Today's News

  • Older, but not so wiser

    If one of my mentors was correct when he repeatedly opined, "When a person stops learning, he starts dying," I don't need to worry about my preordained encounter with the Grim Reaper anytime soon.

    At almost 62, I'm still learning valuable new lessons. Unfortunately, much of the recent lessons-learned might be easily categorized "Should Have Known Better."


    The final words school bus driver Diane Driskell heard her great-niece Dezarae Driskell say when she dropped her off Monday after school were 'Bye, Aunt Diane, see you tomorrow.'

    But just minutes later, Dezarae was dead, the victim of an apparent accidental shooting after a hunting rifle being used by her teenage stepbrother discharged, according to Kentucky State Police.

    'The last thing I saw of her was walking up the hill to her home,' her great-aunt said.

  • Cat Madness tips off hoops season Saturday

    There's a new format but some old basketball names will be showcased Saturday when Cat Madness kicks off the Anderson County basketball season.

    In a departure from the zaniness of previous years, Cat Madness will feature scrimmages involving some of the better boys' and girls' high school programs in central Kentucky.

    Tipoff of the first game involving the Franklin County and Elizabethtown boys' varsity teams is at 3:30 p.m. The Anderson County girls will take on Nelson County at 5:30, followed by the Anderson boys and Garrard County at 7:30.

  • City, county should help finish skate park

    That a kid on a skateboard was allegedly punched in the face and kicked by an adult shouldn't come as a shock to Anderson Countians.

    Nor should it be a shock in the not-too-distant future when a skater is hit and killed by a vehicle.

    After all, we, the adults of Anderson County, are the ones who collectively have ignored our children's pleas to build them a safe place to skateboard, away from traffic and bar-room bullies who allegedly assault them, as happened last Friday afternoon behind Main Street.

  • Fallen soldiers' families help dedicate memorial

    Under clear blue skies on a crisp autumn Sunday afternoon, the Healing Field at the American Legion Park was dedicated before hundreds of respectful attendees.

    The park of 70 American flags erected in straight rows with granite plaques memorializing soldiers from Kentucky who have died in the global war on terror is part of a nationwide tribute to commemorate the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the United States.

  • Different roads led teams to second-round matchup

    The roads Anderson County and Oldham County have taken during the 2007 football season are as different as an interstate and a country lane, but Friday night, one will hit a dead end, while the other speeds on to the class 5A, Region 1 championship game, tentatively scheduled for the day after Thanksgiving.

    Oldham rode a rugged schedule that included Class 6A powers Eastern, St. Xavier, Madison Central and Scott County. The Colonels won just one non-district game, but even that one was a loaded gun as they beat Franklin County, ranked sixth in 4A at the time.

  • New "breakfast of champions" fuels Moninger's best

    LEXINGTON - There might be a new training regimen around the cross country team at Anderson County High School.

    'Frosted Cheerios: The breakfast of champions,' Anderson co-coach Scott Ellis joked Saturday after Kristin Moninger turned in the best time of her career in the Class AAA state meet, held at the Kentucky Horse Park.

    'She ran a great race,' Ellis said. 'It was her best race ever.'

    While Moninger was smiling at the end, a bit of racing luck gave Devin Davenport a disappointing finish in the final race of his career.

  • Second quarter knockout in Round 1

    Remember that oldest cliche of football? You have to establish the run before you can pass?

    Anderson County took that supposed truism of the high school game and threw it out the window Friday night.

    Or more specifically, the Bearcats called upon Jacob Russell to throw it down field.

    Russell propelled Anderson past visiting South Oldham 49-7 in the first round of the Class 5A state playoffs as he completed 14 of 23 passes for 277 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Not a bad night for someone who had to alter his plans.

  • Struck twice by cars, plucky pooch survives

    Cats, not dogs, are reputed to have nine lives.

    But one plucky Chihuahua that was struck by two vehicles last Friday and lived to bark about it is challenging that old wives' tale.

    Lance Roe, a Lawrenceburg man who witnessed the dog being struck, said he can't believe it's still alive.

    'I'm just amazed,' he said. 'After the two vehicles hit it, I went over the side of the road and it had blood coming out of its mouth and wasn't breathing. We all thought it was dead.'

  • Teen dies of gunshot wound

    An Anderson County High School student died yesterday from a gunshot wound.

    Dezarae Driskell, 16, reportedly was found dead at her home on Cheese Lick Road.

    The shot reportedly came from a rifle.

    A sibling, also a juvenile, was the only other person at the residence, police said.

    The Kentucky State Police are investigating.

    For a full report, see Wednesday's edition of The Anderson News.