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Today's News

  • COLUMN: Heavy rains make earth 'sigh with relief'

    I’m smiling. As I write, it’s Thursday night and I’m listening to thunder boomers and a nice steady rain. It’s been two weeks of dry, hot weather and hand watering to keep things alive. You can almost hear the earth sighing with relief. Some native plants, that are our most hardy lawn weeds, were even curling up.

  • Author says he doesn't know Drury

    The author of writing that appears on judge-executive hopeful Donna Drury’s campaign website says he never gave her permission to use the material.

    Asked last week why material written by someone else appeared on her website without crediting the actual author, Drury said she had received permission to do so.

    In two e-mails to The Anderson News, author Jerold Aust denies knowing Drury or giving her permission to use his thoughts on leadership on her website.

  • Honeysuckle death investigation still ongoing

    Investigators have ruled out homicide in the case of a man found dead in his home last Wednesday morning.

    “After an autopsy and further investigation, we were able to rule out homicide,” Anderson County Coroner Brian Ritchie said Thursday.

    However, the cause and manner of death of 53-year-old Richard Shamas will not be released until toxicology results and final autopsy reports are received, Ritchie said.

  • New ECC to be built near Ward

    A new Early Childhood Center will be built just off of U.S. 127 between the Anderson County Schools’ central office and Emma B. Ward Elementary School.

    The board of education voted unanimously in favor of building the new school on the Ward campus at a special meeting last Wednesday night.

    The board ultimately decided against building at the Robert B. Turner Elementary School campus, a site that had been the early favorite, primarily because of traffic issues on U.S. 62.

  • Walking for a cure

    Dillon Straub is taking everything day-by-day.

    The cliché is often overplayed, but for Straub it’s how life goes.

    Though only 16 years old, the Hillsdale, Mich., native has been diagnosed with limb-girdle muscular dystrophy type II, a disease doctors say nobody truly understands completely.

    Accompanied by three friends also from Hillsdale, Straub is walking 860 miles to the Florida state line.

  • North Laurel shatters Anderson state title dream

    CORBIN – Anderson County's dream of a state championship came crashing down Tuesday as the North Laurel All-Stars rolled to a 12-3 win in the semifinal round of the Little League state baseball tournament for 11-year-olds, held at Corbin Rotary Park.

    North Laurel batted around and took advantage of a pair of Anderson errors to score four times in the first inning, then made Anderson pay for another miscue in the second by scoring three more runs.

  • COLUMN: Enjoy moment with our 11s

    So many times during last basketball season, John Calipari admonished Kentucky Wildcat fans to enjoy the moment.

    Have fun. Savor the good times. Remember that we are talking about games.

    Games, in this instance, played by boys.

    Boys who, for the time being, dream of hitting the walk-off home run in the seventh game of the World Series. Boys whose voices have not deepened and who probably should not be throwing curve balls.

  • Kids go silly for Bandz trend

    Every generation has its youthful trend. And thanks to Silly Bandz, this one is no different.

    Silly Bandz are stretchy bands molded into various objects ranging from letters, to animals, to movie characters and even Michael Jackson.

    “We bought (our kids) the first package, it had 12 in the package, enough for them to get started and trade or whatever,” said Angie Cripe, who has three kids who all sport the popular bands. “And then if they want more they buy them with their own money.”

  • LITTLE LEAGUE: Anderson County earns trip to district championship game after initial loss

    This was a long season where each player had to earn his spot on the roster based on his performance.

    The journey isn’t over yet, but the Anderson County 11-and-under All-Stars made history Saturday evening by winning their first Little League district championship.

    The all-stars will play in the state tournament beginning Saturday and say their goal isn’t just to be there, but to win it.

    Looking back on the games the team played to get to this point, one would have to say their district championship and state dreams began with a nightmare.

  • Ex-superintendent hires board member to run transportation

    A former Anderson County Board of Education member was recently named as the district’s new director of transportation.

    Jeff Young, who served on the board up until accepting the transportation director position, began his new job on Tuesday.

    The position came open at the end of last school year when Chuck Fletcher announced his retirement.

    Filling the transportation director position was one of the last tasks for outgoing superintendent Kim Shaw, who also retired.