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  • Group helps those with mental illness

    Missy Richard spends her days helping people learn to live with mental illness, while at the same time battling her own.

    Richard, who lives and works in Columbia, is a peer specialist at Adanta. Her job is to offer individual and group support to those who come to Adanta for help.

    "Most of the time they just need someone to listen to them," she said. "That helps a whole lot."

    And Richard would know. She was once one of those who came to Adanta to receive help for her bipolar disorder.

  • Battlefield Association to have public meeting

    The Tebbs Bend Battlefield Association will have a public meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at the Taylor County Extension Office from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

    The meeting is required as a result of an American Battlefield Protection Program grant the group received to help prepare a preservation plan for Tebbs Bend Battlefield.

    At the meeting, Taylor County residents will be encouraged to share their vision of the battlefield over the next 50 to 100 years.

  • Campbellsville man gets five years

    A Campbellsville man has been sentenced to five years in prison for selling cocaine and forging checks.

    Jonathan Darrell "Skeeter" Cox, 39, of 1629 E. Broadway, Lot 9, appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Allan Bertram on Tuesday, Oct. 21 during regular motion hour proceedings.

    Records from Bertram's hearings on that day, however, were not made available until last Wednesday.

  • First Baby

    Taylor Regional Hospital Women's Center had a busy morning on Friday with three cesarean births and one natural birth.

    Joshua Tavion Lee Graves was born at 2:34 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 2. He is the first baby of the New Year to be born at Taylor Regional Hospital.

    "And we've still got one in the back in labor," said Women's Center Director Margaret McVay.

    In all, eight babies were being tended to on Friday at the Women's Center.

  • Bland is Miss Kentucky Teen

    A local teenager has won the Miss Kentucky Teen USA crown.

    Jefra Bland, 18, competed against 36 other teens from around the state at Murray State University on Dec. 19 and 20.

    Bland is the daughter of Jeff and Vicki Bland of Campbellsville.

    A press release about the pageant, which was hosted in conjunction with the Miss Kentucky USA pageant, was not available until last week.

    On Saturday, Dec. 20, the teenagers from cities around the state competed for the crown in personal interview, physical fitness and evening gown competition.

  • Wilson is ‘Officer of the Year’

    There's fewer drug dealers on the streets of Campbellsville these days and Campbellsville Police Chief Dennis Benningfield said one police officer helped lead the crackdown - Shannon Wilson.

    "He's been very aggressive in making drug-related arrests and seizures," Benningfield said. "He's helped us take a few big drug dealers off the streets."

    It's that effort that helped make Wilson the Officer of the Year. But Wilson won't take the credit. He says it was truly a team effort.

  • LIHEAP crisis program under way

    Applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program's crisis component will be accepted beginning today.

    Applications will be accepted at the Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency office at 110 B North Jackson St., Monday through Friday, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.

    Eligible households are those that are within four days of running out of fuel; have received a past due/disconnect notice; or have received an eviction notice and heating costs are an undesignated portion of the rent.

  • Final two arrested in crime ring case

    The remaining two indictments in a crime ring case involving seven Campbellsville residents and a Greensburg man have been unsealed.

    A Taylor Circuit Court judge unsealed the indictments last week.

    A grand jury may seal an indictment if there is a possibility that the accused will try to evade police.

    Indicted were Brittany L. Cox, 20, of 230 Eads St. in Campbellsville and Ronald Neal Harmon Jr., 38, of 529 Oakes Road in Greensburg.

  • Newspaper to sponsor school district merger forum

    The Central Kentucky News-Journal will sponsor a public forum to invite community members to discuss their opinions of a school merger.

    The forum begins at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 8 at the Community Center at Veteran's Memorial Park.

    "The time is right for open discussion regarding the school districts and it appears nobody has stepped forward to provide a forum," said News-Journal Publisher Patrick Keefe.

  • State Bound

    Auburn Wigginton says she is anxious for the Kentucky Junior Miss program. Her wait will soon be over.

    Wigginton, the 2009 Taylor County Junior Miss, leaves for the state competition on Jan. 11.

    "It came up really fast," Wigginton said. "I can't wait for it to get here."

    A senior at Campbellsville High School, Wigginton earned the local title in August after competing against 17 local young women.

    She is the daughter of Dr. Scott and Elizabeth Wigginton.