Today's News

  • To spur job creation, cut the fat in Washington

    A few years ago, the federal government issued a regulation requiring banks to change their disclosure statements so that solid vertical lines separated columns on the sheet.
    Some small community banks were not able to easily create these vertical lines in their new electronic forms as required, so to improvise they used lines made of asterisks instead.
    Regulators charged the banks for being in violation of the regulation.

  • With veggies harvested, time for firewood

    Well, there was a little frost on the pumpkin last weekend.
    Happy October, everyone. It’s time to celebrate the end of the harvest season, at least the vegetable side of things.
    The full hunter’s moon is Tuesday, Oct. 11, and folks in camo gear and orange caps will soon be dotting the hills to begin their own harvesting. If you’re a fall hiker be sure to wear something bright.

  • Standardized drowning

    Our students keep drowning in the shallow end of the education pool.
    Then again, shallow learning is often all we expect.  
    No Child Left Behind, the legislative leviathan of test scores and achievement rubrics, has been deemed broken by both Kentucky state education commissioner, our local superintendent and Anderson County’s instructional supervisor.
    For good reason.
    NCLB standards are next to impossible to please. Essentially, school progress is measured pass/fail so that schools must reach 100 percent in reading and math, or perish.

  • 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?