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Today's News

  • Two examples of life well lived

    The loss of Harold Ritchey and now W.J. Smith leaves a void in Anderson County that will likely never be filled.

    Ritchey, the longtime county clerk, and Smith, a walking encyclopedia of local history and former postmaster, were two shining examples of what life in a small town is about.

    Simply put, they cared about their hometown and the people who live there.

    Ritchey, the affable clerk seen jogging or walking around town morning, noon and night, passed away last Monday after collapsing while jogging on Broadway.

  • 'Class Act' did community, itself proud

    OWENSBORO - Ray Woodyard looked tired Saturday but, like every Anderson County fan, he did not want the Lady Bearcats' run through the state softball tournament to end when it did.

    Members of the Anderson fan contingent shared lawn chairs, sunscreen - thank you, Julie Black - and snapped pictures for each other at the Jack Fisher Softball Complex on the west side of Owensboro. They sat through strong winds that whipped up the dust and caused occasional stoppages in play.

    Like Woodyard, most Anderson fans looked tired.

  • Making the league their own

    OWENSBORO - Jimmy Dugan was wrong.

    No matter what the Tom Hanks character believed, there really is crying in baseball. Anderson County showed it Saturday.

    The tears were subdued, but the red eyes were there after the Lady Bearcats advanced deep in the state tournament Friday and Saturday before dropping a heart-breaker to Ryle, the 2006 state champion, in the consolation bracket semi-final.

    The game was really softball, baseball's close first cousin, but Dugan was wrong nonetheless.

  • Beloved historian W.J. Smith dies at 86

    Anderson County lost the man many regarded as the county's resident historian when William Johnson "W.J." Smith died last Wednesday.

    "I've known him for 50 years," said Helen Shryock, a longtime friend and neighbor of both W.J. and his late wife Nancy. "We met when I moved to Lawrenceburg with my first husband in 1957.

    "W.J. knew every newcomer who came to town. He was very intelligent and remembered everything. He was the best historian we ever had."

    Shryock said Smith was also an extremely kind and considerate man, sentiments that were echoed by others.

  • Community gathers to recall county clerk

    Every pew was full at First Baptist Church on Friday as the community gathered for Harold Ritchey's funeral.

    Ritchey, 64, died June 2 of an apparent heart attack. He was a life-long resident of Anderson County and served as county clerk for 18 years.

    Robert F. Ehr spoke at the service, and recounted Ritchey's life and the many community and leadership positions he held over the years.

    Ehr described Ritchey as a dedicated public servant and someone who always had a smile on his face.

  • Storm destroys Healing Field, damages legion's grandstand

    Straight-line winds nearing 50 mph destroyed Lawrenceburg's Healing Field, removed a large section of the grandstand at Legion Park and fell trees across the city Monday night.

    The Healing Field, the only permanent healing field in the nation which serves as memorial to soldiers killed in the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, sustained major damage. Strong winds ripped a number of flags from their poles, strewing them across the ground. Other poles were bent to the ground, and the rest sustained damage.

  • Storm wrecks Healing Field, damages grandstand

    A powerful storm Monday night pummeled the American Legion Auxiliary's Healing Field and tore off a large section of the grandstands at American Legion Park.

    The storm, which began about 10 p.m., toppled trees across the city and killed power to a number of homes.

    As of Tuesday morning, it was still too early to assess just how much damage was done at the park and what affect it might have on the upcoming Lawrenceburg Fair and Horse Show, scheduled to begin June 21.

    For full coverage of Monday's storm, see Wednesday's edition of The Anderson News.

  • Ryle ends Lady Bearcat state title dream

    OWENSBORO – Ryle, from the greater Cincinnati area, scored in the top of the 11th inning to defeat Anderson County 2-1 in the state high school softball tournament Saturday afternoon. The loss ends Anderson's state championship dream.

    Anderson had taken a quick 1-0 lead when leadoff hitter Caitlyn Royalty was hit by a pitch, then stole second and third before scoring on a Ryle error in the first inning.

    Ryle answered with an unearned run in the third, then scored the game winner when Alex Griggs doubled down the left field line, driving in the winning run.

  • PRP explodes to end Bearcat season

    LOUISVILLE -- Host Pleasure Ridge Park scored two runs in the top of the first, padded its lead, then exploded for nine runs in the fifth to defeat Anderson County 15-0 in game two of the Semi-State 4 series. The loss ended a season that saw Anderson roll through the district and regional tournaments for the school's third regional crown.

    Anderson finished at 21-17.

    The game ended because of the "mercy rule" after five innings.

    The Panthers, 35-4 and ranked no. 1 in the state, moves on to Lexington's Applebee's Park for the final rounds of the state tournament.

  • Cornish appoints Hanks as county clerk

    Edith Hanks has been appointed as county clerk and will serve in that position until the general election in November, Judge-Executive Steve Cornish announced Thursday morning during a special-called meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court.

    Hanks was the chief deputy in the county clerk's office under former county clerk Harold Ritchey, who died unexpectedly Monday night.

    According to Kentucky Revised Statutes, a vacancy in the office of the county clerk is to be filled by an appointment from the county judge-executive.