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  • No. 3: Improvements arrive on wreck-riddled Alton Road

    Relief in the form of minor improvements to Alton Road came after a summer during which cars, pickups and tractor-trailers ran through, into and around homes along the narrow stretch of highway.

    Just in the course of two months, a tractor-trailer hauling aluminum ingots slammed into a tree just several feet from Brian Flood’s home, trapping the driving and spilling its contents all over Flood’s front yard.

  • No. 4: Main Street transformed into bustling business center

    Not long ago, Main Street in Lawrenceburg was described by a member of the city council as containing nothing but a pool hall and a bunch of shyster lawyers.

    My, how times have changed.

    The past year served as a renaissance for Main Street as a number of buildings were refurbished and businesses opened from one end of the street to the other.

  • No. 5: Softball team makes it to state Final Four

    Anderson County High School’s softball team proved that, for 2015 at least, it belonged with the best teams in Kentucky.

    The Lady Bearcats rolled through the 30th District and Eighth Region tournaments, as expected, then put on a powerful display at the state tournament in Owensboro.

    An estimated 250 Lady Berarcat fans descended on Owensboro for the three-day tournament.

    Back home, local fans followed Anderson News sports editor John Herndon on Twitter and updates announced at youth league baseball and softball games reportedly drew huge cheers.

  • No. 6: Soldier surprises son following year in Middle East

    Ethan Sizemore was already busting at the seams.

    While he and his second-grade classmates at Emma B. Ward Elementary School were busy making American flags out of construction paper in early May, Ethan made it clear why he was making his.

    “My dad’s in the military and he’s coming home this weekend,” he said, nearly bubbling over with enthusiasm. “I can’t wait to see him.”

    He didn’t have to wait nearly that long.

  • No. 7: Janie retires after 40 years with The Anderson News

    It’s a good thing Janie Buntain got her car started back on May 28, 1975.

    She was to start working at The Anderson News that morning, but her mode of transportation had other ideas on making the trip from her parents’ home on Benson Creek Road to downtown Lawrenceburg.

    “I had a car that Daddy’s older brother had given me. It was a ‘62 Buick and I hadn’t even driven it,” Janie says. “I went out and couldn’t get it started. I went to our barn and Daddy came out and got it started.”

  • No. 8: Anderson County schools enact ‘athletic fee’

    The Anderson County Board of Education created quite a stir at its July meeting when it approved an athletic fee for students who play interscholastic sports at Anderson County schools.

    The fee, which was a one-time $70 charge for Anderson County High School athletes but set at $25 per sport for middle schoolers, was sold as necessary to pay for an athletic trainer.

    The school system had contracted with KORT Physical Therapy, giving student-athletes access to a certified trainer for the first time.

  • No. 9: Jimmy Dan inducted into high school hall of fame

    To those who saw Jimmy Dan Conner suit up for the Anderson County Bearcats the only question was when, not if, he would be selected to the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame.

    He was part of the class of 2015, inducted in a lavish ceremony at Elizabethtown’s State Theatre on July 11.

    During his career at Anderson, Conner led the Bearcats to three district titles and the school’s first berth in the Sweet 16. That 1971 team became the darling of packed houses at Louisville’s Freedom Hall for the state tournament.

  • No. 10: Woman charged following drunken crime spree

    It was one wild ride in May for a pair of drunk Lawrenceburg women who were corralled by police on Main Street after their vehicle slammed into a home, became disabled and they took off on foot.

    The women, Jamie Bolen, 24, of 1576 Harrodsburg Road and Ashley Donovan, 26, of 1139 Versailles Road, Lot 2 allegedly lead police on a short but wild chase that culminated in their arrest and an hours long profanity-laced tirade against police officers while and after they were taken into custody.

  • Watches remain for New Year’s Bible reading marathon

    Those interested in participating in a Bible reading marathon that begins at the stroke of midnight Jan. 1 better act fast.

    Only four of 30 watches, or shifts, remain unfilled, according to Lisa Owens, president of the Anderson County chapter of Awakening Ministries of Kentucky.

    “We have board members taking those watches now,” she said, adding that all four are slotted between midnight and 6 a.m.

  • ‘Eric would love this’

    The family of fallen Kentucky State Police trooper Eric Chrisman has established a memorial fund in his name to help a graduating senior from the Christian Academy of Lawrenceburg attend college, his parents announced this week.

    “Eric would love this,” said his mother, Dawn Chrisman. “He wouldn’t think he was worthy but would love the thought that he could help somebody.

    “That’s what he did. He helped.”