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  • Man killed in Thursday motorcycle crash

    A Magnolia man died after an accident between a pickup and a motorcycle on Thursday afternoon on Fairview Road and KY 210.

    The Taylor County Coroner’s office declared James Whitlock, 59, dead at Taylor Regional Hospital due to injuries sustained in the accident, a Taylor County Sheriff’s Office report said.

  • Ashby arraigned in Lamer murder case

    A Georgetown man accused of a local murder pleaded not guilty at an arraignment Wednesday morning in Taylor County District Court.

    At the arraignment, Taylor County District Judge Connie Phillips appointed a public defender to Rocky T. Ashby, 36. He is being represented by Lauren Hunter of the Adair County Department of Public Advocacy.

    Judge Phillips kept Ashby’s bond at $1 million full cash. He remains in Taylor County Detention Center.

  • City’s wet-dry vote set for Sept. 20

    The county has announced that an alcohol referendum will take place within the city limits on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

    Pat Keefe, who has been getting signatures for the referendum, needed 527, and turned in 570.

    “I had well over 850 signatures, however, not all lived in the city and not all were registered voters,” said Keefe. “(Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney) validated 560 or so — plenty more than required.”

  • Brennan on patrol

    It was a dream come true for Brennan Wheatley as he suited up in his Campbellsville Police uniform.

    The soon-to-be 23-year-old with Down syndrome has wanted to be a cop for as long as his family can remember.

    “Today means so much to me because Brennan has always wanted to be a police officer,” Sueann Wheatley, Brennan’s mother, said. “He sees that they help people and he has such a loving heart ... he wanted to be like that. He wants to help.”

  • Grand jury indicts 10

    A Campbellsville man accused of assault is among 10 people a Taylor County Grand Jury indicted on Tuesday.

    John A. Sluder, 22, of Mardis Road, was charged with second-degree assault, a Class C felony.

    The charge stems from a reported incident on April 24 of this year. An arrest warrant accuses him of hitting the unnamed victim in the face, causing "serious physical injury."

    Sluder has since been released from Taylor County Detention Center.

  • Pokemon Go popular with local players

    Pokemon Go is sweeping the country, and Campbellsville has been no exception.

    “I love the sense of acceptance and the all around united togetherness of the community,” said Nikki Rainwater, who has been playing since it came online. “Everyone is chatting it up with total strangers, we always say ‘Hey, how’s it been today’ when we pass, and usually share where something was or currently is.”

  • A leap in the lake

    About six times a year, guardsmen with several National Guard units practice jumps from a helicopter.

    And every year for roughly the past six years, one of those jumps has taken place over Green River Lake, at a portion of the lake between Green River Marina and Site 1 Boat Ramp.

    “This is one of our better stops,” said Sgt. First Class Kevin Nash. “It’s kind of a thank you to the guys because it’s a good time. There’s not a lot of stress.”

  • Woman murdered Saturday

    A man was arrested Saturday evening in Shelby County in connection with the reported murder of a Campbellsville woman.

    Rocky T. Ashby, 36, was arrested for the murder of Tara Simpson Lamer, 35, according to Campbellsville Police Department reports.

    Aside from the murder charge, he also stands accused of first-degree burglary and fourth-degree domestic assault with minor injury. Those charges
    date back to a reported incident in May.

  • Right-of-way meeting set for July 28

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will conduct a public right-of-way informational meeting on Thursday, July 28, from 5-7 p.m. at the activity center at Elk Horn Baptist Church on 3145 Elk Horn Road.

    The purpose of the meeting is to provide information on this section of the Campbellsville Bypass, extending from KY 55 to KY 70, and to share information concerning right-of-way activities.

  • City alcohol petition could be verified soon

    A possible alcohol referendum in Campbellsville reached another milestone last week.

    Organizer Pat Keefe, who has been collecting signatures for such a special election, says he turned his signatures in to the Taylor County Clerk’s Office on Monday.

    A citywide “wet/dry election would require 527 votes; Keefe says he had 570 as of Monday, July 11.