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  • 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
  • Lumber flies through windshield during wreck
  • Auxiliary plans Memorial Day, Healing Field service

    The American Legion Auxiliary would like to invite everyone to the Healing Field on Sunday, May 29 at 3 p.m. for the Memorial and Healing Field Service, the auxiliary announced.
    This ceremony is being hosted by the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 34, the American Legion Post 34 and the Department of Kentucky Auxiliary in remembrance of our fallen service men and women and for all who have served.
    An additional 13 marble markers and American flags will be added to the Healing Field to honor our Kentucky service men who have given their life in the past year.

  • Library board OKs $1.3 million spending plan

    The Anderson Public Library’s board of trustees unanimously passed its $1.34 million budget last Wednesday night, despite objections from several residents concerned with ongoing spending increases.
    Librarian Pam Mullins said the budget includes $375,000 to pay half of the library’s remaining building debt, and plans call for paying the balance in next year’s budget.

  • Anderson voters carry Gritton, Moffett in primary

    Anderson County resident Stewart Gritton easily carried his home county in his bid to become the state’s next agriculture commissioner.
    In unofficial results, Gritton, a Democrat challenged by four others in Tuesday’s primary, received 1,404 votes, easily outpacing B.D. Wilson (293), Bob Farmer (221), John Lackey (113) and David Williams (97).
    Statewide results for each of the races were not available at press time.

  • 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.