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  • Lawsuit against jail dismissed

    The lawsuit alleging Taylor County Detention Center employees lost an inmate's family photos has been dismissed.

    Steven Carmicle filed suit against Taylor County Jailer Rick Benningfield, Capt. Kevin Wilson, Sgt. Jon Hawkins and Class D Coordinator Mary Cox in Taylor Circuit Court last September.

  • Man faces sex abuse charges

    A Campbellsville man has been indicted on charges accusing him of sexually abusing two young boys.

    Joshua Messer, 27, of 506 Walling Ave. was indicted Tuesday by a Taylor County grand jury.

    Messer was charged with five counts of first-degree sexual abuse.

    According to the indictment, Messer is accused of subjecting the boys, who are both younger than 12, to sexual contact from July 2006 through July 2009.

    Bond was set at $25,000 cash. If convicted, Messer could be sentenced to as much as 25 years in prison.

  • Electricity usage up, but summer isn't over yet.

    If you thought June was hot, hang on. July and August are the peak summer months, and with near record temperatures already in the books, the long, hot summer isn't nearly over.

    According to the Kentucky Mesonet station in Taylor County, June saw eight days with temperatures above 90 degrees. Factoring in high humidity, the heat index hit 100 degrees on a few of those days. The heat index combines air temperatures and humidity levels to determine how hot it feels.

    July has seen three days in the 90s so far.

  • New laws in effect Thursday

    Put down that cell phone while driving and crank up the "newgrass" sounds of Sam Bush. Several new Kentucky laws go into effect Thursday and they range from safety - banning texting while driving - to entertainment - declaring bluegrass musician Sam Bush as the "Father of Newgrass Music."

  • Celebrate Reading!

    "Have you all enjoyed the summer reading program?" the children were asked. Their answer was an echoing "Yes!"

    The Taylor County Public Library's "Make a Splash - Read!" summer reading program had its final event on Friday, a performance by Ron Remy of Dayton, Ohio, and his trunk of friends.

    The "Remy & Friends" show featured magic tricks, a skit encouraging children to be themselves, puppets, juggling, a ventriloquist act and a recycling lesson.

  • Campbellsville man pleads guilty to theft charges

    The man who stole a Taylor County school bus and led police on a short chase has pleaded guilty to various charges.

    Ronald E. Vanheck, 34, of 726 Buckner St. was indicted in September by a Taylor County grand jury.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, Deputy Rodney Cox noticed Vanheck, who is not employed by the Taylor County School System, driving a Taylor County school bus on Saturday, Aug. 29.

  • Another accused of enticing minor for sex

    Another man has been arrested and charged after he was found transmitting a pornographic photo of himself and propositioned a Taylor County Sheriff's deputy posing as a minor female in an online chat room.

    John Bradley Cox, 38, of 202 Millbrooke Drive in Hopkinsville was arrested at 7:43 p.m. Thursday.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, deputies executed a search warrant at Cox's home after they received information from an ongoing undercover Internet "child sex sting" investigation.

  • Teen accused of setting house on fire

    A Campbellsville teenager has been arrested and charged with arson after he allegedly set a house on fire.

    Patrick W. Hardin, 18, of 710 High Pine, Apt. 27, was arrested at 10:54 p.m. Wednesday, June 30.

    According to Hardin's arrest citation, he confessed to Kentucky State Police officers that he and a juvenile entered a home on Gidget Trail on June 28 at 4:27 a.m. and set it on fire.

  • Greensburg man accused of stealing copper, brass

    A Greensburg man has been arrested and charged with third-degree burglary after he allegedly broke into two barns and stole copper and brass.

    Wendell N. Reynolds Jr., 27, of 1039 Legion Park Road was arrested at 12:26 a.m. Wednesday, July 7.

    According to Reynolds' arrest warrant, he is accused of entering the barns on June 18 and stealing an estimated 250 pounds of copper and 400 pounds of brass.

    Taylor County Sheriff's Deputy Robbie Vancleave investigated.

  • CVC hosts homeownership celebration

    Local, state and federal officials joined Trevor and Debra Williams recently to celebrate the couple's first home. The Williamses and their four children will move into a home on Bengal Road thanks to help from Community Ventures Corp., Kentucky Housing and other organizations. Thursday's celebration marked the 11th such event that CVC has hosted in Taylor County.

    Debra Williams, center, talks about her plans for her new home.