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Today's News

  • Unemployment rate surges to 12.5 percent

    Anderson County’s unemployment rate skyrocketed to 12.5 percent in October, according to statistics released recently by the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training.

    Anderson’s rate is 25 percent higher than the average for the Bluegrass District (9.3 percent) and well above the state average of 10.7 percent.

    Anderson’s rate rose from 10.9 percent in September, and is up 4.4 percent from last October.

  • Chamber lashes out over sign ordinance

    With nearly two dozen Anderson County Chamber of Commerce members staring them down last Thursday night, the city’s board of adjustments tabled several requests for variances in the city’s sign ordinance.

    The meeting, held at city hall, became a rallying cry of sorts by chamber members who for the past year have attempted to work with city government to revise what they say is the city’s outdated sign ordinance.

  • THE SPORTS BUZZ for Dec. 10: UK-IU was once the nation's premier rivalry

    Once upon a time, there was nothing better than that Saturday afternoon (usually) when Kentucky and Indiana got together for the annual border war.

    No game, not one, stirred so much emotion, drew so much nationwide attention or meant so much to so many people as the day when UK and IU tipped it off.

    Border war? That is putting it mildly. The Russians could have crossed the Ohio River going either way and would have gotten a better reception.

    More often than not, from the early 70's to the mid 90's, one or the other was ranked in the Top 5. Sometimes both were.

  • The Sports Buzz: Tuesday's results raise questions on how good Lady Cats are

    I have been around the high school basketball block more times than I care to remember and learned a llllllllooonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnggggg time ago that you can't put a lot of stock in comparative scores.

    But they sure do make great talk fodder, don't they?

    Take the Anderson County girls' team. The Lady Bearcats won their first two games, an overtime thriller over Lafayette, then an impressive wire-to-wire victory over Ballard.

  • Youth wrestling sign-ups announced

    Anderson County youth wrestling sign-ups will be held at Anderson County Middle School beginning Sunday, Dec. 13 at 2 p.m. Wrestlers in kindergarten through fifth grade are eligible to participate.

    The cost is $60 per wrestler.

    Wrestlers will be able to participate in a clinic conducted by Doug Blubaugh, 1960 Olympic gold medalist.

    For more information, contact Anderson County High School wrestling coach Tom Castle at 859-489-3794.

  • Lady Bearcats blitz Ballard, again

    Only the cast had changed.

    Well, actually, the final margin was also much different than a year ago, but Anderson County used almost the same formula – hit them early and dominate the open court – to defeat visiting Ballard, 60-52, in girls’ gasketball action Saturday afternoon.

  • Scoreboard an afterthought as PRP defeats Cats

    LOUISVILLE – With over 1,100 wins between them, Anderson County’s Glen Drury and his coaching counterpart at Pleasure Ridge Park, Dale Mabrey, knew that the scoreboard was not the most important thing in the opening-week hoops clash.

    For the record, PRP showed why it is knocking on the door of the state’s Top 10 with a 58-44 win. The Panthers built a quick early lead, then held off several Anderson rallies in its season opener. Anderson, in its biggest early-season test in recent memory, fell to 1-1.

  • Change of pace sends Bearcats past Buckhorn

    There is a difference between being patient and being too slow.

    Clinging to a 24-23 lead over Buckhorn at halftime of the Wierwille Classic at Berea College on Saturday, Anderson got a simple message from head coach Glen Drury.

    “He said the game was too slow. We wanted to try to speed the game up,” said assistant coach Bryan Hyatt.

    Using relentless pressure, the Bearcats ran off the first six points of the third quarter on the way to a 53-37 win over what is touted as one of the better teams in the mountains.

  • COLUMN: Mustangs a team of 'Destiny'

    It was a good thing that Destiny was on Anderson County’s side Friday afternoon.

    Without her, the middle school state championship trophy might be residing in Whitley County today, just a long 3-pointer from the Tennessee line in Williamsburg.

    And yes, we said her. Destiny. Proper noun. Destiny Stewart.

  • COLUMN: Don't let candidates off eco-devo hook

    Don’t be surprised if sooner rather than later a candidate for fiscal court or judge-executive shows up at your door, begging for your vote in next May’s primary.

    Each will probably offer the usual servings of political oatmeal about “saving money” and “taking a close look at the budget.”

    Those are OK, but not one should leave your doorstep until he or she answers the following question: What specifically will you do to bring industry and jobs to Anderson County?