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  • Relay begins tonight

    Anderson County’s Relay for Life celebrates its 10th year of its fight against cancer on June 17-18 from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. at the American Legion City Park in Lawrenceburg.
    The American Cancer Society’s premiere event, the Relay for Life, raises funds for cancer research, advocacy and other programs and services, as well as recognizes cancer survivors and their families and friends.
    Last year, the Relay for Life raised $100,200 for the American Cancer Society. This year, Relay for Life’s goal is to raise $108,000.

  • Update: Murder suspect indicted, caught

    The man wanted in connection with the murder of an Anderson County woman was apprehended Wednesday in Goodyear, Ariz., according to a news release from the Kentucky State Police.
    An Anderson County Grand Jury on June 7 charged Terrance Cram, 49, with murder, tampering with physical evidence and fraudulent use of a credit card.
    Cram allegedly murdered Tena McNeely, 49, on Jan. 3 at her residence on Clay Burgin Road, about 14 miles west of Lawrenceburg.
    McNeely apparently rented a room to Cram for about five years.

  • Father to daughter's killer: 'I hope you burn in hell'

    Moments away from being sentenced to 70 years in prison, Gary Bancroft listened as family members of the woman he murdered had their say.
    Then Bancroft did the unthinkable: He smiled.
    That momentary smirk nearly ignited an already tension-wracked courtroom last Thursday afternoon as deputies and family members had to restrain the slain woman’s father after he rose to his feet and yelled at Bancroft.

  • Petting his ‘cat’
  • Murderer’s sentencing likely to be highly charged

    The family of Frances Renee Mobley has waited since last September to tell her murderer exactly what they think of him, and this week they’ll almost certainly get their chance.
    Gary Bancroft will be sentenced to 70 years in prison Thursday afternoon in Anderson Circuit Court, but first he will be forced to listen to what will be highly emotional statements family members of the woman whose throat he slashed, stuffed into a trash bag and hid in the bathroom of his Bardstown Road trailer last September.

  • Beating the Heat
  • Man kills himself in high school parking lot

    A Harrodsburg man apparently shot and killed himself last Thursday evening while sitting in his pickup truck in the Anderson County High School parking lot.
    Paul Jenkins, 49, died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, according to Anderson County Coroner Mark Tussey.
    Jenkins was pronounced dead around 6:30 p.m., Tussey said, and his body was transported to the medical examiner’s office in Frankfort for an autopsy that was conducted Friday morning.

  • Judge will question Beasmore juror

    Lea Beasmore wasn’t granted a new trial in her sexual harassment lawsuit against the fiscal court, but the judge didn’t say no, either.
    Beasmore, who was shut out by a jury in April when she sought $1.5 million for allegedly being sexually harassed and exposed to pornography and sexual devices while working in county government, is demanding a new trial based on her claim that one of the jurors in her trial, Carolyn Burton, is related to Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway, who was a magistrate during Beasmore’s employment with the county.

  • Forced beard-eating case back in court

    The man who last year forced another man to eat his own beard could be headed for prison.
    Troy Holt, 48, already on probation for the beard-eating incident, has since been convicted of violating a domestic violence order. He has also apparently failed to make $570 in court-ordered restitution to Willisburg Road Harvey Westmoreland, the man forced to eat his beard.

  • It's 'van-tastic!'

    The Anderson Humane Society’s animals will be riding in style, thanks to Toyota and YouTube.
    With the help of volunteers, one YouTube video and social networking, the Anderson Humane Society won a new Toyota Sienna minivan through the car company’s “100 Cars for Good” program.
    Donna Callahan, executive director of the Anderson Humane Society, learned of Toyota’s promotion in the beginning of March. She sent out an e-mail March 2, asking members to help draft a grant in order for the group to move on to the next stage of competition.