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Today's News

  • Secretariat Drive man indicted for child porn

    A Lawrenceburg man who police say admitted to having “sexual desires for children” has been indicted on 70 counts of possessing and distributing child pornography.
    Mark Hawks, 55, of 402 Secretariat Drive, as indicted last week by the Anderson County Grand Jury on 10 counts of first-degree distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, and 60 counts of possessing matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, according to documents on file and Anderson County Circuit Court.
    All 70 indictments are Class D felonies.

  • The Fields of Bad Dreams: Mitchell says improvements will be made

    In a perfect world, Sheila Mitchell would be able to wave a wand and fix what ails the athletic facilities serving the schools of Anderson County.


    “I would like to get them all met now,” the county’s superintendent of schools said.

  • String music!

    No one on the women’s basketball team at St. Catharine College was even around when Joe Dean made college basketball his domain 30 years ago, but they put their own twist on the man who called Southeastern Conference games for more than 20 years.

    Courtney Milam found out first-hand last year.

  • COLUMN: Great Expectations

    Over the years, I have often wondered about the effect of expectations on a team, especially one that competes at the high school level.


    It is especially pertinent now with football kicking off three weeks from Friday when Anderson County travels to Bryan Station for the inaugural meeting between the schools. Suffice it to say that in 26 years of writing and about 20 more of generally following Bearcat football, I have rarely seen expectations so high before the first tackle is ever made or the first block ever executed.

  • Mudcats win Tenn. tournament

    The Central Kentucky Mudcats’ 14-and-under baseball team rallied from a slow start to win the Knoxville Summer Slam tournament, held in Knoxville, Tenn., over the weekend.

    They knocked of host team Knoxville Naturals 4-2 in the championship game. Earlier, the Naturals beat the Mudcats 5-2.

    The Mudcats lost to the Tennessee Stars 9-7 before catching fire with a 7-2 win over the Thunder, of Anderson County, Tenn.

    The Mudcats will host the fifth annual Mudcats Classic this weekend at Anderson County High School.

  • Former Bearcat excels in pro debut

    Anderson County native Ryan Wells made the most of limited time under center with the Northern Kentucky River Monsters of the Ultimate Indoor Football League.


    Wells served as backup to former University of Kentucky and New York Giants’ quarterback Jared Lorenzen for the team.


    Wells, who played high school football at Anderson County before transferring to Western Hills for his senior year, earned the UIFL Offensive Player of the Week award for his performance against the East Kentucky Drillers.

  • Mudcats to host fifth annual Classic

    The Central Kentucky Mudcats baseball team will be hosting the Fifth Annual Central Kentucky Mudcats Classic from Friday, July 29 through Sunday, July 31 at Barnes Memorial Field on the campus of Anderson County High School.


    “We have a very strong field for the tournament,” says Mudcat coach Chris Copenhaver. “We had five more teams wanting in the tournament but with only one field, we had to cap it at seven. Word is getting around that this is a good tournament now and teams remember that.

  • Mudcats softball team shows improvement

    The Central Kentucky Mudcats’ 12-and-under softball team went 4-2 in the National Softball Association tournament held at Anderson County Community Park on July 15-17.


    The finish was good enough for fourth place and ran the team’s record to 6-4 on the summer.


    The Mudcats defeated the Lunachiks by forfeit and later defeated the Ambush 12-1, the Richmond All-Stars 11-2 and the Eastern Kentucky Storm 6-1.


    The team lost to the eventual runner-up, the Taylor County Cardinals, 4-3, and the Madison County Jinx 5-3.

  • Rockers win state title

    The Kentucky Rockers’ 16-and-under McCoy softball team won the American Softball Association B state championship the weekend of July 16-17 at Woodford County Park. The Rockers won all five games, outscoring the opposition 32-13.


    The Rockers defeated the Lexington Riot 8-0 as Sarah Griffie, of Anderson County, and Rachel McCoy combined for a shutout. The Rockers also defeated the Louisville Stars 5-3.

  • When it comes to wildlife, resist the urge to adopt

    Most people I know really like, if not love, baby animals.


    The reaction to them is much the same as the actions towards our own babies of the human race. We all love to watch the little tricycle motors grow up and watch in amazement as they go from crying, eating and cooing poop machines to the adults of the future. They need nurturing and a lot of care to reach a point of independence. Baby animals, however, are typically not as helpless as human babes or nearly as helpless as humans think. That brings me to the main point of my column this month.