Today's News

  • Saying goodbye, again

    Jackie Black has sent her husband off to war once before.
    “We had four days’ notice, and then he left,” Jackie said of her husband First Sgt. John Black’s sudden deployment to Iraq with the National Guard in 2004.
    Last Tuesday afternoon Jackie and her daughter Taylor, 14, were able to send John off for his second deployment, this time to Afghanistan, during a departure ceremony for the Agribusiness Development Team #4.
    Jackie said she refers to the deployment process as a “journey.”

  • WRESTLING: Mat Cats qualfy for state duals

    The Anderson County High School wrestling team continues to turn in an impressive year under first-year coach Graham Carlton.

    The Bearcats, now ranked as high as 13th in the state, followed a second place finish in the Woodford County Invitational with a second-place finish in the Kentucky Wrestling Coaches' Association Region 2 Duals, held Friday and Saturday at LaRue County.

    Anderson advances to the state duals meet, to be held on Jan. 28 at Henry Clay High School in Lexington.

  • Man police say shot sister enters plea

    The man charged with shooting his sleeping sister in the head pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning in Anderson Circuit Court.
    Anthony Wideman, 18, was indicted last month and charged with first-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence stemming from the shooting last year of his sister, Shawnna Wideman.
    Anthony Wideman appeared in prison garb and shackles and told Judge Charles Hickman that he did not have an attorney.

  • BOYS' BASKETBALL: Somerset ends Bearcat win string

    Somerset, a team that, like Anderson County, is enjoying success a year after struggling, ended the Bearcats' 12-game winning streak with a 60-50 win in the McDonald's Classic at Adair County High School on Saturday.

  • SOCCER: Boys' soccer coach reflects on Pezzi's contribution

    (Editor's note: Anderson County High School boys' soccer coach Brett Morris contacted Anderson News sports editor John Herndon about the death of Nick Pezzi, the program's first coach and Morris' high school coach. When asked for some comments, Morris replied with the following note, which has been edited.)

    Anderson County High School's first soccer coach, Nick Pezzi, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 5.

  • SOCCER: First Anderson soccer coach dies

    Italo “Nick” Pezzi, the first boys' soccer coach at Anderson County High School, passed away last Thursday in Lexington. He was 70.

    A native of Italy, Pezzi was pegged to lead the Bearcat soccer program when it was formed in 1988.

    Already known in Lexington soccer circles, Pezzi quickly became a beloved figure among soccer enthusiasts in Anderson County.

  • Alleged crime syndicate busted

    It isn’t what legendary mobster Al Capone might have done to earn his reputation in organized crime, but four people have been charged with operating a criminal syndicate in Lawrenceburg.
    A mom, her daughter and two others were charged last month in a scheme to swipe Xbox game controllers at the Game Stop store in US 127 Bypass. Monica Smith, her daughter Oquala Smith, Johntez Smith and Roberto Middlebrook were each arrested Dec. 2.
    Middlebrook, Oquala Smith and Monica Smith are from Versailles. Johntez Smith is from Lexington.

  • Cops looking for ‘Doobie’

    The trial of the Lawrenceburg man charged with stomping an 8-month-old puppy to death and setting it on fire is scheduled to begin next Wednesday.
    The question now is whether the defendant, Paul “Doobie” Dearinger, or the prosecution’s star witness will show up.

  • COLUMN: Why they’ll make it; why they won’t

    I would like to talk with the person that came up with the phrase, “It’s a long season.”


  • Mayor’s vote kills unified government

    Mayor Edwinna Baker cited a lack of city and county unity and funding concerns as the reasons for her tie-breaking vote to kill the first reading of the city’s unification ordinance.
    The city council split 3-3 at its Jan. 9 meeting on approving its ordinance, which would authorize the mayor to form a 20-member body to study the issue of unification.