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Today's News

  • A message for people who don’t like church

    I saw this on a billboard in Cincinnati a couple of years ago. At first glance I was offended, but the more I thought about it the more I realized what the ad was saying.
    The ad said people have grown tired of churches which are lifeless in nature, ran by the pastor, an elder or some prominent family or individual rather than relying on God and his word to direct the church.

  • The grand experiment

    Once, there was a grand experiment.
    Psychologists ushered a person into a little room with a one-way mirror and a simple switchboard.
    Levers indicated electric shock levels from low to debilitating.  
    The man in the white lab coat offered basic instructions: read questions to the man or woman you can’t see behind the mirror.
    For each wrong answer, buzz them with an electric shock.
    The more wrong answers, the more intense the current.  

  • UK mishandling sports reporters

    George Orwell’s 1949 tome on political repression, “1984,” told of Oceania, a fictional society ruled by Big Brother that bugged the phones of its citizens and practiced strict mind control.
    Orwell would have loved the University of Kentucky, the publicly funded institution that recently banned the Kentucky Kernel, its independent campus newspaper, from covering its annual invitation-only media day.

  • Gas station reopens near Parkway
  • Dinner with Deputies Nov. 18 to benefit Shop With a Cop

    A deputy serving a search warrant or other legal documents?
    Happens all the time.
    But a plate of barbecue, slaw and beans? Happens once a year.
    For the second consecutive year deputies with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office will wait on tables Friday, Nov. 18 at Tony’s BBQ Barn, located at 1435 US 127 Bypass, just north of the intersection of Highway 151. Tips collected by the deputies will go toward the department’s annual Shop With a Cop program, which provides Christmas gifts for underprivileged children.

  • Son shot by dad on opening day of deer season

    A man accidentally shot his 21-year-old son in the arm early Saturday morning on Meadow Lane as they were preparing for the opening of deer season, according to a report released by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.
    Lexington residents John Bailey Jr. and his son, John Bailey III, were at a relative’s residence on Meadow Lane when the elder Bailey was teaching his son, who had never been hunting, how to use a .30-.30 lever-action Marlin rifle, according to the report.

  • Taxpayers better served when elected control rates

    An examination of property tax rates since 2000 shows a stark contrast of rates set by those who are elected and those who are not.
    Predictably, those not elected are much quicker to raise tax rates at a pace not even those in Washington, D.C., could possibly fathom.

  • Former county clerk dies

    He was Anderson County’s clerk, and so much more.
    Julian Birdwhistell, 88, died Monday at Frankfort Regional Medical Center and is being remembered as a “fine, Christian man” who spent his life giving to others and the community that adored him.
    “He was a really good man, and I loved him,” said Rosalie Yocum, who served as Birdwhistell’s chief deputy in the county clerk’s office. “Everyone knew him and the vast majority liked him.”

  • ‘She will be sorely missed’

    One needed only to drive past the funeral home Sunday afternoon to understand the level of grief that gripped Lawrenceburg following last Wednesday’s fatal collision that killed two women on Versailles Road.
    Ritchie-Peach Funeral Home was literally stuffed with those mourning the loss of Morgan Hellard, 23, an aspiring pharmacy student described by those who knew and loved her as a wonderful young mother who was just an “all-around good girl.”

  • Column: Enjoying the playoff ride

    Go ahead. Admit it.

    We won't hold it against you if, back on Oct. 14, you said the chances of Anderson County still playing football the weekend before Thanksgiving were named Slim and None with Slim getting ready to get in the saddle to ride out of town.

    You might remember what happened that night. Franklin County had routed the Bearcats 56-24 in the worst shellacking Anderson had taken since 2005, which happened to be Coach Mark Peach's first year and happens to be significant in itself.