are still fighting against cancer but mostly, individuals who lost their battle.

    People walked the track and would periodically stop when they recognized a name, kneel down and take a photo.

    Emily Gritton, 17, was one of those individuals. She stopped and smiled when she recognized her father’s name, Lynnwood Gritton, who died 4 years ago from colon cancer.

  • Why should I care about recycling?

    Recycling in the U.S. is a $236-billion-a-year industry.

    Companies rely on recycling programs to provide the raw materials they need to make new products. The average American discards seven and one-half pounds of garbage every day. Most of this garbage goes into landfills, where it’s compacted and buried.

    Recycling requires far less energy, uses fewer natural resources and keeps waste from piling up in landfills.

  • Legion Auxiliary offers pause to remember sacrifices of the U.S. military

    The stoic rows of flags at the Healing Field in Lawrenceburg provide the perfect setting for a gathering to honor United States military.

    As the only permanent Healing Field in the United States, it is a reminder of the pride and unflinching sacrifice of soldiers and their families.