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Today's News

  • Thumbs up, down

    Thumbs down to the state’s transportation cabinet for still not having 45 mph speed limit signs on U.S. 127 Bypass. Extending the speed limit past the new elementary school made good sense, but it’s hard to understand why the cabinet yanked out the 55 mph signs just past the park entrance and didn’t replace them with 45 mph signs. The only warning northbound drivers receive that the speed limit is reduced is at Carlton Drive just south of Kroger. Those who enter 127 from Broadway, Highway 44 or any of the smaller streets and head north have no way of knowing the limit.

  • High school to switch to 12-week trimesters

    Anderson County High School will switch to a trimester schedule beginning next school year, Principal Ray Woodyard told the Board of Education at its meeting Monday night.

    The decision was ultimately made by the school’s site-based decision making council, so the board did not have to approve it, but Woodyard made the presentation to provide board members with information about the switch.

  • Six students chosen for All-State High School Chorus

    Two words describe what the Anderson County High School Advanced Chorus is doing this year — “keeping busy.”

    At least that’s what Director Sue Lou Smith says of her 40-member choir.

    Ten members auditioned for the Kentucky All-State High School Chorus and six were recently selected to perform with the choir this winter.

    Those six are Alex Cheser, tenor; Ramsey Edington, alto; Jade Martin, tenor; Eric Steedly, bass; Singrid Tipton, soprano; and Katelyn York, soprano.

  • Waking up to a different kind of Christmas

    Not counting today, it’s 36 days until Christmas.

    Even though Thanksgiving comes first and I’m looking forward to my four-day weekend, Christmas is still the holiday on my mind.

    Just to warn you, this column might be a bit sappy and a bit personal, so if you’re one of those people who doesn’t like that sort of thing, go ahead and flip the page or read whatever falls below or next to this. I promise, I don’t mind.

    Christmas 2008 will be much different than what I’m used to.

  • Bearcats roll in playoffs

    UPDATED: Friday, Nov. 14, 10:45 p.m.

    Grant Cox caught four touchdown passes from Jacob Russell to lead host Anderson County to a 47-13 pasting of Louisville Iroquois in the first round of the state Class 5A playoffs Friday night.

    Cox hauled in a 47-yard scoring throw that broke an early 7-7 tie and the Bearcats were never threatened again. "I have to give all the credit to Jacob on the touchdown passes," Cox said. "He just put the ball right in there."

    Cox hauled in five passes for 145 yards. He now has 11 touchdown catches on the season.

  • November surprise

    Practically no one saw this one coming.

    Surely not Anderson County which had beaten Western Hills a combined 67-6 the previous two years.

    And most certainly the Anderson fans, who had a reputation for filling the stands at Hollie Warford Stadium but, for the second straight home date, left many seats vacant.

    Perhaps not even Western Hills, which was reeling from three straight losses and had been fighting through some key injuries.

  • Stratton best choice to replace Denny

    When a team is a player short and needs a sub, a good coach will always put his best available player in the game.

    Let’s hope Gov. Steve Beshear follows that philosophy and selects Anthony Stratton to fill outgoing 4th District Magistrate Jason Denny’s seat on the Anderson County Fiscal Court.

    Denny is leaving the court after winning the county clerk’s seat last Tuesday and as of Tuesday morning, Beshear had not named his replacement.

  • ‘Islam is the light’?

    Priscilla Teegarden didn’t ask for religious advice when she purchased a doll for the great-granddaughter she calls her own — but she got it anyway.

    Teegarden, a Lawrenceburg resident, said she can clearly hear the doll, which is supposed to say “mama” and coo, say the phrase “Islam is the light,” and she’s not alone.

    A simple search for “Islam is the light” on Google.com brings up hundreds of web pages highlighting the “Little Mommy Cuddle & Coo” doll by Fisher-Price, whose parent company is Mattel.

  • Yeaste named All-State

    Anderson County High School junior Kara Yeaste has been named second-team all-state in voting by the state’s girls’ soccer coaches. Yeaste becomes only the third Anderson player to receive such a high honor.

    Yeaste’s teammate, sophomore Madison Carter was named an honorable mention selection to the all-state team.

    A mid-fielder, Yeaste scored 16 goals and had 14 assists for the Lady Bearcats, who spent much of the year ranked in the state’s Top 20 teams. Yeaste’s field awareness was a major factor in the Lady Bearcats’ success.

  • Remembering our veterans

    Editor’s note: The following was written by the late John Boggs Jr. of Lawrenceburg, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II.

    While sitting in church surrounded by my family, grandchildren and friends, I am so grateful for my freedom of worship, freedom of speech, freedom from fear and freedom from want.

    Having spent my lifetime in a democratic society and enjoying all of the freedoms, it is so easy to take for granted these values the rest of the world is so envious of.