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Today's News

  • Penny home, says juco not for him

    Former Anderson County basketball player C.J. Penny has had a change of heart.

    Penny, who was a first team all-state selection last spring, signed to play for Southeastern Illinois, a junior college located in Harrisburg, Ill., in June. But after moving to the school, he returned home after less than one week.

    “I just realized it was not what was best for me,” Penny said Friday, while attending the Anderson County-Garrard County football game.

  • School board calls for 5.25 percent tax rate increase

    The Anderson County Board of Education is proposing a tax increase that would create over $300,000 more in revenue than it collected last year.

    The proposed rate is 58.1 cents per $100 on real property and 58.1 cents per $100 on personal property, according to a legal advertisement that appeared in The Anderson News.

    A public hearing to discuss the general fund tax levy is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 27 at 5:30 p.m. in the Board of Education Training Room located at 1160 Bypass North.

  • Chandler answers health care reform critics

    Congressman Ben Chandler wants the Obama administration to slow down on health care and focus on jobs and the economy.

    That was Chandler’s message in an interview Monday after opponents of the House’s efforts to reform health care held a spoof town hall meeting Saturday in Lexington.

    The meeting included an effigy of Chandler on stage with a microphone.

    Chandler said he does not routinely hold town hall meetings during his August recess and had no plans to do so during the ongoing health care debate.

  • School bus, truck collide

    A school bus carrying around 37 students was hit broadside Tuesday afternoon by a pickup truck.

    None of the students appeared injured immediately following the accident, which occurred at the intersection of Highway 151 and US 127 Bypass near Eagle Lake.

    The driver of the pickup truck, Tram Roger of Lawrenceburg, also appeared to be OK.

    The accident occurred around 3:30 and involved bus 12.

    The bus was apparently headed north on 151 when it was struck by the pickup, which was headed south on the Bypass.

  • 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.