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Today's News

  • Always a friend

    Even though we shared the same hometown and knew many of the same people, I can't say that I knew Bill Keightley very well.

    He just made me feel that way.

    As a green sports writer, I nervously introduced myself to "Mr. Wildcat" at the Kentucky Wildcat basketball media day in 1986. I told him that my mom attended Kavanaugh High School with him.

    Immediately, he knew who I was.

    "I was two years ahead of your mother," he told me. "Now your daddy was from out around Alton, wasn't he?"

  • A different 'stimulus' package

    Want to get stimulated without waiting for the federal government's so-called "economic stimulus package" to hit your mailbox in May?

    Then check out a group of Anderson County High School students who will use the power of their pens and voices to stimulate minds April 10 at the public library.

  • Economic development outweighs tourism plan

    Anderson County's tourism commission is doing what a good tourism commission does: finding ways to raise money to promote tourism.

  • New tax would target meals in restaurants

    The city council's finance committee considered last week a recommendation to add a 3 percent tax to meals served by restaurants.

    The recommendation was made by the Anderson County Tourism Commission, which unanimously approved the measure late last year. If eventually approved by Lawrenceburg City Council, it would raise about $300,000 a year.

    The revenue would be split between the commission and the city.

  • Hilltoppers all over

    The way Steven Rucker sees things, Anderson County boys' tennis will look a bit like his college alma mater this year.

    "I think we can be just like the Tops!" Rucker, a graduate of Western Kentucky University says. In comparing the team he coaches with the Hilltoppers' NCAA basketball tournament run, Rucker says, "I think we are sitting here and not too many people know about us or expect a lot out of us, but I think we are going to surprise some people."

  • Two arrested on meth charges

    Two Mercer county residents were arrested March 26 on charges of possessing material used in the production of methamphetamine, according to reports from the Lawrenceburg Police Department.

    Brian E. Neikirk, 33, and April S. Cheak, 28, were arrested during a traffic stop on Hilltop Drive. Officer Jeremy Cornish pulled the vehicle over for disregarding a stop sign. The stop resulted in the discovery of the items used in the production of meth.

  • Here's what really counts

    Like millions of Americans spread from coast to coast, I was glued to the tube watching basketball much of last week.

    But during a lull in the action, I chanced upon a PBS broadcast of the "Crossroads Guitar Festival," a music festival and benefit concert hosted by Eric Clapton in 2004 and again in 2007.

  • Bus policy would hit day cares hard

    "I'll probably pull my kids out of public school and put them in the Christian Academy ... or move," she said.

    Blankenship lives in the Robert B. Turner Elementary School district, but works three minutes away in the Emma B. Ward Elementary School district at Imagination Station Child Care, 1512 Alton Road, where she is the assistant director, she said.

    The school system's transportation policy, which was not altered when the Board of Education approved attendance areas March 17, states that students will only be transported to and from their geographical attendance area.

  • Next year is now

    Next year really is here for Anderson County baseball.

    "This is the team we have been waiting for," says Bearcat head coach L.W. Barnes. "Our expectations are very high."

    That's pretty bold talk for a team that finished 18-19 a year ago, never won more than three straight in the last month of the season and does not include a single player that has experienced a regional tournament win.

  • Bus policy puts pinch on parents

    Transportation issues dominated the conversation at the first of three informational meetings about the new Anderson County attendance areas Monday night.

    A majority of the 25 to 30 parents at the Saffell Street Elementary School meeting weren't there to criticize the new attendance area plan, but to question the effect the plan would have on transporting their children to after school care.