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  • City to hear cemetery complaints Thursday

    The Lawrenceburg City Council will hear concerns about its cemetery policy during a special-called meeting scheduled for Thursday, May 19 at the Anderson County Senior Center, Mayor Edwinna Baker announced.
    The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
    The city council has been besieged by grieving moms and others who have lost loved ones since a notice appeared several weeks ago in The Anderson News, warning them to remove items not attached to headstones or risk having them thrown away.

  • Bancroft pleads guilty to murdering girlfriend

    Gary Bancroft is almost certain to spend at least the next several decades in prison after pleading guilty to murder and associated charges Tuesday morning in Anderson Circuit Court.
    Bancroft entered his plea under the protests of public defender Scott Getsinger, who told Circuit Court Judge Charles Hickman that he had advised Bancroft on several occasions not to accept a deal offered by Commonwealth Attorney Laura Donnell.

  • Goodlett seriously injured in Afghanistan

    Imagine having a son or daughter fighting in Afghanistan.
    Now imagine how it would feel if your phone rang and the caller said the following: “Your son has been seriously wounded. That’s all the information I can give you at this time.”
    Rodney Goodlett doesn’t have to imagine how that would feel, because last Monday afternoon he lived through that exact phone call.

  • Beasmore: Conway had kin on jury

    The woman who unsuccessfully sued the Anderson County Fiscal Court for $1.5 million on sexual harassment and whistleblower allegations is demanding a new trial.
    In a motion filed Friday in Anderson Circuit Court, Lea Beasmore said she should be given a new trial because a relative of Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway served on the jury.
    Juror Carolyn Burton’s relationship to Conway was not spelled out in the motion, but she is believed to be a cousin of Conway’s wife.

  • Searchers find body of man who leaped from bridge

    The body of a Versailles man who leaped to his death from the Tryone Bridge last Friday was found earlier today.

    The body of Brian “Scotty” Stewart, 39, was found on the downriver side of Damn Lock 5, according to Anderson County Fire Chief Mike Barnes.

    His discovery ended a week of searching by Anderson County Fire, EMS and a host of other nearby agencies that lent equipment and expertise.

    For more on his discovery, see Wednesday’s edition of The Anderson News.

  • Grieving families chew out city council over cemetery

    A pair of grieving moms, a grieving grandmother and grieving widower weren’t enough to sway the Lawrenceburg City Council to drop its cemetery demands during Monday night’s meeting at City Hall.
    The meeting room was nearly full as family members with loved ones buried in the city-owned Lawrenceburg Cemetery came to voice their objections to being forced to remove basically everything from their loved one’s graves except the headstone to accommodate summer mowing.

  • Officials lobby to have speed limit raised near school

    The 45 mph speed limit on US 127 by Emma B. Ward Elementary School may soon be a thing of the past.
    Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway said Monday that he and other local officials met with state Department of Transportation officials to discuss changing the speed limit back to 55 mph except during times when students are arriving and leaving the school.
    The speed limit was lowered about a year ago when the new school building opened, forcing drivers to travel 45 mph until well past the school when driving north.

  • Unification meeting slated for Tuesday night at Legion

    The ongoing effort to unify city and county government will take a step forward on election night with a public information meeting.
    Attorney Walter Patrick announced that all registered voters in Anderson County are invited to the meeting, which is scheduled for Tuesday, May 17 at the American Legion facility on Broadway.
    Patrick said the meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the park’s grandstand area.
    Patrick said 2,500 invitations have been mailed to registered voters, but all are welcome.

  • Man busted for second time on meth lab-related charges

    Being arrested once for allegedly operating a methamphetamine lab apparently wasn’t enough for one Lawrenceburg man.
    Jeffrey W. Goodlett, 36, was arrested last Friday night after police received an anonymous complaint about a meth lab on Puckett Road. He was charged with second-degree manufacturing methamphetamine, first-degree unlawful possession of meth precursor and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a news release from the Kentucky State Police.

  • County code enforcement officer now packing heat

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court last week passed an ordinance that allows its code enforcement officer to carry a firearm.
    Doug Ingram, who was hired earlier this year as the county’s combination code enforcement and ABC officer, is certified to carry a firearm through previous employment in Lexington, and will be recertified through the sheriff’s department.
    Asked why Ingram needs to be armed, Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway said for protection.