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  • Puppy killer suspect remains at large

    A fight with his girlfriend is why a Lawrenceburg man allegedly stomped on her 8-month-old puppy, broke its neck and set it on fire.

    The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office is searching for Paul “Doobie” Dearinger, 40, whose last known address is 1330 Dry Dock Road.

    That location is where Dearinger allegedly killed the dog — a mixed breed named Buster — on Sept. 26.

    Dearinger is facing a cruelty to animals charge, a Class A misdemeanor, according to police.

  • Drury unveils YMCA, outdoor pool plan for Anderson County

    An estimated $12 million and a population shortfall are what stand between Anderson County and a YMCA facility, but a judge-executive hopeful says she isn’t letting those obstacles get in her way.

    Donna Drury, a non-affiliated candidate, spelled out her admittedly rudimentary plans to bring a YMCA, along with an outdoor swimming pool, to Anderson County if she’s elected judge-executive.

    The outdoor pool and YMCA are separate issues, but Drury discussed both during a news conference last Thursday morning in front of the Anderson County Courthouse.

  • Puppy killer suspect arrested

    The Anderson County man accused of stomping on an 8-month-old puppy and setting it on fire was arrested in Frankfort on Saturday, the Anderson County Sheriff's Office confirmed Sunday afternoon.

    Paul "Doobie" Dearinger, 40, allegedly killed the dog, a mixed breed named Buster, on Sept. 26.

    The sheriff's office announced Friday that it, along with Crime Stoppers, was offering a cash reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Dearinger.

    He is facing a cruelty to animals charge, a Class A misdemeanor, according to police.

  • Truck, tractor pull stirs interest in Burgoo

    When people think of truck and tractor pulls in Kentucky, it’s a good bet that Lawrenceburg is fast becoming the first location that comes to mind.

    Although shortened to just one day due to last Friday’s rainy weather, the Battle of the Bluegrass event in the county park proved successful and marks the second time in as many years that Lawrenceburg has played host to the largest outdoor pull in Kentucky, according to organizer Eddie Carey.

  • Fire destroys murder suspect's home

    The home of a man suspected in the brutal slaying of a Mount Eden woman burned to the ground early last Wednesday morning in what investigators are calling a suspicious fire.

    The singlewide trailer located at 4197 Bardstown Road and owned by murder suspect Gary Bancroft was fully involved when Anderson County firefighters arrived at the scene around 2 a.m.

    Once the fire was extinguished, Anderson County Fire Chief Mike Barnes contacted the Kentucky State Police and asked that a K-9 unit with the Scott County Fire Department be brought in to investigate.

  • Maralyn's battle

    Imagine your worst headache. A headache that leaves you nauseated, with extreme sensitivity to light and pains that shoot down your back. A headache that Tylenol, ibuprofen and aspirin won’t knock.

    These headaches are “good” headaches for 8-year-old Maralyn Lewis.

    These headaches are tolerable, and though they usually occur three to four times a month, they can usually be kept under control by lying in a dark room for a few hours.

  • Broadband vetted by water board

    The South Anderson Water District is requesting more information before it decides whether to allow a broadband internet supplier to attach antennas to its water towers in an effort to bring the service to rural Anderson County.

    The water district board met last Tuesday night and discussed the possibility with Shelby Broadband owner Chuck Hogg, judge-executive candidate Chip Chambers and several interested citizens and business owners.

  • Three of five schools fail to reach NCLB goals

    Just two of Anderson County’s five schools that are subject to state testing met the required No Child Left Behind goals for 2010, and the district as a whole also failed to meet its goals.

    NCLB goals are set by the state in an effort for all students to score proficient or higher on state assessments by the year 2014. In order to get to 100 percent by 2014, schools are required to reach a percentage, which increases each year.

    Emma B. Ward and Robert B. Turner elementary schools met all of their NCLB goals, according to data released Thursday.

  • Cattle rustlers swipe 17 cows

    When all of Donnie and Sandy Peggs’ cows didn’t show up for feeding time Sept. 8, they knew something was amiss.

    What they didn’t know at that moment but are convinced of now is that 17 of their cows were stolen — in broad daylight.

    “It’s just a very strange situation,” Sandy Peggs said by phone Monday afternoon. “My husband noticed all the cows not showing up. He looked around that night, but couldn’t find them.”

  • Wreck kills Dana Drive man

    A Dana Drive man was killed last Wednesday in a three-vehicle accident at the intersection of US 127 Bypass and Highway 62.

    Ralph G. Coy, 65, died from injuries he received in the accident, according to a news release from the Anderson County Coroner’s Office.

    Kentucky State Police are investigating the accident, but as of Monday had not released any specific details about how it occurred.