Today's News

  • GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Lady Bearcats honor two

    The Anderson County High School girls' basketball program honored sophomores Eriel McKee and Makenzie Cann for a pair of milestones prior to last Tuesday's game with Henry Clay.

    McKee was honored for becoming the newest member of the Lady Bearcat 1,000-point club during the Mercer County Titan Christmas Clash. Through last week's games, McKee, who started playing varsity basketball as a seventh-grader, had 1,114 points.

  • BOYS' BASKETBALL: No stopping Smith and Bearcats at Collins

    SHELBYVILLE – There's not much that can stop Jay Smith. Especially a cut over his eye.

    The Anderson County junior set off a wild celebration as he banked in a 3-point shot as time expired to give the Bearcats a 50-47 win at 30th District rival Collins Friday night.

    Smith's game-winner was as improbable as the outcome itself.

  • The GOP’s ‘Amazing Race’

    I love reality shows.
    Especially presidential elections.
    For most of us who follow politics, it seems as though we’re beginning an unnecessary fifth season of “The Amazing Race Political Survivor: Iowa and New Hampshire,” not diving into the infancy of the 2012 presidential race.
    I’m already exhausted by the debates, the practiced on-camera smiles and blind predictions for the Republican Party nominee.  
    But somehow, I can’t look away, like one of those bug-eating episodes of “Fear Factor.”

  • Paying public has the right to know

    Column as I see ’em …
    The health board has created a committee to figure out how to financially salvage itself from itself, and it’s with no small amount of frustration that I’m unable to share with you how that process is going.
    When it met last week, the committee promptly went into a closed session, emerged and adjourned without so much as a peep.
    Public agencies have the right to discuss their business in private only when it involves property negotiations, or hiring, firing and disciplining employees.

  • GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Girls cruise past Collins, lock up district's top seed

    SHELBYVILLE – The rankings meant little.

    The standings? That is a different story.

    Anderson County, a team ranked among the state's Top 10 girls' basketball teams in the pre-season and still in the Top 20 in both major computer polls, looked anything but a team worthy of such a high ranking at Collins last Friday.

    It really didn't matter.

  • Summer’s warmth will be here before we know it

    Boy, have we been spoiled.
    This winter’s temperatures could have been a gardener’s dream, if we’d known. We could still have lettuce, spinach, turnips and kale growing, if we hadn’t put the gardens to bed. By this date last year, we had had 2.5 inches of snow.
    What makes it snow? Moisture and temperature are the two culprits. Moisture in the air gathers into droplets and when the temperature cools enough, ice crystals are formed. As more are formed they get heavier. When it gets heavy enough, it falls as snow. So, where’s our snow?

  • Ex-social worker in Fla. as court date set

    The former social worker facing nine felony counts of tampering with public records in cases involving the sexual abuse of children did not appear Tuesday morning in Anderson Circuit Court, but a date was set for her next appearance.
    Margaret “Geri” Murphy, who lives in Florida, previously worked here in social services as a field worker charged with investigating child abuse.
    She pleaded not guilty last year to each of the charges against her.

  • Phony pot, bath salts vote set for Tuesday

    Those who think synthetic marijuana and bath salts should remain legal in Anderson County will have a chance to say so next Tuesday night.
    That’s when the Anderson County Fiscal Court is expected to approve a ban on the sale and possession of those substances, and future variations of them, into law following the second of two public hearings.
    A workshop is scheduled for 6 p.m., followed by the court’s regular meeting at 7. Both are open to the public.

  • Saying goodbye, again

    Jackie Black has sent her husband off to war once before.
    “We had four days’ notice, and then he left,” Jackie said of her husband First Sgt. John Black’s sudden deployment to Iraq with the National Guard in 2004.
    Last Tuesday afternoon Jackie and her daughter Taylor, 14, were able to send John off for his second deployment, this time to Afghanistan, during a departure ceremony for the Agribusiness Development Team #4.
    Jackie said she refers to the deployment process as a “journey.”

  • WRESTLING: Mat Cats qualfy for state duals

    The Anderson County High School wrestling team continues to turn in an impressive year under first-year coach Graham Carlton.

    The Bearcats, now ranked as high as 13th in the state, followed a second place finish in the Woodford County Invitational with a second-place finish in the Kentucky Wrestling Coaches' Association Region 2 Duals, held Friday and Saturday at LaRue County.

    Anderson advances to the state duals meet, to be held on Jan. 28 at Henry Clay High School in Lexington.