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  • ‘Jill was love of our lives’

    Right about this time of the year, Jill Marie Evans would have been about halfway through her Christmas shopping.

    But this year will be different.

    Evans, a multiple kidney transplant recipient, passed away Aug. 28 at the age of 36.

    “Jill was the love of our lives,” her grandmother Faye Wade said. “She loved shopping and getting things for other people. Christmas won’t be the same without her.”

    Early signs

    Jill’s struggle with her kidneys started when she was less than a year old.

  • Tipton, Sargent will debate Thursday night

    From staff reports

    Still deciding who to vote for the in the upcoming race for state representative?

    The Anderson News will host a debate between incumbent James Tipton (R-Taylorsville) and challenger James Sargent (D-Lawrenceburg) on Thursday, Oct. 13 in the Anderson County Middle School auditorium.

    The debate will begin at 7 p.m. and is expected to last about one hour. Admission is free.

    Tipton currently holds the seat in House District 53, which includes all of Anderson and Spencer counties along with a portion of Bullitt County.

  • Welcome home, sailor
  • Plenty of tricks for a treat

    The family that scares together stays together.

    At least that’s what works for the family of Andrew and Kelly Smith of 202 Dogwood.

    For the past several years the Smiths have gone all-out in decorating for Halloween. “For two or three years we did a ‘Walking Dead’ theme,” Andrew explained. “This year it seemed appropriate to do some clowns.”

    For the past two weekends, Andrew and his children Dylan, 15; Jordan, 13; and Savannah, 11, have been busy disguising their home as an insane clown and freak asylum.

  • Drunk 12-year-old taken to hospital

    A 12-year-old boy was transported to an area hospital early this afternoon after police found him “extremely intoxicated” in the West Park Shopping Plaza.

    The child, whose name will not be released, allegedly went into the Dollar General store and stole alcoholic beverages and cigarettes before sitting in a chair in front of the store and drinking the alcohol, according to first responders.

    A customer noticed the child sitting in front the store in a highly intoxicated state and called police.

  • Police investigate creepy clown sighting

    Lawrenceburg police are investigating a creepy clown sighting that began late last night near Sonic and later involved members of the high school girls’ soccer team.

    Lt. Mike Schell of the Lawrenceburg Police Department confirmed the investigation, which has not resulted in any arrests. Schell said police were called out at 11:15 p.m.

    Superintendent Sheila Mitchell said police told her that they initially responded to a call from Anderson County EMS staff about someone wearing a creepy clown mask near Sonic on U.S. 127 Bypass.

  • Locals in Haiti OK after hurricane slams island

    Lawrenceburg residents currently on mission trips to Haiti are safe and sound following the massive hurricane that struck the island, The Anderson News has confirmed.

    Marcella Laytart said she spoke last night with her son, Sam, who assured her that he and others from Ninevah Christian and Fox Creek Christian churches are OK.

    “I was worried but I tried not to,” said Marcella. “We didn’t know exactly where they are, but he assured me they were fine.”

  • School district ‘distinguished’

    Anderson County Schools earned the designation of “distinguished” following a nearly 3-point jump in 2015-16 KPREP (Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress) scores district-wide, according to results released by the Kentucky Department of Education.

  • Fire district strikes deal with Mercer

    Life will soon be considerably cheaper for Anderson County residents living south of the Bluegrass Parkway.

    Considerably safer, too.

    The Anderson County Fire District recently approved a measure that is expected to cut in half fire insurance rates for about 90 residences by approving a mutual aid agreement with Mercer County.

    That agreement is expected to be finalized by Mercer fire officials Oct. 10.

  • ‘They’re trying to shut us down’

    A privately run recycling facility could be forced to close its doors later this month after racking up three violations of its conditional use permit.

    The county’s Board of Zoning Adjustments (BOZA) is expected to vote Oct. 20 on the future of Francis Pallets and Recycling, after the business received its third notice in August that it violated conditions that allowed it to open in 2011.

    The unelected board is appointed by the Anderson County Fiscal Court.