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Today's News

  • Growing pains

    One of Anderson County’s fastest growing business has a problem.
    A land problem.
    “We had a record-setting year,” said George Cummins, owner of Salt River Outfitters, which provides hunting experiences for hunters all over the nation here and in Kansas.
    “It’s the best we’ve ever had, but I need to lease more land to continue growing.”
    That Cummins has been extremely successful in the ultra-competitive guided hunt industry isn’t a surprise, given the numbers his hunters posted this year.

  • Friends, family grieve as illness claims life of their beloved ‘cowboy’

    Stephen Baker was the “kind of guy who would give you the shirt off his back, an ear to listen to or a shoulder to cry on,” his sister said.
    Sunday, there were plenty of tears shed for the longtime Anderson County firefighter who passed away at the age of 39 following a lifelong illness.
    Baker’s death drew an incredible outpouring from fellow first responders and thousands of people whose lives he touched.

  • Former mayor gained world-wide fame as Col. Harlan Sanders look-alike

    There’s no question that Bob Thompson was proud to have served as mayor and for gaining worldwide fame for his portrayal of Col. Sanders.
    But those things paled when compared to the pride Thompson, 87, had for his family.
    “My daughter wrote an essay and asked daddy what he was most proud of,” said Thompson’s daughter, Ruth Hamon. “It was his marriage to my mom, his children and his grandchildren.”

  • Smith to vie for most Distinguished

    To say that Amy Kate Smith is excited is an understatement.
    The 17-year-old Anderson County High School junior is raring to go as she prepares to compete in the annual statewide Distinguished Young Woman program Jan. 13 and 14 in Lexington.
    “I’m very excited,” she said in an interview last week. “I have all of my routines down and have just about everything ready.
    “All I need to do now is pack.”
    Smith, who won the Anderson County title, admits to being a little nervous but says she is prepared to compete.

  • No more septic tank fixes for Bob-O-Link

    The Anderson County Health Department will no longer issue permits to fix septic tank problems in Bob-O-Link and nearby communities, Public Health Director Tim Wright said last Friday.
    The decision, which Wright said is based on state regulations, means that residents could be forced from their homes if their septic systems fail or need repairs.

  • Cann following her dreams at UK

    By Larry Vaught, Contributing writer

    LEXINGTON — It was the kind of play that Makenzie Cann knows she has to make for Kentucky.

    She was trying to take a charge at Duke. Instead, she took an elbow to the face.

    “I actually did not realize then I had broken my nose,” said the Kentucky sophomore from Anderson County. “I actually broke my nose my year at Cincinnati (before she transferred to Kentucky). But it was not bleeding or anything, so I thought it was good.”

  • Bearcats write introduction for post-season story

    It was not a statement. Not even close.

    But Anderson County wrote the introduction to what the Bearcats hope will be a happy story Friday night with a 64-51 home court win over 30th District rival Shelby County.

    Leading just 25-22 after a sloppy first half, the Bearcats outpointed Shelby, 22-9, in the third quarter to cruise to the win. Anderson, now 10-4 on the year, made a big step toward a good seed in the 30th District Tournament, to be played in late February at Collins High School.

  • Bearcats to host mountain power

    Anderson County’s boys’ basketball team gets another stern test Saturday night, Jan. 14, when the Bearcats host 14th Region power Perry County Central. 

    Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

    The Commodores have been tabbed as the team to beat in the 14th Region since the pre-season and have given little reason to think differently. Perry Central stood at 12-5 after the weekend’s games, a record that includes a 56-54 loss to defending state champion Dunbar in the Traditional Bank Holiday Classic at Lexington Catholic.

  • Bearcats to honor Upchurch Jan. 20

    The Anderson County High School boys’ basketball team will honor former Bearcat coach Jack Upchurch during a ceremony prior to the varsity game against Central Hardin on Jan. 20.

    Upchurch coached at Anderson from 1965 to 1971, taking the Bearcats to their first Eighth Region championship and a state runner-up finish his final year at the helm. He later had coaching stops at his native Wayne County and Lincoln County. He also served as an assistant coach at Morehead State University.

  • Lady Bearcats rally, slip past Boyle

    With the high school basketball season nearing its mid-point, it would be difficult to label a contest as a season-maker. Especially a showdown with a foe that is grouped in a different region.

    But when the campaign is over for the Anderson County girls in late February or early March, a game played on the afternoon of January 7 might be one the Lady Bearcats point to as a season-changer.