https://www.theandersonnews.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en ‘Thankful for a positive result’ https://www.theandersonnews.com/content/%E2%80%98thankful-positive-result%E2%80%99 <img src="https://www.theandersonnews.com/sites/www.theandersonnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/1-16_missing_child1_cropped.jpg" alt="April Strayer, center, gets a hug from a friend moments after it was announced her missing son had been found early Monday evening in Salvisa. Looking on is her husband, Jonathan. " title="April Strayer, center, gets a hug from a friend moments after it was announced her missing son had been found early Monday evening in Salvisa. Looking on is her husband, Jonathan. " align="left" hspace="6" width="107" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;Just as dozens of volunteers were being told Monday night the search for the missing 16-year-old they&rsquo;d spent two days trying to find was being suspended, a phone call came in that had them cheering and applauding.</p> District eyes maximum revenue hike https://www.theandersonnews.com/content/district-eyes-maximum-revenue-hike <p> &nbsp;A draft budget presented by the school district&rsquo;s chief finance officer at Monday night&rsquo;s board meeting reveals that property taxes could be raised for the fourth consecutive school year.&nbsp;</p> New contract, no pay raise for Mitchell https://www.theandersonnews.com/content/new-contract-no-pay-raise-mitchell <p> &nbsp;The Anderson County School Board voted unanimously Monday night to renew Superintendent Sheila Mitchell&rsquo;s contract, which, according to board member James Sargent, is &ldquo;exactly the same&rdquo; as her four-year 2015 contract that guaranteed a $118,225 annual salary.</p> School board OKs priciest option for graduation https://www.theandersonnews.com/content/school-board-oks-priciest-option-graduation <p> &nbsp;This year&rsquo;s high school graduation ceremony will move to Lexington after the Anderson County School Board voted unanimously Monday night to approve Alltech Arena.&nbsp;</p> Pedersen wins DYW pageant scholarship https://www.theandersonnews.com/content/pedersen-wins-dyw-pageant-scholarship <img src="https://www.theandersonnews.com/sites/www.theandersonnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/1-16_pedersen_cropped.jpg" alt="Lawrenceburg’s Bailey Pedersen performs the song ‘Honey Bun’ from the movie ‘South Pacific’ during the state Distinguished Young Woman pageant last weekend in Lexington. The high school senior won a scholarship for self-expression." title="Lawrenceburg’s Bailey Pedersen performs the song ‘Honey Bun’ from the movie ‘South Pacific’ during the state Distinguished Young Woman pageant last weekend in Lexington. The high school senior won a scholarship for self-expression." align="left" hspace="6" width="50" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;It was an experience Bailey Pedersen says she will never forget.</p> Cell phone tower proponents win by unanimous decision https://www.theandersonnews.com/content/cell-phone-tower-proponents-win-unanimous-decision <img src="https://www.theandersonnews.com/sites/www.theandersonnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/1-16_pz2.jpg" alt="Kelly Danner pleads with planning and zoning commissioners to deny the AT&amp;T cell tower and have the company consider moving it to another location near her home on Tracy Road." title="Kelly Danner pleads with planning and zoning commissioners to deny the AT&amp;T cell tower and have the company consider moving it to another location near her home on Tracy Road." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;Buoyed by an overflow crowd brandishing &ldquo;I Support the Tower&rdquo; buttons, the joint Planning and Zoning Commission last Tuesday night unanimously approved AT&amp;T&rsquo;s controversial cell phone tower on Tracy Road.</p> Bearcats show fight but fall to Collins https://www.theandersonnews.com/content/bearcats-show-fight-fall-collins <img src="https://www.theandersonnews.com/sites/www.theandersonnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc_0120_20.jpg" alt="Jagger Gillis (white jersey) drives against Collins&#039; Tyson Turner (3) and Sam Edwards (42) in Anderson County&#039;s game against Collins on Jan. 18." title="Jagger Gillis (white jersey) drives against Collins&#039; Tyson Turner (3) and Sam Edwards (42) in Anderson County&#039;s game against Collins on Jan. 18." align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The Anderson County boys&rsquo; basketball team got off to a hot start against Collins in Friday night&rsquo;s district matchup, but the Bearcats couldn&rsquo;t keep up the pace the rest of the way as they lost to Collins 58-41.</p> <p> At the end of the first quarter, Anderson County held a 15-7 lead after never trailing the entire quarter. Starting in the second quarter, Collins would flex its muscles and go on a 10-0 run, taking the lead as a result.</p> Lady Bearcats handle Collins to lock up top district seed https://www.theandersonnews.com/content/lady-bearcats-handle-collins-lock-top-district-seed <img src="https://www.theandersonnews.com/sites/www.theandersonnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc_0074_1.jpeg" alt="The Lady Bearcats celebrate an and-one from Jacie Chesser in the third quarter of Anderson County&#039;s game against Collins on Jan. 18" title="The Lady Bearcats celebrate an and-one from Jacie Chesser in the third quarter of Anderson County&#039;s game against Collins on Jan. 18" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> The Anderson County girls&rsquo; basketball team locked up the top seed in next month&rsquo;s 30th district tournament Friday night with a 58-44 victory over the Collins Lady Titans.</p> <p> Anderson County led throughout the whole game, but pulled away late in the third quarter with a trio of energy plays that excited the players and the crowd.</p> <p> &ldquo;It was back and fourth and we kind of pulled away late but just the intensity of the game I thought was a really fun atmosphere to play in,&rdquo; Birdwhistell said.</p>