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Today's News

  • Ex-Anderson schools chief now will lead Washington

    Ronald "Sonny" Fentress, a former Anderson County principal and superintendent who retired in 2005, has been named interim superintendent of Washington County Schools, according to an article that appeared in the Dec. 19 edition of The Springfield Sun, a weekly newspaper in Washington County.

    It is anticipated that Fentress will fill the position until March, 2008, while Washington County Superintendent Larry Graves is on leave battling cancer, the paper reported.

  • Bearcats take showdown of regional powers

    Anderson County pulled away in the final minutes to post a 68-59 win over visiting Gallatin County in high school basketball action Saturday night. The Bearcats scored the first 5 points of the fourth quarter to put some distance between their Eighth Region rival. Gallatin was never closer than 6 after that.

  • Lady Bearcats defeat Arizona school; advance to Anaheim championship game

    The Anderson County Lady Bearcats recorded a 59-45 win over Ironwood Ridge of Tucson, Ariz. Friday to advance to the championship game of the Orange County Clash tournament in Anaheim Cal. Anderson will play Eastlake, Washington in Saturday's final.

    Lindsay Fultz led Anderson with 23 points while Courtney Milam added 14. Christy Gemmell had a tremendous game, scoring 10 points, coming up with 6 steals, 4 assists and 4 rebounds.

  • Lady Bearcats win Orange County opener

    The Anderson County Lady Bearcats defeated Bishop Manogue of Reno, Nev., 59-55 in their first game in the Orange County Clash basketball tournament Thursday. The tournament is being held in Anaheim, Cal.

    The Lady Bearcats fell behind by as many as 9 points in the third quarter but eventually wore down Bishop Manogue as the Lady Bearcat defense forced 19 turnovers. Anderson was also proficient at the free throw line, hitting 17 of 22 from the charity stripe.

    Courtney Milam led Anderson with 29 points while Lindsay Fultz added 14.

  • Saffell is saved

    Saffell Street Elementary School will not become a fifth- and sixth-grade campus if a new proposal to spend an estimated $1.5 million to expand the middle school is approved.

    The idea surfaced Thursday night during an Anderson County Board of Education workshop, after several weeks of angst by a large number of concerned Saffell Street parents and teachers who fought against having the school become a fifth- and sixth-grade campus.

  • Grieving for the Rusty we knew, and didn't

    When we joked that Rusty could make a misbehaving computer function properly by standing near it, we weren't necessarily kidding.

    "Rusty magic," I called it. And I just can't believe it's lost forever.

    When Rusty Kiser walked through the doors of The Anderson News more than nine years ago, his long red hair really didn't scream "ultimate technology professional." But it turned out that's exactly what he was.

  • New attorney returns to his Anderson County roots

    After a 10-year coast-to-coast sojourn, Lawrenceburg native son Jason Cubert is back home, law degree in hand, and has opened an office in Lawrenceburg.

    Like many youngsters, Cubert had little interest in staying in his hometown after he graduated from Anderson County High in 1992. And by the time he earned his Georgetown College degree, he was convinced that his future lay beyond the borders of Kentucky.

    So heeding Horace Greeley's famous admonition to "Go West young man," Cubert loaded up his car and headed to Portland, Oregon.

  • Drury says Western Hills, Owen will be tough tests

    Anderson County will try to get back on track tonight, Wednesday, Dec. 12, when the Bearcats travel to Western Hills. The Bearcats have been idle since losing at Bardstown nine days ago.

    Anderson will also host a dangerous Owen County team Tuesday, Dec. 18, in what should be a good Eighth Region test.

    Western Hills, 3-1, has close wins over Mercer County and South Oldham as well as a 28-point victory over Washington County, but the Wolverines' best outing might have been an overtime loss to Shelby County Friday night. Western Hills dropped a 64-55 decision to Shelby.

  • Battling armed robbery suspect, and cancer, too

    The Parkway Marathon station was robbed of an undisclosed amount of money Friday night, but the owner and his family are thankful that day's receipts were their only loss.

    Owner John Ellis, 59, who is battling colon cancer, literally fought for his life after a masked gunman entered the store, demanded cash, then allegedly threatened to shoot him.

    "He took the bag of money from the desk and then told me to come on around the back with him," Ellis said.

    "I asked him what for and he said because I'm going to take you around back and shoot you."

  • Mat Cats win at Bourbon, struggle at Nelson duals

    The Anderson County Bearcat wrestling team recorded a nice win at Bourbon County last Wednesday but were overmatched in four of five matches Saturday at the Nelson County duals.

    Wednesday, Anderson defeated Bourbon County 57-24 despite not having any wrestlers in the 103- and 130-pound weight classes. Not having a competitor in a weight class hurts in team scoring as the match is recorded as a fall, or six points for the opponent.

    Anderson's Ben Joseph (119 pounds), Tom McNaughton (171) Marcus White (189) and Zach Cotton (285) all recorded pins.