Today's News

  • Thinking about good is easy in local sports

    Trying to list just a few of the good things about sports in Anderson County ...

    As the 1975 and 1978 girls' Eighth Region champions were honored between games of Friday's double-header, those Lady Bearcats entered the gym wearing their letter jackets from their playing days.

    It was one of the nicest touches I have ever seen at such a ceremony at Anderson County or any other school. The pride that those ladies still have in something accomplished 30 years ago is unmistakable.


    Anderson County's second girls' Eighth Region championship was the result of good genes, a relocation, a boys' basketball coach and Mother Nature.

    "We knew we were going to be good," Anne Flynn says of her 1977-78 Lady Bearcat team. The coach put together a rugged schedule that included dates in the Shelby County Invitational, where state powers Paris and Assumption were entered. She secured a date in the Louisville Invitational Tournament, where the team would endure some unexpected adversity that might have played a role in the team's success.

  • City moves quickly to fix sewer line damage

    Several homeowners along Harrodsburg Road were visibly upset with local officials when last week's torrential rains overflowed the drainage ditch bordering their property and washed out portions of their yards and driveways.

    They blamed the flooding on the construction of the recent sewer line project that left their property barren of vegetation that ordinarily would have helped the soil from washing away.

  • Teens sentenced for robbing high school bank

    Two Anderson County teens charged with stealing cash and computer equipment from two county schools pleaded guilty Tuesday in Anderson County Circuit Court.

    Both received diverted sentences of three years on probation instead of one year in jail punishment they could have received.

    Both must pay full restitution to the Anderson County Board of Education.

  • Humane Society 'desperate' for adoptions

    Five dogs were euthanized Monday morning and more are facing the same fate due to overcrowding at the Anderson Humane Society's shelter on Versailles Road.

    Society officials are calling the situation "desperate."

    "We're always desperate," said Director Donna Callahan. Especially if it turns cold again, because some of the dogs are having to be kept outside at animal control.

    "We're just having to put them in places we wouldn't normally have to put them."


    Just a few minutes after the Anderson County boys had dispatched Shelby County Friday night, I posed the obvi-

    ous question to several of the Bearcats: Just how big was it to go in to one of the Eighth Region's - make that Kentucky's - best home court advantages and come away with a win for the second time in less than a year.

    There were some smiles and the standard "This was a big win for us" answers, but team captain Ryan Wells added, "We made a little bit of history tonight."

    The key words are "little bit."

  • Owners of News announce intention to sell company

    The owners of The Anderson News, The Anderson News Extra and numerous other community newspapers in the central Kentucky region announced last week that they are seeking a buyer for the company.

    Landmark Communications Inc., headquartered in Norfolk, Va., is the parent company of Landmark Community Newspapers Inc., headquartered in Shelbyville.

    Landmark Communications Inc. also operates The Weather Channel, nine daily newspapers and numerous community and specialty publications in 15 states.

  • March Madness comes early as boys, girls host regional rivals

    The calendar says January but the atmosphere should blare March when Anderson County hosts Oldham County in a high school basketball double-header Friday night, Jan. 11.

    It should be a night when either the boys' or girls' contest could serve as the marquee game. The girls' teams tip off at 6 p.m. with the boys going at approximately 7:45.

    The Bearcats, now 7-3, whipped Oldham 65-53 on Dec. 27 in the King of the Bluegrass tournament at Fairdale High School. That night, Anderson shot nearly 68 percent from the field, including 7-for-9 from 3-point range.

  • 'Gravy to an already awesome experience'

    Anderson County was supposed to make it to the Sweet 16 in 1975.

    At least that was the prevailing mood locally and across the state. The Bearcats were a solid pick to repeat as regional champion.

    That was Bearcats. Not Lady Cats.

    Common reactions to the term Lady Bearcats were derision and novelty in that inaugural season of girls' high school basketball in Kentucky. When March rolled around though, it was the Lady Bearcats heading to the big show, where they played in the opening game of the revived girls' state tournament.

  • Balanced attack boosts Cats past Rockets

    SHELBYVILLE - Just seconds after C.J. Penny rammed home a thunderous dunk, exclaiming Anderson County's 60-53 win at Shelby County on Friday, his fellow students in the cheering section came up with one of the most creative yells in basketball history.

    Turning to the junior's mom, seated a couple of sections away, they chanted, "Thank you, Stephanie! Thank you, Stephanie!"

    There was little doubt that Penny's slam put some emphatic punctuation on a victory that has probably thrust the Bearcats into the role of Eighth Region favorite.