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Opinion

  • The welcomed warming temperatures of spring and early summer are a relief from the cold winter temperatures of 2013-14.

    The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map for Kentucky places most of the state in Zone 6 (–10 degrees to 0 degrees).

    The far western counties are in Zone 7a (0 degrees to 5 degrees).

    By this data, Kentucky was on average no colder than we have historically experienced. The visible indication of dead plants and utility bills indicated that something was different.

  • I would like to add one more to your list of achievements for Anderson County High School girls’ sports teams.

    This spring, we fielded our first girls’ lacrosse team. 

    In their inaugural season, they went 5-6, with many of their games, and some of their wins, against schools with established lacrosse programs.

    Anderson County Coach Chris Harrod and his staff recruited freshmen to seniors and put together a group that I was proud for my daughter to be a part of.

  • Perhaps I’m a little late tossing in my two cents about Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and his racist remarks. I would have thought by now that this storm might pass.

    It hasn’t.

    In a nutshell, the billionaire real estate investor told a woman, V. Stiviano, not to bring black people to his games. Apparently, he was in a flirtatious relationship, or attempting to be in an amorous relationship, with Stiviano, who is part African-American.

  • For those keeping up with world news, you might have noticed this interesting new “blogger law” passed in Russia.

    The law dictates that any blogger with more than 3,000 readers must register with Russia’s media oversight agency.

    According to Reporters Without Borders, the bloggers will be responsible for fact-checking any information they post and removing any inaccurate comments, and they are prohibited from harming the reputation of a person or group or using their platform to “hide or falsify information of general interest.”

  • By Brian Owens

    May is National Foster Care Awareness month.

    According to the most recent statistics from the National Foster Care Coalition, nearly 400,000 children are currently in foster care, with almost 7,000 of those in Kentucky.

    Out of this number, many will eventually be reunified with their family members once it is seemed safe to do so (51 percent in 2012), while others will wait and age out of the system, having never had the blessing of being the member of a loving family.

  • By Tamara Smith

    News Advertising

     

  • Throughout my career as a former education reporter, I’ve heard many buzz words. The latest and most popular, in my opinion, seem to be “21st Century school” and “college and career readiness.”

    These phrases most likely have little significance for people who don’t work in the education field. Without getting into the technicalities, these phrases really mean a school that is up-to-date in methods of preparing students for a career and/or college path.

  • By Luz Vega-Marquis

    President & CEO, Marguerite Casey Foundation

    Take a look at your bills. What do you pay for food, housing, clothing, health care, utilities and transportation? How much would it take for your family to just get by? Could you make it on $15,000 a year? $21,000? What would your family have to do without to make ends meet?

    What exactly does it take to make it in America?

  • The Anderson County Chamber of Commerce will host a political forum for all candidates running in the May primary election Thurs., May 1, at Anderson County High School starting at 6:30 p.m.

    This is not a debate. The content of each candidate’s speech will be directed to the businesses and citizens of Anderson County. All candidates will be given a maximum of 4 minutes to speak.

    Prior to the debate and at intermission, candidates can interact with the general public and pass out material in the foyer area.

  • Life is good! Winter is over and I get a few days off to celebrate spring’s arrival. So what if it is a cool spring. It’s still way warmer than those bone chilling months and I’ve got spring fever! The moon is right so I’m planting onions, potatoes, spinach and lettuce seeds. I’ve got broccoli plants to put in as well.

    I feel really bad for all the teachers and kids who had to miss spring break so I thought I’d share a little humor in that vein. I know there will be some “skippers” in the school district!

  • Hello Anderson County.

    After nearly a decade of writing, photography, graphic design, social media and telling a community’s story, I’ve returned to the business of writing, photography, graphic desi… yeah, it’s been a little confusing for me, too.

  • Editorial cartoon by Terry Wise.

  • Janis Buntain, 57, Mt. Eden, died Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at her home. 

    Survivors included her husband, Larry Buntain; two sons, James Tyler and Christian Buntain; one stepson, Larry Buntain, Jr.; one stepdaughter, Juanita Buntain; and her mother, Frances Parsley of Indianapolis.

    Funeral services were Friday at Pleasant Hill Christian Church in Mt. Eden.  Burial was in Best Cemetery.

    Arrangements were by Webb Funeral Home.

  • As I shook the woman’s hand before the church service began, she asked me where I worked.
    “Oh, I’m a reporter at The Anderson News,” I chirped with all the bursting, overflowing brightness of a new college graduate.
    “Oh. Good luck with that,” she said. The woman turned away to welcome someone else sitting behind her.
    She was right, in a way.