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Today's News

  • Late layup lifts Shelby past Bearcats in district opener

    TAYLORSVILLE -- Jordan Armstrong scored on a layup with 4 seconds left to provide the winning margin for Shelby County as the Rockets defeated Anderson County, 75-73, in the semi-final round of the 30th District Tournament Thursday night at Spencer County High School.

    Shelby moves on to play Collins in Saturday's district championship game while Anderson saw its season come to an end at 16-10.

  • SNOW MAKES DISTRICT MORE UNCERTAIN

    What was already being billed as the most unpredictable 30th District Touranment in memory got even more unpredictable last week.

    The snow and ice that moved through Kentucky last week played havoc with schools and made the tournament, which was to have begun Monday night on the girls’ side, a bigger mystery than what it already was.

    The Shelby County girls were to have played Spencer County Monday with the Anderson girls playing Collins Tuesday. Both games were scheduled to tip off after press time for this edition of The Anderson News.

  • Plenty of fishing and cooking for Hammons

    The clipboards are safe. For now, at least.

    Fish, however, might want to beware.

    Duane Hammons plans on having plenty of time to fish.

    Hammons, Anderson County football’s defensive coordinator and the lone holdover from Coach Mark Peach’s original Bearcat staff, is stepping away from coaching after 26 years, a slew of victories and a lifetime of memories.

  • Hammons picks his best

    After 10 years at Anderson County and 26 years on the sidelines, Duane Hammons was asked about if he had any favorite players.

    “I can’t remember them all,” he laughed. “I will be safe and say my son.”

    But when it comes to opposing players, Hammons was quick with names.

  • Peach talks about Hammons' contributions; Shouse now defensive coordinator

    Peach on Hammons

    Anderson County head football coach Mark Peach says Duane Hammons made a major impact on Anderson County football in his 10 years as an assistant coach.

  • Weather delays state wrestling tournament

    You could say that winter scored a takedown but high school wrestlers will be getting off the mat next month.

    The Kentucky High School Athletic Association announced Wednesday that the state wrestling tournament, which had beeen scheduled for Feb. 19-21, has been postponed.

    The rescheduled tournament will be held at Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. Competition is set for Tuesday, March 10 and Wednesday, March 11.

    The tournament will go on the same two-day schedule as originally planned.

  • A memorable 30-year run

    It all started with Orbrey Gritton and Tamara Stratton.

    They were classmates at Anderson County High School, graduating in 1985.

    During that basketball season, “The Big O,” as Gritton was known around Anderson County, was leading the Bearcats in a serious run for the state tournament. If successful, it would have been the first time in 11 years that Anderson would have made it to the Sweet 16.

  • Unforgettable moments over 30 years with The Anderson News

    Putting in 30 years at The Anderson News has allowed me to see things I never expected and taken me places I never dreamed to go. In trying to put a list of those things that could never be erased from memory, I could have filled an entire edition of The Anderson News.

    There have been times of joy and times of sorrow. But it has been a ride far beyond my expectations. Here they are, in chronological order:

    Walking past the big time

  • Five who greatly influenced my writing

    Cawood Ledford

    I met this giant at the Kentucky football Media Day in 1985. I tried to interview this man who called the Kentucky Wildcat games for 39 years but I was so nervous that it probably turned out as one of the worst pieces I have ever done. Still, I have always remembered something he told me: “You can’t be around a team and not want them to win, but you have to tell the truth.”

    No one wants Anderson County’s teams to win any more than I do, but I still strive to tell the truth.

  • February a period of transition for outdoors enthusiasts

    By Jeff Lilly, Outdoors columnist

    February is usually a good month, at least for me, to wrap up hunting season with a few days of squirrel hunting to top off my freezer before the season closes until fall. I figure with the February snow and cold temperatures we’re having in the Bluegrass State this year the squirrels don’t need a freezer. God sure made his creatures on this earth tough.