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  • First jail inspection goes well

    Days at the Taylor County Detention Center are busy and full of paperwork.

    Jail staff members spend a large part of their day completing the necessary forms to house state inmates. And, so far, the detention center has been able to house more state inmates than Jailer Rick Benningfield originally thought.

    That's not a bad problem to have, he says, because it means more money in the County's pocket.

  • Mural brings back memories of downtown

    Main Street in Campbellsville, 1970. Shively's, Scott's, Lerman Bros. and other stores line the street. That era may be long gone, but now you can stop in Druther's Restaurant and let the memories come flooding back.

    As part of a planned remodeling of Druther's, local artist Trena Corbin has painted a 28- by 6-foot conversation piece that is truly a blast from downtown Campbellsville's past. The mural features Main Street as it appeared in 1970, the year Druther's first opened its doors.

  • Man charged with child sex abuse

    A Campbellsville man has been indicted on charges alleging he sexually abused three children younger than 12.

    Oliver L. Schmitz, 23, of 134 Coppock St. was indicted last Tuesday by a Taylor County grand jury.

    Schmitz was charged with seven counts of first-degree sexual abuse.

    According to the indictment, he is accused of committing the acts between April 1 and May 14.

    Campbellsville Police Detective Sgt. Patricia Thompson, who is investigating the allegations, said the alleged crimes were reported after a child told a parent about the incidents.

  • Winds leave minor damage

    The high winds that preceded Tuesday's heavy rain left scattered minor damage throughout the county Tuesday.

    According to Ronnie Dooley, Taylor County Emergency Management's public information coordinator, reports were minimal.

    "We had some trees reported down throughout the county," he said.

    There were two significant incidents of damage.

    A wind gust tore away a portion of the metal roof at Shoe Sensation at Green River Plaza.

  • Lebanon man charged with second DUI

    A Lebanon man has been arrested and charged with DUI after being stopped at a traffic safety checkpoint.

    James M. Sandusky, 20, of 990 Hundley Lane was arrested at 11:23 p.m. Friday, July 31.

    According to Sandusky's arrest citation, he was stopped during the checkpoint and Kentucky State Police troopers smelled alcohol on him.

    The citation states that Sandusky told the troopers that he had drunk five or more beers. Alcohol was also found in his vehicle, records state.

  • Elk Horn resident charged with growing marijuana

    An Elk Horn woman has been charged with growing marijuana.

    Jamie Marzec, 45, of 1615 Speck Ridge Road was cited Thursday, July 30.

    According to her arrest citation, Marzec had allegedly been growing a marijuana plant in her back yard.

    The citation states that Marzec told Taylor County Sheriff's Deputy Mark Dickens that the plant was hers.

    Marzec is scheduled to be arraigned in Taylor District Court on Monday, Aug. 17.

  • CKAS receives regional grant

    The Southern Arts Federation has announced that $38,122 has been awarded to Kentucky arts organizations for fiscal year 2010-2011 in support for touring artists.

    Campbellsville's Central Kentucky Arts Series received $1,441 for Wood and Strings Theatre.

    Through the Regional Touring program, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Southern Arts Federation partner to offer nonprofit organizations fee support to present artists from outside of their states.

  • Escaped inmate arrested in Taylor County

    An inmate who recently escaped from the Marion County Adjustment Center in Lebanon was arrested Monday in Taylor County.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, James Combs, 27, was arrested after sheriff's deputies received a tip at about 12:30 p.m. that he was in the Raikes Hill Spur Road area.

    Upon arrival, the report states, Combs fled into a wooded area and was apprehended about 30 minutes later by a Taylor County Sheriff's Office canine unit. He was arrested without incident. Sheriff's deputy Ricky Underwood assisted.

  • Back to School

    Students at Campbellsville and Taylor County public school systems headed back to classes yesterday morning.

    Above left, Campbellsville Elementary School Principal David Petett greets second-grader Christopher Newell on the first day of school.

    Above right, Billie Cecil, left, talks to her daughter Makayla, who starts first grade this year.

    See a slideshow with more photos from the first day of school on today's CKNJ Homepage.

  • Alcohol taxes total $2,500

    It seems alcohol sales haven't been the City tax boom or a widespread social problem as some residents had argued.

    Ed Miladin, the city's Alcoholic Beverage Control officer, gave the Campbellsville City Council an update on alcohol licenses during its regular meeting Monday night.

    More than a year after voters approved limited alcohol sales in Campbellsville, there are only two restaurants now serving, Miladin said.