Local News

  • Math, reading scores up, but schools fail NCLB standards

    Anderson County Schools, as a district, failed to make federal No Child Left Behind Act standards for the second year in a row, though the district improved its overall index score by 7.7 percent from last year.
    The district is now designated as in its first year of district improvement status and eligible for state assistance for the middle and high schools.
    Only 43 percent of Kentucky’s public schools met their average yearly progress goals, with 132 other districts given the same classification consequence as Anderson County.  

  • Suspect caught after holing up in Best Western

    A man suspected of robbing a pharmacy in Paris on Sept. 22 was apprehended last Wednesday afternoon, but not before doing his level best to get away.
    Realizing that police were closing in on him, Mark A. Sparks, 24, of Paris reportedly leaped from the second-floor window of a room he rented at the Lawrenceburg Best Western but was quickly tracked down by police and taken into custody.

  • Two flags swiped from Healing Field

    They fly above granite markers at the Healing Field in Lawrenceburg as a patriotic reminder of Kentucky soldiers who gave their lives in the war on terrorism.
    Apparently, not everyone shares that level of patriotism because, sometime last week, someone lowered two American flags and stole them.
    Officials with American Legion Post 34 and its Auxiliary replaced those flags last Wednesday afternoon, but said they can’t understand why anyone would commit such an act.

  • Hoops coach Drury leaving classroom, not sidelines

    Glen Drury made his wife, Jennifer, promise she would not do anything for his retirement from teaching at Anderson County High School.
    But that did not stop his peers from getting together to honor the school’s boys’ basketball coach and a physical education instructor from putting together a surprise reception Friday afternoon.
    Drury, who got a job at his alma mater to start the 1983-84 school year and has been there ever since, with the exception of two years at Western High School, made his exit from the classroom Friday.

  • Brush much?
  • Pave all driveways? Really?

    If one digs deep enough, finding an outdated or even outlandish local ordinance on the books is almost a certainty, and generally one that gives the digger a chuckle.
    Such as: “It is illegal in (fill in name of community) to eat ice cream on Sundays while riding a horse on Main Street.”
    During Tuesday morning’s meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court, an ordinance not nearly as far-fetched or humorous surfaced, but won’t likely be on the books too much longer.

  • Robbery suspect arrested at Best Western

    UPDATED THURSDAY, 11:47 A.M.: The name of a man arrested outside of the Best Western hotel Wednesday afternoon has been released by the Kentucky State Police.

    Mark A. Sparks, 24, of Paris was arrested after he leaped from a second floor window of the hotel. He is charged with first-degree robbery, the state police announced, and other charges are pending.

    Sparks was charged for the Sept. 22 robbery of a pharmacy in Paris.

  • Truck, tractor pull begins tonight

    What do giant tractors, enormous diesel trucks and a swimming pool have in common?
    Normally, not much. But in Lawrenceburg, the first two may someday bring about the third as thousands of people flock to Lawrenceburg over the next several years and leave behind enough money for a public swimming pool.
    That project kicks off in earnest this Friday and Saturday when the Kentuckiana Truck Pullers Association stages one of its biggest events of the year in Anderson Community Park.

  • Volunteer receives governor’s award
  • Claylick United Methodist to celebrate 140 years

    The congregation at Claylick United Methodist Church will celebrate the church’s 140 years of rich history this weekend, according to a news release.
    The church will kick-off its Heritage weekend activities Sunday, Oct. 2 with a special morning worship service at 11 a.m., followed by an evening weenie roast and fellowship.
    On Monday, Oct. 3, the church will host its annual Burgoo, followed by a performance by the Patriot Quartet.