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Today's News

  • Letters to the editor - 7.22

    Paper should focus on Obama, not Dahlen

    To the editor:

    Picking up [last week’s edition of] The Anderson News, as we always do, was a true disappointment to my husband and myself.

    It’s not that the “Dentist charged” (you know the rest) story was in the paper, but where and how it was displayed. You must have needed this for your ratings.

    With what is happening, the destruction of our nation by [President] Obama’s agenda, is this the best you can do?

  • District court proceedings

    Judge Donna Dutton heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings April 16.

    Renee Carper, arraignment, theft by deception (less than $300) -- pleaded guilty, sentenced to April 30.

    Wilda Faye Casey, arraignment, theft by deception (less than $300) -- pleaded guilty, $183, show cause/installment/deferred payment July 9.

    Joseph Chesser, motion to revoke probation, non-support -- continued to May 28.

    William T. Desponett, disposition, possession of marijuana, use/possession of drug paraphernalia -- continued to April 30.

  • Gas station owner enters Alford plea

    The gas station owner accused of using a two-way mirror in his private office to peek in on women using the restroom entered an Alford plea Wednesday in Anderson County District Court.

    By entering an Alford plea, John Ellis, 61, owner of the Marathon gas station located just south of the Bluegrass Parkway, did not admit guilt, but admits the prosecution had enough evidence that a jury could convict him.

  • Ex-youth pastor's bond reduced

    Bond was reduced Tuesday morning for the ex-youth pastor accused of raping and sodomizing two teenagers in 1992.

    Gordon Lunceford, 46, made his first appearance in Anderson County Circuit Court after turning himself into authorities following a grand jury indictment in June.

    His attorney, Guthrie True of Frankfort, asked Circuit Court Judge Charles Hickman to have Lunceford’s $10,000 bond reduced to $1,000, which Hickman and Commonwealth’s Attorney Laura Donnell accepted.

    Hickman set Lunceford’s next court appearance for Oct. 6 at 9 a.m.

  • Gilbert places third runner-up in state pageant

    The third time proved to be the best time for Holly Gilbert.

    Gilbert posted her best finish ever last week, finishing third runner-up in the Miss Kentucky Scholarship Pageant in Lexington. She placed in the top 10 in her previous two entries in the pageant, and said a change in her approach to the pageant is likely what led her to her best finish this year.

    “This year I wasn’t concerned about what the judges were writing,” she said. “The score really didn’t matter to me, and that’s what made all the difference.”

  • Strike up the band!

    Rarely does a vote of the Board of Education garner applause from the crowd in attendance, but such was the case Monday night as the board agreed to purchase more than $18,000 in equipment for the Anderson County High School marching band.

    New band director Patrick Brady had more than moral support as he asked the board for the funding. Many students and parents helped fill the board room, and newly elected board chairman Lee Hahn acknowledged there was strength in numbers, telling Brady that it helped his cause to have so much support with him.

  • Living with the 'new normal'

    Paul Gill has learned to face the fact that life after cancer is not the same as life before it. But Gill is OK with his new normal.

    As an eight-year survivor of cancer, Gill encouraged others attending Friday night’s eighth annual Relay for Life to learn to live with their new normal as well.

    Gill said he decided to accept the fact that he has cancer and have a positive attitude about it.

    “I’m a fighter, not a quitter,” he said.

  • THE SPORTS BUZZ for July 27:

    During the series “Have Game, Will Travel,” I specifically asked nearly everyone I interviewed what happens when travel or club teams and school athletic teams have a conflict?  The reason I asked was that over 24 years in this business, I have heard complaint after complaint that coaches want their players to play their sport and their sport only. I have investigated several times and came up with nothing. Do I think it happens? Sure. But few will admit it.

  • Does road to college or pro sports go through travel teams?

    Everyone knows about World Wide Wes.

    At least everyone who is anyone in college basketball knows about William Wesley, maybe the most well-known powerbroker around AAU basketball.

    Kentucky Wildcat fans learned about Wes during the courtship that culminated in John Calipari's hiring in Lexington. While at Memphis, Calipari and World Wide Wes had a controversial relationship that centered on players such as Dajuan Wagner, Chris Douglas-Roberts and Derrick Rose ending up in the Tiger program.

  • Voyeurism trial begins this week

    A jury is scheduled to decide this week if a gas station owner used a two-way mirror in his office to peek in on women using the restroom.

    John Ellis, 61, owner of the Marathon gas station located just south of the Bluegrass Parkway, was charged in 2005 with attempted voyeurism and disorderly conduct after a mother and daughter claimed someone observed them using the women’s restroom at the station.

    A jury trial in Anderson District Court is scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday before Judge Donna Dutton.