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  • Durham pleads guilty to murder

     

    He has admitted he did it, and could spend 40 years in prison as a result.

    Jesse Durham has pleaded guilty to murdering his great-grandmother with a hammer. And in exchange for his guilty plea, the prosecutor in the case has recommended he be sentenced to serve four decades in prison for his crime.

    Durham, 23, appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Allan Bertram on Tuesday.

    Durham was scheduled to face jurors on Monday and was appearing for a hearing to discuss whether his case was ready for trial.

  • Judge/executive returns to work after heart attack

     

    After suffering a heart attack two and a half weeks ago, he is back at work and feeling better.

    Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers had a heart attack on Oct. 2. Last Monday, he was back at the office.

    Rogers was walking in a neighborhood with his daughter, Natalie, and began to sweat and had chest pain. Thinking it was indigestion, Rogers wasn’t planning on going to the hospital. But after Natalie and his wife, Theresia, convinced him, he headed to Taylor Regional Hospital.

  • Olliges joins Century 21 Smith Realty Group

     

     Stephen Olliges has joined Century 21 Smith Realty Group as a sales associate. He will specialize in residential property sales in the Taylor County area.

    “We are thrilled to have Stephen join our team,” said April Smith of Century 21 Smith Realty Group. “It’s an exciting time to be with the Century 21 System as we increase our market presence in Taylor County.”

    Olliges has enrolled in CREATE 21, an extensive training program through Century 21 University.

  • Communications officer graduates from telecommunicator academy

     

    Campbellsville Police Department recently announced that Haley Rodgers of Campbellsville graduated from the Department of Criminal Justice Training Basic Telecommunicator Academy during a ceremony on Friday, Oct. 10 at Eastern Kentucky University.

    Rodgers, a police communications officer I, joined the staff at Campbellsville/Taylor County E-911 Center on June 30. She is one of 12 members of the communications center.

  • Kentucky’s black bear population growing

    They once covered most of North America and their presence was noted by explorers such as Daniel Boone. By the turn of the 1900s, bears had been eliminated from the state primarily because of habitat loss caused by wholesale logging practices of the time and unregulated hunting.

    But Chris Mason, a wildlife biologist with the Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources, said black bears are making a comeback and their population has increased significantly in the last 25 years. And that population appears to be growing.

  • Twenty-one want 12 city council seats

     

    In the largest race on the ballot, 21 people want to serve on Campbellsville City Council. But on Tuesday, Nov. 4, nine people will learn they won't get that opportunity.

    Though more candidates filed for office this year than in past elections, there weren't enough for the race to be on the primary ballot in May. Twenty-five candidates would have had to file to see that happen.

    Central Kentucky News-Journal staff members sent questionnaires to candidates in the contested races on the Nov. 4 ballot.

  • TC schools granted 'cyber snow days'

    Seeking to avoid a repeat of last winter that caused students to miss 15 days of school, Taylor County School District has applied and been approved for a non-traditional instruction waiver that will allow students to continue learning when school isn't in session.

    Dubbed "cyber snow days," Taylor County was one of 13 districts approved by the Kentucky Department of Education to pilot the program that permits districts to use online or other alternative means of instruction when school is canceled because of weather or another emergency.

  • High in the Sky

     

    It started nearly 2,000 miles away, but it ended in Campbellsville.

    The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta attracts hot air balloon enthusiasts from all over the world.

    Event director Don Edwards said the festival brings together nearly a million people each year. And now, some of those attending have a connection to Campbellsville.

    "Albuquerque International Fiesta is the largest hot air balloon festival in the world," he said.

  • Former rescue chief helps plan funerals

     

    The most important part is to honor them.

    For decades, Charlie Shaw has helped fire departments and families say goodbye to their loved ones.

    Throughout his nearly 50-year career in firefighting and rescue training, Shaw has helped arrange 500 to 600 funerals for firefighters.

    As funeral assistance coordinator for the Kentucky Firefighters Association, Shaw often gets phone calls about deaths of firefighters across the state. He is asked advice on how to plan the service, and sometimes to help with it.

  • Former rescue chief helps plan funerals

     

    The most important part is to honor them.

    For decades, Charlie Shaw has helped fire departments and families say goodbye to their loved ones.

    Throughout his nearly 50-year career in firefighting and rescue training, Shaw has helped arrange 500 to 600 funerals for firefighters.

    As funeral assistance coordinator for the Kentucky Firefighters Association, Shaw often gets phone calls about deaths of firefighters across the state. He is asked advice on how to plan the service, and sometimes to help with it.