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Today's News

  • Sign ordinance has major, minor flaws

    Column as I see ’em …
    It’s a shame that after years of effort and no small amount of compromise the new sign ordinance being proposed by the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce does absolutely nothing to fix the current ordinance’s fatal flaw.
    Not that the chamber could do a thing about that flaw, which is simply that two zoning boards of adjustments — one city, one county — can override the ordinance at will by granting waivers.

  • ‘Mistake’ allows home invasion suspect to walk

    An 18-year-old Lawrenceburg teen suspected of holding two teens at gunpoint in a home invasion has been released from jail with all charges dismissed following a complaint about his case’s improper transfer from juvenile to Circuit Court.
    During an Anderson County Circuit Court hearing last Tuesday, Circuit Court Judge Charles Hickman dismissed charges against Kendall Cunningham, 18, and ruled that Cunningham be consequently released from Shelby County Detention Center.

  • School board to set tax rate on Sept. 4

    A hearing regarding the upcoming fiscal year’s school board tax rate is tentatively scheduled to be held Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 6:45 p.m., according to an e-mail from Superintendent Sheila Mitchell.
    A special-called board meeting will be held following the meeting in order to vote on the rate, which would increase 4 percent based on a budget OK’d earlier this year.

  • ACLU warns school district about Gideon’s Bibles

    The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky or ACLU has warned the state’s school superintendents to follow federal law in allowing groups to distribute non-educational material, including religious literature, during school hours or face future litigation.

  • Burglary, pot suspect has ‘a bad day’

    Last Wednesday was not a particularly good one for a Hammonds Creek Road man now behind bars on burglary and drug charges.
    Zachory Butts, 20, of 1853 Hammonds Creek Road, was wearing boxer shorts when two Anderson County Sheriff’s deputies knocked on his door last Wednesday afternoon. A short time later he was dressed and on his way to jail on charges that he broke into Smith’s Grocery in Alton and was growing more than 50 pot plants in his home.

  • Going the extra mile is only natural for Oak Ridge Boy

    LOUISVILLE – Duane Allen has only one rule for fans getting his autograph.

    Be polite.

    “All they have to do is remember one simple phrase: Be polite,” the country and gospel music legend said last week. “Just be polite. Nobody likes somebody that is rude.”

    After sitting down with Allen less than two hours before he and his fellow Oak Ridge Boys took the stage at the Kentucky State Fair, I can't imagine him being any other way.

  • Five-part harmony: Allen loves hoops, follows the Big Blue

    Had Duane Allen not become a mega-success with The Oak Ridge Boys, chances are he would have become a highly successful basketball coach at some level.

    At least, that is how he had it planned.

    “I get right into the very intricacies of coaching,” Allen said last week before taking the stage at the Kentucky State Fair. “I had dreamed when I was in school that I would be doing this until I got tired of it. I never dreamed it would last as long as it has.

  • BOYS' SOCCER: Madison Central, Collins spoil start to Bearcat soccer season

    Anderson County wanted some routine tests, not some final exams to start the season.

    Madison Central and district rival Collins showed the Bearcats they have some areas that need work during Anderson's first two games of the boys' soccer season last week. Madison Central rolled to a 5-2 win over the Bearcats Thursday night in Richmond. 

    Saturday, Collins struck quickly in the first half and rolled to a 4-0 win in a 30th District matchup.

  • Lady Bearcat volleyball splits first two matches

    The Anderson County High School volleyball team hit a bump in the road at West Jessamine before rebouning for a win at Western Hills.

    According to a news release, the junior varsity started out strong with a win against West Jessamine in Tuesday's first match 21-14, but fell to pressure and struggled to regain their communication efforts on the court. West Jessamine rebounded with a 21-18 win in the second match and came out strong in the third match winning 21-17.  

  • OUTDOORS: Fall brings many outdoors opportunities

    Another great Kentucky fall is upon us. The fall season brings with it a plethora (pretty sure that’s the first time I’ve ever typed that word and I am grateful for the automatic spell check on my laptop) of outdoor opportunities for outdoorsmen. 

    Squirrel season opened a few weeks back to several nice cool mornings and the first segment of the early season continues right up to the opening of deer gun season.