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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Community gathers to recall county clerk

    Every pew was full at First Baptist Church on Friday as the community gathered for Harold Ritchey's funeral.

    Ritchey, 64, died June 2 of an apparent heart attack. He was a life-long resident of Anderson County and served as county clerk for 18 years.

    Robert F. Ehr spoke at the service, and recounted Ritchey's life and the many community and leadership positions he held over the years.

    Ehr described Ritchey as a dedicated public servant and someone who always had a smile on his face.

  • Storm destroys Healing Field, damages legion's grandstand

    Straight-line winds nearing 50 mph destroyed Lawrenceburg's Healing Field, removed a large section of the grandstand at Legion Park and fell trees across the city Monday night.

    The Healing Field, the only permanent healing field in the nation which serves as memorial to soldiers killed in the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, sustained major damage. Strong winds ripped a number of flags from their poles, strewing them across the ground. Other poles were bent to the ground, and the rest sustained damage.

  • Storm wrecks Healing Field, damages grandstand

    A powerful storm Monday night pummeled the American Legion Auxiliary's Healing Field and tore off a large section of the grandstands at American Legion Park.

    The storm, which began about 10 p.m., toppled trees across the city and killed power to a number of homes.

    As of Tuesday morning, it was still too early to assess just how much damage was done at the park and what affect it might have on the upcoming Lawrenceburg Fair and Horse Show, scheduled to begin June 21.

    For full coverage of Monday's storm, see Wednesday's edition of The Anderson News.

  • Ryle ends Lady Bearcat state title dream

    OWENSBORO – Ryle, from the greater Cincinnati area, scored in the top of the 11th inning to defeat Anderson County 2-1 in the state high school softball tournament Saturday afternoon. The loss ends Anderson's state championship dream.

    Anderson had taken a quick 1-0 lead when leadoff hitter Caitlyn Royalty was hit by a pitch, then stole second and third before scoring on a Ryle error in the first inning.

    Ryle answered with an unearned run in the third, then scored the game winner when Alex Griggs doubled down the left field line, driving in the winning run.

  • PRP explodes to end Bearcat season

    LOUISVILLE -- Host Pleasure Ridge Park scored two runs in the top of the first, padded its lead, then exploded for nine runs in the fifth to defeat Anderson County 15-0 in game two of the Semi-State 4 series. The loss ended a season that saw Anderson roll through the district and regional tournaments for the school's third regional crown.

    Anderson finished at 21-17.

    The game ended because of the "mercy rule" after five innings.

    The Panthers, 35-4 and ranked no. 1 in the state, moves on to Lexington's Applebee's Park for the final rounds of the state tournament.

  • Cornish appoints Hanks as county clerk

    Edith Hanks has been appointed as county clerk and will serve in that position until the general election in November, Judge-Executive Steve Cornish announced Thursday morning during a special-called meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court.

    Hanks was the chief deputy in the county clerk's office under former county clerk Harold Ritchey, who died unexpectedly Monday night.

    According to Kentucky Revised Statutes, a vacancy in the office of the county clerk is to be filled by an appointment from the county judge-executive.

  • Embracing domestic roles can still be a part of feminism

    I will never forget the first time I watched Sen. Hillary Clinton in a debate. When a comment was made about politics being a "boys club," Clinton spoke up and said something to the extent of, "If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen. And I am very comfortable in the kitchen."

  • Boys, girls heading to state playoffs

    Anderson County sports fans could only shake their heads in amazement of what transpired last Thursday night.

    "Never," said longtime fan Jerry New when asked if he could have ever foreseen both the boys' and girls' teams from Anderson County High School winning regional championships in the same or corresponding sports the same year. "It is just so tough to make it," New said.

    New and a throng of Anderson softball fans had watched the Lady Bearcats take care of long-time rival Shelby County 4-0 for the Eighth Region championship at Oldham County High School.

  • A purr-fect homecoming for a furry friend

    He'd been sitting under that desk for hours - basically since he got home ... well, to his new home.

    He was scared and in an unfamiliar place, so he felt safest curled up in that corner. But he couldn't stay there forever.

    So I did what any loving mother would do. I got under there with him. I smiled, rubbed his arm and told him everything was fine.

    And then, the most amazing thing happened.

    He started to purr and put his little paw on top of my hand. Izzy Sebastian Canterbury Mason had finally come home.

    OK, now that you think I'm crazy, I'll explain.