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  • Work on downtown streetscape begins next week

    After two years of public discussions and planning, the first of two phases of a project to redesign a portion of downtown Campbellsville is set to begin next week.

    Construction on the streetscape portion of the project should start next week, according to Donna Logsdon, downtown development coordinator.

    During the first phase, Bowling Green-based contractors Scott and Murphy will remove existing sidewalks along Columbia Avenue between Main Street and Broadway and install new handicap accessible sidewalks, lighting, landscaping and trees.

  • Judicial center may not open till July

    Construction of Taylor County's new judicial center has fallen behind schedule and the building may not be open until July.

    At last week's regular Fiscal Court meeting, Magistrate James Jones told the Court that workers have lost 88 construction days because of bad weather.

    He said the building will now be completed around June 1. Judicial center staff may be able to begin using the building around July 4.

    Construction of the judicial center began in August 2007. The three-story building will encompass 53,000 square feet.

  • Man gets seven years on burglary, assault charges

    A Campbellsville man who broke into a former girlfriend's home will spend seven years in prison for his crimes.

    Brad Derrick Shofner, 27, of 106 1/2 W. Walnut St. appeared before Taylor Circuit Judge Allan Bertram on Tuesday, Feb. 3 for sentencing.

  • Investigation continues into shooting death

    Kentucky State Police are continuing to investigate the murder of a Campbellsville man and, as of Friday, no new information about the case had been released.

    David M. Ford, 40, a Lebanon Police officer, was found dead last Tuesday afternoon at his Graham Road home.

    At a press conference last Tuesday night, Kentucky State Police Post 15 Commander Greg Baird said the Campbellsville E-911 Center received a phone call from Tonya Ford of 109 Graham Road at 1:07 p.m. stating that she had arrived at her home and found her husband, who had been shot.

  • Nineteen charged in crime ring case

    Nineteen people have been charged with operating a crime ring to sell drugs in Taylor and surrounding counties.

    According to a press release from the Campbellsville Police Department, the indictments came after an 18-month investigation.

    According to the indictment, the 19 defendants are accused of operating a criminal syndicate beginning June 27, 2007, and continuing through Jan. 7, 2009, in Taylor and surrounding counties and other states.

  • Winds leaves some without power

    Mark Perkins was working in his garage Wednesday night when he heard a loud noise.

    "I was out in the garage and I just heard a roaring noise," Perkins said. "It was part of my roof hitting the garage."

    Perkins ran toward his home to check on his wife, Sandy. He met her halfway. She was running outside to check on him.

    No one was injured, Perkins said, and the damage didn't force them to leave their Slate Creek Road home.

  • Man charged with sex crime in sealed indictment

    A Campbellsville man has been indicted on sex abuse charges in an indictment recently unsealed by a Taylor Circuit Court judge.

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

    Lary J. Taylor, 37, of 110 Camelback Drive was indicted on four counts of first-degree sex abuse.

    According to the indictment, Taylor is accused of having sexual contact with a female who was younger than age 12 in 2002 and continuing through 2005 and with the same girl on three occasions between 2005 and 2008.

  • Two arrested in connection with break-ins

    Police have made two arrests in connection with a string of break-ins in Campbellsville.

    According to a Campbellsville Police report, a 17-year-old male juvenile was charged Thursday morning with four counts of third-degree burglary, two counts of first-degree burglary and one count of second-degree criminal mischief.

    Michael Jeffrey Clark, 20, of Campbellsville was arrested and charged with receiving a stolen firearm.

    The investigation continues and more arrests are pending.

  • UPDATE: Tornado watch issued

    A tornado watch has been issued for Central Kentucky. The watch is in effect until 6 p.m. tonight.

    According to the National Weather Service, large hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes are possible today.

    According to Taylor County Emergency Management, wind gusts up to 55 mph and sustained winds of 30 to 40 mph are expected throughout the day today.

  • News-Journal office closed Monday

    The Central Kentucky News-Journal office will be closed on Monday, Feb. 16.

    This is the first in a series of five scheduled days the office will be closed in the coming months because of the ongoing recession.

    As a result, normal Monday deadlines will be tomorrow.

    The News-Journal will be published and delivered as scheduled.