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Today's News

  • Schools remain closed today

    Anderson County schools will be closed today, said Larry Basham, assistant superintendent.

    Some of the county’s roads still have snow and ice from the winter storm that began around 5 p.m. Monday, Basham said.

    “We would have buses going down those roads, and I wouldn’t feel good about doing that,” he said.

    Basham said officials had hoped to be back in school, but decided against it early Wednesday afternoon.

  • Bearcats to play Bourbon County Friday

    The Anderson County High School boys' basketball team will be playing at Bourbon County Friday, Feb. 15 at 6 p.m. There will be no junior varsity game.

    The scheduling details were finalized Wednesday afternoon.

    Bourbon, coached by former Covington Holmes and Ashland mentor Mike Flynn, will bring a 10-15 record into the contest and has not beaten a team with a winning record this season. Anderson coach Glen Drury will undoubtedly note that the Colonels have had close losses to a good Clark County team and West Carter, one of the top teams in the 16th Region in recent weeks.

  • Good job, fiscal court

    What a difference a few months can make.

    Late last year we used this space to repeatedly take to task the Anderson County Fiscal Court for even considering the idea of implementing a payroll tax to solve what we were being told was a pending fiscal crisis.

    Fast-forward to the past few weeks and we now have a fiscal court eager to find every spare penny in the county's budget and unafraid of tweaking a few noses in the process.

  • Lady Cats to bid farewell to seniors

    Anderson County will say good-bye to four senior basketball players Thursday night as the Lady Bearcats host Franklin County in the final home game of the season. Courtney Milam, Christy Gemmell, and Caitlyn Royalty, all of whom have started at one point since their freshman seasons will play their last game on the home court. Another senior, Mary Ann Warford, had her basketball career cut short with a knee injury in the second game of the season, but has been a part of the team since her freshman year as well.

  • Habla espanol?

    If Tony Andrade has his way, the language barrier between English- and Spanish-speaking people in Anderson County will soon go the way of the dodo bird.

    Andrade, pastor of Family Worship Center on Frankfort Road in Lawrenceburg, will offer free Spanish lessons beginning March 2 at the church.

    A native of the predominantly Hispanic town of Seguin, Texas, about 25 miles outside of San Antonio, Andrade is bilingual and says his goal is to help bridge the communication gap.

  • Weekend fire flattens Fairmont Road house

    Wind-whipped flames quickly flattened a house late Sunday afternoon in the Mallard Cove subdivision off Fairmont Road.

    The house was destroyed and apparently vacant at the time of the blaze, said Donald Cox, deputy chief of the Anderson County Fire Department.

    Cox said the extensive damage to the home would make it difficult to determine what caused the fire.

    The fire was called in by a neighbor, who reported seeing smoke coming from the house's roof. Several minutes later, another call to 911 reported seeing flames.

  • Predictions for real estate in '08 mixed

    Ask local real estate professionals to forecast the Anderson County market for 2008 and responses range from continued doom and gloom to outright optimism.

    All agree, however, that Anderson's real estate market suffered mightily in 2007. The number of home sales dropped 20 percent when compared to 2006. Home prices - considered by most a bellwether sign of the market - were off 6 percent, according to statistics released last week by the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors, which includes statistics specifically for Anderson County.

  • Paint-peeling lecture changes Cats

    A visitor might need to overlook the absence of paint on the wall in the Anderson County boys' basketball locker room for a while.

    Bearcat coach Glen Drury might have peeled off at least two coats at halftime Friday as his team was looking at the wrong end of a 24-15 count against longtime rival Woodford County.

    "It wasn't pretty," senior Ryan Wells said of the lecture. "It wasn't pretty at all."

    With a wry smile etching across his face, Drury agreed with one of his captains. "No, not pretty," he said. "It wasn't pretty."

  • Lady Bearcats game rescheduled

    The Anderson County Lady Bearcats' game at Western Hills has been rescheduled for Saturday, Feb. 16. The junior varsity teams will play at 12 noon with the varsity teams tipping off at 1:30 p.m.

    The game had been originally set for Monday night but was postponed due to the winter storm that moved through the area.

  • Wintry mix slows traffic, closes schools

    A wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain closed schools and brought traffic to a crawl Monday night and Tuesday morning across Anderson County.

    Only a smattering of minor traffic-related incidents was reported by Tuesday morning.

    "We've had a number of vehicles off the road on the [Martha Layne Collins Bluegrass] Parkway and some on Highway 151, but thankfully nothing major," said Todd Sparrow of the city of Lawrenceburg's emergency dispatch center.

    "I guess people were taking their time."