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Today's News

  • Prescription drug abuse was far from over

    We know bath salts and synthetic marijuana are quickly becoming a problem in Anderson County.
    But what about prescription pills?
    We’ve heard about the “pill mills” in Florida and Georgia, and the unflattering “pillbillies” nickname given to Kentuckians who travel across state lines as pain clinic customers.
    It’s not a new topic, not in the slightest.
    That’s the problem.
    Prescription drugs involve a danger unlike bath salts and synthetic marijuana: recommended human consumption.

  • Lawsuit spells trouble for Anderson library

    It appears the Anderson Public Library has for decades been taxing the public in violation of state law, and the ramifications for doing so could be tremendous.
    A mighty bold statement? You bet, but the facts don’t lie.
    We’ll explain why, but first a little background. The library is funded through what’s called a special taxing district, meaning it appears on your county property tax bill as a separate line item.
    Each year, the boards that oversee the health department and library create budgets and set a tax rate on your property.

  • BYOT: Bring your own technology

    Students in Anderson County Schools are trading their No. 2 pencils for personal iPads and e-readers in an effort to further integrate technology into district curriculum and classrooms.
    Bret Foster, chief information officer, said about 59 percent of Kentucky school districts offer a “bring your own device” policy, but few have implemented it on Anderson County’s scale.  
    As frontrunners in this endeavor, Foster said, the district starting providing a proxy online network in September 2011 for all grades kindergarten through 12th.  

  • A downtown fixture

    Jim Hyatt didn’t grow up thinking he would own Lawrenceburg’s only pool room.
    More than 40 years later, he couldn’t imagine doing anything else.
    Hyatt, the 76-year-old proprietor of Jim’s Pool Room on Main Street, has been slinging hamburgers and coney dogs while chatting up neighbors and fellow University of Kentucky fans for decades.
    “I should retire, but I’ve been doing it so long,” he said, standing behind the pool room’s well-worn wooden bar. “I like doing it.”

  • Coming Wednesday: General Cable struts its stuff
  • New ECC building too small

    The Ezra B. Sparrow Early Childhood Center will be completed by next school year, offering new technology and a new building, but not enough square feet.
    According to Superintendent Sheila Mitchell, some early childhood programs or classrooms at the current ECC will need to relocate to individual district elementary schools next school year due to lack of space at the newly constructed center.

  • Foreclosure forecast is gloomy

    First, the good news. Home foreclosures in Anderson County dropped to their lowest level in several years in 2011.
    Now, the bad news. It appears that the decline was artificial, and 2012 could be worse than ever.
    Foreclosures, which have topped 100 each of the past three years, dipped to 63 in 2011, according to Bill Patrick, a Lawrenceburg attorney who oversees foreclosures as the county’s master commissioner.

  • COLUMN: KHSAA gets it right with new soccer alignment

    Finally something that makes a lot of sense came along in the sports world last week.

    Over the last few years, it felt like every day some university is looking for a new home. While Louisville, for example, says it is happy in the Big East, reports linger that the Cardinals would move to the Big 12 in a minute. 

    The Big 10 has 12 teams and who knew that College Station, Texas, located northwest of Houston, is now in the Southeast, the same as Columbia, Mo? For some reason, I just don't see those places having much in common with Gainesville, Fla.

  • BASKETBALL: Anderson teams looking for momentum heading into final month

    The real basketball season is still three weeks away, but the Anderson County teams will be trying to generate momentum over the last three weeks of the regular season.

    District tournaments will begin across the state on Monday, Feb. 20. While the 30th District has traditionally not started until Tuesday of tournament week, official dates will not be announced until the District Tournament meeting, scheduled for Feb. 12.

  • BOYS' BASKETBALL: No magic for Bearcats in district matchup

    TAYLORSVILLE – This time, there was no magic in a bottle, or more specifically, in a basket for Anderson County.

    The Bearcats saw an early lead slip away then ran out of rallies of their own as Spencer County scored a 51-50 win that threw the race for the 30th District's top seed into a frenzy.