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Today's News

  • Elk quota hunt application deadline approaching

    By Kevin Kelly

    Ky. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Resources

    Twenty years ago this December, seven elk were released atop Potato Knob in Perry County in front of thousands of onlookers. The landmark restoration of a free roaming elk herd in Kentucky was off and running.

    Fast forward to present day. There are now more elk in Kentucky than any state east of the Rocky Mountains and each year the prospect of harvesting one compels tens of thousands of hunters to apply for Kentucky’s quota elk hunts.

  • ACMS archery team takes Woodford tournament

    The Anderson County Middle School archery team ruled the Woodford County Invitational Tournament Saturday, taking first place with 3,288 points of a possible 3,600.

    The Mustangs boasted five individual medalists with eighth-grader Henry Thompson taking first place in the middle school boys division and earning the top overall score in the tournament.

  • Net Cats improving as tourney nears

    Measures of improvement in Anderson County boys’ tennis often come in small doses.

    For example, as a team the Bearcats were winless a year ago but have beaten Franklin County and Nelson County in the first month of the 2017 season. Yet, the struggles remain constant for the Anderson program.

    “We only lost one senior and the addition of Job Bush has been a good fill in. He has caught on quick,” says Anderson coach Seann Speray, now in his second season of leading the program.

  • Mercy pitching quiets Lady Cat bats

    Anderson County could not get the bats going last Thursday night in Louisville.

    The Lady Bearcats, ranked 17th in the state, managed only four hits against No. 12 Mercy as the Jaguars took a 3-1 decision in high school softball action.

    Anderson’s Bailey Curry, Sammy Rogers, Lexi Tinsley and Kelsey Sutherland were the only Lady Bearcats to reach base on hits. Anderson coach Brent Aldridge said Mercy pitcher Lexi Ray, who has committed to Tennessee-Martin, “is pretty good. We just need to swing it a little better.”

  • Kays strong in Heart of Bluegrass

    Anderson County junior Evan Kays turned in a strong performance in only her second track meet Saturday, placing sixth in the 200- and 400-meter dashes at the Heart of the Bluegrass meet, held at Alvis Johnson Field in Harrodsburg.

    Kays scored Anderson’s only points, placing sixth in the 200-meter dash and eighth in the 400 meters to score Anderson’s only points in the prestigious meet.

  • Robotics team advances to world competition

    The Lectric Legends FTC Robotics Team advanced to the FIRST Tech Challenge World Competition in St. Louis by taking home the second place Connect Award earlier this month at the regional competition held in Iowa.

    The teams that are set to compete in St. Louis are among the top 2 percent of the 12,000 FTC teams in the world.

    One hundred twenty-eight teams internationally and from the United States will attend the world competition, which will take place April 26–29.

  • Teri stays, and I hope you do, too

    Column as I see ’em …

    Has the addition of occasional guest columnist Teri Carter offended you?

    I ask because I’ve heard muted grumbling from some corners of our readership, and received a note from a longtime subscriber this week hinting that he is none too happy about me having Carter’s left-leaning viewpoints on this page.

  • Epsom salts are good for what ails you and your plants

    Longer, warmer days are seductive. They entice you to spend long hours toiling away at physical labor outdoors. They also remind you how much time you spent in the chair this winter. After a day on the farm, I feel all my muscles, a little too much. Enter the cure all Epsom salts.

    Epsom salts has a wide variety of uses and should be a staple in every gardener’s home. Here’s a little factoid for you. Epsom salts gets its name not from the mineral it contains but the location it comes from, Epsom, England.

  • Take steps to protect poultry from bird flu

    Recently a highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza, H7, appeared on a large poultry farm in Tennessee by way of migratory ducks and geese. Currently no birds in Kentucky are infected, however, all poultry producers should take precautions and stay aware.

    The H7 virus is a North American strain that is of wild lineage, meaning waterfowl could be a source of it. Since this is the season for waterfowl to migrate north in the Mississippi flyway, there will be an increased presence of migratory ducks and geese in Kentucky.

  • Thanks to Trump, regulatory relief finally a reality for Kentucky

    From my first days representing Kentucky in the U.S. Senate, I pledged to fight back against the Obama administration’s war on Kentucky coal, which imposed suffocating regulations on our hardworking miners and their families.

    While we may have once used words such as “struggling” and “devastated” to report on the state of our coal industry, I think it’s time for a new outlook and description: “optimistic.”