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Today's News

  • The show will go on

    The Lawrenceburg Fair and Horse Show will go on as planned despite damages the Legion Park grandstand sustained during Monday night's storm, said Terry Rice, Kentucky's public relations director for the American Legion and a Lawrenceburg resident.

    "At our meeting (Tuesday) night, we even added another class (to the horse show), so it will be bigger and better than ever," Rice said.

  • Season Permits

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will hold a supplemental sales period for people who failed to get an alligator hunt permit or those who would like to return a permit with the hope of trying to obtain another.

    This additional sales period will help reduce any inconveniences caused by a computer programming glitch during the initial sales period on Tuesday, June 3.

  • Caged Inferno 8 set for Saturday

    A pair of mixed martial arts title fights will be headlining Caged Inferno 8 to be held Saturday, June 14, at Eagle Lake Convention Center. The card is sanctioned by the American Fight League.

    "We are very excited about this," said Jeremy Zeller, the center's executive director. "We have had some AFL events before but this is the first one since it went national."

  • Hi-tech desert hiking

    I occasionally receive books or articles about hiking, backpacking and river rafting from friends and relatives who are aware of my passion for those activities.

    My brother, who is the very antithesis of an outdoorsman (he believes the great outdoors is the space between the car door and the house door,) recently forwarded a story about Dan Neil's solo sojourn in a desert park west of Los Angeles.

    Neil, a Los Angeles Times staff writer, recently embarked on what was intended to be a 75-mile springtime hike through Joshua Tree National Park.

  • PRP shows why it's ranked No. 1

    LOUISVILLE - Jeremy Turpin has seen a lot of baseball teams but never one like Pleasure Ridge Park.

    "They are the best baseball team I have seen in all my years of playing," the Anderson County shortstop-pitcher said after PRP had demolished Turpin and his Anderson County teammates in the best-of-three semi-state series last week in Louisville.

    By luck or the fact that they are just so good that no other Sixth Region team had a chance to beat them, the Panthers hosted the first round of the state high school baseball tournament on their home field.

  • Trees toppled across town

    What was possibly the largest oak tree in Anderson County was downed during Monday night's storm.

    The tree fell beside the home of Renita and Danny Crouch on Highway 62.

    Tuesday morning, Renita Crouch's aunt, Helen Bowman, was at the home and recounted hearing about the historic tree succumbing to the storm.

    "Renita said Danny looked out the door and said, 'Oh, no, there goes the big oak tree.' " Bowman said. "She called me this morning and said the big oak tree was gone. Renita really thought a lot of that tree."

  • Two examples of life well lived

    The loss of Harold Ritchey and now W.J. Smith leaves a void in Anderson County that will likely never be filled.

    Ritchey, the longtime county clerk, and Smith, a walking encyclopedia of local history and former postmaster, were two shining examples of what life in a small town is about.

    Simply put, they cared about their hometown and the people who live there.

    Ritchey, the affable clerk seen jogging or walking around town morning, noon and night, passed away last Monday after collapsing while jogging on Broadway.

  • 'Class Act' did community, itself proud

    OWENSBORO - Ray Woodyard looked tired Saturday but, like every Anderson County fan, he did not want the Lady Bearcats' run through the state softball tournament to end when it did.

    Members of the Anderson fan contingent shared lawn chairs, sunscreen - thank you, Julie Black - and snapped pictures for each other at the Jack Fisher Softball Complex on the west side of Owensboro. They sat through strong winds that whipped up the dust and caused occasional stoppages in play.

    Like Woodyard, most Anderson fans looked tired.

  • Making the league their own

    OWENSBORO - Jimmy Dugan was wrong.

    No matter what the Tom Hanks character believed, there really is crying in baseball. Anderson County showed it Saturday.

    The tears were subdued, but the red eyes were there after the Lady Bearcats advanced deep in the state tournament Friday and Saturday before dropping a heart-breaker to Ryle, the 2006 state champion, in the consolation bracket semi-final.

    The game was really softball, baseball's close first cousin, but Dugan was wrong nonetheless.

  • Beloved historian W.J. Smith dies at 86

    Anderson County lost the man many regarded as the county's resident historian when William Johnson "W.J." Smith died last Wednesday.

    "I've known him for 50 years," said Helen Shryock, a longtime friend and neighbor of both W.J. and his late wife Nancy. "We met when I moved to Lawrenceburg with my first husband in 1957.

    "W.J. knew every newcomer who came to town. He was very intelligent and remembered everything. He was the best historian we ever had."

    Shryock said Smith was also an extremely kind and considerate man, sentiments that were echoed by others.