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  • Kentucky Coroner's Association seeks drug disposal system

    A little-known aspect of a county coroner’s job duties has been gaining some recognition around the state, as the Kentucky Coroner’s Association is lobbying for legislation that creates a state protocol for how county coroners are to handle the disposal of drugs recovered from a death scene.

    Taylor County Coroner Daniel Cook said this is a relatively unknown aspect of his job as Taylor County Coroner.

  • Art Series continues with Tuesday show

     

    The second show of the Central Kentucky Arts Series is quickly coming up, and CKAS board member Lisa Gupton is very excited about next Tuesday’s show.

    “We are very excited about this show, and for all the shows that we have coming up this year,” Gupton said.

    The show will be a concert involving the Almeida Duo, which consists of Denis Almeida Santos and Saulo DeAlmeida.

  • Taylor County earns Work Ready certification

     

    It has been years in the making, but the announcement was made public last week that Taylor County was named a “Kentucky Work Ready Community.”

    A news release from Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Secretary Hal Heiner announced that Taylor and Barren counties have been certified as Kentucky Work Ready Communities.

    “Moving from a Work Ready In Progress Community to a Work Ready Community is a great achievement for Taylor County,” Team Taylor County Executive Director Ron McMahan said.

  • Grand jury indicts 11

    A Taylor County Grand Jury recently handed down indictments against 11 people.

    Among those indicted are the following individuals:

    ·      Erik J. Sanders, 18, of Union Church Road in Columbia, on charges of first-degree burglary and theft of a firearm. The charges stem from an incident in which Sanders was arrested in connection with a break-in at Big Al’s Gun Shop on Fairview Road.

  • Amazon honors veterans

     

    Although Veterans Day has passed, a local company held a ceremony honoring Veterans on Tuesday morning.

    The Campbellsville Amazon Fulfillment Center held a free lunch on Tuesday to honor and recognize the veterans and veterans’ spouses that are employed there.

    Amazon Manager Carlos De La Garza said there are more than 70 veterans employed at the Amazon Fulfillment Center, and several other spouses of veterans are employed there, too. Across Kentucky, more than 1,000 veterans are employed by Amazon and around 17,000 nationally.

  • Tornado touches down in Taylor County

     

    Local farmer Rod Phillips and his wife were in an equipment building on their property on Cave Road around 6 p.m. Saturday evening when the winds began to pick up outside.

    Phillips said they were finishing feeding their dogs when they heard the winds begin to gain strength and they began to feel the building shake.

    The two lay down on the floor of the building, hoping to remain safe as the storm passed through. The worst part of the storm probably only lasted about 45 seconds, Phillips said.

  • Fiscal court discusses use of red and blue lights by coroner's office

     

    The final payment for the Taylor County Fire Station and whether to let Coroner Daniel Cook use red and blue lights were the hot topics at this month’s Taylor County Fiscal Court meeting.

    Cook must ask for written permission for he and his deputies to use red and/or blue lights on their coroner cars and that the fiscal court must sign off on that.

    Magistrate John Gaines could not be convinced that they were needed.

    The other four magistrates did sign the form Cook brought to suffice the KRS 189.290 document.

     

  • Wise named chair of Senate Education Committee

     

    Campbellsville and Taylor County are strongly represented when it comes to education in the state legislature, especially with the latest announcement that State Sen. Max Wise (R-Campbellsville) has been named chairman of the Senate Education Committee.

    In a statement released on Wise’s Twitter page, he briefly outlined his plan in this new role.

  • Ashby gets life for 2016 murder

     

    A Taylor County man has been ordered to spend the rest of his life behind bars for a murder he committed last year.

    Rocky T. Ashby, 37, was sentenced to life in prison in Taylor County Circuit Court Tuesday for the murder of 35-year-old Tara Simpson Lamer in July 2016.

    However, Ashby will be able to appear before a parole board after serving 20 years of his sentence.

    Ashby faced charges of murder-domestic violence, second-degree burglary, and first-degree wanton endangerment from the incident that occurred on July 16, 2016.

  • Two arrested on drug charges

     

    Two Campbellsville men were arrested on drug charges Saturday following an investigation.

    According to a release from the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office, 30-year-old Doug Wheeler and 33-year-old Donte Hatcher were arrested and face drug trafficking charges.

    During a routine patrol, a deputy with the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office located Hatcher near a business on North Columbia Avenue. The report states that the deputy recognized Hatcher and knew that he had an outstanding warrant.