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  • Delivering Christmas

     

    Firefighters and EMS workers brought Christmas to hundreds of children in Taylor County on Christmas Eve morning.

    Campbellsville and Taylor County Fire & Rescue and Campbellsville/Taylor County EMS volunteers pitched in for this year's annual Toys for Kids and Toys for Tots drives, respectively.

    Donations and toys were collected for months and organizers then worked with Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency workers to gather the names of families asking for help this Christmas season.

  • Families file suit against gas companies

    Eight families have filed suit against a gas company, claiming that a severe leak where they lived has caused them damages and illness.

    In all, seven lawsuits have been filed in Taylor Circuit Court against Marathon Petroleum Co.

    Six of them were filed on Dec. 16. The other was filed in August.

    The lawsuits claim that the defendants are responsible for damages caused by a "catastrophic release" of gasoline at their homes in the Lebanon Avenue area in December 2013.

  • Campbellsville man to serve federal prison time

     

    A Campbellsville man currently incarcerated on robbery and other charges was recently sentenced to serve federal prison time for robbing two banks.

    According to a U.S. District Court news release, Joshua Riley Spangler, 29, was sentenced to serve nearly 13 years in prison, followed by three years' supervised release. He was also ordered to pay $10,144 in restitution.

    Federal court records list Spangler's address as Hodgenville, though current Taylor Circuit Court records list him as living at a home on Sheridan Drive in Campbellsville.

  • Police arrest three after drug investigation

     

    Three have been arrested and others are expected to soon face drug charges.

    According to a Campbellsville Police news release, officers arrested three residents last Monday and charged them with selling drugs.

    Arrested were:

    • Donald "Memphis" Gibbs, 44, charged with three counts of first-degree selling more than 4 grams of cocaine.

    • Sara Teel, 25, charged with two counts of first-degree selling more than 2 grams of heroin.

  • A Christmas Eve reunion

     

    She says it was the best Christmas she has ever had. And now, they won't let distance separate them anymore.

    After not seeing each other for 20 years, Ada Milby and her granddaughter, Amanda Davis, were reunited on Christmas Eve.

    "I haven't seen her since she was in first grade," Milby said, with tears in her eyes. "I love her to death."

  • What does Santa get for Christmas?

     

    Today is Christmas, and local kindergarten students know all things Santa.

    They know about how he prepares for Christmas Eve, how he manages to visit all the children in the world in one night and how he checks his naughty and nice list.

    And they also know what gifts he might receive for Christmas.

  • Shining bright

     

    Christmas lights lined the streets in preparation for the holiday season at Miller Park for the past few weeks.

  • Blankets for babies

     

    When the gift is homemade, one of the volunteers says, it means so much more.

    Taylor County residents and the Taylor County Public Library recently teamed up to make fleece blankets for babies in the community.

    Girl Scout Troop 57 members and other Campbellsville residents cut and tied fleece blankets on Dec. 5 and 9, and several residents at Bluegrass Way assisted living facility put the finishing touches on them last Friday.

  • Drug arrests made

     

    Campbellsville Police officers are investigating drug crimes in the community and made several arrests earlier this week.

    The defendants were charged in indictments handed down by a Taylor County grand jury.

    Campbellsville Police Officer Nelson Bishop transported Donald Gibbs of Campbellsville to Taylor County Detention Center on Monday afternoon.

    Gibbs was charged in two cases with selling drugs. Bond was set at 10 percent of $20,000 for each of his cases.

    See Monday's issue for a complete story about the arrests.

  • Flu hits state, Taylor County

    The flu is now widespread in Kentucky, and while some Taylor County residents have been diagnosed with the illness, it hasn't spread to local schools.

    Amy Tomlinson, public health preparedness manager for Lake Cumberland District Health Department, says there have been reports that flu and flu-like illnesses are in the 10-county Lake Cumberland area, which encompasses Taylor County.

    However, she said, state officials only recognize a specific type of test, one that isn't used by most medical providers.