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Today's News

  • Freedom Hall really was about freedom on Saturday

    I was in Freedom Hall the night Anderson County played for the state basketball championship. It was the place where I heard Muhammad Ali say he wanted to fight George Foreman and Joe Frazier on the same night.


    I saw Julius Erving, then of the Virginia Squires, do things with a basketball that I had never seen and still can’t describe. I have been to several concerts there and I watched Richie Farmer make string music the state finals 23 years ago.

  • Muddy first impressions of Lawrenceburg

    I knew Kentucky was famous for its horses.
    I didn’t expect to see a Swamp Donkey.
    Last Saturday’s mud bog involved horsepower of a different kind, something unusual to the eyes of this reporter.
    After living in central South Dakota for a couple of years, I’ve seen my share of bucking bulls, rodeo cowboys and mutton bustin’.
    I didn’t possess the bravery of my preacher father, however, who once bonded with a parishioner while castrating bulls.
    I think I chose to take in the sights of a cow pie bingo instead.

  • Ticket better than scolding any day

    As opposed to chronicling this week what I perceive to be the misdeeds of others, allow me instead to discuss a couple of my own.
    Twice in the past month I’ve attracted the attention of law enforcement, and not for good reasons. A few weeks back, I got stuck around 4 a.m. at the traffic light at the intersection of US 127 Bypass and Glensboro Road while heading to work. It was Tuesday, my early day, and I was most definitely in a hurry.

  • Downs joins News staff

    Goodbye, cornfields. Hello, bluegrass.
    Meaghan Downs, a 2011 graduate of Concordia University—Nebraska, joined The Anderson News staff as a full-time reporter on June 1.
    Downs, who received a bachelor of arts in English and Communications, worked as an intern and then as a part-time reporter for a county weekly in Seward, Neb., before packing up and heading south to Lawrenceburg.
    The 21-year-old said she started working in journalism by accident.

  • Water + dirt + trucks = merrier Christmas for kids

    What do you get when you mix huge four-wheel drive pickups, a giant mud pit and unbridled enthusiasm?
    If you guessed a merrier Christmas for less fortunate children in Lawrenceburg, you’re correct.
    Saturday’s mud bog in the county park did exactly what organizer Deputy Tony Likins hoped: it raised money for the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office’s Shop With a Cop program, as well as funds to send local children to the Kentucky Sheriff’s Association’s Boys and Girls Camp this summer.

  • 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.