Today's News

  • New year, same old public library

    Column as I see ’em …
    I sometimes feel like Al Pacino in the third (and worst) “Godfather” movie. You know, the one where aging mafia Michael Corleone boss laments, “Every time I try to get out, they pull me back in.”

  • Columns that stuck in 2013

    Since I started writing opinion columns for The Anderson News, I spend the last week of the year ripping those same columns to shreds.
    I retroactively go over the sentences I loved writing and the people that inspired them. The ill-conceived, awkward sentence constructions I wish died on the keyboard as I typed them. The brilliant, sophisticated prose I dreamed only after our Monday deadline.
    I don’t mentally review every single one of the nearly 52 columns I wrote in 2013.

  • Library can help keep resolutions

    Like a lot of other people, when the New Year rolls around, I make several resolutions. And like a lot of other people, by the time February rolls around, I give up on most of them. Sometimes I give up because I don’t really intend to get a second job or clean my house more often, anyway. But other times, I give up because I don’t have what I need to reach my goal.

  • With new year here, it’s time to be a nut

    Happy New Year. The year 2014 is upon us. No one knows what our futures will bring. Kind of exciting, when you think about it. It’s like going to a surprise movie. You never know what you’ll experience.
    We can plan and organize all we want, but life is going to happen and directions may change. People will come and go in our lives. Events will change our hearts. Inventions and trends will lead the way to the future. I’d say that’s pretty exciting.

  • Four Roses named American Whiskey of the Year

    “Whisky Advocate” recently named Four Roses’ 2013 Limited Edition 125th Anniversary Small Batch Bourbon its choice for “American Whiskey of the Year,” according to a news release.
    Four Roses Master Distiller Jim Rutledge personally chose three of Four Roses’ 10 unique bourbon recipes to create the new barrel strength, small batch bourbon.

  • Top 10 of 2013: No. 4 — Massive industrial park blaze flames seen for miles

    Life stopped on May 3 as Lawrenceburg residents looked up in awe, fear and disbelief.
    Above them was an enormous cloud of black smoke, towering over their streets and homes, intermittently blocking out the sun and prompting people from as far away as Lexington, Frankfort, Georgetown and Nicholasville to say, nearly in unison, “What in the heck is burning?”
    The short answer was a gigantic pile of a vinyl material used to bind automotive glass and prevent it from shattering.

  • Never too early to plan for retirement

    Are you ready to retire? Even if retirement is many years away, it still is a good idea to annually review your plans and see if you are making progress.
    Talk to a retirement counselor at work if you are within 10 years from retirement. A one-hour conversation now may help you make financial decisions that will benefit you later.

  • Top 10 of 2013: No. 3 — Library battles lawsuit over tax rates

    The Anderson Public Library joined several northern Kentucky libraries getting sued in 2013 by taxpayers that claim the special taxing districts had been collecting tax revenue illegally for decades.
    The suit, filed by Lawrenceburg resident Harold Todd in Anderson County Circuit Court on behalf of taxpayers in May, mirrored three suits filed against northern Kentucky libraries in Kenton, Campbell and Boone counties.

  • Top 10 of 2013: No. 2 — Bluegrass Pipeline stirs controversy in Anderson County

    The Bluegrass Pipeline became a line in the sand for many in 2013: those who see the project to transport the byproducts of fracking through Kentucky and onto the Gulf of Mexico as a potential economic boon and others who viewed the pipeline as an environmental disaster waiting to happen.
    Williams and Boardwalk, the companies proposing the joint venture, have been seeking easements for the pipeline from landowners for the better part of 2013.

  • Top 10 of 2013: No. 1 — ACLU threats end Bible distribution, football prayer

    Threatened litigation by the ACLU over Bible distribution in schools and a change to post-game prayer at high school football games sparked one of the most passionate and controversial debates to hit Anderson County in recent memory, and deserves first place for 2013.
    The conversation over religious speech really began at the end of August, when all superintendents in the state received letters from the American Civil Liberties Union of KY over the common practice of allowing Gideons International to pass out Bibles during school hours.