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Today's News

  • UK provides insight, outlook for ag economy

    Following record-breaking years, the Kentucky agricultural economy, like the overall U.S. agricultural economy, slumped in 2015, with concern looming for 2016.

  • Making memories of past that last

    Winter has officially arrived, which means we have three months to get through until spring. Let’s hope the joys of Christmas get us through until then.

    Holiday memories can do a lot for our health, attitude and our brain. The trick is to recall the good stuff, like the time the giblets bag stayed in the turkey.

  • Hoping new year brings new industry

    Column as I see ’em …

    This week’s paper looks forward to the new year by first revisiting the year that is just ending.

    In what often feels like an exercise in self-examination, we set out at the end of each year to select the year’s top 10 stories, a nearly impossible task that leaves some people — including most of us — wondering how this story or that made the list while others were omitted.

  • Choose foods with a grain of salt ... or less

    Do you always reach for the salt shaker before tasting food? If you do, try taking a taste test first.

    About 80 percent of sodium comes from processed and pre-prepared foods. So that food on your plate may already have plenty of salt.

    Research shows that eating less than 2,300 mg of sodium (about 1 teaspoon of salt) per day may reduce the risk of high blood pressure.

  • No. 2: Fire, snowstorms deliver double-winter blow

    Old Man Winter sucker-punched Anderson County twice late last winter, pounding the area with snow two times over a several week period in February and early March.

    The second storm was exacerbated greatly due to a fire that destroyed the city’s maintenance building and every piece of snow-removal equipment at its disposal.

    The fire left the city with a single pickup truck equipped with a plow.

  • No. 3: Improvements arrive on wreck-riddled Alton Road

    Relief in the form of minor improvements to Alton Road came after a summer during which cars, pickups and tractor-trailers ran through, into and around homes along the narrow stretch of highway.

    Just in the course of two months, a tractor-trailer hauling aluminum ingots slammed into a tree just several feet from Brian Flood’s home, trapping the driving and spilling its contents all over Flood’s front yard.

  • No. 4: Main Street transformed into bustling business center

    Not long ago, Main Street in Lawrenceburg was described by a member of the city council as containing nothing but a pool hall and a bunch of shyster lawyers.

    My, how times have changed.

    The past year served as a renaissance for Main Street as a number of buildings were refurbished and businesses opened from one end of the street to the other.

  • No. 5: Softball team makes it to state Final Four

    Anderson County High School’s softball team proved that, for 2015 at least, it belonged with the best teams in Kentucky.

    The Lady Bearcats rolled through the 30th District and Eighth Region tournaments, as expected, then put on a powerful display at the state tournament in Owensboro.

    An estimated 250 Lady Berarcat fans descended on Owensboro for the three-day tournament.

    Back home, local fans followed Anderson News sports editor John Herndon on Twitter and updates announced at youth league baseball and softball games reportedly drew huge cheers.

  • No. 6: Soldier surprises son following year in Middle East

    Ethan Sizemore was already busting at the seams.

    While he and his second-grade classmates at Emma B. Ward Elementary School were busy making American flags out of construction paper in early May, Ethan made it clear why he was making his.

    “My dad’s in the military and he’s coming home this weekend,” he said, nearly bubbling over with enthusiasm. “I can’t wait to see him.”

    He didn’t have to wait nearly that long.

  • No. 7: Janie retires after 40 years with The Anderson News

    It’s a good thing Janie Buntain got her car started back on May 28, 1975.

    She was to start working at The Anderson News that morning, but her mode of transportation had other ideas on making the trip from her parents’ home on Benson Creek Road to downtown Lawrenceburg.

    “I had a car that Daddy’s older brother had given me. It was a ‘62 Buick and I hadn’t even driven it,” Janie says. “I went out and couldn’t get it started. I went to our barn and Daddy came out and got it started.”