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Today's News

  • The best grad speech you will never hear

    “Teddy Roosevelt is my favorite president,” I said to the soon-to-be college graduate sitting across from me.  “I visited his house once.”
    Teddy Roosevelt’s home on Long Island, NY, is stuffed with books as well as a frightening grizzly bear looming in frozen growl over small elementary student visitors.
    The museum was both terrifying and fascinating to a fourth grader with career aspirations of becoming a pioneer and creating her own head cheese.    

  • Being wrong has never felt so good

    Column as I see ’em …
    I’ve never been happier to be wrong in my life.
    I screwed up royally several weeks go when I wrote an article about potential health department tax increases.
    I wasn’t alone in thinking health department taxes are governed under the convoluted “compensating rate” system; even the county attorney wasn’t aware of an old statute that actually covers health taxes.
    She is now, and I’m absolutely thrilled.

  • Not your average college student

    Don’t dare waste class time around Roy Dearmon.
    When Dearmon, 83, sees a student not paying attention to the college instructor  —
    He won’t slap them like he might have as a special forces instructor in the Army.
    Dearmon gives them advice.
    “They’re daydreaming when they should be listening, I’ll tell them about it,” Dearmon said.
    Time won’t stop for you, he said.
    Time didn’t stop for Dearmon.
    Learning isn’t going to stop for him, either.

  • Fiscal court: Spending up 4% in proposed budget

    Spending in the proposed Anderson County Fiscal Court budget is slated to increase 4 percent, if approved by magistrates who had little to say last Tuesday when the budget was presented for a first reading.
    The budget calls for spending to increase from $7,173,172 to $7,462,735 — a jump of $289,563, nearly half of which is in payroll increases.
    Budgeted revenue is anticipated to go up 3.3 percent, from $6,720,502 to $6,944,336, an increase of $223,834 that includes anticipated gains in property tax revenue, EMS collections and an increase in county road aid.

  • Trial dates set for three charged with tying up child

    Trial dates have been set for the three people who allegedly tied up a 3-year-old girl for up to 16 hours each day.
    Where those trials will occur has not been settled, but a change of venue hearing is scheduled for May 28 in Anderson Circuit Court at 9 a.m.
    The child’s grandmother, Carolyn Case, is scheduled for trial for Dec. 9-11. The child’s mother, Rebecca Medley, is scheduled for trial Jan. 13-15, 2014. The child’s stepfather, Herbert Medley, is scheduled for trial Jan. 16-17, 2014, according to documents on file in Anderson Circuit Court.

  • ‘Hoarders’ nightmare discovered on Beth Drive

    Used toilet paper piled several feet high around a toilet.
    Several inches of what appeared to be animal feces in the kitchen sink and literally coating the kitchen counters.
    Trash, including expired food items dating back to 2009, piled waste high in nearly every room of the house.
    Live and dead animals, including what appeared to be a decomposing cat.
    Those are just a sample of what police found last Friday morning when an officer made a safety check at 104 Beth Drive.

  • BASEBALL: No place like home!

    It would come as no surprise if word leaked that Anderson County's baseball team had gotten together, clicked its collective heels three times and said, “There's no place like home. There's no place like home.”

    A 12-4 win over a Scott County team shooting for its 20th win Monday evening indicated there really is no place like home.

  • COLUMN: Ready or not, tourney time is here

    It's safe to say that the 2013 baseball-softball season has been one full of surprises around Anderson County.

    Not many expected the Anderson County High School softball team to be sitting at 21-9 heading into this week. Few really thought the Lady Bearcats would spend some time in the Top 25, although they dropped out last week. And not many really thought of Anderson as a legitimate threat to make its first state tournament appearance since 2008.

  • TRACK: Eight Bearcats qualify for state meet

    LEXINGTON – Eight might be enough for some people, but not for Anderson County track.

    Last Thursday, at Lafayette High School, eight Bearcats qualified for seven events this week's Class AAA state meet meet, to be held Saturday at the University of Louisville. It is the highest number of Anderson entries in recent years, but Anderson coach Robert Meacham sees his team's showing as a preview of what could be some stellar track years on the horizon.

  • Net Cats shut out in rain-drenched regional tournament

     To say the Region 8 tennis tournament experienced a wacky week is an understatement. Saying it did not go as Anderson County had hoped is not.

    The Bearcats and Lady Bearcats were shut out of state qualifiers in a week that might have been dominated by the weather more than anyone's serve or backhand. Monday's first round was delayed, delayed again, then eventually called after a few matches because of rains that threatened all week.