Today's News

  • These Lady Bearcats are good!

    LEXINGTON - They won't say it publicly, but there have to be times when those closest to the girls' soccer program must want to just scream, "Hey, we are good!"

    But Saturday night, they would have just been talking to themselves.

    Finding a more appropriate sports venue than Jon Akers Stadium at Lexington's Dunbar High School to serve as the backdrop for the 21st-ranked Lady Bearcats Saturday night would not be impossible, but it would be close.

    Kind of like finding dollar gas these days.

  • Second half explosion lifts Bearcats in district opener

    Jacob Russell and Grant Cox connected on a 37-yard touchdown pass on Anderson County's first play of the game, but it was a second half explosion that lifted the Bearcats to a 58-21 win over visiting Grant County Friday night.

    Russell, who completed 14 of 18 passes for 247 yards, teamed up with Cox for two more first half scores, then arced a throw over the Grant defense to Dustin Combs on Anderson's first series of the second half that put the Bearcats up 37-21 and started the second half blitz.

  • Locals flock to pumps fearing higher gas prices

    Jeremy Coates spent $100 filling up his truck Friday afternoon, and that was considered a good deal.

    With rumors of gas topping $5 per gallon in Lexington and Louisville on Friday morning, a friend told Coates he should fill up soon or literally pay the price.

    And Coates certainly was not alone.

    Kathy Case, who was working the cash register at the BP on U.S. 127, said the gas station had seen a definite increase in business during the lunch hour Friday.

    "The pumps have been full for an hour and a half," Case said.

  • Go get 'em, mayor

    The right to private property is a great thing ... heck, an American thing.

    But no matter how much property a person owns, it's still stitched to someone else's and we are all accountable to each other to take care of what we own.

    A story in this week's paper serves as a microcosm of how one person's reluctance to maintain his property affects those around him. His back yard is replete with junked vehicles, piles of scrap lumber and other items that are an eyesore.

    His front yard isn't much better.

  • County issues burn ban

    A ban on outdoor burning was issued Sept. 3 for all of Anderson County.

    "That means no burning at all," warned Anderson County Fire Chief Mike Barnes, who made the announcement after the decree was approved by Anderson County Judge-Executive Steve Cornish.

    Barnes said the ongoing lack of rain prompted the ban, along with a number of small grass fires that have flared up over the past couple of weeks.

  • Back yard brawl

    When family members wanted to have a wedding in Shelby Phillips' back yard, they took one look at her neighbor's yard and said "no way."

    The property behind Phillips' Ballard Street home is a tangle of overgrown weeds, piles of scrap lumber, junked vehicles and other debris that she says poses a health hazard and is driving down adjacent property values.

    "We all keep our yards nice and neat," said Phillips. "But this is horrible. It ruins everybody's back yard."

  • 'Paul was tops'

    Anderson County lost one of its finest citizens when native son Paul Wickliffe Hanks died last Wednesday.

    A community stalwart, Hanks, 80, was the local Kentucky Utilities manager when he retired in 1987. The company employed him for 35 years, after he served with distinction in the Navy during the Korean War.

    A dedicated member of First Baptist Church since 1950, Hanks served in many capacities including that of deacon emeritus.

  • Cats take sudden death; Bussell individual winner

    One could have forgiven Anderson County if the Bearcats had violated golf etiquette Saturday.

    After all, it is not every day that a team wins its conference tournament.

    But after Jade Martin sank a put for par on the No. 1 hole at Wild Turkey Trace, the Bearcats had won a sudden death playoff to be crowned Central Kentucky Conference tournament champs for the first time since the conference was reborn several years ago. Martin's putt simply clinched what a pair of playoff birdies is supposed to do.

  • U of L president needs sensitivity training

    If recent newspaper articles about the scandal involving former University of Louisville's College of Education Dean Robert Felner are accurate, school president James Ramsey has some serious fence mending to do with his faculty.

    Felner is no longer with the university and is currently being investigated by the feds for alleged misappropriation of grant money. By most published accounts, he is not a pleasant person.

  • Peach's post-game comments echo '68 Cats' attitudes

    Watching Anderson County slosh through the first half of Friday's football game at West Jessamine, it was almost eerie to think of those words of wisdom that greeted people who drove down Broadway last week.

    I hear and I forget.

    I was not privy to what Bearcat coach Mark Peach said to his team last week, but I would have bet money that he talked repeatedly about West Jessamine being better than the team Anderson drubbed 58-0 a year ago. I would bet he tried to keep his team from looking ahead to this week's district game.