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Today's News

  • Forty years and counting

    Last week my wife and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary.

    Other than exchanging cards and perhaps going out to dinner, we usually don't do anything special or exchange gifts on our anniversaries.

    But realizing that I needed do something extra for this anniversary, since staying together for so long has become increasingly rare, I purchased her a set of nice ruby earrings. (I looked on the Internet and discovered that the 40th is the "ruby" anniversary and it's also her birthstone.)

  • Mistaken identity

    There was a case of mistaken identity in last week's Anderson News.

    Almost in the center of page B1 was a nice picture of Sam Williams kicking an extra point that was the difference in Anderson County's scrimmage win over Lincoln County on Aug. 22.

    The problem was that without jersey numbers, a certain sports editor (blush!) misidentified the kicker.

  • Anderson County native helps organize 'Scare Fest'

    When "Scare Fest" opens at Lexington's Heritage Hall on Sept. 12, it will be the largest horror and paranormal convention ever held in the Southeast, according to one of the event's organizers, Jeff Waldridge, an Anderson County native.

    "In terms of space and guest list, it will be the largest," Waldridge said, who along with Patti Starr is event manager and co-creator.

    He also hopes the turnout will be large.

  • Southern fried

    BEREA - The confusion before the opening kickoff was only a shadow of what was to transpire on the football field at Madison Southern High School last Friday night.

    When Anderson County lined up to receive the season-opening kick, an official told the Bearcats they needed to go to the other end of Gilliam Field.

    Only when another official saw the error did anyone take a notion to turn both teams around so they could defend the goals chosen in the pre-game coin-toss ceremony.

  • Bearcats visit W. Jessamine Friday night

    In the rebirth of Anderson County football, there have been some signature wins but one of the most important, and overlooked, came at West Jessamine, the next foe on the Bearcat schedule.

    The date was Oct. 20, 2006. The Bearcats overcame a sloppy - horrendous might be a better description - field and the emotion of West Jessamine's Senior Night to post a 24-12 win.

    The naysayer would point out that Anderson's sixth win of the season came against a club that had only beaten lowly Bourbon County.

  • No cream puffs here

    No one can accuse Anderson County of loading its own girls' soccer tournament with a group of cream puffs designed to add more hardware to the trophy case.

    That makes Saturday's 3-1 win over North Hardin in the championship game of the Lady Bearcat Invitational that much sweeter.

    "This was our first win in the tournament since 2003," said Anderson head coach Jason Earnest. "That was April Carbajal's senior year."

  • Wine and song

    Logan Leet's chair sits perilously close to the precipice of Lovers Leap, a tiny outcropping of rock that overlooks the Kentucky River gorge.

    Despite being a foot or so away from plunging hundreds of feet to the river bottom, Leet appears undaunted as he strums his acoustic guitar and discusses the music he'll play Saturday, Sept. 13 during this year's Wine Festival, sponsored by the Lawrenceburg Rotary Club.

  • Magistrates OK tax hike

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court approved a new tax Tuesday morning that will increase property taxes $16 per $100,000 of assessed value.

    By a 5-2 vote, the fiscal court created a taxing district for the Anderson County Extension Service, giving it authority to levy taxes against real and personal property.

    The tax rate is set at 16 cents per $100 assessed value.

    The new tax has been debated for the past two months as magistrates haggled over what the rate should be and how much rent the county will charge the Extension for the building it occupies in the county park.

  • Bearcats rout Madison Southern in opener

    BEREA -- Jacob Russell and B.J. Robinson hooked up for a 60-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage igniting a scoring explosion as Anderson County routed host Madison Southern 52-0 in high school football action Friday night.

    The Bearcats piled up 38 points in the first quarter, then cruised for their third consecutive season-opening win.

    "I am pleased, but not satisfied," Anderson coach Mark Peach said in what has become a common refrain around the Bearcat camp in the young season.

  • Add Bearcats to list of regional contenders

    Don't make reservations for the state golf tournament just yet, but keep the week of October 6-10 open just in case.

    Anderson County should definitely be in the hunt for a state berth.

    The Bearcats officially placed their name in the mix with a victory in the Garrard County Invitational, held Saturday at Dix River Golf Course, the site of this year's regional tournament.

    Proving that their win in the Warren East Invitational a week before was no fluke, Anderson came home with a 307, two strokes better than second place Adair County. Boyle County was third with a 310.