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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Forced beard-eating case back in court

    The man who last year forced another man to eat his own beard could be headed for prison.
    Troy Holt, 48, already on probation for the beard-eating incident, has since been convicted of violating a domestic violence order. He has also apparently failed to make $570 in court-ordered restitution to Willisburg Road Harvey Westmoreland, the man forced to eat his beard.

  • It's 'van-tastic!'

    The Anderson Humane Society’s animals will be riding in style, thanks to Toyota and YouTube.
    With the help of volunteers, one YouTube video and social networking, the Anderson Humane Society won a new Toyota Sienna minivan through the car company’s “100 Cars for Good” program.
    Donna Callahan, executive director of the Anderson Humane Society, learned of Toyota’s promotion in the beginning of March. She sent out an e-mail March 2, asking members to help draft a grant in order for the group to move on to the next stage of competition.

  • BOYS BASKETBALL: For All-Stars, time to get serious

    The first indication that the Kentucky-Indiana All-Star Classic is not like any other all-star game came before one entered Anderson County High School for Monday’s scrimmage.


    There were a couple of cars with Indiana license plates in the parking lot.


    “Oh, I am sure they had someone here,” Anderson County coach Glen Drury said after the Kentucky All-Stars routed a team made up of some of Kentucky’s best juniors, 107-78.