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Today's News

  • New year brings new worries

    I work hard at developing wrinkles and gray hair.
    It’s a by-product of my favorite hobby — worrying.
    With a tumultuous year coming to a close and (if we can rely on the accuracy of the Mayan calendar) perhaps the world as we know it in 2012, there’s a lot to bite our nails over.
    Should the world end in either fire or ice in 2012, I can at least check off a few 2011 happenings here at home and around the world from my worrywart agenda.

    Life after Oprah

  • More jobs, less taxes and ban on fake pot

    Wish in one hand, spit in the other because in the end it generally amounts to the same thing.
    I shall nevertheless toss out some some wishes for the new year, minus all the “whirled peas” pablum that generally makes these kind of columns remarkably boring.
    Instead, I’ll focus on things that could actually happen here.

    Economic growth in Anderson County
    Nothing will fix our area’s immediate economic concerns better than companies already here growing and hiring more people.

  • Cheered up, but not much

    A group of former Dairy Cheer employees who say they received bad checks or weren’t paid at all had a merrier Christmas thanks to the generosity of Anderson Countians who answered their pleas for help.
    “We’ve received monetary donations, toys, food clothing … it’s just been wonderful,” said Catherine Zimmerman, the now-closed store’s general manager who organized several days of fundraising.
    “I always knew this was a great community, but this really solidified that,” she said.

  • Fiscal court notebook: 12-28-11

    Conway: ‘I made a boo-boo’
    Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway told the fiscal court last Tuesday that he made what he called a serious mistake in handling a $55,000 state grant to refurbish holding pens at the county’s animal shelter.
    Conway, who announced the grant a couple of months ago, said the construction work at the animal shelter should have been put out for bid, which should have then been approved by the fiscal court along with a contract to the winning bidder.
    None of that happened, he said.

  • Mom says teacher stuffed autistic son into duffle bag

    The story of a 9-year-old autistic Mercer County child allegedly stuffed into a duffle bag during school has made national news and has an autistic college student from Georgetown University petitioning to have school officials fired.
    Media outlets including the Associated Press and major TV networks have aired the story of fourth-grader Christopher Baker.
    His mother, Sandra, claims that she arrived at the school on Dec. 14 only to hear her son’s voice coming from inside of what appeared to be an Army-style duffle bag.

  • County declares war on fake pot, bath salts

    One might say the Anderson County Fiscal Court has been scared straight.
    With no hesitation and strong words of rebuke from Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway, the fiscal court voted unanimously to begin the process of outlawing the panoply of synthetic and marijuana-like drugs that are being sold openly — and legally — in Anderson County.

  • Teen indicted for shooting sleeping sister

    A Frankfort man was indicted last week on charges that he shot his sister in the head earlier this year.
    Anthony Wideman, 18, who formerly lived in Anderson County but now resides at 137 Douglas Ave., Frankfort, was arrested last Wednesday and charged with first-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence. Both charges are felonies.
    The incident occurred at 96 Woodland Circle Avenue in Lawrenceburg.

  • GIRLS' BASKETBALL: Lady Bearcats strong in Fla.

    The Anderson County girls’ basketball team had a strong showing in the KSA Tournament, held at Disney World in Orlando, Fla., last week. The Lady Bearcats went 2-1 in a tournament that should prepare the Lady Bearcats for the rigors of the 30th District and Eighth Region tournaments.


    The Lady Bearcats defeated Gulliver Prep of Miami, Fla., 46-42 in overtime, in their final game in Florida last Wednesday. Gulliver Prep had entered the tournament with a 7-1 record, according to the school website.

  • FOOTBALL: Five named to all-state football team

    Five Anderson County High School football players got quite a Christmas present when their selections to the prestigious Courier-Journal All-State team were announced in Sunday’s edition of the state’s largest newspaper.


    Center Chris Fitzpatrick was named all-state second team as an offensive lineman. Fitzpatrick has been ranked as one of the nation’s top long snappers by various recruiting services.

  • WRESTLING: Wrestlers place second in Lafayette Tourney

    The Anderson County High School wrestling team placed second out of 25 teams in the prestigious Lafayette Invitational Tournament, held in Lexington on Dec. 21-22.


    The Bearcats led for much of the early going but eventually fell behind tournament winner, Simon Kenton. The Bearcats, however were solidly in second place as a team.


    Ironically, no Anderson wrestler finished higher than third individually. Chris McDaniel and T.W. Stockton both won six of seven matches to place third in their respective weight classes.