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  • Long-time Campbellsville physician dies Monday

    A man who cared for thousands of Taylor Countians for nearly five decades has died.

    Dr. Forest F. Shely died Monday morning after suffering from heart problems and complications from strokes. He was 86.

    A supporter of Campbellsville University, the Campbellsville Rotary Club and a member of Campbellsville Baptist Church, Shely operated a medical practice in Taylor County from 1950 until retiring in the late 1990s.

  • More than just fun at the state fair

    Jeff Kerr expected to have ample opportunity to kick back and read the Sunday paper at the Kentucky State Fair. But, as he was quick to learn, he'd have no such luck.

    Kerr and his wife, Sherry, manned the Taylor County booth for six hours on Sunday. The booth was a part of the fair's Pride of the Counties display.

    "I had my Sunday paper and was ready to sit back and read," Mr. Kerr said. "I hardly picked it up."

    The crowds were non-stop at Taylor County's booth, he said.

  • Resident charged with setting car on fire

    A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged with second-degree arson after he was seen running from the scene of a vehicle fire.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, deputies were dispatched to a vehicle fire on Greensburg Road last Friday at 11:45 p.m.

    Brandon Keifer, 19, was seen running from the scene, according to the report, and was apprehended by sheriff's deputies and Campbellsville Police officers.

  • Payne files another appeal

    The Campbellsville man found guilty in 2003 of raping and sodomizing a 9-year-old girl is taking his case to the Kentucky Court of Appeals.

    William R. Payne, 42, was found guilty of nine counts of first-degree rape and five counts of first-degree sodomy and sentenced to 30 years in prison.

    The girl, who was 13 years old at the time of the trial, testified that while her mother was working nights, Payne forced her to have sex with him. Payne denied the accusations.

  • Jail denies former inmate's allegations

    Taylor County jail staff have denied allegations in a lawsuit filed against them by a former inmate.

    Lebanon attorney Ted Lavit filed the lawsuit on behalf of Greensburg resident Dusty D. Nunn on Friday, Aug. 13 in Taylor Circuit Court.

    The lawsuit names defendants Rick Benningfield, individually and as Taylor County jailer, and B.J. Milby and John Hawkins, individually and in their capacity as deputies at the jail.

  • Munfordville man accused of using computer to lure minor

    A Munfordville man has been arrested and charged with using a computer to lure a minor for sex.

    Henley Garland Albert, 61, of 1285 Horton Lane was arrested at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 24.

    Taylor County Sheriff's Deputy Brian Pickard investigated the case as a part of an ongoing investigation into Internet crimes against children.

    Albert was charged with five counts of unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sex and five counts of distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.

  • Triathlon training

    Phil Hays plans to end the year in a big way. The local veterinarian is training for his first half ironman-length triathlon - a total of 70 miles of swimming, biking and running. The full ironman triathlon is 140 miles.

    It all began with the TV show "The Biggest Loser."

    "We were at work [at The Animal Hospital] talking about 'The Biggest Loser' and we decided to put some cash in and see who could lose the most weight," Hays said.

    Losing 30 pounds, Hays tied for first place in the office competition.

  • Meredith Scalos wins Junior Miss

    Meredith Ann Scalos, daughter of Bradley and Karen Scalos, was named Taylor County's Junior Miss for 2011 at the conclusion of Saturday evening's program at Hamilton Auditorium.

    In addition to winning the title of Taylor County's Junior Miss, Scalos was also a preliminary winner in self-expression, talent and interview.

    Hope Wigginton, daughter of Scott and Elizabeth Wigginton, was the first runner-up while Lauren Eastridge, daughter of Jay and Jessica Eastridge, was second runner-up, and Melissa Dillery, daughter of Scott and Susan Dillery was third runner-up.

  • Where does Rafferty live?

    A hearing has been set in a Campbellsville City Councilman's lawsuit alleging that one of his fellow candidates doesn't live in the city.

    Steven C. Call of Nunery & Bennett PLLC in Campbellsville filed the suit earlier this month at Taylor Circuit Clerk Rodney Burress' office on behalf of attorney and Councilman David A. Nunery.

    Nunery's lawsuit asks that a judge decide whether candidate Walter Ray Rafferty lives inside the Campbellsville city limits.

  • Governor's Scholars

    They broadened their horizons, lived on their own and made new friends.

    This summer, six students from Taylor County and Campbellsville High schools attended Governor's Scholars Programs at Murray State University and Bellarmine University. GSP was also offered at Centre College, though no local students chose that campus.

    Melanie Brockman from Campbellsville High School, and Brandi Cox, Melissa Dillery, Hailey Gregory, Meredith Scalos and Hope Wigginton from Taylor County High School attended the program this year.