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  • For the Love of Mom

    Rita Keeling said she always told her children she loved them when tucking them into their beds each night.

    That love was repaid in spades last week when her son, Adam, nominated her for America's Favorite Mom, a national Internet-based promotion that allows voters to choose the nation's top mom.

    "I was shocked," Rita Keeling said Monday afternoon from her living room in Stringtown. "When I read what he wrote, I nearly cried."

    Adam Keeling, 28, said he entered his mother in the contest while surfing the web to buy flowers for Mother's Day.

  • Have the flu? Stay home.

    Reports that the flu has reached "widespread" status in Kentucky has prompted the Anderson County Department of Health to offer free flu shots each day.

    "The flu is striking later than usual this year, causing some Anderson County to worry," said Cheri Johnson, a registered nurse with the health department. "Local health officials are also concerned, especially with the flu hitting its peak in our region in just the last few weeks and reaching widespread status in the state just this week."

  • Anderson County schools in session today

    Anderson County schools will be in session today, said Larry Basham, assistant superintendent.

    "Regular time, no delays -- we're going to school," Basham said.

    Schools have been closed since Tuesday after a winter storm blanketed the area with several inches of snow, as well as a layer of ice.

    According to local forecasts, Friday will be cloudy with a small chance for rain. The high will be around 38.

  • Anderson County Schools Closed Thursday 02/14/08

    Anderson County Schools will remain closed Thursday, Feb. 14, the district's transportation director, Chuck Fletcher, announced Wednesday afternoon.

    Anderson County schools will be closed Thursday, said Larry Basham, assistant superintendent.

    Some of the county's roads still have snow and ice leftover from the winter storm that began around 5 p.m. Monday, Basham said.

    "We would have buses going down those roads, and I wouldn't feel good about doing that," he said.

  • Schools remain closed today

    Anderson County schools will be closed today, said Larry Basham, assistant superintendent.

    Some of the county’s roads still have snow and ice from the winter storm that began around 5 p.m. Monday, Basham said.

    “We would have buses going down those roads, and I wouldn’t feel good about doing that,” he said.

    Basham said officials had hoped to be back in school, but decided against it early Wednesday afternoon.

  • Habla espanol?

    If Tony Andrade has his way, the language barrier between English- and Spanish-speaking people in Anderson County will soon go the way of the dodo bird.

    Andrade, pastor of Family Worship Center on Frankfort Road in Lawrenceburg, will offer free Spanish lessons beginning March 2 at the church.

    A native of the predominantly Hispanic town of Seguin, Texas, about 25 miles outside of San Antonio, Andrade is bilingual and says his goal is to help bridge the communication gap.

  • Weekend fire flattens Fairmont Road house

    Wind-whipped flames quickly flattened a house late Sunday afternoon in the Mallard Cove subdivision off Fairmont Road.

    The house was destroyed and apparently vacant at the time of the blaze, said Donald Cox, deputy chief of the Anderson County Fire Department.

    Cox said the extensive damage to the home would make it difficult to determine what caused the fire.

    The fire was called in by a neighbor, who reported seeing smoke coming from the house's roof. Several minutes later, another call to 911 reported seeing flames.

  • Predictions for real estate in '08 mixed

    Ask local real estate professionals to forecast the Anderson County market for 2008 and responses range from continued doom and gloom to outright optimism.

    All agree, however, that Anderson's real estate market suffered mightily in 2007. The number of home sales dropped 20 percent when compared to 2006. Home prices - considered by most a bellwether sign of the market - were off 6 percent, according to statistics released last week by the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors, which includes statistics specifically for Anderson County.

  • Wintry mix slows traffic, closes schools

    A wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain closed schools and brought traffic to a crawl Monday night and Tuesday morning across Anderson County.

    Only a smattering of minor traffic-related incidents was reported by Tuesday morning.

    "We've had a number of vehicles off the road on the [Martha Layne Collins Bluegrass] Parkway and some on Highway 151, but thankfully nothing major," said Todd Sparrow of the city of Lawrenceburg's emergency dispatch center.

    "I guess people were taking their time."

  • Woman struck on Frankfort Road

    A Lawrenceburg woman was struck and killed Sunday night when she apparently walked or ran onto Frankfort Road from her driveway.

    Debra Rainey, 43, of 1020 Frankfort Road, was pronounced dead shortly after being transported to Frankfort Regional Medical Center, according to the Anderson County Sheriff's Department.

    The driver of the vehicle that struck Rainey, Anderson County resident Geromie Gay, was not charged in the incident, and no other charges have been filed.

    Deputy Robbie Armstrong said Monday afternoon are continuing to investigate how the accident occurred.