Today's News

  • Jailer warns: ‘It’s getting very ugly’

    Any hopes that the jail budget would get some relief were dashed in August when the number of prisoners transported came in at a near-record high.

    Jailer Joani Clark reported transporting 117 prisoners during the month, just shy of the record of 123 in May.

    The fiscal court’s jail budget, which runs from July through June, was busted severely last year, forcing magistrates to increase it $83,000, a full 10 percent increase.

  • School board OKs maximum tax increase

    The Anderson County School Board voted last Tuesday to raise taxes as high as possible without the decision being subjected to a public recall.

    By a 4-1 vote, board members approved a rate increase that will generate 4 percent more revenue than the previous year, with only board member James Sargent voting against the measure.

    The board then tacked on another penny to the increase under a provision that takes into account exonerations from the previous year, taking the rate homeowners pay on every $1,000 of assessed value from $5.86 to $6.08.

  • Coming soon: The Bearcat Den

    When Russell Vaden was looking for a place to call home, he liked what he saw in Lawrenceburg.

    “I wanted to be in a small town and it wasn’t too far from Frankfort,” says Vaden, who split his childhood between the Capital City and Wilson, North Carolina.

    But after living in Anderson County for a while, the sports enthusiast saw an unmet need for those who wanted to work their games regardless of the weather.

    The idea of The Bearcat Den was hatched.

  • Proper respect for Old Glory
  • Local woman to complete 100th race on Sept. 24

    “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” — Lao Tzu

    Martha Baker, 64, took her first step seven years ago when she completed her first 5K race.

    “I used to go to races as a walker, then at one race they gave out medals to the top finishers in each age group and I would have gotten one had I checked the runner box on the registration,” she explained. “So at the next race I decided to run.”

  • Cawood’s lasting lesson

    It has been 15 years since the giant’s voice was silenced.

    Fifteen years since one of the greatest radio voices to ever grace the airways breathed his last. Yes, it’s been 15 years since Cawood Ledford lost his battle with cancer on Sept. 5, 2001.

    Cawood had been away from the microphone nearly 10 years when he died. The final play he called in his 39 years of describing the Kentucky Wildcats was that one we still see every March: Duke’s Christian Laettner spinning and shooting from about 17 feet.


    HARRODSBURG – It might be corny to say Mercer County had a titanic explosion to bury Anderson County on Friday night.

    But it would also be very true.

    Looking at a 17-7 deficit with just over a minute left in the third quarter, Mercer erupted for 34 points – 13 coming from the defense and 7 from the special teams – to defeat the Bearcats 41-31 at Alvis Johnson Field.

    It was the Titans’ first win over the Bearcats since 2005, but the teams did not play from 2006-2008.

  • Chrisman Memorial run set for Saturday

    The inaugural Eric Chrisman Memorial 5K Walk/Run will be held on Saturday, Sept. 10 according to a news release.

    The run, which will begin at 5:30 p.m., will benefit the Eric Chrisman Scholarship Fund and the Kentucky State Police Trooper Island.

    The Chrisman Scholarship Fund benefits students attending the Christian Academy of Lawrenceburg. Chrisman, who had graduated from Christian Academy, was killed in an auto accident while responding to a call in Livingston County in June 2015.

  • Revamped Bearcats roll to first victories of season

    After a frustrating start to the season, the Anderson County High School boys’ soccer team got in the win column last week, scoring shut outs in wins at Henry County and on the home field over Lincoln County.

    The Bearcats had dropped their first four matches of the year, but were able to turn the tide against a pair of overmatched teams.

  • Wells named MVP at Bearcat baseball banquet

    Members of the Anderson County High School baseball team celebrated their 2016 season with the annual team awards banquet, held on Aug. 28 at the high school.

    Connor Wells, who graduated in May, was named the team’s Most Valuable Player while Mason Baker, another of last season’s seniors, was presented with the Derrick Wells Award for Outstanding Pitching.

    Bryndon Labhart, then a junior, took home the most honors with the Best Offense, 110 Percent and Turpin Leadership Awards.