Today's News

  • GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Girls cruise past Collins, lock up district's top seed

    SHELBYVILLE – The rankings meant little.

    The standings? That is a different story.

    Anderson County, a team ranked among the state's Top 10 girls' basketball teams in the pre-season and still in the Top 20 in both major computer polls, looked anything but a team worthy of such a high ranking at Collins last Friday.

    It really didn't matter.

  • Summer’s warmth will be here before we know it

    Boy, have we been spoiled.
    This winter’s temperatures could have been a gardener’s dream, if we’d known. We could still have lettuce, spinach, turnips and kale growing, if we hadn’t put the gardens to bed. By this date last year, we had had 2.5 inches of snow.
    What makes it snow? Moisture and temperature are the two culprits. Moisture in the air gathers into droplets and when the temperature cools enough, ice crystals are formed. As more are formed they get heavier. When it gets heavy enough, it falls as snow. So, where’s our snow?

  • Ex-social worker in Fla. as court date set

    The former social worker facing nine felony counts of tampering with public records in cases involving the sexual abuse of children did not appear Tuesday morning in Anderson Circuit Court, but a date was set for her next appearance.
    Margaret “Geri” Murphy, who lives in Florida, previously worked here in social services as a field worker charged with investigating child abuse.
    She pleaded not guilty last year to each of the charges against her.

  • Phony pot, bath salts vote set for Tuesday

    Those who think synthetic marijuana and bath salts should remain legal in Anderson County will have a chance to say so next Tuesday night.
    That’s when the Anderson County Fiscal Court is expected to approve a ban on the sale and possession of those substances, and future variations of them, into law following the second of two public hearings.
    A workshop is scheduled for 6 p.m., followed by the court’s regular meeting at 7. Both are open to the public.

  • Saying goodbye, again

    Jackie Black has sent her husband off to war once before.
    “We had four days’ notice, and then he left,” Jackie said of her husband First Sgt. John Black’s sudden deployment to Iraq with the National Guard in 2004.
    Last Tuesday afternoon Jackie and her daughter Taylor, 14, were able to send John off for his second deployment, this time to Afghanistan, during a departure ceremony for the Agribusiness Development Team #4.
    Jackie said she refers to the deployment process as a “journey.”

  • WRESTLING: Mat Cats qualfy for state duals

    The Anderson County High School wrestling team continues to turn in an impressive year under first-year coach Graham Carlton.

    The Bearcats, now ranked as high as 13th in the state, followed a second place finish in the Woodford County Invitational with a second-place finish in the Kentucky Wrestling Coaches' Association Region 2 Duals, held Friday and Saturday at LaRue County.

    Anderson advances to the state duals meet, to be held on Jan. 28 at Henry Clay High School in Lexington.

  • Man police say shot sister enters plea

    The man charged with shooting his sleeping sister in the head pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning in Anderson Circuit Court.
    Anthony Wideman, 18, was indicted last month and charged with first-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence stemming from the shooting last year of his sister, Shawnna Wideman.
    Anthony Wideman appeared in prison garb and shackles and told Judge Charles Hickman that he did not have an attorney.

  • BOYS' BASKETBALL: Somerset ends Bearcat win string

    Somerset, a team that, like Anderson County, is enjoying success a year after struggling, ended the Bearcats' 12-game winning streak with a 60-50 win in the McDonald's Classic at Adair County High School on Saturday.

  • SOCCER: Boys' soccer coach reflects on Pezzi's contribution

    (Editor's note: Anderson County High School boys' soccer coach Brett Morris contacted Anderson News sports editor John Herndon about the death of Nick Pezzi, the program's first coach and Morris' high school coach. When asked for some comments, Morris replied with the following note, which has been edited.)

    Anderson County High School's first soccer coach, Nick Pezzi, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 5.

  • SOCCER: First Anderson soccer coach dies

    Italo “Nick” Pezzi, the first boys' soccer coach at Anderson County High School, passed away last Thursday in Lexington. He was 70.

    A native of Italy, Pezzi was pegged to lead the Bearcat soccer program when it was formed in 1988.

    Already known in Lexington soccer circles, Pezzi quickly became a beloved figure among soccer enthusiasts in Anderson County.