Today's News

  • Cook-off response proved me wrong

    A burgoo cook-off during the Burgoo Festival wouldn’t work. It had been tried and failed, but it sure is a nice thought.
    That’s the essence of what I was told when I first started pitching the idea a couple of months ago.
    So with the support of a handful of people as eager as I to champ at the bit when told they can’t do something, we held the cook-off Saturday during the Burgoo Festival anyway, and boy were we wrong.

  • Math, reading scores up, but schools fail NCLB standards

    Anderson County Schools, as a district, failed to make federal No Child Left Behind Act standards for the second year in a row, though the district improved its overall index score by 7.7 percent from last year.
    The district is now designated as in its first year of district improvement status and eligible for state assistance for the middle and high schools.
    Only 43 percent of Kentucky’s public schools met their average yearly progress goals, with 132 other districts given the same classification consequence as Anderson County.  

  • Suspect caught after holing up in Best Western

    A man suspected of robbing a pharmacy in Paris on Sept. 22 was apprehended last Wednesday afternoon, but not before doing his level best to get away.
    Realizing that police were closing in on him, Mark A. Sparks, 24, of Paris reportedly leaped from the second-floor window of a room he rented at the Lawrenceburg Best Western but was quickly tracked down by police and taken into custody.

  • Two flags swiped from Healing Field

    They fly above granite markers at the Healing Field in Lawrenceburg as a patriotic reminder of Kentucky soldiers who gave their lives in the war on terrorism.
    Apparently, not everyone shares that level of patriotism because, sometime last week, someone lowered two American flags and stole them.
    Officials with American Legion Post 34 and its Auxiliary replaced those flags last Wednesday afternoon, but said they can’t understand why anyone would commit such an act.

  • Scores better, but not enough

    Anderson County Public Schools showed mixed results in critical content areas, improving in math and reading but still failing to meet adequate yearly progress for the third year in a row.
    The Kentucky Core Content Tests (KCCT) are in its final year as state benchmarks for Kentucky schools, as the state transitions to its K-PREP accountability system for third through eighth graders.

  • Hoops coach Drury leaving classroom, not sidelines

    Glen Drury made his wife, Jennifer, promise she would not do anything for his retirement from teaching at Anderson County High School.
    But that did not stop his peers from getting together to honor the school’s boys’ basketball coach and a physical education instructor from putting together a surprise reception Friday afternoon.
    Drury, who got a job at his alma mater to start the 1983-84 school year and has been there ever since, with the exception of two years at Western High School, made his exit from the classroom Friday.

  • Brush much?
  • Pave all driveways? Really?

    If one digs deep enough, finding an outdated or even outlandish local ordinance on the books is almost a certainty, and generally one that gives the digger a chuckle.
    Such as: “It is illegal in (fill in name of community) to eat ice cream on Sundays while riding a horse on Main Street.”
    During Tuesday morning’s meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court, an ordinance not nearly as far-fetched or humorous surfaced, but won’t likely be on the books too much longer.

  • ONLINE EXTRA: Bearcats look for happy homecoming


    Everyone knows that when those in charge of picking a homecoming date look at a team's football schedule, they look for what is perceived to be a game the home team should win.

  • COLUMN: Sad surface state forces soccer shuffle

    I hope The Weather Channel is right.

    When I checked the long-range forecast Monday, it assured me there was no rain in sight at least through the middle of next week.

    With that in mind, I am sure that Anderson County soccer fans are banking on Al Roker being 100 percent right when he says there is only about a 10 percent chance of rain.