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Today's News

  • Anderson teachers willing to endure pain at the pump

    Suzanne Farmer drives through three school districts five days a week to get to her job at the Early Childhood Center - and she notices the gas prices along the way.

    Farmer, the math intervention teacher at ECC, lives in Danville and with the price of fuel on the rise, estimates she spends upwards of $60 a week getting to and from work.

    And she's not alone.

    About 50 percent of the certified staff at ECC commutes each day. On average, those staff members spend more than $50 a week - or $200 per month - on fuel, and those numbers don't seem to be getting any lower.

  • Brown comes tantalizingly close to no-hitter in third varsity start

    Someone wanting to buy a hot dog and soft drink could have forgiven the delay in service at the Anderson County baseball concession stand Thursday night.

    James Brown, one of the workers, had better things to do as Anderson County took the field for one final inning against Spencer County. Anderson had scored 15 runs over the third and fourth innings and led 18-0 over its 30th District rival, but Brown's son, Jacob, had 3 outs to go for a no-hitter.

    "I was trying to watch," Brown, the father, said with a big smile. "I knew he had a chance."

  • Budget Woes to Budget Whoa!

    Just one week after freezing employee salaries, the Anderson County Fiscal Court shifted gears and decided to dole out 4 percent pay raises.

    The pay freeze wasn't the only portion of the county's proposed budget to thaw during the court's meeting Tuesday morning. Along with about $70,000 in pay increases, the court added another $50,000 to restore cuts proposed last week to the Extension and Soil Conservation services and other programs.

  • Can you help solve this mystery?

    Do you ever hear things that go bump in the night?

    Aside from the never-ending parade of freight trains that seems to squawk, squeal and blow their incessant horns, I rarely hear a thing.

    That's not the case for one woman who lives in the community behind The Soap Factory car wash.

    The woman, who does not want her name used, called me last week, wondering if I could put on my investigative reporter's hat and figure out what the heck is making such a racket four nights a week near her home.

  • A heart in the home

    No one could blame Carolyn Barnes if she just sits back, props her feet and enjoys life again.

    She's finally home.

    And as Mother's Day approaches, the Lawrenceburg resident is loving every moment of her new assignment of just being a wife, mom and grandmother.

    A nurse in the Army reserves, Carolyn Barnes ended an assignment of more than 2 years to Fort Dix, N.J. in January amid tears, laughter and a welcome home party a month later.

    While it is always possible to be called back to active duty, chances are that her days away from home are over.

  • CORRECTION: Advanced Chorus' final performance will be May 6

    The final performance of the Anderson County High School Advanced Chorus will be Tuesday, May 6, at 7 p.m. in the Bearcat Theater. Admission is free. The date was reported incorrectly in the April 30 edition of The Anderson News.

  • Anderson teams dominate Marion meet

    In recent years, Anderson County track has not had many days like the one it enjoyed Friday in the Boswell Invitational at Marion County High School.

    Both the Anderson boys' and girls' teams took first place in the meet, a first since turning the same trick in last year's Boswell meet. Anderson had enough boys competing that coach Travis Gay put together a full second team, which finished fifth.

  • Another set of arches

    Mark Prater is ready.

    Prater is ready and excited to open Lawrenceburg's second McDonald's, located at the intersection of Highway 151 and U.S. 127, on Thursday.

    And this McDonald's is special - especially to Prater and his family, he said. Prater owns McDonald's in Harrodsburg, Danville and Liberty, but he purchased those restaurants from previous owners. This McDonald's is the first that was awarded to him by the corporation, he said.

    But that's not the only reason it's special, he said.

  • Despite week's record, Lady Bearcats continue to improve

    SHELBYVILLE - The scorecard indicated Shelby County had put up a decisive girls' tennis victory over Anderson County Thursday afternoon. The Lady Rockets won four of the five varsity matches in straight sets, including a pair of 6-0 scores and three more that went 6-1.

    But this was one time that the scorecard did not tell all of the story, according to Anderson coach Catina Sims. "The last time, they beat us 5-0," she said. "Today, we won at no. 1 doubles and some of the matches were very close."

  • Rescue us, please

    While our public officials try to figure out how to spin a sucker punch at restaurant owners and their customers into a pile of money to waste on tourism, our neighbors just keep adding pelts to their economic development belts.

    This time it was Springfield's turn. You know, that smaller-than-Lawrenceburg city located in a county smaller than Anderson?

    Seems folks there aren't buying into the notion espoused here recently that bringing in a factory and 100 jobs just isn't going to happen anytime soon.