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Today's News

  • Relative success

    Sizing up the Anderson County girls' golf program might depend on one's perspective.

    If regional or state championships are the criteria, one will be disappointed. A year ago, the Lady Bearcats finished the season 8-6 in dual meets, but were well behind the leaders, both individually and as a team, at last year's regional tournament.

    Anderson coach Lynn Gritton sees history another way. "They played about as well as they could play," he recalls. "That's all you can ask. The girls improved from the beginning to the end of the year."

  • Allaka's big day

    A little girl sat at the table in her kindergarten classroom for the first time. Her arms were crossed, her face was red and her cheeks glistened with tears.

    This little girl missed her parents. This little girl would have preferred to be playing at home in the sunshine or tucked away safely in her bed. This little girl did not want to be at kindergarten.

    But this little girl was not Allaka Lewis.

    Allaka, 5, sat two tables over with a smile on her face and a crayon in her hand. But in the middle of coloring a picture, Allaka lost her smile for just a second.

  • COLUMN: More than a high school sports town? You betcha

    A recent e-mailer suggested a story idea with the playful - I think - admonition, "This is not just a high school sports town."

    That person was right on the money. While the bulk of local sports news centers around the Anderson County Bearcats, there are plenty of other sports events going on and our desire is to provide coverage of the broad spectrum of things going on in the county.

    Why? Simply put, we strive to be the best local newspaper around.

  • Rugged schedule awaits Lady Cats

    When talking about his 2008 Anderson County volleyball team, head coach Corey Sayre makes no secret of his optimism. "This is by far my favorite team I have had to coach," he says.

    Now in his fourth year at the helm, Sayre has won the program's only district championship and has been to the regional tournament in back-to-back seasons, something that had never been done at Anderson in the past.

  • COLUMN: Yes, prudes, I said cornhole

    I was Huck Finn and hamming it up big time.

    The cafeteria/gymnasium/auditorium in my tiny elementary school was packed, and the third-grader in me had no compunctions whatsoever of ad-libbing and ignoring the play's script.

    Giddy and full of myself after upstaging Tom, Becky and Indian Joe, I left the stage and was immediately upbraided by a teacher who said, "Everyone has seen you, Benny, now go sit down."

  • Humane Society should pay rent, judge-executive says

    Fiscal court magistrates voted Thursday to pay back $7,700 the county owes the Anderson Humane Society, but that apparently didn't settle the ongoing rift between Judge-Executive Steve Cornish and the agency.

    Cornish said "absolutely no" when voting to pay back the $7,700, but not before criticizing the agency's director and treasurer, questioning why the non-profit agency doesn't pay rent for using a county building, and raising concerns about the agency's lack of liability insurance.

  • Cheerleading coordinator jailed, charged with theft

    The 2007-08 coordinator of the Anderson County Youth Cheerleading Association has been charged with taking over $3,000 from the organization during that season, the Lawrenceburg Police Department announced in a news release.

    Mary Ann Pratt, 32, of Lawrenceburg, was arrested Thursday, charged with theft by unlawful taking over $300 and lodged in the Franklin County Regional Jail after a four-month-long investigation by Detective Mike Schell.

    The "situation" came up back in April, Schell said.

  • Lawrenceburg man survives wreck on Alton Station Road

    A Lawrenceburg man was bleeding and battered but survived a single-vehicle accident Thursday afternoon on Alton Station Road.

    With blood oozing from his injured left wrist, Brian Hudson was loaded on a stretcher and into a waiting ambulance after the delivery van he was driving skidded out of control and came to rest on its side.

    Hudson, who drives a van for DHL, was trapped inside the van for nearly an hour as rescue workers first peeled away the windshield and then the van's passenger side door and roof to get him out.

  • City man beaten, robbed in his home

    Two armed men dressed in black and wearing masks beat and robbed a city resident at his home early Tuesday morning, the Lawrenceburg Police Department announced.

    Police are still searching for suspects in the incident, which occurred at a residence on Highland Avenue, just off Broadway in the city.

    The victim's identity and address were not released.

    Police said the victim told them that two men rang his doorbell repeatedly until he answered just after midnight.

  • COLUMN: Uniting the world in .08 seconds

    Who knew that the Olympics could be summed up in eight hundredths of a second?

    Somewhere around 11:30 Sunday night (EDT), the members of the U.S. men's 4x100-meter freestyle relay team made jaws drop around the nation, if not the world.

    It was a team effort, but Garrett Weber-Gale, Cullen Jones and even Michael Phelps would probably tell you this one really goes to Jason Lezak.