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Today's News

  • Shocking words music to our ears

    Revenue neutral are two words Anderson Countians are not accustomed to hearing these days from their city and county governments.

    At nearly every turn, one or the other seems intent on squeezing from residents every penny they can, be it through a county payroll tax or a 3 percent tax for those who patronize city restaurants.

    But those are the words that came out of the city's finance committee meeting Monday afternoon while discussing revisions to its unwieldy business license tax.

  • Gully washer crumbles Gilbert's Creek Road

    Last Friday's torrential downpour was the flood that broke Gilbert's Creek Road's back.

    By Saturday, a 100-yard section of the county road collapsed, forcing officials to close the road and residents on its east end to go to Mercer County to get to Lawrenceburg.

    The rain, which started Thursday night and continued into Friday, dumped nearly 5 inches of rain on Anderson County.

  • Lady Cats become better in 'Bama

    Spring break was not all about having a good time for the Anderson County softball team. The Lady Bearcats took on some of Alabama's best teams winning 2 of 3 games, including a team ranked in that state's top 10. It took a Division I college signee to shut the Lady Bearcats down in the final game of the trip.

    "We had many injuries at the Ballard tourney (held March 28-29), and during spring break week," said Anderson coach Brian Glass. "That caused us to play a lot of new kids. They played well and should improve our depth as we progress through the season."

  • Bearcat track team has strong showings at Shelby, LaRue

    As he strained in the final few strides of his heat in the 400-meter dash at Shelby County last Tuesday, Anderson County's Cody Dixon might have summed up the Bearcats' week.

    Not yet at the top, but mighty good.

    Dixon caught Franklin County's Willie Hogan to win that heat but he was only good enough for third overall at Shelby with a 54:40, a personal best to that time. Saturday, Dixon bested his Shelby showing by nearly a full second but finished fifth in the very competitive LaRue County Invitational.

  • 'Mr. Wildcat' comes home

    After a public memorial service Thursday and a private service Friday, Bill "Mr. Wildcat" Keightley was laid to rest in Lawrenceburg Cemetery.

    Keightley's funeral procession had a police escort to the cemetery on Main Street just after 1 p.m. Friday. Many cars were in line to pay their last respects to Keightley, but not as many as filled the parking lots at Rupp Arena in Lexingon the day before.

  • Thriving on determination

    There are times when pupil actually does know more than teacher.

    Anderson County girls' tennis coach Catina Sims admits that was the case with the Lady Bearcats last year. "I learned a lot by just watching the kids," Sims admits with a smile. "The girls helped each other a lot and they helped me."

    But Sims, and her team, learned together and became competitive as the year went on. By regional tournament time, top singles player Mary Ellen Stratton had improved enough to advance in post-season play.

  • Encounters save writer's hike

    I was back on the Appalachian Trail last week hiking a 50-mile portion that meanders through Northern Virginia into West Virginia near Harpers Ferry.

    After a six-month layoff, I expected the hike to be tough on this old out-of-shape body. It was, and was made even more so by crummy weather. The first two days were unseasonably cold, followed by two days of constant rain and fog. The fifth day out was beautiful, but unfortunately was followed by yet another cold rainy one.

  • Benefit planned for family of Turner student

    A benefit concert for the family of Gabe Adkins is planned for 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the Eagle Lake Convention Center.

    Gabe, an 8-year-old student at Robert B. Turner Elementary School, died March 19 following a massive stroke March 10.

    Gabe was a son of Monica and P.J. Matney of Lawrenceburg, and Phillip Ray Adkins of Mt. Sterling. He was in Lori Wells' third grade class.

    The concert will feature several Bluegrass and gospel music artists including Bluegrass 101, Hebron Christian Church Band, Shades of Grass, Hurley Ridge, Greg Breeding and Vintage Blue.

  • Bearcats set state records in 58-0 win over Eminence

    The common reaction to Anderson County's high school baseball win Monday night was that surely the published score was a misprint.

    Anderson County 58, Eminence 0.

    58-0 is a one-sided football score, but baseball? Some teams don't score 58 runs in a month.

    The score was not a misprint. In fact, the final could have been worse, much worse.

  • Board calls Tuesday meeting to discuss transportation concerns

    The Anderson County Board of Education will meet today at 5 p.m. at its office at 1160 Bypass North to discuss feedback on the attendance area plan.

    The board's special called work session is open to the public.

    The school system hosted three informational meetings about the plan on March 24, 25 and 27. Each of the county's three elementary schools hosted a meeting.