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Today's News

  • Cancer sucks!

    Hitting a curve ball was never much of a problem for Tommy Barnes. He took his sweet swing to the University of Louisville, played for one of the most prolific offensive teams in college baseball, then worked his craft in the minor leagues and as a high school baseball coach.

    But life has thrown a harder pitch than Nolan Ryan or Randy Johnson could ever deliver.

    Cancer.

    Thomas C. Barnes IV and those closest to him know this is not a game.

    And they all know, “Cancer sucks.”

    It is how Tom Barnes feels about his latest foe.

  • Bearcats roll in opener

    LANCASTER – Dustin Combs ran for 130 yards and four touchdowns as Anderson County rolled past Garrard County 47-10 in the football season opener for both teams on Friday night.

    The Bearcats scored on their first possession, opened some breathing room in the second quarter, then put things away with a 12-play, 91-yard drive to open the second half. Combs, a senior, scored from eight yards out to cap the drive and put Anderson in front 27-3 midway through the third quarter.

    Combs also had 51 yards receiving and 38 on kick returns.

  • First game foe 'formidable'

    On paper, it would not look like Anderson County's football team would have a routine opener to get the kinks out at Garrard County.

    But Bearcat coach Mark Peach is quick to point out that Garrard's 4-7 record last year has nothing to do with what will go down Friday. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

    “I saw them scrimmage (Class 6A foe) Madison Central,” Peach says. “They gave Madison Central all they wanted. They will be a formidable opponent.”

  • COLUMN: Are the expectations warranted?

    It did not take long to get thawed out from that night at Doss High School last Nov. 21.

    That night, temperatures were in the 20s and wind chills were in the single digits as the Louisville team ended Anderson County's season 49-41.

  • Community calendar - 8.19 to 8.25

    Wednesday, Aug. 19

    Education

    8 a.m. to noon, GED instruction and college preparation, Anderson Community Education building, 219 E. Woodford St.

    Noon to 4 p.m., GED instruction and college preparation, Bluegrass Community and Technical College, U.S. 127 campus.

    4:30 to 7:30 p.m., GED instruction and college preparation, Anderson Community Education building, 219 E. Woodford St.

    6:30 to 8:30 p.m., English as a Second Language, Anderson Community Education building, 219 E. Woodford St.

    City/county government

  • COLUMN: Sometimes life feels just right

    There are certain moments when all the world feels right.

    Like when your dad sees your new house for the first time. He puts his arm around your shoulders, and even though he doesn’t say much, you just know he’s proud of you.

    Or when you go out to dinner with all of your friends, and you’re perfectly content to just sit back, smile and take in the others’ conversations because evenings like that are too few and far between.

  • Congressman Chandler honors WWII vet

    Congressman Ben Chandler made a surprise visit to Anderson County on Friday to honor Truman Wells, a World War II veteran.

    Well, it was supposed to be a surprise.

    Wells’ daughter Susan Young and her husband, Tony, planned to keep the visit a secret until Chandler arrived Friday afternoon to present Wells with a flag flown over the nation’s capitol in his honor.

    However, the cat was let out of the bag on Thursday night so other family members could plan to attend, Tony Young said.

  • This week in Anderson County sports

    Late changes from the print edition of The Anderson News are highlighted.

    Anderson County High School

    Football

    Friday, Aug. 21: Anderson Co. at Garrard Co., 7:30 p.m.

    Girls' soccer

    Wednesday, Aug. 19: Anderson Co. at Western Hills, District 25 seeding game, 7 p.m.

        Junior varsity game at 5:30 p.m.

    Wednesday, Aug. 26: Anderson Co. at West Jessamine, 7 p.m.

        Junior varsity at 5:30 p.m.

    Boys' soccer

  • Lady Bearcats shooting for improvement

    It finally happened last fall.

    Anderson County's Taylor Gillis qualified for the state golf tournament, the first Anderson golfer to do so since the girls' team was organized seven years ago.

    The current Lady Bearcats are hoping to ride some of Gillis' coattails, mixed in with the good fortune of having the regional tournament on their home course at Wild Turkey Trace, to join Gillis at the state tournament in Bowling Green.

    Anderson coach Lynn Gritton says it will be difficult but his team knows it is possible to advance, just like their teammate.

  • Referee of the Year!

    Kate Wickizer, a junior at Anderson County High School, has been named the female winner of the EuroSport Young Referee of the Year award as given by the Kentucky Youth Soccer Association. She was selected for her impact on the local community and across the state of Kentucky.

    Wickizer represented the state for the Region II Olympic Development Program in DeKalb, Ill.

    Wickizer was selected after being nominated by Daniel Rogers, former head of officials for the Anderson Independent Youth Soccer Association.