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Today's News

  • Shopping, from your car

    In his native Ohio, Doug Garland was accustomed to stopping at drive-through convenience stores on those occasions when he needed to pick up beer, liquor or other snacks. However, when he moved to the Bluegrass about two years ago, he found he needed to change his ways, as such stores didn't seem to exist.

    "It's very common where I'm from," Garland said. "When I came down here, I kept looking for one, but people didn't even know what they are.

    "Unless somebody has been through one, they have no idea what it is."

  • REACHING FOR REGION

    Few would have thought it would be possible to mention the words "Anderson County" and "regional track power" in the same volume, much less the same sentence, 3 years ago.

    Don't look now, but with the Central Kentucky Conference meet being held Friday, May 16 and the regional meet scheduled for Tuesday, May 20, Anderson County has at least an outside chance at a pair of unlikely crowns.

    Both meets will be held at Henry Clay High School in Lexington. That school is considered to be the favorite in both, but Anderson believes it can come away with its fair share of hardware.

  • Carlton to enter Georgetown Hall of Fame twice

    Despite an appearance in the NCAA tournament and having some teammates that would eventually play in the NBA, Will Carlton knew what he wanted most.

    "Playing time. I was the second forward off the bench," Carlton says of his days backing up Keith Van Horn at the University of Utah. "I just wanted more playing time."

    So, in the fall of 1996, the Anderson County native got his release from head coach Rick Majerus and headed home. Almost home, that is.

  • Beast of the Bluegrass

    The old saying that someone is "as strong as an ox" might be an understatement Saturday when the inaugural Beast of the Bluegrass strongman competition is held in the pavilion at Eagle Lake Convention Center.

    To win one of the four divisional designations of Beast of the Bluegrass, competitors will be required to compete in five different events.

    In addition to a first place trophy, winners will also receive an invitation to the North American Ameteur Strongman National competition to be held in Utah this fall, according to event organizer Davey McCann.

  • Readers offer theories for 'Sleepless Behind the Car Wash'

    I can't report that we have solved the mysterious noise behind the car wash, but we are getting closer.

    To recap, I used last week's column to ask readers to help figure out what's keeping awake at night a woman who lives in the subdivision behind The Soap Factory, located off the southbound lane of U.S. 127 Bypass.

    She called a couple weeks ago asking for my help to determine what is making the loud steel-on-steel slamming sound which begins around 3:30 a.m. several times each week.

  • Primary vote set for Tuesday

    Ginned up by the prospect of weighing in on the great Hillary vs. Obama debate, election officials here expect a decent turnout when Anderson Countians head to the polls Tuesday.

    "I think that will be the key to the turnout, if the excitement holds" said County Clerk Harold Ritchey, who predicted a voter turnout of about 45 percent.

    Polls will open at 6 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. Those in line at 6 p.m. will be allowed to vote, Ritchey said.

  • Peace rally is Wednesday morning

    Eighth-graders from Anderson County Middle School are exercising their First Amendment rights as a class project. Two eighth grade social studies classes will be holding a peace rally at 10:15 a.m.Wednesday on the courthouse lawn.

    The idea for the rally came from social studies teacher Lisa Petrey-Kirk's classes when they were studying the Constitution. Petrey-Kirk, who is also president of the teacher's association, said to give the students an idea of how First Amendment rights have been used in history, she had them study the 1960s and the protests that occurred then.

  • Ex-UK player is just one of us

    When Bobby Perry arrived at Anderson County Community Park for Friday's DARE picnic, he experienced a welcome that most movie stars would envy.

    Such is the drawing power of Kentucky basketball.

    Perry, who former Wildcat coach Tubby Smith found just a stone's throw from Duke University in Durham, N.C., was never a superstar, scoring 667 points in his 4 years in Lexington.

    He never averaged double figures in any statistic, yet after graduation last May, has emerged as one of the most visible former UK players in recent years.

  • No runs, no hits, no problems

    Two years from now, Courtney Turpin can only hope to have a Senior Night of her own like she had Friday night.

    The Anderson County sophomore fired a no-hitter at South Oldham and drove in an insurance run in the fifth inning to lead the Lady Bearcats to a 2-0 win over their Eighth Region rival. It was the first meeting between the programs since Anderson defeated South Oldham for the regional title in 2002.

  • City warns water rates might rise

    At Monday evening's city council meeting, Lawrenceburg Mayor Edwinna Baker proudly proclaimed in her annual State of the City address that the city "was able to stay within the confines of the 2007-2008 budget" and that she planned to do the same for the new fiscal year that starts July 1.

    She added that no tax increase is planned, but it is possible that water rates might have to be increased "down the road in order to meet the requirements of our bonding company."