Today's News


    Police seized an estimated $60,000 worth of marijuana plants last Friday from a location in rural western Anderson County, Sheriff Joe Milam announced.

    Milam said his deputies, along with a trooper with the Kentucky State Police, eradicated 30 plants after receiving a tip from aerial surveillance. The plants, he said, were in a field and that the grower attempted to hide them amid round bales of hay.

  • She’s No. 1!

    Bobbi Jo Lewis is living proof that, with hard work laced with a good dose of courage, dreams can and do come true.

    Lewis was named Kentucky’s County Attorney of the Year during the state prosecutor’s conference last week, an honor she says she used to dream of winning as a young attorney that has now come true.

    “It’s the capstone of my career,” said Lewis, who had no idea Attorney General Andy Beshear had picked her for the award until she arrived at the conference.

  • Taxpayers facing sticker shock this fall

    Column as I see ’em …

    If public hearings on tax increases by the school board and county fire district go as planned, county residents are going to be in for some serious sticker shock when their tax bills arrive in the mail this fall.

    The fire district’s plan to raise its tax rate 28 cents, coupled with the school district’s increase of 19 cents, means taxes on a $100,000 home will increase nearly $50 this year alone.

  • Praying, but not necessarily for Trump

    I recently received this note from a Methodist pastor.

    “I could assume you are one of the democratic Trump-haters in which case the president can do nothing that would please you. I am sorry you feel the way you do and that you would consider publishing such a mean piece about our president. I do not know you so this is not an attack on your person. I wonder how such a beautiful lady (picture) could have such ‘bad’ thoughts. Why don’t you join many of us in praying for our president and national leaders?”

  • Limiting weaning stress for beef cattle

    Weaning is usually a stressful time of year for calves. Limiting weaning stress in beef calves can increase their daily gain. Calves often experience four types of stress: physical, environmental, nutritional and social.

    You can help them avoid or minimize these with proper management.

  • Don’t let the end of another beautiful summer pass you by

    It’s always a surprise to see the end of the month. One week just rolls on into the next and before you know it a new month is here.

    I am in full-bore canning mode and planning mode. I’ve got lots of processing left to do in the kitchen and my brain just keeps going outside to all the possibilities.

  • Plums perfect for desserts, entrees

    It’s almost apple season but I’m not ready for fall yet. This year I’m already thinking about mastering the art of the cider doughnut but not until plum season is over.

  • New book quenches thirst for bourbon knowledge

    Carla Carlton has been coming to Anderson County for more than 30 years, and recently wrote a book about the explosive growth of bourbon that is available for purchase locally at Sweet Mash on Main Street.

    Titled “Barrel Strength Bourbon: The Explosive Growth of America’s Whiskey,” Carlton said her novel takes a controversial yet approachable tone which takes the reader through the evolution of the bourbon industry and focuses on its growth in the past decade.

  • Twin sisters fulfill dream of teaching at same school

    Twin Sisters Meghan Drennan and Mackenzie Durr knew their goal in life by the time they were 8 years old.

    Growing up, the two women wanted nothing more than to become teachers and eventually be blessed enough to teach together at the same school.

    This year they got that wish.

    Now not only are both woman teachers at Robert B. Turner Elementary School, but they were lucky enough to land positions on the same team, teaching the same grade, with classrooms just one door down from each other.

  • Sobriety group casting a wider net by including middle school

    A high school youth group dedicated to teaching sobriety has expanded its reach into Anderson County Middle School.

    The S.O.S. Youth Coalition meets every other month for 20-minutes at the high school, normally with the same 10-15 students in attendance.

    The group held an anonymous survey at the high school during its first year, saying results they were good, but also shocking.

    “The things that really stood out that we adults did not think about was the number one cause for alcohol and drug use was stress,” said Donna Drury.