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  • Riggs murder trial delayed


    Jurors weren't asked to decide this week if a Campbellsville man shot and killed another man after all. And now, they might not be asked to hear the case until next year.

    Richard D. Riggs, 58, of Maple Road, was expected to face jurors on Tuesday before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Allan Bertram.

    Instead, his attorney has filed a new motion, stating that Riggs intends to say he acted in self-defense.

    Riggs was indicted by a Taylor County grand jury in May 2013 and charged with the first-degree murder of Orvey Carl Harris.

  • Two seek office of county surveyor


    Two people want to be Taylor County's surveyor.

    But come Nov. 4, voters will pick the one man they believe is best for the job.

    Donald Dabney Jr., a Democrat, is currently serving as Taylor County surveyor.

    Greg Tungate, a Republican, has filed to challenge Dabney for the position.

    The News-Journal sent questionnaires to each of the candidates in contested races on the general election ballot. Neither Dabney nor Tungate responded.

  • UPDATE: Escaped inmate still on the loose


    At press time, law enforcements officials were still searching for the inmate who walked away from a work detail in Green County last Tuesday afternoon.

    Officials are searching for Jonathan T. Crum, 28, of 119 Womack Road in Grayson County.

    According to Taylor County Jailer Hack Marcum, Crum was working at a detail in Green County when those supervising the inmates realized he was gone. It was his second day working in Green County.

  • Tony Grider laid to rest


    Standing at attention, the firefighters, dressed in formal uniforms march together into the church. Their shiny badges are covered with a thin black band, in honor of their fallen brother.

    The firefighters have gathered to say goodbye to one of their own, the first in Taylor County to die while in the line of duty.

    Since Campbellsville Fire & Rescue Capt. Tony Grider was injured on Aug. 21 when the truck he was in got too close to a power line, firefighters have been by his side. That stayed true even after his death.

  • Campaign signs reported stolen

    They say it happens as least once each election cycle.

    And, if enough damage is done, it can constitute a misdemeanor or felony offense, possibly punishable by a fine and jail time.

    Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney and Campbellsville Police Chief Tim Hazlette said they recently received reports that some campaign signs posted in the city are missing.

    Carney said has been told some signs were stolen and others were cut down and damaged.

  • Gas leak reported at Don Franklin
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  • Green River Lake cleanup


    They found old bottles, tires, paper, plastic cups and more. And now, those items are in the garbage instead of Green River Lake.

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at GRL and the Friends of GRL group hosted the annual lakeshore cleanup on Saturday.

    Many school groups and civic organizations participated.

  • Happy Birthday, U.S. Constitution!


    It was a party, complete with a red carpet, snacks and music.

    Taylor County Elementary School hosted a celebration on Wednesday in honor of the U.S. Constitution's 227th birthday. The document was created on Sept. 17, 1787.

    The school's 200 fifth-grade students attended the celebration, which was also attended by guests Ben Franklin, portrayed by Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney, and Thomas Jefferson, portrayed by Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers.

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