Today's News

  • Anderson County Schools closed Friday

    Anderson County students are starting their winter break a little earlier than expected this year.

    Students will not be in school Friday, according to a One Call Now announcement from the district around noon Thursday.

    Students missed four out of five days this week because of two blasts of wintry weather.

    Several inches of snow blanketed the area on Sunday, canceling school on Monday and Tuesday.

    Students were in class on a one-hour delay Wednesday, but back out Thursday when another band of snow, this time mixed with ice, hit the area.

  • 100 years of basketball: A century of basketball has seen many changes in how The News covers the game

    In researching 100 years of basketball in Anderson County, I relied heavily on five sources of information: My own memory for the years 1970 and forward, oral histories given by different people I interviewed, some extensive research done by local historian extraordinaire Jack Birdwhistell, high school yearbooks at the Anderson Public Library and archived copies of The Anderson News.

    I also browsed some old copies of The Courier-Journal and the Lexington Herald-Leader.

  • Kentucky boy, Kentucky proud

    Marvin Truman Smith Jr. was the only Kentucky boy in his battalion when he entered Army boot camp in 1981 at Fort Dix, N.J.

  • ANALYSIS: Spending more, taxing less

    This year’s Anderson Public Library budget calls for spending $260,000 more than the previous year, a 26 percent increase from $982,000 to $1.243 million.
    The budget also forecasts decreased revenue, with local property tax receipts declining $153,000 from $1.35 million to $1.2 million.

  • Burglary suspect clipped by cop car

    A burglary suspect was accidentally struck by an Anderson County sheriff’s deputy’s vehicle last Thursday.
    Adrian Abner, 18, of Lawrenceburg was charged with third-degree burglary and first-degree fleeing from police following a brief chase that included Lawrenceburg Police officers and a deputy with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

  • New ECC on the way

    Pending a successful bond sale today, the Anderson County Board of Education will move forward with building a new Early Childhood Center.
    As it stands, board members have approved going forward with a 14-classroom facility and using up to 90 percent of its Capital Outlay funds, if necessary.
    However, Superintendent Sheila Mitchell said most likely that won’t be necessary based on discussions during a work session, which preceded Monday night’s meeting.

  • Health director warns of scam

    Officials with the Anderson County Health Department are warning local food establishments of a nationwide telephone scam targeting restaurants, according to a news release.
    According to Public Health Director Brandon Hurley, restaurants across the state are being contacted by entities claiming to be from the health department. The fraudulent inspectors will call and ask to set up a time for an inspection, and also threaten monetary fines for non-compliance.

  • COLUMN: Unlikely partners team up for worthy cause

    Column as I see ’em …
    You probably didn’t see this coming.
    The Anderson News and the fiscal court have teamed up (hard to believe, I know) in an effort to promote the county’s ever-improving recycling effort.
    On Dec. 20, our Monday paper (The Anderson News Extra) will include a flyer spelling out all of the times, dates, etc., to have your recyclables alongside the road.

  • COLUMN: To give and to receive

    One of my best friends recently became a mother, and I, along with our other friends, am completely smitten with her beautiful daughter, Cecelia.
    I wanted to get baby CeCe a gift for Christmas, and ended up settling on an ornament her parents can love now and she can appreciate in the future. It is personalized to serve as a memento of her first Christmas.

  • COLUMN: All of the signs point to a cold winter

    Brrrrrrrr, and double brrrrrr. Baby, it’s cold outside. Even Spanky’s wearing a coat. Spanky is my only shorthaired dog and she loves to wear her faux leather, fur-lined coat. Go figure. I love to wear my long underwear.
    Dressing in layers is about the only way to stay warm as winter settles in for a few months. Keeping your head and chest warm is key. You lose up to 90 percent of your body heat through the top of your head. If these temperatures continue, I’ll have more layers than an onion by the time spring rolls round.