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Today's News

  • Seat belt campaign a crash course in reality

    For anyone who complains about getting a ticket for not buckling up when driving or riding in a motor vehicle, here’s a crash course in reality:

    In 2015, 761 people were killed on Kentucky’s roadways. Of those 761 killed, 588 were motor vehicle fatalities.

    Of those 588 motor vehicle fatalities, 300 (61 percent) were not wearing a seat belt.

    In 2015, 31 children age 15 and under were killed in motor vehicles on Kentucky roadways. Seventeen (55 percent) of those were unrestrained.

  • Don’t let this ruin your tomatoes

    Kentucky vegetable growers should be on the lookout for early blight and Septoria leaf spot of tomato.

    As the most common diseases of tomato in Kentucky, homeowners or growers not on a preventative spray program always have at least some Septoria leaf spot and early blight pressure.

  • Eighth-graders leave school in style

    From staff reports

    Alex Carpenter and 10 of his buddies left middle school in style last Wednesday in a Ford Excursion limousine.

    As the gigantic SUV rolled to stop amid school buses and cars in the pickup lane, nearly a dozen soon-to-be-freshmen piled in. Excited and rambunctious, the young men posed for a single picture before being whisked away for an hour-long ride through Lawrenceburg and Frankfort.

    “We rented it, my husband Chip and I,” Shannon Carpenter said. “To celebrate getting through middle school.”

  • Drury to attend West Point leadership program

    From staff reports

    Hannah Drury, a junior at Anderson County High School, has been selected to be among 1,000 attendees at West Point’s prestigious Summer Leaders

    Experience (SLE) in June, according to a news release.

    More than 5,000 juniors nationwide applied to SLE, which offers outstanding high school juniors the opportunity to experience life at West Point.

    SLE attendees live in the cadet barracks (dormitories), eat in the cadet mess and participate in academic, leadership, athletic and military workshops.

  • Anderson Community Education offers summer classes

    From staff reports

    The following classes are being offered by Anderson Community Education this summer.

    American Sign Language —

    Very Basic ASL for Parent and Child Together

    When: Tuesday beginning June 7 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

    Where: Anderson Adult Learning Center at 219 East Woodford St. with certified instructor and deaf educator, Arlene Hoffman.

    Cost: $69 for eight weeks parent and child instructor (one fee)

  • Fire ruins more than just home

    The charred remains of her favorite chair still sat in her front yard Monday morning, a stark reminder of the fire that destroyed Ruby Hardin’s home last Thursday evening on Cedar Brook Road.

    Hardin, 83, was able to escape the blaze without injury, but the fieldstone-construction home and what her son says are irreplaceable mementoes of raising a family were destroyed.

    “She wants for nothing,” said Ruby’s son, Mike Hardin, who grew up in the home. “She’s staying with us in Lexington and is doing fine.

  • May arrests break record, prove costly

    A crime-filled May saw a record number of suspects sent to jail, shattering the county’s already broken inmate housing budget.

    Through Monday, a record 121 suspects had been transported to jail, costing taxpayers what Jailer Joani Clark estimates will be at least $75,000 in inmate housing costs, also a new record.

    “It has been crazy,” Clark said from her office Monday. “I don’t see an end to this anytime soon.”

  • Grave thefts ‘really low’

    A few weeks ago, when yet another grave decoration went missing from her husband Johnie’s gravestone in Lawrenceburg Cemetery, was the last straw for Gertrude Peach.

    “It makes you feel depressed that you can’t put something on someone’s grave,” she said. “It’s meant for them and no one else.”

    The latest theft, of a handmade Styrofoam arrangement Peach made especially for her husband’s headstone, occurred between May 11 and 14.

  • Report: Health insurance costs to skyrocket

    From staff reports

    Anderson County residents are facing the possibility of steep rate hikes for individual health insurance policies and few places to purchase them, according to information released by the Kentucky Health News Network.

  • The gift that just keeps on giving

    When seventh-grader Jude Thompson donated his birthday money to buy books for his former second-grade teacher Heather Chilton’s classroom library, the gesture earned him a hero’s welcome at Emma B. Ward Elementary and praise from his teachers, parents and peers.

    Little did he or anyone else know, but his book donation was about to get a whole lot bigger.

    When Jude’s story hit ‘The Anderson News’ Facebook page April 6, it was read by more than 7,500 people. One of those people was Diana Ahlers of Marietta, Georgia.