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Today's News

  • Magistrates OK tax hike

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court approved a new tax Tuesday morning that will increase property taxes $16 per $100,000 of assessed value.

    By a 5-2 vote, the fiscal court created a taxing district for the Anderson County Extension Service, giving it authority to levy taxes against real and personal property.

    The tax rate is set at 16 cents per $100 assessed value.

    The new tax has been debated for the past two months as magistrates haggled over what the rate should be and how much rent the county will charge the Extension for the building it occupies in the county park.

  • Bearcats rout Madison Southern in opener

    BEREA -- Jacob Russell and B.J. Robinson hooked up for a 60-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage igniting a scoring explosion as Anderson County routed host Madison Southern 52-0 in high school football action Friday night.

    The Bearcats piled up 38 points in the first quarter, then cruised for their third consecutive season-opening win.

    "I am pleased, but not satisfied," Anderson coach Mark Peach said in what has become a common refrain around the Bearcat camp in the young season.

  • Add Bearcats to list of regional contenders

    Don't make reservations for the state golf tournament just yet, but keep the week of October 6-10 open just in case.

    Anderson County should definitely be in the hunt for a state berth.

    The Bearcats officially placed their name in the mix with a victory in the Garrard County Invitational, held Saturday at Dix River Golf Course, the site of this year's regional tournament.

    Proving that their win in the Warren East Invitational a week before was no fluke, Anderson came home with a 307, two strokes better than second place Adair County. Boyle County was third with a 310.

  • Gillis shares individual title at East Jessamine tournament

    Anderson County junior Taylor Gillis had a huge day Saturday as she earned co-champion honors of the East Jessamine Invitational, held at High Point Golf Club in Nicholasville.

    Gillis finished the day tied with Woodford County's Kristina Stevens for the championship. No other details were available at press time.

    In an earlier match, Anderson County fell to Sayre 185-215 Thursday at Shady Brook golf course. Gillis led Anderson with a 43.

  • Judge-executive, Humane Society bury the hatchet

    A cease-fire agreement was apparently reached between Judge-Executive Steve Cornish and the Anderson Humane Society when the two sides met last week.

    During the meeting, Cornish said he handed over a $7,700 check to pay off a nearly two-year-old debt the county owed the Humane Society, and explained why he said "absolutely no" when voting against paying that amount earlier this month.

    "I explained that I was not against paying back the money, and if came across that way, I apologize," Cornish said after the meeting. "What I was against was paying it all back at once."

  • Bringing home the bacon

    Five members of Anderson County's 4-H Livestock Club recently brought home honors at the Kentucky State Fair in the 4-H country ham competition.

    Quetzal Velasco received the Reserve Champion Speech award in the 9-year-old division.

    Chelsea Whittle received the Reserve Champion Speech award in the 14-year-old division.

    Alyssa Hollander received the Reserve Champion Ham award in the 14-year-old division.

    Kate Wickizer and Travis Wickizer both received blue ribbons on their country hams.

  • Manhunt nabs third home invasion suspect

    The man who led city, county and state police on a manhunt Aug. 15 was caught and arrested Saturday in Lexington, according to a news release from the Lawrenceburg Police Department.

    Montez Lamont Graves, 24, of Nicholasville, was arrested in Fayette County by the Lexington Police Department Gang Unit on the Anderson County charges, the release said.

  • The one that got away

    You have heard the story so many times you can probably recite it from here to Paducah.

    And back.

    You know the one that ESPN will tell again Sunday afternoon: Quarterback Hunter Cantwell was not recruited by anyone, anywhere to play college football. He opted to walk on at Louisville, where his three years as an understudy to Brian Brohm have prepared him so well that Mel Kiper says Cantwell is one of the best NFL prospects around.

    Some predict he might even go higher in next year's draft than Brohm did this season.

  • GIRLS' HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER: Lady Bearcats advance to tournament championship game

    Anderson County got its first win of the season, romping past Mercer County 7-0 in the first round of the Lady Bearcat Invitational soccer tournament Tuesday night.

    The Anderson defense limited Mercer to one shot on goal the entire night. Emily Mager, playing in the net in the second half, made the stop to preserve the shutout.

    Madison Carter and Taylor Clark led the Lady Bearcats with two goals each. Carter struck twice before intermission while Clark, a freshman, scored her first varsity goal in the first half, then came back with another after the break.

  • Jay's Dickensonian dilemma

    What to do when both people running for a seat in the United States Senate are simply unacceptable?

    That's my dilemma when it comes to choosing between "please elect me to something" challenger Bruce Lunsford (D) and four-term incumbent mealy mouth Mitch McConnell (R).

    What a choice.