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  • Jail employee is fired

    An employee has been fired and another has resigned after they allegedly committed ethics code violations at the Taylor County Detention Center.

    According to Taylor County Jailer Rick Benningfield, the jail received information on Sept. 10 involving an incident between one of its staff members and an inmate housed in Adair County.

    The information states that the employee, Patsy Bryant, sent money to the inmate, which Benningfield says is a violation of jail staff ethics codes.

  • Candidate lineup changes

    Two candidates are out and another has filed to run in the general election in November.

    According to an e-mail received Friday from Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney, James Coakley Hoosier withdrew from the 2nd District constable race in May. Chris Wingler withdrew from the 4th District constable race earlier this month.

  • ELECTION: Campbellsville, Taylor County school boards

    Seats on Campbellsville Independent and Taylor County school boards are up for grabs this year.

    On the City Board, three of the five seats are open. Incumbents Angie Johnson, Suzanne Wilson and Mitch Overstreet have all filed, as has Tonya Gupton. The top three vote getters will secure seats on the Board.

    On the County Board, two seats are open - the 1st District seat held by Bernie Cave and the 5th District seat held by Gary Porter.

  • A piece of history

    What once was a place of learning could soon be demolished.

    Sunny Hill School, a one-room schoolhouse located on Henry Colvin Road, hasn't been used since the late 1950s.

    But some in the community say the building holds significance for them and they don't want to see it demolished.

    Taylor County resident Henry Lee Colvin Jr. attended first grade at the school during its final year, the 1955-1956 school year. He says the building has been vacant ever since.

  • School test scores in

    The results are in and local school administrators have mixed feelings about the latest batch of Kentucky Core Content Test results. For a list of specific subject scores, see the charts that accompany this story. Click HERE for the elementary school chart, HERE for the middle school and HERE for the high school.

    Campbellsville Elementary

  • Hospital expansion planned

    Patients at Taylor Regional Hospital will have a bit more privacy after having surgery, thanks to a new three-story building in the works with new operating and patient rooms.

    According to TRH CEO Jane Wheatley, the hospital has been planning the expansion for the past year and a half.

    Wheatley said the hospital's current operating rooms are in the center of the hospital, which means they are essentially landlocked.

  • Campbellsville man arrested in Hardin County on marijuana charges

    A Campbellsville man was arrested Monday in Hardin County Monday on charges alleging that he was selling nearly 20 pounds of marijuana.

    According to a news release, the Kentucky State Police Drug Enforcement Special Investigations West Branch and Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force arrested Leonard Bryant Jr. and charged him with selling more than 5 pounds of marijuana.

    Police seized 19 pounds of marijuana and $5,924 in cash.

    He was lodged in the Hardin County jail.

  • Campbellsville woman injured in two-vehicle collision Thursday

    A Campbellsville woman was injured in a two-vehicle collision in Campbellsville on Thursday afternoon.

    According to a Campbellsville Police report, at 4:24 p.m., Margaret Smith, 83, of Campbellsville was traveling east on East Broadway in a 1995 Chevrolet Monte Carlo when her car collided with a 2008 Buick Enclave, driven by Betty Wheatley, 59, of Campbellsville.

    Wheatley was pulling out of the Post Office entrance.

    Smith was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by Campbellsville/Taylor County Rescue. She was treated and released.

  • Counterfeit money could be on the rise

    Counterfeit money could be on the rise.

    Taylor County Bank has received nine fake bills this year, nearly five times more than last year. And, recently, the bank has taken two more - a $100 and a $20 - in as many weeks.

    "It is unusual to get two this close together," said Henry Lee, Taylor County Bank president.

    Fearing an upswing in fake currency, Lee contacted the News-Journal to help get the word out.

    "With this economy, people need to be a little more vigilant," Lee said.

  • Missing person investigation yields two arrests

    As a result of information obtained through the missing person's investigation of 26-year-old Kara Rigdon, Kentucky State Police say two arrests have been made on unrelated charges.

    William Joseph "Joey" Rigdon Sr., 48, and William Robert "Bobby" Rigdon, 26, were arrested Tuesday.

    Joey Rigdon was charged with four counts of attempted murder, first-degree arson, first-degree criminal mischief and possession of destructive devices related to an investigation into the bombing of Beth Walls' residence in Marion County in 2006.