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Today's News

  • Free backpacks, and other stuff

    The FamilyFunFest will celebrate its 10th year of providing free backpacks, school supplies and back-to-school entertainment July 28 from 6-8 p.m. at the Anderson County Middle School campus.
    It’s first come, first served for those who want to snag one of 750 free backpacks and school supplies available at Thursday’s event.  
    With temperatures rising, students and family members will also receive Popsicles along with their new back-to-school gear.

  • High school students now have to pay

    Parents of high schoolers not receiving free or reduced lunches can add one more item to their back-to-school lists: $50.
    That’s how much it will cost students to attend high school this year, and not paying will result in students not being allowed access to textbooks or to graduate.
    Those receiving reduced lunches will be required to pay $25. Those receiving free lunches will pay nothing.
    The fee was approved by the school’s elected site based council to generate cash to purchase textbooks, according to Principal Ronnie Fields.

  • Soldier, racecar driver honored

    A retired member of the Kentucky National Guard was laid to rest last Friday with full military honors in Lawrenceburg Cemetery.
    William Carroll “Billy Carroll” Wooldridge, 61, passed away July 18 at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. A racecar driver, Wooldridge died following a race at Richmond Speedway — a race named in honor of uncle, “Butterball.”

  • Secretariat Drive man indicted for child porn

    A Lawrenceburg man who police say admitted to having “sexual desires for children” has been indicted on 70 counts of possessing and distributing child pornography.
    Mark Hawks, 55, of 402 Secretariat Drive, as indicted last week by the Anderson County Grand Jury on 10 counts of first-degree distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, and 60 counts of possessing matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, according to documents on file and Anderson County Circuit Court.
    All 70 indictments are Class D felonies.

  • The Fields of Bad Dreams: Mitchell says improvements will be made

    In a perfect world, Sheila Mitchell would be able to wave a wand and fix what ails the athletic facilities serving the schools of Anderson County.


    “I would like to get them all met now,” the county’s superintendent of schools said.

  • String music!

    No one on the women’s basketball team at St. Catharine College was even around when Joe Dean made college basketball his domain 30 years ago, but they put their own twist on the man who called Southeastern Conference games for more than 20 years.

    Courtney Milam found out first-hand last year.

  • COLUMN: Great Expectations

    Over the years, I have often wondered about the effect of expectations on a team, especially one that competes at the high school level.


    It is especially pertinent now with football kicking off three weeks from Friday when Anderson County travels to Bryan Station for the inaugural meeting between the schools. Suffice it to say that in 26 years of writing and about 20 more of generally following Bearcat football, I have rarely seen expectations so high before the first tackle is ever made or the first block ever executed.

  • Mudcats win Tenn. tournament

    The Central Kentucky Mudcats’ 14-and-under baseball team rallied from a slow start to win the Knoxville Summer Slam tournament, held in Knoxville, Tenn., over the weekend.

    They knocked of host team Knoxville Naturals 4-2 in the championship game. Earlier, the Naturals beat the Mudcats 5-2.

    The Mudcats lost to the Tennessee Stars 9-7 before catching fire with a 7-2 win over the Thunder, of Anderson County, Tenn.

    The Mudcats will host the fifth annual Mudcats Classic this weekend at Anderson County High School.

  • Former Bearcat excels in pro debut

    Anderson County native Ryan Wells made the most of limited time under center with the Northern Kentucky River Monsters of the Ultimate Indoor Football League.


    Wells served as backup to former University of Kentucky and New York Giants’ quarterback Jared Lorenzen for the team.


    Wells, who played high school football at Anderson County before transferring to Western Hills for his senior year, earned the UIFL Offensive Player of the Week award for his performance against the East Kentucky Drillers.

  • Mudcats to host fifth annual Classic

    The Central Kentucky Mudcats baseball team will be hosting the Fifth Annual Central Kentucky Mudcats Classic from Friday, July 29 through Sunday, July 31 at Barnes Memorial Field on the campus of Anderson County High School.


    “We have a very strong field for the tournament,” says Mudcat coach Chris Copenhaver. “We had five more teams wanting in the tournament but with only one field, we had to cap it at seven. Word is getting around that this is a good tournament now and teams remember that.