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Today's News

  • Jobless rate climbs above state, national averages

    Anderson County’s unemployment rate eclipsed the state and national averages in October, according to a report issued last week by the state education and workforce development cabinet.

    October’s rate here was 6.9 percent, while the statewide average was 6.2 percent and national average was 6.7 percent.

    Anderson’s rate was also about a full percent higher than surrounding counties, with Shelby registering 5.8 percent, Franklin at 5.7 percent and Mercer at 5.7 percent.

  • Kids shop early with Homemakers

    Throughout the morning Saturday, over 300 children completed their Christmas shopping and never spent over $3 on any single item.

    Anderson County’s homemakers’ circles sponsored “Santa’s Workshop” at the Extension Office giving children ages 4 to 12 a chance to pick up that special gift for mom, dad, grandma or grandpa.

    Most of the gifts were made by the homemakers and prices ranged from 25 cents to $3, said President Kirtley Zimmerman.

  • Court Street home burns twice over weekend

    When Marvin Stratton crawled from his bed Saturday morning to see what was making such a racket, he thought it might have been a mouse.

    It didn’t take long for the 73-year-old Court Street man to realize that the noise he was hearing had nothing to do with a pesky rodent.

  • Almost Perfect

    The idea of sending a junior varsity team into action against another program’s varsity is not unheard of at the high school level but chances are that few JV teams have ever had a day like the Anderson County High School dance team had recently at Oldham County.

    “It was the first of the year, and we wanted to see where we would stand,” Anderson captain Casey Harlan says with a huge grin.

  • Armed robber pleads guilty, will serve 15 years

    A man accused of robbing a local service station just over a year ago and threatening to shoot its owner pleaded guilty Monday and will serve 15 years in prison.

    Ronald Ray Hopkins pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery, kidnapping, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, fourth-degree assault and alcohol intoxication Monday afternoon just before his jury trial was scheduled to start.

    Hopkins will not be eligible for probation or parole and must serve 85 percent of his sentence, said Det. Bryan Taylor with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

  • It’s time to print our own money

    In dribs and drabs, Lawrenceburg’s business community is shrinking nearly every week as small businesses continue to go under.

    As a community, we can sit back and wait for someone in Frankfort or Washington, D.C., to sprinkle pixie dust on the economy and get it back on track, or we can take matters into our own hands.

  • A different way to spread holiday cheer

    A Mountain Dew sits to my left and a bag of Doritos sits behind it. When I go home tonight, I know that I’ll either have something to cook for dinner or the money to go to the grocery store and find it.

    I say this not to remind you of how much junk food I eat, but to remind you that I’m one of the lucky ones — I have food to eat.

    A very giving group of people — led by Tamara Williams — is hosting a dinner tomorrow night at Emma B. Ward Elementary as a fundraiser for those who aren’t so lucky.

  • Preserving Cason family history

    Unlike my wife, who can trace her heritage directly to ancestors who fought in the Revolutionary War, I don’t know a whole lot about my family’s history.

    I know that my ancestors migrated from Virginia to Kentucky a couple hundred years ago and that they were originally from Great Britain and Ireland. But I don’t know much else about my forefathers.

  • Bearcats subdue Gallatin

    WARSAW -- Anderson County went on an 8-0 run late in the third quarter, then pulled away to claim a 66-50 win from pesky Gallatin County Monday night.

    C.J. Penny scored 27 points and claimed 16 rebounds while Jacob Russell tallied 16 points and 10 boards to lead the Bearcats. "C.J. played the best defense since he has been here," said Anderson coach Glen Drury.

    Anderson used a crisp passing game to get repeated easy shots. The Bearcats blistered the nets at nearly 73 percent.

  • No tackling allowed, but Bearcats still roll

    With less than 30 seconds remaining in Anderson County’s 65-50 season-opening win over Garrard County on Monday night, Bearcat coach Glen Drury’s admonition to reserve guard Ben Walker might have summed up Anderson’s sporadic performance.

    “Ben, you can’t tackle ’em out here,” Drury quipped after Walker was called for an offensive foul under his basket.

    Drury drew chuckles from those seated near the Anderson bench and a huge smile from Walker, who is one of at least five Bearcats who had been playing football up until Nov. 21.