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Today's News

  • Sound familiar?

    The political prowess and calculation with which Gov. Beshear is making his case for building casinos in Kentucky is both brilliant and detestable.

    Beshear was crying the financial blues to anyone who would listen seemingly before his inauguration speech was over.

    In the blink of an eye, the perception of the commonwealth went from a prosperous, growing state - "Unbridled Spirit!" - to one mired in red ink and teetering on the brink of financial ruin.

  • Schools to destroy recalled beef

    An estimated three-quarters of a ton of beef is scheduled to be destroyed Feb. 25 after school food service officials learned it was among millions of pounds recalled by the federal government.

    Marsha Rogers, food service coordinator for Anderson County schools, confirmed Monday afternoon that students here were served the beef before it was recalled, but said schools stopped serving it around Feb. 1 when it was placed on administrative hold.

    None of the students here became ill from the beef, she said.

  • Snow days extend school to May 23

    Anderson County students will still get out of school before Memorial Day, even after making up snow days missed last week, said Superintendent Kim Shaw during his report to the board of education on Monday night.

    One day will be made up March 7, which was scheduled as a flexible professional development day. Three other days will be tacked on to the end of the year, making the last day for students May 23, Shaw said.

  • Forty wins are special, but they're meaningless starting Monday

    By the end of this week, the basketball teams at Anderson County High School could have a combined 40 wins.

    That's quite a winter, one that I am not sure has ever happened during the regular season at Anderson County. In 1997, the Lady Bearcats were 21-3 heading into tournament play and the Bearcats 18-5 on their way to a berth in the Sweet 16. There might be other big seasons - 1975? 1985? - but a winter with 40 regular season wins is rare in Anderson County history.

  • Fourth-quarter drought dooms Lady Bearcats

    Five measly minutes.

    Four minutes, 29 seconds to be exact. About the same amount of time it takes for a really good high school runner to cover a mile.

    Or, as was the case last Thursday, for Franklin County to establish enough of a foothold to ruin homestanding Anderson County's Senior Night, 65-58 in girls' high school basketball.

  • So close to the top

    FRANKFORT - Since taking over the reins of the Anderson County wrestling program nearly two years ago, coach Tom Castle has drawn considerably on his experiences at Woodford County.

    "I have gotten this out a few times," Castle laughed as he reached in his pocket to display one of the state championship rings he won as a member of the program that sets the standard by which all other Kentucky high school programs are measured.

    And in that first meeting with the Bearcats, Castle asked, "Who is going to be the first from Anderson County to be a state champion?"

  • Humane Society has 'dog gone' successful 2007

    A little over a month ago, Elizabeth Fiehler got an e-mail from the Anderson Humane Society. Inside that e-mail was a picture of Josie, a pit bull mix, with the word "urgent" next to it.

    "That meant they were going to put her down soon," Fiehler said.

    Almost immediately, Fiehler called the Humane Society and offered to be the dog's foster parent.

    "But of course, we got attached to her and she got attached to us," she said.

    Josie, whose name has been changed to Pearl, quickly became the newest addition to the Fiehler family.

  • Boy, 15, charged with DUI

    A 15-year-old Lawrenceburg boy was charged Feb. 8 with driving under the influence after allegedly stealing a van from a Marsha Court residence in the city, according to a report released Monday by the Lawrenceburg Police Department.

    The boy's name was not released.

    The boy was also charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, theft by unlawful taking and possession of marijuana, police reported.

    Officer Josh Satterly was called to investigate after the Marsha Court resident reported that his van was stolen.

  • For the Love of Mom

    Rita Keeling said she always told her children she loved them when tucking them into their beds each night.

    That love was repaid in spades last week when her son, Adam, nominated her for America's Favorite Mom, a national Internet-based promotion that allows voters to choose the nation's top mom.

    "I was shocked," Rita Keeling said Monday afternoon from her living room in Stringtown. "When I read what he wrote, I nearly cried."

    Adam Keeling, 28, said he entered his mother in the contest while surfing the web to buy flowers for Mother's Day.

  • Have the flu? Stay home.

    Reports that the flu has reached "widespread" status in Kentucky has prompted the Anderson County Department of Health to offer free flu shots each day.

    "The flu is striking later than usual this year, causing some Anderson County to worry," said Cheri Johnson, a registered nurse with the health department. "Local health officials are also concerned, especially with the flu hitting its peak in our region in just the last few weeks and reaching widespread status in the state just this week."