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Today's News

  • Man leaps to death from bridge

    The death of a Lawrenceburg man who jumped Wednesday afternoon from the Tyrone Bridge was confirmed as a suicide, the Anderson County Coroner’s office confirmed Monday afternoon.

    Jeffrey L. Wainscott, 43, of 207 Suzanne St., was pronounced dead shortly after rescuers with the Anderson County Fire Department and EMS recovered his body from the Kentucky River.

    An autopsy performed the followed day revealed that Wainscott died from blunt force trauma that resulted from his nearly 300-foot fall from the bridge.

  • ‘A great hometown sheriff’

    A former Anderson County sheriff, magistrate and devoted Lions Club member is dead.

    William Harold “Hoot” Birdwhistell, 91, died Monday at Thomson-Hood Veterans Center in Wilmore. He served as sheriff from 1974-78, and magistrate from 1978-82.

    “He knew everyone and treated everyone fairly,” said current Anderson County Sheriff Troy Young, who worked as a dispatcher when Birdwhistell was sheriff.

    “He was a great hometown sheriff and really good to work with.”

  • Cold night, hot Bearcats

    OWENTON – Forget the deep freeze outside. Anderson County knew how to heat things up last Thursday.

    On a night when the outside temperature was bottoming out near or below zero, the Bearcats turned up the heat to dismantle host Owen County, 67-49. Leading 25-24 at the half, Anderson scored the first nine points of the third quarter, then cruised to a victory over a team considered to be a dark horse contender for the Eighth Region championship.

  • Update: Coroner IDs apparent suicide victim

    UPDATED 2 P.M. THURSDAY — The Lawrenceburg man who apparently jumped to his death from the Tyrone Bridge yesterday afternoon has been identified as Jeffrey L. Wainscott, 43, of 207 Suzanne St.

    Deputy Anderson County Coroner David Walden confirmed Wainscott's identity, and said the investigation into his death continues by his office and Kentucky State Police.

    Walden said an autopsy was performed Thursday morning and it was determined that Wainscott died from blunt force trauma that resulted from his body slamming into the water.

  • Firefighters battle blaze on Bardstown Road

    UPDATED 2:30 P.M. THURSDAY — Anderson County firefighters worked for nearly eight hours Wednesday afternoon and night trying to contain a blaze at 3747 Bardstown Road.

    The fire department got the call at 3:47 p.m. Wednesday and did not leave the scene until around 11:30 that night, said Fire Chief Mike Barnes.

  • A real classic, but unfinished business

    MOUNT STERLING – Less than 20 minutes after his team had just scared the bejeebers out of top-ranked Elliott County, Glen Drury was not satisfied.

    His Anderson County team had just dropped a 76-72 overtime decision on the big stage before a crowd of better than 3,000 at the Kentucky Prep Classic and had earned some long-overdue but well-deserved statewide respect. Yet, Drury also knew the Bearcats had a 17-point first half lead evaporate Saturday evening.

  • Girls fall short against Dunbar

    Anderson County battled 21st-ranked Paul Laurence Dunbar in a tough 48-37 home-court loss in girls’ high school basketball action Friday night.

    The Lady Bearcats had a fighting chance early on. Junior Kara Yeaste hit a 3-pointer to close the first quarter, putting her team ahead 12-9 as the quarter came to a close.  

    But the tide soon changed in the first-ever matchup between the programs.  Dunbar tied the score at 19 to end the first half.  

  • COLUMN - Everything I do, I do for you

    One of the questions people — everyone from third-graders to those holding doctorate degrees — most often ask me is “How did you get into this? How did you end up in journalism?”

    I always answer them honestly, but it occurred to me as I was placing subscriptions to Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire and Glamour that I might never have answered that question for you, my wonderful, faithful readers. (You’ll see why that magazine part was important in just a second.)

  • County schools closed Wednesday

    Anderson County Schools will not be in session Wednesday, Jan. 21.

    School officials made the decision around 3:30 Tuesday afternoon.

    Schools were also closed Tuesday because of snow in the area.

  • ‘Beyond the birds and the bees’

    Parents can say a lot to their children by not saying anything at all — especially when it comes to sex.

    That’s one of the messages Betsy Neale, Ph.D., hopes to convey to Anderson County parents during a workshop Feb. 5.

    “By not saying anything, children can pick up the message that (sex) is embarrassing and that it’s something our culture doesn’t talk about,” Neale said.