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Today's News

  • Pot patch nets grower 10 years in prison

    The owner of a Lawrenceburg excavating company accepted a plea bargain and was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years in jail for growing 79 marijuana plants and being illegally in possession of controlled substances.

    Chris J. Stewart, proprietor of Stewart's Bobcat and Services, initially pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from his Jan. 16 arrest, but withdrew the plea to accept the penalty. Stewart, 37, could have been sentenced to an additional five years and fined up to $10,000 on the marijuana charge if the case had gone to trial and he was found guilty.

  • Peach named 5A Coach of the Year

    Anderson County High School football coach Mark Peach was named the state's Class 5A Coach of the Year by the Louisville Courier-Journal.

    The announcement was made in Friday's editions of the state's largest daily newspaper.

    Peach was also runner-up for the overall coach of the year honor.

    Peach finished second to Lone Oak's Jack Haskins in the voting by the state's football coaches.

    Peach guided Anderson to a 10-0 record in the regular season.

  • Bluer Christmas

    While most Americans were gathered around a tree celebrating Christmas with family and friends, a few Anderson County native sons and daughters were experiencing an entirely different type of holiday season.

    Stationed in Iraq or Afghanistan, their Christmas joy was shared with what has become their second family - their brothers and sisters-in-arms.

  • Ex-Anderson schools chief now will lead Washington

    Ronald "Sonny" Fentress, a former Anderson County principal and superintendent who retired in 2005, has been named interim superintendent of Washington County Schools, according to an article that appeared in the Dec. 19 edition of The Springfield Sun, a weekly newspaper in Washington County.

    It is anticipated that Fentress will fill the position until March, 2008, while Washington County Superintendent Larry Graves is on leave battling cancer, the paper reported.

  • Bearcats take showdown of regional powers

    Anderson County pulled away in the final minutes to post a 68-59 win over visiting Gallatin County in high school basketball action Saturday night. The Bearcats scored the first 5 points of the fourth quarter to put some distance between their Eighth Region rival. Gallatin was never closer than 6 after that.

  • Lady Bearcats defeat Arizona school; advance to Anaheim championship game

    The Anderson County Lady Bearcats recorded a 59-45 win over Ironwood Ridge of Tucson, Ariz. Friday to advance to the championship game of the Orange County Clash tournament in Anaheim Cal. Anderson will play Eastlake, Washington in Saturday's final.

    Lindsay Fultz led Anderson with 23 points while Courtney Milam added 14. Christy Gemmell had a tremendous game, scoring 10 points, coming up with 6 steals, 4 assists and 4 rebounds.

  • Lady Bearcats win Orange County opener

    The Anderson County Lady Bearcats defeated Bishop Manogue of Reno, Nev., 59-55 in their first game in the Orange County Clash basketball tournament Thursday. The tournament is being held in Anaheim, Cal.

    The Lady Bearcats fell behind by as many as 9 points in the third quarter but eventually wore down Bishop Manogue as the Lady Bearcat defense forced 19 turnovers. Anderson was also proficient at the free throw line, hitting 17 of 22 from the charity stripe.

    Courtney Milam led Anderson with 29 points while Lindsay Fultz added 14.

  • Saffell is saved

    Saffell Street Elementary School will not become a fifth- and sixth-grade campus if a new proposal to spend an estimated $1.5 million to expand the middle school is approved.

    The idea surfaced Thursday night during an Anderson County Board of Education workshop, after several weeks of angst by a large number of concerned Saffell Street parents and teachers who fought against having the school become a fifth- and sixth-grade campus.

  • Grieving for the Rusty we knew, and didn't

    When we joked that Rusty could make a misbehaving computer function properly by standing near it, we weren't necessarily kidding.

    "Rusty magic," I called it. And I just can't believe it's lost forever.

    When Rusty Kiser walked through the doors of The Anderson News more than nine years ago, his long red hair really didn't scream "ultimate technology professional." But it turned out that's exactly what he was.

  • New attorney returns to his Anderson County roots

    After a 10-year coast-to-coast sojourn, Lawrenceburg native son Jason Cubert is back home, law degree in hand, and has opened an office in Lawrenceburg.

    Like many youngsters, Cubert had little interest in staying in his hometown after he graduated from Anderson County High in 1992. And by the time he earned his Georgetown College degree, he was convinced that his future lay beyond the borders of Kentucky.

    So heeding Horace Greeley's famous admonition to "Go West young man," Cubert loaded up his car and headed to Portland, Oregon.