Today's News

  • Library board forges ahead with potential expansion

    The library’s board of trustees will move forward with its long-range plan to expand its facility, with or without aid from a public library construction grant.  
    Library director Pamela Mullins asked the trustees at their Feb. 28 meeting if they still had an interest in expanding, despite the fact that the $25,000 in public library construction grant funds the library planned to request would probably not be available.

  • Schedule school physicals, immunizations now

    Parents with students entering preschool, kindergarten and sixth grade are reminded that their children need a physical and up-to-date immunization certificate before the first day of school, according to an announcement released by the Anderson County Health Department.
    School health nurse Vickie Cleaver said the department is especially busy as the new school year approaches, and encouraged parents not to wait.
    “Get your child an appointment and get this off your list,” Cleaver said.

  • Reward offered for missing dog

    A woman is frantically trying to find a dog she says was picked up by a local pet groomer and subsequently lost.
    The dog, a female Mastiff named Tasia, came up missing Saturday near Fairview Road in western Anderson County. A cash reward is being offered for the dog’s return.
    Owner Cherie Queen said a groomer picked up her dog and later told her the dog escaped.
    “We’ve passed out flyers and have been all over that area,” Queen said Monday afternoon. “She’s never been outside like this, and we’re very, very concerned.

  • Food safety tips to consider when anticipating severe weather storms

    In the aftermath of last Friday’s storms, we all have much to be grateful for in Anderson County.
    The storms convinced me to take shelter in a safe place when the warning is sounded. I’m not going to stand outside and look at it.
    In addition to having a safe room for shelter, it’s good to be prepared for a power outage. Follow these guidelines for food safety.
    Make a few simple preparations so you can put a plan into action when a tornado watch or severe thunderstorm watch is initiated.
    Keep the freezer full

  • Be ready for weather to drive you nuts

    Tree frogs in February? Honest to John, I heard them singing symphonies here on the farm last Thursday. I’m half expecting lightning bugs to show up next. This has certainly been a weird winter. I know we’re all itching to plant and I’m going to do just that.
    My peas, carrot and potato seeds and broccoli and cauliflower plants are going in just as soon as I get the time.

  • Time for a refresher course

    If you’re not too dizzy from the shift in damaging winds, hail and tornadoes to snowball-perfect winter weather, it may be a good time to catch up.
    Breaking news is important, but so is catching up on Anderson County news that has continued to change and evolve beyond what is initially reported.
    Let’s take this opportunity to catch our breath and recall some temporarily forgotten stories from just a few months ago.

    City travel and training policy

  • Near miss

    When a large chunk of hail shattered a window just feet from her ailing father, Margaret Cotton and her family quickly moved him to safety.
    Then they prayed.
    They certainly weren’t the only families praying in Anderson County last Friday when a storm that spawned dozens of killer tornadoes in Kentucky and Indiana rumbled through Anderson County, damaging dozens of cars and homes but leaving the area largely unscathed.
    But it was oh, so close.

  • Best way to deal with an annoying boss

    The next time the person who signs your paycheck pesters you with questions, do the following:
    1. Don’t respond.
    2. Say you won’t be available to answer any questions “until next Thursday.”
    If he or she sends me an email, ignore it.
    If he or she calls, pretend you’re not in and then ignore that little flashing light on your phone when they leave you a voicemail.

  • Eighth graders woeful in science, sophomores struggling with math

    The state of Kentucky improved in its PLAN and EXPLORE standardized test results for 2011-12, but the Anderson County school district reported mostly negative results.
    Sophomores who took the ACT PLAN test this past fall decreased in every content area except for science, while eighth grade students increased only in reading benchmarks.
    About 60 percent of high school sophomores met ACT PLAN English benchmarks, a 7.4 percent decrease from the 2010-11 results.

  • Husband indicted for murdering wife

    A Ballard Road man was indicted Tuesday for murder and two counts of wanton endangerment after allegedly shooting his wife to death and pointing a loaded firearm at her daughter and her daughter’s son.
    Modena Sutton Branson, 50, was shot to death Monday at her home, located at 1600 Ballard Road in western Anderson County near the Bluegrass Parkway.