Today's News

  • School budget approved, includes $500,000 in pay increases

    The Anderson County Board of Education on Monday unanimously approved a tentative budget that calls for around $750,000 in additional spending in its 2012-13 budget.
    The budget, which now heads to the state for approval but doesn’t become official until September, includes $500,000 in salary and benefits increases for staff, despite a similar amount of reduction in SEEK funds.
    It also would leave the district below the amount of money the state recommends it has in contingency funding, which concerned board chairman Roger McDowell.

  • Victim claims rape while trading sex for drugs

    A Lawrenceburg woman who police say admitted offering sex in exchange for drugs is claiming that the man who allegedly provided the drugs raped and sodomized her.
    Shelby Truman Waford Jr., 28, of 1375 Gilbert’s Creek Road, Lawrenceburg is charged with first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy and drug-related charges, according to court documents.
    He was taken to the Shelby County Detention Center before being released on a $50,000 surety bond.

  • Ex-daycare worker arrested for second time

    The daycare worker fired earlier this month for allegedly being drunk while feeding babies is now facing a second public intoxication charge along with three misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
    Gina York, 35, of 101 Saffell St., was arrested May 7 after the owners of Cradle to Crayons Daycare smelled alcohol on her breath and noticed her falling asleep while feeding children in the nursery.
    The following day she was arrested again, this time while trying to cross Glensboro Road near Saffell Street.

  • School board OKs $23M building plan

    The Anderson County Board of Education unanimously approved a draft facilities plan that includes $23 million in proposed spending during its meeting Monday night.
    A mixture of priorities and wish list, the meat of the plan focuses on the next four years and includes spending $700,000 for six additional classrooms at the yet-to-be-opened new Early Childhood Center; a $5 million renovation to the high school and a $2.5 million renovation to the middle school.
    Those projects are slated to be done between now and 2014.

  • Obama loses here to ‘uncommitted’

    Anderson County Republicans did as expected in Tuesday’s primary and overwhelmingly carried incumbent state Rep. Kim King (R-Harrodsburg) and congressional hopeful Andy Barr (R-Lexington) into their fall races.
    Democrats, however, appeared to send a strong message of disapproval to President Obama, who lost badly — 55 to 45 percent — to the word “uncommitted” on the local ballot.
    “Uncommitted” received 854 votes, easily outpolling Obama, who received 703.

  • This week’s newspaper delayed

    This week’s edition of The Anderson News will be delivered to mail subscribers Thursday instead of Wednesday, due to a malfunction at the paper’s printing plant in Shelbyville.

    Single copies are also delayed, but will be in their normal rack locations by around noon Wednesday.

    We apologize for any inconvenience.

  • Sports briefs for May 23, 2012

    Gordon commits to Transy

    Anderson County High School senior Lowell Gordon has committed to play collegiate basketball at Transylvania University.

    One of the state's leading 3-point shooters last year, Gordon hit on 40.6 percent of his bombs during the 2011-12 season. He connected on 80 home run balls over Anderson's 30-game schedule. He aveared scoring 10.6 points a game.

    In the classroom, Gordon has a grade point average exceeding 3.9 on the 4.0 scale.

  • GIRLS' TENNIS: Wampler sisters go out in first round at state

    LEXINGTON – The old sports adage saying it is difficult to beat the same opponent twice applies to tennis as well.

    Anderson County's girls' doubles team of Amanda Wampler and her younter sister, Hannah, found that out at the state tennis tournament last Thursday.

    Just eight days after defeating the South Oldham team of Jennifer Liu and Sarah Hawes in the Eighth Region tournament, the Wampler sisters could not get enough going to defeat the same team again. Liu and Hawes advanced with a 6-3, 6-4 win.

  • BASEBALL: Bearcats upset No. 18 Bullitt East in home finale

    Baseball is a strange game at times. Such was life around the Anderson County Bearcats last week.

    Appearing to be heading into the post-season on an uptick the Bearcats turned in what coach L.W. Barnes described as a trio of duds, only to come back with one of the most impressive performances of the season as they defeated 16th-ranked Bullitt East in the home finale last Thursday.

    Pinch-runner Josh Brown scored when Bullitt East botched a possible double play ball in the bottom of the seventh for the 7-6 victory.

  • SOFTBALL: Lady Bearcats close regular season with big wins

    In the final week of the regular season of high school softball, Anderson County kept showing signs it could be a team to contend with as the post-season tournaments started on Monday.

    The Lady Bearcats put up a pair of home-field wins before closing out the campaign at the Boyle County Invitational Tournament.