Today's News

  • COLUMN: Work smarter, not harder

    June is here. Summer officially begins soon and what a nice Father’s Day present.

    My father Jack has long passed, but he’s with me every day. He loved summer and I can still see him on the tractor, mowing the yard. He was really big on working smarter, not harder.

    On Father’s Day, we just set up a chair in the shade with a cooler full of cold beverages next to it. The grill was two steps away. That reduced the amount of energy he had to spend working.

  • McCann dominates middleweights at Beast of Bluegrass

    Forty competitors from 12 states went after the Beast of the Bluegrass title Saturday at Eagle Lake Convention Center.

    The event was sactioned by North American Strongman, Inc.

    Robby McCann, a Lawrenceburg native who now lives in Georgetown, easily took the middleweight open division, while Ian Darr of Cottage Hills, Ill., took the heavyweight open and Josh Puckett of Salyersville captured the lightweight class.

  • Church keyboardist pleads guilty to felony charges

    The church keyboardist accused of helping another church musician obtain a false commercial driver's license pleaded guilty last week to several felony charges.

    Commonwealth’s Attorney Larry Cleveland, who is prosecuting the case in Franklin County Circuit Court, said Michael Sivils pleaded guilty to charges of second-degree unlawful access of a computer, forgery and tampering with physical evidence. All of the charges are class D felonies.

    The unlawful access of a computer charge was amended from a class C felony as part of a plea agreement.

  • New coach: ‘I eat, breathe and sleep this game’

    If Jason McDannold won the lottery while a volleyball match was going on, he’d probably miss out on counting his cash. And it would explain why he thinks he’s hit the jackpot in taking over the sport at Anderson County High School.

    “I eat, breathe and sleep this game,” says McDannold, who was recently hired as Corey Sayre’s replacement. “I love this game. I just love it. I love coaching. I fell in love with volleyball and I love coaching it.”

  • COLUMN: Keep punching, Shilo

    Column as I see em ...

    The editorial cartoon you see to the right was drawn by Shilo Polich in La Grange.

    Polich sent it to me in a big envelope that had a caricature of me holding a sign with the newspaper’s new street address. To say that caught my attention is an understatement.

    He included a letter telling me why he sent the cartoons which explains why someone would have enough time to hand-draw a picture of me on the front of an envelop to begin with.

  • Hoosiers sweep

    LOUISVILLE – Indiana jumped to a 17-point halftime lead, then cruised to a 64-49 win over the Kentucky All-Stars on Sunday at Knights Hall on the campus of Bellarmine University.

    With the win, Indiana swept the summer basketball series for the fourth time in five years.

    Indiana's Errick Peck, a Cornell signee from Indianapolis Cathedral and the last man picked for the team, led his team in scoring for the second straight night, netting 14 points while Purdue-bound D.J. Byrd scored 10.

  • District court proceedings

    Judge Donna Dutton heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings March 2.

    Japeth E. Cook, arraignment, custodial interference, distribution of obscene material to minors -- pleaded not guilty, preliminary hearing March 12.

    Aaron Haines, arraignment, second-degree assault (domestic violence) -- pleaded not guilty, preliminary hearing March 12.

    William V. Richardson, review, operating a motor vehicle under the influence, possession of marijuana -- work release approved.

  • Make a living off other people's taxes

    Investors looking to earn a high interest rate on their money with virtually no risk can do so later this summer when the county sells nearly $300,000 in unpaid property tax bills.

    Before this year the county could only sell 10 percent of delinquent taxes, but a change in state law allows the entire portfolio to be sold and the buyers to collect a nifty 12 percent interest rate.

    Buying those unpaid tax bills is a solid investment that places purchasers at the front of the line when it comes to getting reimbursed.

  • Water 'spray garden' proposed for city park

    Children in Lawrenceburg may soon have a watery place to cool off on hot summer days — but that place won’t be a swimming pool.

    The city council’s finance committee met last Thursday and discussed the possibility of installing a “spray garden” at the city park. A spray garden is described as an aquatic playground with a series of fountains and sprayers at which children can play, in this case, at no cost to them.

    Early estimates have the spray garden costing the city around $90,000.

  • Principal defends not allowing top graduates to speak

    The decision not to allow the class of 2009 valedictorians to make speeches at this year’s Anderson County High School graduation was made about two years ago, said Principal Ray Woodyard.

    Two years ago the senior class sponsors decided to try to streamline the graduation ceremony and cut out some things to make it shorter, Woodyard said.

    As a result, the salutatorian speeches were cut out of last year’s graduation and the plan was to cut the valedictorian speeches this year, he said.