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  • Census numbers forces 6th District to get even bigger

    The county’s 6th Magisterial District will gobble up large chunks of the 2nd and 5th districts if the fiscal court approves a proposed reapportionment plan.
    Anderson County added roughly 2,000 residents during the past decade, forcing reapportionment because each of the county’s six districts must be within 10 percent in terms of population.
    Little of that population growth occurred in the 6th district, which has always consisted of the sparsely populated western portion of the county.

  • City zoning violations to be declared civil offenses

    The Lawrenceburg City Council on Monday approved the first reading of a new ordinance granting its code enforcement board the authority to hear and enforce contested zoning violations.
    The council also discussed amended cemetery rules, including what can and cannot be placed at gravesites in Lawrenceburg Cemetery.
    Zoning violations, including violations of the city’s sign ordinance, could be classified as civil offenses and enforced by the five-member enforcement board.

  • 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.