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Today's News

  • 100 years of basketball: Wins over Anderson still vivid for Western fans

    Helen Turner does not hesitate when asked about her best sports memory from her lifetime of love of Western High School.
    “Oh, when we beat Anderson High,” she says with a laugh. “I won't ever forget that.”
    It actually happened twice, in the 1982 and 1983 30th District Tournament semifinals.
    None was sweeter than the Eagles' 72-59 win over the Bearcats in 1982. Western took control of that one early and never trailed, whipping the Bearcats on their home court.

  • 100 years of basketball: In His Own Words -- Don White

    As a sports-minded teen growing up in Somerset in the 1960s, I was well aware of Anderson County athletics.
    But it never occurred to me this community would become my home. Also, I certainly never dreamed the day would come when I would have the opportunity to make a significant contribution to the local sports scene.
    In 1971, while serving as news editor of the daily paper in Somerset, I was invited by my boss to accompany him to the Sweet Sixteen.

  • Lady Bearcats pummel Dunbar

    Anderson County reeled off the first seven points of the night and never looked back as the Lady Bearcats pounded Paul L. Dunbar 79-55 in basketball action Tuesday night.
    Anderson went on a 16-2 run midway through the second quarter to effectively put things away. The Lady Bearcats owned a 44-28 halftime lead and never allowed Dunbar to get within 15 points in the second half.  Anderson's lead ballooned to as much as 30 points late in the game.

  • ONLINE EXTRA: 100 years of basketball -- Western High was a special place

    There are times when it really hits home just how long I have been covering Anderson County sports. We know that basketball has been played in Anderson County for 100 seasons now and, for the most part, I have been writing about the sport for a little over 25 years.


    A quarter of Anderson County's hoops history? That is kind of mind-boggling when you think about it. And I can honestly say there have been few times more enjoyable than those when I had the privilege of writing about Western Eagle basketball from 1986-89.

  • Anderson County Schools on one-hour delay Wednesday

    UPDATED TUESDAY, DEC. 14 at 3 P.M. - Anderson County students will be back in the classroom Wednesday, but the day will start an hour later than usual.

    The district will operate on a one-hour delay Wednesday, according to announcements through its One Call Now system and Twitter account.

    Students missed the first two days of the week because of several inches of snow, which fell in the area on Sunday and Monday.

    Check back here for more information as it becomes available.

  • Sacred Heart holds off Lady Bearcats

    LEXINGTON -- Sacred Heart went on a 12-2 run to start the fourth quarter, then held off a furious Anderson County rally to post a 49-48 win in girls' basketball action at Rupp Arena Sunday afternoon.


    The Valkyries, a perennial state power, made Anderson pay for several crucial turnovers to start the decisive run. Anderson committed 27 turnovers for the game.

  • ONLINE EXTRA: 100 years of basketball -- The Ultimate 'What if?'

    Basketball fans often talk about the “What ifs?” in their sport. 


    Like “What if Mike Casey had not broken his leg in the summer before his senior year? Would a team of Dan Issel, Mike Pratt and Mike Casey have been unstoppable in 1970?”


    Or “What if Terry Howard had remained perfect at the free throw line? Would Kentucky and Louisville have played for the national championship in 1975?”

  • Third quarter run propels Mercer past Anderson

    Mercer County used a 12-0 run in the third quarter to break open a tie game on the way to a 60-43 win over host Anderson County in boys' basketball action Friday night.
    With the score deadlocked at 23, Mercer's Austin Seagraves scored eight consecutive points to start the run.
    Anderson, which went scoreless for nearly four minutes, was never closer than eight the rest of the way. The Bearcats fell to 1-2, while Mercer improved to 2-1.

  • Lady Bearcats rout Spencer

    Mackenzie Cann scored a career-high 29 points and Sydney Brown added 21 as Anderson County romped past district rival Spencer County, 79-46, Thursday night. The host Lady Bearcats led 41-11 at the half, then cruised to their third straight win to open the season. The Lady Bearcats are 1-0 in district play. For a complete report, see the Dec. 15 edition of The Anderson News.

  • 100 years of basketball: Who was Lincoln Institute?

    For more than two decades, black Anderson County residents were bused to Lincoln Institute, about a mile west of Simpsonville in Shelby County.
    At one time, there was a high school known as Lawrenceburg Colored, which was located on Lincoln Street, according to local resident John Cunningham, whose mother, Gertrude, attended school there. Cunningham says the school burned in the late 1930s or early 1940s. After that, high school students were bused to Lincoln.