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Today's News

  • COLUMN: Changing sports for the better

    It is said that everything can improve. Everything.

    So with that in mind, I recently had a little too much time on my hands, so I jotted down – OK, I actually used my thumbs to type them into my iPhone – five things I wish I could change about sports.

    Some of these will never happen but if I ever get a magic wand that could change things with one wave, these would be the end result.


    1. Wild cards would end in pro sports.

  • SAMPLER: Bearcat golf drops first match of season

    Lexington Sayre stunned previously unbeaten Anderson County, taking a 153-156 win over the Bearcats in a boys' golf match held Tuesday at Tates Creek Golf Course in Lexington.

    Anderson turned in what was easily its weakest performance of the year and suffered its first loss in a dual match this season.

    “I was not happy with our performance,” Anderson coach Jim Beward said. “Four guys at 40 or above against any opponent is a recipe for defeat.”

  • VOLLEYBALL: Anderson sophomore Katy Carmichael has learned to overcome diabetes and play with gusto

    The diagnosis was harder and more sudden than anything any opponent will ever hit at Katy Carmichael during her volleyball career.

    Diabetes.

    “It is a life-changing disease,” says the Anderson County High School sophomore who is expected to be one of the mainstays of the Lady Bearcats' front line this year.

    Life-changing and, during the time immediately after doctors at the University of Kentucky broke the news to Carmichael and her family, very scary.

    Extremely scary.

  • FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Riding to a title?

    It's been an incredible ride over the last seven years of Anderson County football.

    Actually it's been a work in progress since that December day Mark Peach was introduced as coach of the Anderson County Bearcats. On Thursday, Peach spoke at a press conference that was attended by only one member of the media, the local newspaper.

    The following Monday, Peach was driving his new charges in conditioning drills through the halls of Anderson County High School. It was just the start.

  • FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Bearcats a heavy favorite in otherwise balanced district

    Trying to get a read on Class 5A, District 6 depends on who you ask.

    “There is not a team on our schedule that is not capable of beating us,” Anderson County head coach Mark Peach has said several times this off-season.”

    But ask the other coaches in the district about how things should go and the answer is almost unanimous: Anderson is the team to beat.

    “Anderson has a ton of talent returning,” Franklin County coach Chris Tracy said in the spring.

  • FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Duane Hammons, the last man standing

    Some call him, “The last man standing.”

    Anderson County football coach Mark Peach has called him many things since they started working together eight years ago.

    “Probably a lot of good and bad,” Bearcat assistant coach Duane Hammons says with his familiar laugh. “It depends on when he said it.”

    Nope. It's all good.

    For the record, Peach has referred to his defensive coordinator as, “The Genius” and “The Mad Scientist” over the years.

  • FOOTBALL PREVIEW: What to look for in Anderson County football in 2013

    The coming football season has the potential to be one of the most memorable in Anderson County history. Here are several reasons why.

    1. Anderson football could get over .500.

  • COLUMN: What happened to decency?

    Just when you think things can't go any lower, you realize they are.

    In case you missed it, the state of California recently passed a law that allows student-athletes who identify themselves as transgender to choose which sex-segregated athletic teams they desire.

    California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill into law last week.

    Really. I am not making this up. I wish I were.

    Athletics are not the only thing covered under the law as it allows transgender students to choose which school locker rooms and bathrooms to use.

  • Gilkerson and Gilkison family reunion to be held

    The Gilkerson and Gilkison family reunion will be held Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Legion Hall on Legion Road in Paris.
    Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m.
    Reunion organizers ask that attendees bring a covered dish to share and soft drinks of their choice. Utensils, plates, napkins, lemonade and coffee will be furnished.
    “Bring your family tree information and anything you’d like to display for others to enjoy,” organizers said.

  • Todd qualifies to perform at state fair

    Keaton Todd, a 16-year-old junior at Anderson County High School, recently qualified to compete with a vocal acoustic performance in the 2013 Coca-Cola Talent Classic Semi-Finals competition at the Kentucky State Fair on Aug. 17, according to a news release.