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Today's News

  • Woman leaps from window to escape early-morning blaze

    A woman was forced to leap from her bedroom window to escape an early-morning blaze last Tuesday morning at 3580 Harry Wise Road.

    The woman was home alone and sleeping when the fire broke out, according to Anderson County Fire Chief Mike Barnes.

    “She tried to escape from the normal route out of her house, but the smoke was too thick to breathe,” he said. “She jumped out of the bedroom window, which was a 4- to 5-foot drop.”

  • Third candidate files for sheriff

    A surprise third candidate has filed to run for Anderson County sheriff.

    Donald J. “Jeff” McCormick, of 568 S. Main St., filed by the April 1 deadline as an independent candidate for sheriff, according to an open records request fulfilled by the Anderson County clerk’s office.

    McCormick, a former Kentucky Fish and Wildlife employee, will face the winner of the May 18 Democratic primary between incumbent Sheriff Troy Young and challenger Rex Burkhead, also a former Fish and Wildlife employee.

  • Lady Bearcats get win in Alabama; Bearcats playing well in Florida

    The Anderson County softball team got a much-needed win Wednesday when the Lady Bearcats defeated Whitesville Trinity 6-5 at Gulf Shores, Ala. The Lady Bearcats broke a four-game losing streak with the win.

    Anderson will play and perennial powers Gulf Shores and Robertsdale, Ala. on Friday before heading home.

  • COLUMN: It's a great time to start planting root crops

    Wow. March is over? I swear, the closer we get to summer, the more time speeds up. Good Friday is almost upon us and I have the day off. I’ll be planting my spuds. The moon is waning, which is perfect for below ground crops, and the weather forecast is good. That almost never happens for me and I’m thrilled.

  • District court proceedings

    Judge Donna Dutton heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings Dec. 7.

    Scott D. Gregory, arraignment, operating on a suspended/revoked operator’s license -- failed to appear, bench warrant.

    Linda C. Hawkins, motion to revoke probation, operating a motor vehicle under the influence (BAC .183) -- to serve 10 days.

    Blake E. Jones, arraignment, failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance -- failed to appear, bench warrant.

  • Letters to the editor - 3.31

    Challenge to health care reform should continue

    To the editor:

    As most people are aware, opponents to the health care reform legislation have been a growing majority in America.

    On the one hand, there are many good things about the reform: more people in need will be covered under government aid similar to Medicaid. People will not lose coverage just because they have changed jobs. And those with preexisting conditions will have access to health insurance.

  • Bakery brings taste of New York to Anderson County

    Betsy Horton was working just a couple doors away when an opportunity knocked that she just couldn’t ignore.

    Horton, the owner and baker of Heaven’s to Betsy, said she was working at the nearby Café on Main when the opportunity came up to purchase bakery cases and equipment from a grocery store going out of business.

    Horton had a longstanding dream, she said, of opening a bakery in the downtown area.

    She had been told before by her peers to open her own bakery, and unexpectedly, she said, she was given the chance to do something special.

  • COLUMN: NCAA has problems but tourney does not need fixing

    Not that the NCAA has been asking, but I think I have some answers for the Big Brother of college sports.

    Namely, I have some answers for the NCAA, but I doubt they will listen.

    First, eliminate any talk of NCAA tournament expansion. You know that they are talking 96 teams now.

    Say that real slowly.

    N-i-n-e-t-y  s-i-x.

    And I thought the people who are leading universities were smart. Ninety-six teams in the NCAA tournament?

  • COLUMN: Taking my own ad-'vice'

    A very good friend of mine recently stopped smoking only to turn around and start again six months later.

    “I quit for six months, so I know, if I need to, I can quit again,” she said. “I have to have a vice, Shannon.”

    I love her reasoning (please, sense the sarcasm), because to me, that says, “I quit, but realized six months later, I still needed a cigarette.”

    I only pester her because I love her and because I want her to be around as long as possible.

  • EDITORIAL: Public evaluations are best for students

    It’s impossible to even begin doubting state Rep. Kent Stevens’ sincerity when he discusses his passion for doing what’s right for Kentucky’s students.

    Stevens claims that his vote to overturn a long-standing law that requires school boards to evaluate superintendents in public is for the “betterment of students,” but on that count we disagree.

    Instead, allowing school board members to discuss their thoughts about a superintendent in private does nothing to serve students, their parents or the taxpayers who keep schools afloat.