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  • Man pleads guilty to child sex abuse

    A Campbellsville man accused of sexually abusing two young children has pleaded guilty to amended charges and may spend a year in prison for his crimes.

    In January 2008, Darrin Leonard Watson, 44, of 209 McNary St. was indicted on two counts of first-degree sodomy and two counts of first-degree sex abuse.

    Watson pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and two counts of second-degree sex abuse on Tuesday, June 16 before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Allan Bertram. Records from Bertram's hearings that day became available only last week.

  • Board of Education denies discrimination

    The Campbellsville Independent School System has filed an answer to a claim that one of its former students was subjected to discrimination at the middle school because of his race.

    The lawsuit was filed last month at the Taylor Circuit Clerk's office.

    The plaintiffs - identified only by their initials - are A.R.G.R., a minor, and his parents, R.G.R. and B.J.R.

    The suit names the Campbellsville Board of Education, CMS Principal Chris Kidwell, CMS Dean of Students Tim Bailey and CMS teacher Angela Brasser as defendants.

  • Hands On

    From studying bat roosts to tagging turtles, a couple of Campbellsville University students have spent their summer getting a firsthand look at the life of environmental workers.

    Recent CU graduate Andrea O'Bryan and junior Amy Etherington are taking part in CU's Environmental Studies Internship Experience this summer.

  • Grand jury charges woman with arson

    The Campbellsville woman accused of setting her sister's house on fire earlier this year was indicted Tuesday by a Taylor County grand jury on arson and other charges stemming from the incident.

    Geneva M. Hicks Brown, 39, of 108 W. Walnut St. was charged in two separate indictments with first-degree arson, three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, second-degree assault and first-degree unlawful imprisonment.

  • Jailer sees inmates working as a benefit to community

    They might be seen picking up trash on the side of the road or adding a fresh coat of paint to fire hydrants. That's because several local organizations are using Taylor County Detention Center inmates to provide services for the community.

    And, so far, according to Taylor County Jailer Rick Benningfield, the program is going well.

    Benningfield says he sees the detention center as a service to the community and that using inmates for work purposes is a perfect example of that.

  • U.S. Rep. Guthrie received hoax letter

    At least three congressional offices in Kentucky - including one of Brett Guthrie's - have received threatening letters that purported to contain anthrax.

    Investigators determined the anthrax threat was a hoax, congressional spokespeople said.

    The offices of U.S. Reps. Geoff Davis, Guthrie and Ed Whitfield received the letters in the mail Monday morning.

    A staffer in Guthrie's Bowling Green office opened one of them and immediately called authorities, Guthrie's spokesman, Nate Hodson, said.

  • Celebrating July Fourth

    A slideshow of photos from the weekend's events is available on the News-Journal's Home page. Just scroll to the bottom of today's home page.

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  • Campbellsville man arrested on burglary charges

    A Campbellsville man was arrested Friday night after he allegedly forced his way into a home. 

    According to a Campbellsville Police report, at 10:47 p.m., police responded to a report of someone attempting to break into a home at Sycamore Trailer Park. When police arrived, it was determined that Arlin Ray Cook, 53, had forced his way into the home and assaulted the resident while inside.

     He was arrested and charged second-degree burglary. He was lodged in Taylor County Detention Center.

     Campbellsville Police Officer Shannon Wilson investigated.

  • Pawnshops, police to go online

    Victims of theft could soon see a greater chance of having their stolen items returned.

    During its regular meeting Monday, Campbellsville City Council had first reading of an ordinance requiring local pawnshops to use an electronic record-keeping program.

    According to Campbellsville Police Capt. Todd Little, when an item is stolen, it is often pawned. Most thieves take stolen items to another city to pawn them, he said, making it a bit more difficult for officers to trace the items.

  • State Police conduct checkpoints over holiday weekend

    In an effort to keep motorists safe during the holiday weekend, Kentucky State Police officers conducted 16 safety checkpoints in the Post 15 area, which includes Taylor County.

    Through Operation Safe C.H.E.C.K., troopers:

    - Made four DUI arrests.

    - Wrote 16 seat belt and seven child restraint citations.

    - Performed 595 vehicle inspections.

    - Made six drug arrests.

    - Wrote seven suspended license citations.

    - Wrote tickets for 152 other violations.