Today's News

  • News briefs: 9-12-12

    Auxiliary Unit 34 to host
    annual poker run
    The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 34 will host its annual poker run Sept. 15 at the Healing Field and American Legion clubhouse.
    Registration will be from 10-11:30 a.m., with kick stands up at noon. Each hand will be $10 and an extra card is $5, with each participant being limited to two.

  • Time to consider what to grow indoors

    Fall begins Saturday but those of you with allergies already knew that because your nose knows.
    I really feel for those who suffer because you just can’t escape the air. You can take a tablespoon of honey every day to help drastically reduce your suffering.
    Eating local honey builds up your tolerance to everything blowing in the wind. It takes four to six weeks to kick in, so you better start soon if you want any relief in October.

  • Four Roses toasts new visitor center

    Raising glasses of single barrell bourbon, Four Roses Distillery staff, as well as state and local public officials and bourbon enthusiasts, toasted the completion of the Anderson County distillery’s multi-million dollar visitor center at its grand opening Sept. 10.
    CEO Hideki Horiguchi said in 2004, Four Roses Distillery attracted only 1,000 visitors. This year, however, the distillery will be anticipating more than 50,000 tourists walking through its doors.

  • Giving during tough times

    The art of selfless giving is hard to master.
    Especially in 2012.  
    At this same time last year, then-high school junior Blake Roach promised himself that he’d pursue his mission to erect a 9/11 memorial in front of the Anderson County high school, even if he didn’t make his promised groundbreaking deadline of Sept. 11, 2011.
    That deadline long gone, Blake said he hopes he can just see this project through until more final deadline — his graduation in May.

  • Handling of hit list a lesson for district

    Roughly 36 hours. That’s how long it took from the time police took into custody a middle school student suspected of creating a hit list before school officials determined it was OK for you to know about it.
    That’s inexcusable. When something this serious happens, the district should set aside this pervasive and somewhat odd desire it has developed of late to control every ounce of information that gets out and simply let people know what’s going on.

  • Wreck jams traffic on Wildcat Road

    Although traffic concerns certainly pale during such a serious accident, traffic nevertheless became a story of its own late Friday afternoon when a woman’s car was hit head-on by a dump truck on Versailles Road.
    Cars trying to cross the Kentucky River into Lawrenceburg eventually were backed up as far as Falling Springs in Versailles.
    Cars headed from Lawrenceburg to Versailles backed up before eventually being rerouted to the Bluegrass Parkway.

  • Middle school student charged for ‘hit list’

    A male Anderson County middle school student was arrested last Wednesday morning as he exited his school bus and charged with 32 felony counts of terroristic threatening for possessing a “hit list.”
    According to School Resource Officer Joe Saunier, the “hit list” contained the names of 32 Anderson County middle school students.
    Because of privacy concerns, Saunier could not release the name of the student or describe what hit list entailed other than that it listed students’ names.  

  • City council raises property tax rates 3.4 percent

    The city council unanimously approved a compensating tax rate at its Sept. 10 meeting for the 2012-2013 fiscal year, a 3.4 percent increase from last year.  
    In 2011 the city council approved the maximum 4 percent revenue increase, a 6.6 percent tax hike for taxpayers at $1.78 per $100,000.
    Real property assessments for the city dropped by about $1.4 million since last year, according to Anderson County property valuation data.

  • COLUMN: Border Bowl great, but Guard's mission even greater

    Parked just off to my right was a small Blackhawk helicopter.

    On the drive back to Hangar 2, I had passed several other machines of warfare.

    Sitting next to me was a guy in camouflaged fatigues. We shook hands and exchanged some pleasantries before he took out his note pad. It was covered in camouflaged fabric too.

  • VOLLEYBALL: Lady Bearcats second in own tourney

    The inaugural Anderson County SMASH Tournament really was a smashing success.

    Ten volleyball teams from around Kentucky competed for the big trophy with Allen Central, from eastern Kentucky's 15th Region, captured the championship, defeating the host Lady Bearcats, 25-15 and 25-12, in the gold division final on Saturday evening.

    Bardstown won the silver championship with Western Hills taking bronze and Monticello winning copper.