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Today's News

  • Not much ‘voluntary’ about farm plate fee

    With March Madness upon us and Kentucky on a roll, I hate to point out a negative about former Wildcat Richie Farmer, but will anyway.
    A man came into my office about a week ago, angrier than Charlie Sheen after a three-day bender. He had just left the county clerk’s office after renewing his license plates and was outraged that the amount of the bill he received in the mail included a $10 “voluntary contribution.”

  • 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.

  • My bracket do's and dont's

    Now that you have had the chance to settle down, throw a brick or two at your TV over Kentucky’s four-seed, and Louisville’s four-seed for that matter, it’s time to get your bracket out, fill it out and then utter, “My bracket is already shot” before Thursday’s games are over.


    Over the years I have won a few of these babies and I have thrown mine out after the first weekend, too. There are some trends I have noticed, so here is The Herndon Official List of Do’s and Don’ts in filling your bracket.

  • 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.

  • SOFTBALL PREVIEW: Lady Bearcats very young, possibly very good

    It does not take long to know what to expect out of Anderson County softball in 2011. Lady Bearcat coach Brian Glass pulls out a roster, then marks a “C” by four names.

    “These are our team captains,” he says. “They are all sophomores.”

    Very young. Very good.

  • BASEBALL PREVIEW: Cats still prowling near top

    With Anderson County set to host Mercer County in Monday’s baseball season opener, it is time to get a quick rundown of the Bearcats from head coach L.W. Barnes.

    “I’ve got no power. I’ve got no speed. And I’ve got no depth in the pitching staff. I do have good defense,” Barnes says.

    No one really believes Barnes, now in his 13th season leading the Bearcat baseball program. Having four regional championships and four runner-up finishes since 2000 will do that, you know.