Today's News

  • Busy week for Lady Cats

    The Anderson County girls’ basketball team embarks on a busy week Thursday night when the Lady Bearcats entertain Louisville Western. Records are incomplete, but it is believed to be the first-ever meeting between the programs.

    “We have scout on them but I have not looked at it,” Anderson coach Clay Birdwhistell said last Wednesday. “I don’t know the first thing about them.”

    Western ended last week at 7-6.

  • Bearcat football celebrates successful 2014 season

    Members of the Anderson County High School football team celebrated the 2014 season with the annual team awards banquet on Jan. 11.

    Quarterback Zachary Carmichael was named the team offensive Most Valuable Player while sophomore linebacker Bryndon Labhart was selected as the team’s defensive MVP. Senior Landon Curry was named the special teams MVP.

    Senior Brayden Russell and Carmichael, another senior, were named the recipients of the annual Cunningham-Hawkins Leadership Award.

  • Cummins among state stat leaders

    Anderson County High School guard Austin Cummins is near the top of Kentucky in several statistical categories released last week by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association.

    Cummins ranks 19th in the state in scoring with a 22.9 points per game average through 15 games. Mason Faulkner, of Caverna, is the state’s top point-getter at 29.2 ppg.

    Cummins is third in the Eighth Region behind Owen County’s Carson Williams (24.9) and North Oldham’s Jonathan Henry (23.2).

  • Hoping to just break even

    By Ben Carlson

    Money crunched beneath the field-worn soles of Brent Stevens’ work boots as he walked through his brother’s greenhouse last Wednesday on Glensboro Road.

    Outside, money is strewn all over the ground — cash Stevens and his family will never tuck into their wallets or deposit in a bank.

  • $400,000 fiscal court deficit not discussed

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court ignored the specter of its $400,000 budget deficit when it met last Tuesday afternoon, choosing to focus instead of other projects, most of which are not in its current operating budget.

    The fiscal court also received an update on negotiations with the Administrative Office of the Courts over vacant space in the courthouse. (See related story.)

  • 7,305 days and counting

    By Ben Carlson

    It wasn’t a fire or smoke alarm that startled Jack Grugin from his sleep one night about 10 years ago.

    A retired US Army lieutenant colonel who flew helicopters during the Vietnam War, Grugin awoke that morning to a severe thunderstorm, went to work, came home, had dinner, watched a little TV and hit the sack.

    “I woke up, rolled over and it was 10:30,” Grugin, 67, said. “I sat up and said, ‘Oh, my gosh, I haven’t run today!’ and got up and ran.

  • Like father, like son

    By Ben Carlson

    Lawrenceburg’s Eddie Russell is joining his dad, Jimmy, as master distiller at Wild Turkey, the company announced Monday.

    “It is with great pride that I announce today that Eddie Russell has been promoted to Wild Turkey Master Distiller,” Jimmy Russell wrote in a letter provided by the distillery.

    “After 34 years, I think he’s finally earned it, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to go any easier on him — or that I’m going anywhere anytime soon.

  • Wild Turkey visitor center wins award

    Wild Turkey may stick to time-honored traditions when making bourbon. However, when it came time to expand and modernize its visitor experience, the result was a “modern marvel” that caught the attention of the design and architecture world, according to a news release.

  • Column: Silent treatment on deficit won’t last long

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    Column as I see ’em …

    Something tells me we won’t see very many repeat episodes of the silent treatment the fiscal court’s budget woes received during last Tuesday’s meeting.

    It was stunning, really, to sit through that meeting knowing full well the fiscal court is staring straight down the barrel of a $400,000 budget deficit and not hearing one single mention of that problem.

  • Put down burger, phone and just drive

    Distracted driving was in the news recently after a man in California was given a ticket for eating a burger while driving. There will be some people who will argue that was wrong.

    What I’m most concerned about is revisiting the subject of distracted driving so we are all safer on the road.