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Today's News

  • County issues burn ban

    A ban on outdoor burning was issued Sept. 3 for all of Anderson County.

    "That means no burning at all," warned Anderson County Fire Chief Mike Barnes, who made the announcement after the decree was approved by Anderson County Judge-Executive Steve Cornish.

    Barnes said the ongoing lack of rain prompted the ban, along with a number of small grass fires that have flared up over the past couple of weeks.

  • Back yard brawl

    When family members wanted to have a wedding in Shelby Phillips' back yard, they took one look at her neighbor's yard and said "no way."

    The property behind Phillips' Ballard Street home is a tangle of overgrown weeds, piles of scrap lumber, junked vehicles and other debris that she says poses a health hazard and is driving down adjacent property values.

    "We all keep our yards nice and neat," said Phillips. "But this is horrible. It ruins everybody's back yard."

  • 'Paul was tops'

    Anderson County lost one of its finest citizens when native son Paul Wickliffe Hanks died last Wednesday.

    A community stalwart, Hanks, 80, was the local Kentucky Utilities manager when he retired in 1987. The company employed him for 35 years, after he served with distinction in the Navy during the Korean War.

    A dedicated member of First Baptist Church since 1950, Hanks served in many capacities including that of deacon emeritus.

  • Cats take sudden death; Bussell individual winner

    One could have forgiven Anderson County if the Bearcats had violated golf etiquette Saturday.

    After all, it is not every day that a team wins its conference tournament.

    But after Jade Martin sank a put for par on the No. 1 hole at Wild Turkey Trace, the Bearcats had won a sudden death playoff to be crowned Central Kentucky Conference tournament champs for the first time since the conference was reborn several years ago. Martin's putt simply clinched what a pair of playoff birdies is supposed to do.

  • U of L president needs sensitivity training

    If recent newspaper articles about the scandal involving former University of Louisville's College of Education Dean Robert Felner are accurate, school president James Ramsey has some serious fence mending to do with his faculty.

    Felner is no longer with the university and is currently being investigated by the feds for alleged misappropriation of grant money. By most published accounts, he is not a pleasant person.

  • Peach's post-game comments echo '68 Cats' attitudes

    Watching Anderson County slosh through the first half of Friday's football game at West Jessamine, it was almost eerie to think of those words of wisdom that greeted people who drove down Broadway last week.

    I hear and I forget.

    I was not privy to what Bearcat coach Mark Peach said to his team last week, but I would have bet money that he talked repeatedly about West Jessamine being better than the team Anderson drubbed 58-0 a year ago. I would bet he tried to keep his team from looking ahead to this week's district game.

  • Don't forget Saturday's wine fest

    The Lawrenceburg Rotary Club's annual Wine Fest is scheduled for 2 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Lovers Leap Winery, located on Lanes Mill Road.

    The event will feature three bands, a variety of food and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit various Rotary projects. Last year, $1,000 of the proceeds went toward building a skate park.

    Admission is $5 in advance by calling the winery at 839-1299 to reserve tickets, or by purchasing them from any Rotarian. Admission is $6 at the gate. Children under 12 are admitted free.

  • Half-ton pot bust trial delayed

    The trial of a Lawrenceburg business owner charged with trafficking marijuana has been postponed because of "discovery issues," said Larry Cleveland, the commonwealth's attorney for Franklin County.

    Cleveland didn't elaborate on what those issues are.

    The jury trials of Randy Kendall Sr., 49, of Frankfort, and his son, Randy Kendall Jr., were scheduled to begin last Monday in Franklin Circuit Court, Cleveland said.

    Both Kendalls are charged with trafficking marijuana over 5 pounds, first offense.

  • Country boys rule

    The declaration that a country boy can survive was really old news to Anderson County residents.

    Thirteen years before Hank Williams made millions off that statement, a group of Anderson County country boys did not just survive. They excelled.

    And when the city boys came to town, those country boys more than survived. They dominated.

    It was Sept. 20, 1968.

  • Attitude adjustment

    NICHOLASVILLE - Even though his Anderson County football team allowed West Jessamine just 28 second half yards Friday, Mark Peach insisted neither he nor his coaching staff made any significant adjustments during intermission.

    "We didn't change a thing," he said.

    Well, maybe. The x's and o's stayed the same at least, but there was a change.

    "He and coach (Duane) Hammons tried getting under our skin a little bit," smiled running back B.J. Robinson.