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Today's News

  • More tales from the AT

    After completing the 150-mile section of Appalachian Trail that follows the low mountain ridges of western Connecticut and Massachusetts, I spent a night at Tom Levardi's home in Dalton, Mass.

    Levardi, who is becoming a legend among AT aficionados, has been hosting hikers since the early 1990s. The trail runs directly in front of his house and many trail-weary souls have spent a night at his place where showers and occasional home-cooked meals are free for the taking. Levardi said he hosts 400-500 hikers every year.

  • Keep scams from wreaking havoc

    An old cliche has been circulating around The News office, and frankly, we'd rather not hear it anymore. But it's not necessarily the cliche we're after, it's the reason as to why it's being said.

    "If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is," said both Lawrenceburg Police Department Detective Mike Schell and Lawrenceburg resident Sharon Hill.

  • Winchester ends local Little League dream

    HARRODSBURG - Anderson County managed just 2 hits off Winchester American pitching as the local all-star team's quest for a Little League district championship ended Thursday night at Anderson-Dean Park in Harrodsburg.

    Winchester right-hander Brent Stoneking threw five no-hit innings, striking out 11, as his team rolled to an 8-1 victory in the first elimination round of the tournament.

    Anderson finally scored in the bottom of the sixth, getting a pair of hits and a run off reliever Ryan Barnett.

  • State honors local schools' transportation director

    Something is unusual about the complaints concerning transportation in Anderson County Schools.

    "We don't get them," said Roy Prince, manager of transportation for the State Department of Education.

    Prince said Anderson County School's transportation system has risen to new heights over the past few years, and now the man behind that change is being recognized.

  • Walking and riding for a cure

    People and horses will have a place at this year's Anderson County Relay for Life.

    The annual Relay for Life event, which raises money for the American Cancer Society, will be Friday, July 11, beginning at 6 p.m. at the American Legion Fairgrounds.

    Nearly 30 teams have set out to raise $82,000, said Charlene Hanks, a publicist for the event.

    Some highlights will be the survivor's walk and the luminaria ceremony, Hanks said.

    Another can't-miss will be a performance by gospel/bluegrass singer Kenny Bishop, she said.

  • Two impaled by fence in Harrodsburg accident

    Two Harrodsburg women were impaled by a fence during a single-car accident Thursday night in Mercer County.

    A Lawrenceburg man, Samuel L. Oates, 18, of Long Road, was driving the car.

    Both the women, Elizabeth B. Perque, 17, and Lou Anne Shearer, 21, were passengers in the vehicle.

    According to reports from the Mercer County Sheriff's Department, Oates was driving the car along Curry Pike. Roadway conditions were listed as wet, while the weather was cloudy and it was still daylight outside.

  • Relay, Legion Auxiliary members lead residents by positive example

    I've said it again and again, I love the people of Anderson County.

    That in itself is one of the reasons I work here.

    As with any place, we still have a few people who would rather take time out of their day to send crude, unnecessary e-mails to "airheads" like me who write nothing but "mindless dribble" rather than actually put forth some positive energy, but for the most part Anderson County is full of loving, caring and accepting people.

    Here are two cases in point:

  • 51 days 'Til opening kickoff

    It has been almost eight months since that night when Anderson County saw what looked like an insurmountable lead disappear in the final four minutes of the state football playoffs.

    It surely was not the way an undefeated season was supposed to end, but the first 11 games and the bitter playoff loss to Oldham County have served to motivate Anderson to achieve even more in 2008.

    That task will be tougher than it appears.

  • Roads to championships are being paved now

    It was six years ago this week that the Anderson County 9- and 10-year-old all-stars began their run that finally ended in the state tournament semi-finals at Winchester.

    That team finished as runner-up in the district, then won a couple of games at the state before the team from Greenup County eliminated it.

    Six years. It was Anderson County's first season of competing in Little League after a long hiatus. It remains the longest run by any Anderson County Little League all-star team since the county re-connected with the world's largest youth sports organization.

  • Old Dance, New View

    When Nycole Huber had a friend perform at her wedding in Lawrenceburg almost four years ago, the reaction was not what she had hoped for.

    "Some guests got up and walked out," Huber said.

    The performance was belly-dancing, something Huber, 27, has been doing since she was 14. Now she is hoping to shed some light on the controversy of the dance form.