Local News

  • Boy accused of hiding, taking pics in girls’ restroom

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    Police are investigation allegations that a 16-year-old male high school student was caught recording images while hiding in a girls’ restroom at the school.

    The incident is being investigated by the Kentucky State Police, according to Superintendent Sheila Mitchell.

    The child’s name is not being released.

  • Man charged with raping, sodomizing 14-year-old

    From staff reports

    A Lawrenceburg man remained behind bars Tuesday after he was charged with third-degree felony rape and third-degree sodomy of a 14-year-old girl.

    Collin Wayne Catlett, 25, of 110 W. Court St. was arrested Feb. 6 and arraigned Monday in Anderson County District Court, where he entered a plea of not guilty.

    Catlett allegedly enticed the 14-year-old to skip school Feb. 5 before raping and sodomizing here, according to a police report filed by Det. Jeremy Cornish of the Lawrenceburg Police Department.

  • Treehouse dream coming true for Mt. Eden child

    By Ashley Wilkins, Landmark News Service

    After a new cancer diagnosis, Mt. Eden’s Blake Hundley is back to fighting for his life.

    An aggressive reemergence of the cancer has the family taking it one day at a time, but another group is rallying together to make a wish come true for the 9-year-old.

    Originally Hundley made just one request to the Make-A-Wish foundation – he asked for a treehouse built by Pete Nelson, the star of Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters.

  • Home invasion suspect pleads guilty, faces 10 years in prison

    One of the men charged in a home invasion case pleaded guilty last Tuesday and now faces 10 years in prison.

    Kendall Cunningham, 19, pleaded guilty to complicity on charges that include first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and two counts of theft of unlawful taking, firearms during an appearance last Tuesday morning in Anderson County Circuit Court, court documents show.

  • Hearing delayed for ex-bus monitor charged with menacing

    From staff reports

    The former school bus monitor charged with menacing and harassment is now scheduled to appear Feb. 26 in Anderson District Court.

    Melinda Owens, 41, of 210 Forrest Drive was scheduled to appear last Thursday, but her appearance was moved to later this month. Owens, who was charged in October of last year has yet to step foot inside of a courtroom, including during her arraignment in December when her attorney, Bill Patrick, entered a plea of not guilty on her behalf.

  • Snowman contest winners claim prize

    Donna Bell and her granddaughter, Willow Bell, 8, are shown picking up the Dairy Queen gift cards they won after placing first in a snowman contest sponsored by The Anderson News. They submitted a photo of their dog, Sammy, posing near the snow dog they created following a recent snowstorm. Donna Bell said she built the snow dog and Willow contributed by building the snow bone and snowball right that were at the snow dog’s feet. Donna Bell said her grandson spent the day working on his own creation, a snow cat.

  • Finley Willis to sell radio station license

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    The owner of a radio station license in Lawrenceburg has filed an application to sell it to a Lexington radio station.

    Finley Willis, who operated the station in the early 1990s, said he is attempting to sell the license to WVLK, which would use it to rebroadcast its programming.

    The station is located on Industry Road, he said. The signal is only 120 watts, but would allow better local reception of the station.

  • Wanted: severe weather spotters

    From staff reports

    The National Weather Service will offer free training to those interested in becoming severe weather spotters Feb. 12 at the Anderson County Health Department, according to a news release.

    The training is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and last about two hours.

    Guy Hollander is organizing the event and says that Anderson County needs as many trained weather spotters as it can get.

    “We definitely need more of them, particularly in the western and northwestern areas of the county,” he said.

  • Poor children hardest hit by school lunch restrictions

    By Ben Carlson

    A federal school lunch program ostensibly designed to make sure children don’t go hungry is having the opposite effect here, particularly among Anderson County’s poorest children.

  • Girls leave satanic messages, racial slurs in park restroom

    By Ben Carlson

    Police are searching for the two girls responsible for writing racial slurs and satanic messages on the walls of a restroom in the Anderson Community Park.

    The girls, who were seen on surveillance video, could be seen using a black marker to leave messages including “I hate Jesus” and “Satan Loves You” on the walls and the lid of one of the toilets.