Local News

  • Parks and rec director dies

    The man whose name was synonymous with youth sports in Anderson County has died.

    Chip Bishop, 49, died early Monday morning at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington following a brief illness.

    Born Leslie Howard Bishop but known as Chip, Bishop served as director of the Anderson County Parks and Recreation Department for the past 27 years.

    Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway said replacing him won’t be easy.

    “People always say that anyone can be replaced, but it’s going to be hard to replace Chip Bishop,” Conway said.

  • Girl, 15, raped while passed out

    An 18-year-old Lawrenceburg man told police he was high on LSD, marijuana and whiskey when he allegedly raped an unconscious 15-year-old girl, according to a police report.
    Jeffrey Wayne Knight, of 1282 Aaron Barnett Road, was indicted Feb. 22 by the Anderson County Grand Jury. He is charged with first-degree rape of a person incapable of consent/physically helpless.
    Knight allegedly got the victim high on marijuana and drunk on whiskey last Nov. 12 at an address in Lawrenceburg.

  • King not happy after pro-life bill aborted

    State Rep. Kim King (R-Mercer County) said she’s disappointed after a bill was killed in the state’s House of Representatives that would have required medical technicians performing pre-abortion ultra-sound procedures to offer the mother a chance to see the unborn fetus.
    King, who says she has been a pro-life advocate for 30 years, testified before the House’s Health and Welfare Committee last Thursday in an effort to bring the issue, which was already approved in the Senate, to the House floor for a vote.

  • State Rep. King says GOP issues ‘falling on deaf ears’

    State Rep. Kim King joined the chorus of dissatisfied Kentucky House Republicans who aren’t happy that many of the issues they fought for in the 2011 session were not heard.
    Four pieces of legislation were proposed in January, but none had made it to the House floor for consideration.
    “The clock is winding down on the 2011 session of the General Assembly,” King said in a news release.

  • Lanes Mill Road bridge reopens Tuesday

    The Lanes Mill Road bridge near the Franklin County line reopened Tuesday afternoon.
    Anderson County highway foreman Billy Catlett made the announcement during Tuesday morning’s meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court.
    The bridge was closed for several months after it was declared dangerous by former highway foreman Chip Chambers.
    Replacing the bridge cost the county $49,000, but that money was recovered through the state’s emergency road aid fund, to which the county contributes.

  • Public Safety plans storm spotter class for March 11

    Whether you love thunderstorms, have an interest in spotting funnel clouds or just want to do good deeds and help out the community, the Anderson County Department of Public Safety has a task for you.
    On Friday, March 11, the department is co-sponsoring a storm spotter class with the Louisville office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Weather Service.
    Storm spotters are “the critical eyes-on-the-ground who identify and report severe weather,” according to the NOAA website.

  • Subscribers will get full online version of paper beginning March 9

    The Anderson News will offer its subscribers unlimited access to all of its online content beginning March 9, the newspaper announced.
    On that date, only subscribers will be able to access all of the information at www.theandersonnews.com, but they will first have to register.
    To do so, go to www.theandersonnews.com/subscriptionservices and click the link for “Activate Existing Account.” Readers will also need their subscription number, which is printed in the top right hand corner of the newspaper that is delivered to their homes.

  • Lawrenceburg woman gets 25 years for trying to kill grandmother

    The Lawrenceburg woman charged with trying to kill her grandmother by torching her house was sentenced last week in Circuit Court to 25 years in prison.
    Cheryl Brogan, 43, was sentenced to 20 years on an amended charge of second-degree arson and five years for first-degree wanton endangerment. She was originally charged with first-degree arson and attempted murder.
    Brogan, who was her bed-ridden grandmother’s primary caregiver, set ablaze her grandmother’s home at 309 Center St. last March before fleeing for Arkansas.

  • Alleged puppy killer gets off scot-free

    The commonwealth’s attorney’s office is pondering its next move after a grand jury refused to indict the man accused of stomping his girlfriend’s puppy and setting it on fire.
    Paul “Doobie” Dearinger of Lawrenceburg walked away scot-free late last year after being charged with felony torture.
    He was originally charged with misdemeanor cruelty to animals, but that charge was upgraded to a felony by the Anderson County Attorney Bobbi Jo Lewis’ office last November.

  • Swollen Salt River swallows man’s truck whole

    Perhaps he should have just hit the deer.
    Instead, a Lawrenceburg man is without his 2008 GMC pickup truck after it was swept over the dam near Four Roses and sank in the swollen Salt River on Monday afternoon. (Scroll to bottom of page for video.)