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Today's News

  • Fans want answers after coach told he can’t pray with team

    Hundreds of Anderson County citizens simply want to know, “Why?”

    Why was the decision handed down to modify the tradition of post-game and post-practice prayers by the Anderson County High School football team? Why were head coach Mark Peach and his staff told they could not participate in the prayers, even if they are not leading them.

  • Packaging plant opens at Wild Turkey

    The owners of Wild Turkey Distillery celebrated the opening of their new $40 million packaging facility Tuesday morning, then moved on to more important matters.
    As Gov. Steve Beshear, Mayor Edwinna Baker and company officials made remarks, shot glasses filled with the famous amber bourbon were passed out to dozens of invited guests, employees and dignitaries who then joined together to congratulate Master Distiller Jimmy Russell on the anniversary of his 59th year at the distillery.

  • Superintendent reviews schools’ policies, explains decision

    Superintendent Sheila Mitchell is currently reviewing district policies on all religious activities following legal guidance from the state and the school district’s attorney.
    Mitchell said she sought legal counsel after the ACLU of KY sent letters to superintendents in August asking for the district to stop Gideons International from handing out Bibles during school hours or face potential litigation.

  • City, county will continue opening in prayer

    By Meaghan Downs
    and Ben Carlson
    News staff
    Attorneys for the city council and fiscal court confirmed this week that, despite the ACLU’s contention that it violates the Establishment Clause of the Constitution, both will continue to open their meetings in prayers.
     “We’re living in a poor place when you can’t have a prayer for the community,” council member Ken Evans said Monday afternoon.

  • Schools crack down on prayers, city, county don’t follow suit

    Just days after the Anderson County School District issued an edict against coaches and staff leading students in prayer, attorneys for the city council and fiscal court vowed to pray on before holding public meetings.
    Threatened litigation by the ACLU over Bible distribution in schools has sparked one of the most passionate and controversial topics to hit Anderson County in recent memory, and has already resulted in drastic changes to school policy that were on full display last Friday night.

  • Despite struggles, youth football making comeback

    Youth football in Anderson County is no longer backed up to its own goal line and facing third-and-20, but it still has a long way to go before scoring a touchdown.

    The local league opened its season on Aug. 31 with four teams and big dreams for the future.

  • FOOTBALL: Bearcats extinguish Dragons' fire

    Anderson County simply willed its way to a win Friday night.

    The Bearcats, obviously struggling following a week when football had almost been pushed aside by a decision to change the post-game prayer ritual that had been standard since 2005, somehow found the way to outlast South Oldham 35-20 in a game much closer than the final score would indicate.

  • FOOTBALL: Bearcats to test one of state's elite

    Ever since that December Thursday in 2004 when he was introduced as Anderson County's new football coach, Mark Peach has had his sights on one football program in Kentucky.

    Boyle County.

    The Rebels have become the consistent statewide power that has marched the same path Peach is hoping to lead the Bearcat program on.

  • VOLLEYBALL: Rally leads Collins past Lady Bearcats

    So close to taking a huge district win. Anderson County was so closed that the Lady Bearcats could taste it.

    But close to the brink of elimination, Collins rallied to win Game 4, then whipped the Lady Bearcats in the tie-breaker to take a 3-2 (25-16, 22-25, 15-25, 25-20, 15-8) win in a major 30th District showdown.

  • SOCCER: Lady Bearcats dominate Shelby, renew life in district race

    Anderson County needed a win. That it was a blowout made things even better.

    The host Lady Bearcats routed 30th District rival Shelby County, 5-0, last Wednesday to get their first win of the season. Most importantly, the Lady Bearcats likely put themselves in position to avoid the fourth, or bottom, seed in the four-team district tournament next month.