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Today's News

  • Apologies to the Class of 2013

    Dear Anderson County high school seniors, Class of 2013:
    I apologize in advance.
    Many of you won’t read this column, because according to some of your elders, you’ve never seen a newspaper.
    For those who decided to engage in the archaic ritual of reading the weekly newspaper, I’d like to extend an apology on behalf of others who believe today’s youth don’t know how to string a sentence together unless it includes text speak like “LOL” or “OMG.”  

  • Who among you will raise a hand in public?

    A private show of hands, please, from those who think that the state Transportation Cabinet’s efforts to use political candidate Kent Stevens to deliver “contingency” road paving funds to Anderson County was not politically motivated in any way. (See story, A1.)
    C’mon, no one’s looking. Even you lifelong Democrats who can’t stand Republicans — especially Republicans like Kim King — can raise your hands.

  • Pickin’ Pot
  • Coach prays scoreboard woes don’t hurt team

    What if the defending state runner-up played a football game and there was no way for anyone to know the score?
    Or, even more importantly, what if players and coaches did not know how much time was left?
    Anderson County High School is hoping it is a moot point when the Bearcats host Bryan Station in the season opener on Friday night, but those involved with the program might even be asking for divine help when the ball is teed up.
    “I will be praying that it is working,” Anderson coach Mark Peach said. He was not joking.

  • Middle school Mustangs strut their stuff

    Scenes from Anderson County Middle School's 39-0 win over Henry County to open the football season Saturday in the inaugural Seth Carnahan Memorial Bowl.

  • King: Gov. trying to ‘buy votes’ for Stevens

    An effort by state representative candidate Kent Stevens to deliver state road funds to Anderson County touched off a political firestorm last week, including allegations by his opponent, state Rep. Kim King, that Gov. Steve Beshear is “funneling slush funds” into Stevens’ campaign to “buy votes.”
    It also resulted in a biting exchange between Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway and King over her efforts to help Anderson County.

  • COLUMN: Old-school on and off the field

    It is only fitting that those two sure signs of late August are both on the calendar for this weekend.

    The high school football season officially opens Friday. Two nights later, the Oak Ridge Boys will be Oom Boppa Mow Mowing at the Kentucky State Fair.

  • FOOTBALL: Bearcats to open season vs. speedy Bryan Station

    Carrying a football in Friday's season opener will be tough enough, but Anderson County is glad it is going that route against Bryan Station instead of racing with a baton.

    “They are like a team of Usain Bolts,” Anderson coach Mark Peach laughed when describing the Defenders. “If it were the 4x100-meter relay, we wouldn't have a chance, but we are playing football.”

  • GIRLS' SOCCER: Young Lady Bearcats looking for soccer surprises

    When it comes to high school soccer, the Anderson County girls are hoping their surprises start changing during this season.

    Anderson, which was scheduled to open the season Monday night at Harrison County, already knew it would have to replace seven seniors, six of whom started during last season's run to the 13th Region tournament. What the Lady Bearcats were not banking on was having to replace two more returnees.

  • First district champs finally getting their due

    This time, they can only hope the public address system is working.

    “I remember we got together once before. We went on the field and the speakers quit working just as we got out there,” laughs Tony Kays, who was a sophomore defensive back on the 1972 Anderson County High School football team.

    In some ways, that glitch might have been fitting. Forty years ago, those Bearcats accomplished something no Anderson team had ever done before and did not duplicate for 35 more seasons when they won a district championship.