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Man gets prison time for attempted rape

By Calen McKinney

A Michigan man accused of attempting to rape a Campbellsville woman is going to prison for his crimes.

Anthony "Tony" Michael Politi, 36, appeared before Taylor Circuit Judge Allan Bertram on Tuesday, April 22. Bertram sentenced him to seven years in prison.

In February, Politi pleaded guilty to first-degree wanton endangerment and being a second-degree persistent felony offender. He was originally charged with first-degree attempted rape.


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CU graduates 323 students

By Joan C. McKinney

Gen. James T. Conway, commandant of the United States Marine Corps, urged Campbellsville University's graduates to expect the unexpected, be bold and daring and to take care of others before self as he spoke to the 212 students receiving undergraduate degrees during commencement May 10 at Finley Stadium.

A total of 323 students received academic degrees upon completion of all graduation requirements during two commencement ceremonies Friday and Saturday, May 9-10. There were 111 master's degrees conferred May 9, and 212 undergraduate degrees conferred May 10.


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Dunnville man injured in motorcycle crash

By The Staff

A Dunnville man has been hospitalized at Taylor Regional Hospital after crashing his motorcycle on South Central Avenue on Tuesday.

According to a Campbellsville Police report, Gregory Whalen was driving a 2005 Harley-Davidson motorcycle south on South Central Avenue when he came upon traffic stopped in the road. Whalen was unable to stop and his motorcycle slid off the roadway. The crash occurred at 1:35 p.m.

He was transported to TRH by Campbellsville/Taylor County Rescue. He remains in stable condition.


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Agency offers programs that help

By James Roberts

Maxine Hitch has found herself in tough spots before.

Disabled and unable to work, Hitch said times are often tight. Though her four children are now grown and living on their own, Hitch has been raising her great-great-grandson Jonathan, 4, since he was 5 months old.

"I got in hard spots, but I always try to pay my bills first."

It could be a struggle, Hitch said, but, thanks to Lake Cumberland Community Action, she gets by.


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Woman of the Year

By James Roberts

Anne Fraim was named the 2008 Central Kentucky News-Journal Taylor County Woman of the Year. Fraim, above, laughs with her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Alan Arvin Pike, during a reception in her honor on Thursday afternoon.


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Truck drives into store window

By James Roberts

Firefighters rope off a section of Main Street after a pickup drove into a storefront window Friday afternoon. The impact shattered the glass storefront of Murphy Sleep Center. No one was injured.


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Fire damages Cardinal Lane house

By Becky Cassell, Editor

Cathy Pike was home with her youngest son, Devin, 8, when the alarm sounded. Her other son, 17-year-old Tyler, was not at home.

"I was sitting in the living room and the smoke detector went off," Pike said.

She got up to investigate, saw one of the rooms on fire, grabbed her son and left the house. She didn't have time to attempt to rescue any of her family's belongings.

"We lost everything."

Without an alarm, Campbellsville Fire Chief Allen Johnson said, it could have been worse.

"It definitely did alert them and help them get out," Johnson said.


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Finley man gets 18 years for manslaughter

By The Staff

Russell Lee Wood Jr. pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter last month, and he has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for that crime.

Wood, 51, of 7765 St. Joe Road in Finley, was indicted for murder after he shot his mother, Ida Wood, in June of 2006.

Wood pleaded guilty to the manslaughter charge with a note that he was mentally ill.

Marion Circuit Judge Doughlas George sentenced Wood to 18 years at the Kentucky State Reformatory. Wood will be sent to the nursing wing of the prison because of his physical and mental condition, George wrote.


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A Blessing of the Hands

By James Roberts

It was a day that changed his life forever. He walked into Taylor Regional Hospital's emergency room suffering chest pains, nausea and other telltale signs of a heart attack.

Frightened and in pain, Dan Durham admits he may not have been the best patient the morning of June 6, 2005. That didn't stop hospital staff from giving him the best of care.


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Central Kentucky Arts Series

By Neila Schuhmann

A crowd of about 40 came out Saturday evening to hear renowned saxophonist Ashu perform for the Central Kentucky Art Series' final event of the season.

Ashu has toured as a concert soloist with symphony orchestras throughout the world.

"Everyone I spoke with afterward was very pleased with Ashu and they were also disappointed with the small turnout," said CKAS member Carole Krieter.

"Ashu said it didn't bother him that there were so few people as long as the crowd enjoyed him, that was all that mattered."


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