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  • WEED KILLERS

    Police seized an estimated $60,000 worth of marijuana plants last Friday from a location in rural western Anderson County, Sheriff Joe Milam announced.

    Milam said his deputies, along with a trooper with the Kentucky State Police, eradicated 30 plants after receiving a tip from aerial surveillance. The plants, he said, were in a field and that the grower attempted to hide them amid round bales of hay.

  • She’s No. 1!

    Bobbi Jo Lewis is living proof that, with hard work laced with a good dose of courage, dreams can and do come true.

    Lewis was named Kentucky’s County Attorney of the Year during the state prosecutor’s conference last week, an honor she says she used to dream of winning as a young attorney that has now come true.

    “It’s the capstone of my career,” said Lewis, who had no idea Attorney General Andy Beshear had picked her for the award until she arrived at the conference.

  • Burgoo vendors bailing out

    One of the organizers of next month’s annual Burgoo Festival told the Lawrenceburg City Council last week that its decision to make vendors set up on Main Street instead of sidewalks is seriously hurting the event.

    “I’m pleading with you,” said organizer Larry Simpson. “I’ve worked hard for three years, and I’m losing every vendor I get in here.”

    The city council ordered vendors off the sidewalks two years ago after Main Street merchants complained that they were blocking entrances to their businesses.

  • A ‘once-in-a-lifetime event’

    Carolyn Penny had no intention of joining her fellow seniors in staring at the eclipse of the sun Monday afternoon at the Anderson Senior Center.

    “When I look up into the sky, what I want to see is the face of God,” Penny said, dismissing offers to look at the eclipse through special lenses.

    Her refusals didn’t last long, though, once the light began to fade and others oohed and aahed at seeing the moon nearly eclipse the sun.

  • ‘We will miss him terribly

    An Anderson County Sheriff’s deputy died Sunday night following a lengthy illness.

    Donnie Lee Sutherland, 70, died at his residence, according to obituary information posted at the website for Gash Memorial Chapel.

    Sutherland was a longtime deputy and previously worked as a police officer with the Lawrenceburg Police Department.

    Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church, with Bro. Fred Knickerbocker and Bro. Garrett Franklin officiating. Burial will follow in Lawrenceburg Cemetery.

  • Anderson class of 1967 plans 50th reunion

    While the rest of America in 1967 was embroiled in everything from the war in Vietnam to the Summer of Love, Anderson High School seniors had other, less pressing things on their minds.

    “We had the Fairgrounds Drive-In,” said Peggy Robinson-Dixon, as she and her classmates shared memories while preparing for their upcoming 50th class reunion next month at Wild Turkey Trace golf course.

    “That was our hangout.”

  • Did your road make the grade?

    Without a word of debate or dissent, the Anderson County Fiscal Court last Tuesday unanimously approved this year’s road paving list at a cost of nearly $750,000.

    Previous versions of the fiscal court bickered endlessly over which roads were to be paved. Magistrates lobbied hard for roads in their own districts, particularly 6th District Magistrate Kenny Barnett, who oversees by far the most miles of sparsely populated county highways in Anderson County.

  • ‘It’s going to be really cool’

    While the rest of America gazes at the sky for what is being billed as the best solar eclipse in a century, one Tyrone resident will have his eyes trained on something a bit more technical.

    Shawn Crowe, a meteorologist with Central Kentucky Weather, has a fully functional weather station at his home on Wildcat Road, and it’s fair to say he’s excited to see the moon blot out all but 4 percent of the sun that afternoon.

  • Need glasses for eclipse? Good luck

    If you haven’t purchased your 2017 Total Solar Eclipse glasses you may be out of luck.

    Local suppliers such as Kroger, Walmart, and Five Star have sold out and said they will not be getting in any further shipments before the eclipse takes place Aug. 21.

    Online retailers, including Amazon, are still offering the glasses despite having to recall pairs sold that don’t meet safety standards, but it’s anyone’s guess if purchases made at this late date will arrive before Monday’s historic event.

  • Kays claims 2018 DYW crown

    Evan Kays says she has always looked up to former Distinguished Young Woman winners, like Molly Kays and Lauren Fowler, hoping that one day she could be honored with the same title.

    This year she accomplished that goal when she was recognized as the Anderson County 2018 Distinguished Young Woman. Kays competed against eight other young woman in the community with a 10-minute pre-show interview, fitness routine, 90-second talent competition and an onstage interview question, all while keeping with the motto, “Put your best self forward.”