Local News

  • Sheriff’s office investigating boy’s death

    Unanswered questions are swirling around the death of a 15-year-old after he was found unconscious March 12 on Hickory Grove Road.
    The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office revealed March 19 that an investigation is ongoing, but few details were revealed in the news release, including the boy’s name.
    He is not an Anderson County student, sources said.
    The boy was pronounced dead by the Franklin County Coroner’s office March 12 at Frankfort Regional Medical Center.

  • Remembering America’s sweetheart

    She was America’s sweetheart long before Meg Ryan or Jennifer Anniston ever graced a TV set or big screen.
    And she spent her formative years right here in Anderson County.
    “She” was Lydia Hodson Copeland, a local girl who found national fame after being named America’s Junior Miss 40 years ago.
    This year also marks the 20th anniversary of her death following a lengthy battle with Hodgkin’s disease at the too-young age of 37.

  • Judge rejects venue change in sex toy trial

    Citing the amount of pretrial publicity the case has received, the attorney for a fired county employee suing the Anderson County Fiscal Court for $1.5 million in a sexual harassment lawsuit asked for and was denied a change of venue for her upcoming trial.
    Beasmore’s attorney made the request Tuesday afternoon in Anderson Circuit Court. Judge Charles Hickman said he would take the motion “under advisement,” but added that he “intends to seat a jury in Anderson County.”

  • Bancroft snarls at dead girl’s family

    The man charged with slicing his girlfriend’s throat and stuffing her body into a trash bag snarled at her family members when entering Anderson Circuit Court on Tuesday morning.
    He snarled at them again when he left the courtroom, causing two of her female family members in attendance to burst into tears, and several of the dead woman’s male family members to snarl right back.

  • Sex offender compliance sweep nets three local arrests

    Loren “Squirrel” Carl says he will never forget the case of an 8-year-old Woodford County girl who was sodomized.
    Carl was a detective with the Woodford County Police Department at the time, and remembers how devastated the little girl’s family was.
    “It was traumatic,” he said last Thursday afternoon, hours after announcing the arrest of 15 non-compliant sex offenders during a news conference in Frankfort. “It gave me plenty of insight in wanting to pursue these people.”

  • Mayor’s vote keeps golf carts off city streets

    Those holding out hope to cruise city streets on golf carts can forget about it.
    Mayor Edwinna Baker killed the idea following a tie vote Monday night from the Lawrenceburg City Council.
    Following debate between council members for and against the idea, Baker said she hadn’t received a single call to city hall about the ordinance, which passed last month on first reading. Baker also cited a survey in which respondents said they would be nervous about having golf carts travel city streets.

  • ‘She’s a hero’

    The burglar knew he had easy access through an unlocked downstairs window.
    The burglar knew he could sneak around the house unnoticed because it was 3 a.m. and everyone inside was asleep.
    The burglar knew plenty, but he didn’t know that a gritty 14-year-old girl and her dog, Harley, would shoo him from the house empty handed.

  • Water rates, city’s payroll both go up

    Taking a shower and paying city employees got more expensive for taxpayers Monday night after the Lawrenceburg City Council approved water, sewer and pay increases.
    The council voted to raise water and sewer rates 7.4 percent, and to give employees a 1.5 percent pay increase starting in July.
    The pay increase was unanimous, and only Councilman Paul Thomas Vaughn voted against the water and sewer increase.

  • This time, alleged puppy killer indicted

    The man accused of brutally killing an 8-month-puppy didn’t walk away scot-free after all.
    The Anderson County Grand Jury indicted Paul “Doobie” Dearinger last Tuesday morning on a second-degree misdemeanor charge of cruelty to animals for his alleged roll in stomping on the puppy then setting it on fire last September following an argument with his girlfriend.
    A different grand jury declined to indict Dearinger late last year on a felony charge for the same crime.

  • Beasmore seeks $1.5M in sex device, porn suit

    Fired county employee Lea Beasmore is seeking $1.5 million in her sexual harassment lawsuit against the fiscal court, according to documents recently filed in Anderson Circuit Court.
    Those documents also reveal the names of likely witnesses for the trial scheduled to begin next month— including one notable surprise — and a demand from the county’s attorney for Beasmore to admit she e-mailed a photo of a topless female to a coworker.