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  • Humane Society needs your vote

    Cash donations and bags of dog and cat food are always welcome, but this time the Anderson Humane Society needs something even more important: votes.
    If it gets enough, Anderson County’s last line of defense for stray and unwanted animals will get a free van, courtesy of Toyota.
    “It would mean everything to us,” said the agency’s executive director, Donna Callahan. “We currently have to use our personal vehicles to transport pets, go to vets and pick up supplies.”

  • Trial date set for alleged puppy killer

    A District Court trial is scheduled for Nov. 21 in District Court for the man accused of stomping an 8-month-old puppy to death last year.
    Paul “Doobie” Dearinger faces a charge of second-degree misdemeanor charge of cruelty to animals for his alleged roll in stomping on the puppy then setting it on fire last September following an argument with his girlfriend.

  • Anderson County’s dirty little secret

    Editor's note: Due to a production error, a portion of this article was left out of Wednesday's edition of The Anderson News. It appears here in its entirety.

  • Newspaper’s staff wins numerous excellence awards

    The news and graphics departments at The Anderson News won 21 awards during recent newspaper competitions.
    Creative Director Mary Garrison won 16 awards for excellence in graphic design. Topping the list was the award for overall general excellence, along with seven other first-place finishes in the Kentucky Press Association’s statewide contest.
    Sports Editor John Herndon won three first-place awards in the Landmark Community Newspapers contest, including sports writing, sports columns and best news or feature series.

  • Beasmore attorney’s behavior ‘outrageous’

    The attorney representing the fiscal court in Lea Beasmore’s sexual harassment lawsuit claims her lawyer has “slandered” and “libeled” one of the jurors in the trial and should be made to publicly apologize for doing so.
    John Harrison, who last month successfully represented the fiscal court in Beasmore’s $1.5 million lawsuit, blasted her attorney, Ken Henry, for statements he made in a motion demanding that Beasmore be given a new trial because the juror, Carolyn Burton, is related to Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway.

  • Beaver Lake man arrested following armed standoff with police

    An armed standoff Monday between a Beaver Lake man and police ended with the man escaping and the police trying to find him

    Following a search that lasted through Wednesday, Alan Scott Rice, 57, was arrested by the Anderson County Sheriff's Office, according to a new release issued by the Kentucky State Police. The release did not include where or exactly when Rice was arrested.

  • Water damages on roads enough for FEMA

    The cost of damages to county roads during April’s incessant rain storms are well beyond the amount needed to trigger reimbursement from FEMA, county road foreman Billy Powell Catlett said during Monday’s fiscal court meeting.
    Powell said damages to Case, Gilbert’s Creek and Duncan roads total nearly $150,000, and he is waiting on an estimate for Timber Creek Road.

  • Magistrates to consider charging for compactor

    Magistrate David Ruggles, who chairs the fiscal court’s solid waste committee, floated the idea of charging a fee to those who utilize the compactor at the county highway facility.
    Ruggles said the fees the fiscal court pays for the compactor are already $7,000 over this year’s budget, and that a change needs to be made.
    “It’s killing us,” he said.

  • County’s toothless laws allow trashed Hammond Road home, others, to stand

    It can huff and puff, but the fiscal court acknowledges that it can’t blow trashed houses down.
    That realization surfaced during Monday night’s meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court. During his department head report, code enforcement officer Doug Ingram discussed a number of crumbling structures, including one on Hammond Road that made headlines several weeks ago. At that time, Fire Chief Mike Barnes declared the house a fire hazard, and gave its owners 10 days to have it torn down.

  • Lumber flies through windshield during wreck