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  • Sexual abuse charge dismissed

    The first-degree sexual abuse charge against a Campbellsville man who allegedly touched an 8-year-old girl inappropriately has been dismissed and he is to be deported to Mexico.

    Ramon Luna Morales, 35, of Purcell Court, Lot 3, was indicted by a Taylor County grand jury last year.

    According to Morales' arrest citation, he allegedly touched the child inappropriately in October 2009.

    Morales appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Dan Kelly last Tuesday.

  • Ten arrested on meth charges

    A year-long investigation has led to the arrest of 10 people on charges that they were operating a methamphetamine crime ring.

    Officers from the Campbellsville Police Department, Kentucky State Police and Greensburg Police Department as well as Green County Constable Brad Hall executed warrants on the 10 suspects Tuesday.

    All were charged with criminal syndication. Several also face other charges.

    Arrested were:

  • City sees 24.5 increase in employee insurance costs

    It was a mix of good news and bad Monday night as Campbellsville City Council members unanimously approved a new health insurance plan for City workers during a special meeting.

    Fueled by general health care inflation, health care reform mandates and insurance usage, the City's rates increased 24.5 percent with Humana, according to Kelly Harding of Reed Bros. Insurance. Last year's increase was 15.8 percent.

    Bargaining was out the window, Harding said, because of one large on-going claim, which kept Anthem from offering a quote and made other options even more expensive.

  • Baby's death investigation under way

    Though the investigation isn't yet complete, law enforcement suspect no foul play in the death of a 3-month-old baby on Saturday.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, deputies were dispatched to 1175 Mt. Carmel Road at 8:26 a.m. in reference to a child who was unconscious and not breathing.

    The report states that Campbellsville/Taylor County Rescue also responded and transported the infant, Keith Davis, to Taylor Regional Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

    Deputy Robert VanCleave is investigating.

  • A Weekend of Fun

    From crafts, bargains and fishing to cars and meeting up with old friends, this past weekend had it all.

    Saturday's Music in the Park event was canceled because of rain, and the event planned to honor local emergency personnel was postponed to Saturday, Oct. 2. But the rain didn't dampen all of Saturday's events.

    Nearly 200 people attended the first reunion of Elk Horn residents at Elkhorn United Methodist Church. And organizers say the attendance at The Homeplace on Green River's annual fall heritage festival may have been a record.

  • Locals graduate from police academy

    Two local men are among the recent graduating class of the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training.

    The 28 officers of Class 416 completed 18 weeks of training, which consisted of more than 750 hours of recruit-level academy instruction.

    Among the graduates are Nicholas Gray, who will work at the Bradfordsville Police Department, and Charles E. Houk, who will work at the Campbellsville Police Department.

  • Woody is back!

    Woody, the Kentucky Wiener Dog, is back and this time he's playing detective in "Canine Secret Investigator."

    The 10-week serial story begins Thursday and will be featured each Thursday in the Central Kentucky News-Journal.

    The story marks the seventh in a newspaper series written by Kentucky author Leigh Anne Florence. Lexington native Paul Brett Johnson provides an illustration for each chapter.

  • And the march is on ...

    The marching band season is in full swing, and those wanting to watch the Campbellsville and Taylor County bands perform will soon get their chance.

    Both bands will perform Saturday, Sept. 25 when TCHS hosts its annual marching band invitational.

    The TCHS band will perform its show, "Distant," in exhibition at 9:45 p.m.

    CHS will perform its show, "Harmonious Blend," at 3:15 p.m. in Class A preliminary competition against Caverna and Cumberland County bands.

  • Man pleads guilty to amended sex charge

    The Campbellsville man accused of inappropriately touching a young girl while she was sleeping has pleaded guilty to amended charges. A prosecutor has recommended that he receive probation and treatment for his crimes.

    Lary Jay Taylor, 38, of 110 Camelback Drive appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Dan Kelly last Tuesday.

    Taylor was indicted by a Taylor County grand jury last year and charged with first-degree sexual abuse of a child younger than 12 and three counts of the same offense against a child younger than 16.

  • Grand jury indicts dozens

    The four people accused of operating a meth lab in a Hamilton Street home have been indicted on drug charges.

    William T. Wethington, 23, of 699 Soule Chapel Road, Carisa J. Bradshaw, 33, of 933 Hamilton St. and Deena N. Collings, 25, of 705 S. Central Ave., Apt. 3, all in Campbellsville, and Nicholas S. Burgin, 27, of 464 King Road in Cox's Creek were indicted Tuesday by a Taylor County grand jury.

    The four face charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of drug supplies.