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Today's News

  • Lady Bearcats blast Caldwell for Shelby tournament title

    SHELBYVILLE – Anderson County used a quick start to rout previously unbeaten Caldwell County 53-24 in the championship game of the Max Performance Lady Rocket Invitational tournament at Shelby County High School on Tuesday night.

    Anderson used an 11-1 run to build a 20-6 lead late in the first quarter, then continued to pour it on throughout the contest. The final margin was Anderson's biggest.

    “Our overall focus was excellent,” said Anderson coach Tony Kays. “Our offensive execution and our defense were both good.”

  • Board OKs some four-day school weeks

    Anderson County students are one step away from having 13 four-day weeks as part of their 2009-2010 school calendar.

    The Board of Education approved the modified calendar at its regularly scheduled meeting Dec. 15, but before the calendar can be put it place, it must be approved by the Kentucky education commissioner.

    Superintendent Kim Shaw didn’t foresee any problems getting the calendar approved, but the commissioner’s approval is required, he said.

  • Nothing free about ’em

    LOUISVILLE – Free throws?

    For Anderson County, those uncontested shots launched 15 feet from the basket were about as costly as a Blackbery-Wii-Guitar Hero combo during the King of the Bluegrass tournament last week in Louisville.

    A team hitting nearly 65 percent of those simple simple shots heading into one of the nation’s most prestigious tournaments, Anderson sank just 14-of-38 (36.8 percent) in losses to third-ranked Jeffersontown and Bullitt East in the tournament held at Fairdale High School.

  • COLUMN: A short sports wish list

    My wish list is not long, but I really wonder if Santa, or anyone on earth for that matter, can really give me what I want this Christmas.

    I could be cute and offer what I think would be a good wish list for others, but this year, I am going to be selfish. If these four things would just come to pass, I can’t guarantee the world would be a better place – well, number four maybe it would – but I know my job would be a lot easier.

    The recruiting of high school athletes no longer overshadows the game.

  • Free throwing does Bearcats in at King of the Bluegrass

    UPDATED Sunday, Dec. 21, 1:30 a.m.

    LOUISVILLE -- Free throws were simple explanation for Bullitt East's 66-61 win over Anderson County in the King of the Bluegrass Tournament Saturday night at Fairdale High School.

    “They made 'em and we missed 'em,” Anderson coach Glen Drury said.

    The Bearcats made just 9 of 23 foul shots while Bullitt East connected on 29 of 37. The Chargers sank 27 of 34 in the second half.

  • Bearcat Duals ‘a learning experience’ for host team

    A pasting from perennial state championship contender Woodford County and losses to powerhouses from Paul L. Dunbar and Louisville Eastern might not look good on the record but Anderson County is looking at things a bit differently.

    “I thought it was a good learning experience,” said Anderson head coach Tom Castle after his team had won two of five matches in the Bearcat duals, held Saturday at Anderson County Middle School.

  • Family loses home, gifts in fire

    In the early hours of last Thursday morning, Susan Hopkins heard what she thought was her alarm clock going off.

    “I kept hearing a ‘beep, beep’ and I thought it was my alarm,” she said. “But when I reached over to hit snooze, I smelled smoke.”

    Her husband, Buddy, jumped out of bed around 3 a.m. and went to open the bedroom door.

    “So much smoke came in, and it was so hot,” Susan recalled. “We knew we had to get out.”

  • All I want for Christmas...

    Video games, laptops and horses — oh my.

    These are the items topping the wish lists of many Anderson County children this Christmas.

    A Nintendo Wii is No. 1 on Autumn Beasley’s list, but she’s not putting all of her hope into one gift. Autumn, 11, is also asking for some other popular items.

    “I also want Webkinz and clothes,” she said.

    Autumn’s friend, Madison Case, 11, also wants a Wii, but she’s holding on for a Christmas miracle.

  • Working my way back to Santa's 'nice' list

    Somewhere in the neighborhood of 15 years ago, a little girl earned her way onto Santa's naughty list.

    All she wanted for Christmas that year was a keyboard. She loved to sing and wanted to learn to play the keyboard to round out her musical talent. She put in her request to her mom, dad, aunts, uncles and even Old Saint Nick.

    As the days passed by and Christmas morning grew closer, she was bursting at the seams to know if the keyboard would somehow find its way under her tree.

  • In his dress blues

    Kris Payton joined the United States Marine Corps last January because he wanted to make something of himself.

    “In a small town, there’s not much hope for people who don’t have much, and I was one of those people,” Payton said. “I wanted to take matters into my own hands and show people I can do something, then build off of it.”

    Payton had met all of his graduation requirements at Anderson County High School and was given permission by Principal Ray Woodyard to leave school to join the Marines.