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  • Man dies Saturday after Thursday wreck

    One of the eight people injured in last week's collision on Lone Valley Road has died as a result of the wreck.

    Raymond H. Tincher, 82, of McKee, Ky., a passenger in one of the two vehicles involved, died Saturday at University of Louisville Hospital.

    A Taylor County Sheriff's Office report states that deputies responded to the two-vehicle collision at the intersection of KY 55 and Lone Valley Road last Thursday at about 9:30 p.m.

    According to witnesses and evidence, Chris Clark, 19, of Campbellsville was traveling south on KY 55 driving a 1995 Pontiac van.

  • Music in the Park

    This year's final Music in the Park event featured MoTown music on Friday night.

    Greater Campbellsville United, the City of Campbellsville and Taylor County Fiscal Court hosted the annual Music in the Park events each Friday night in September.

    Friday's performance was by the local group Gifted Soul. Other events featured gospel and country music. The first event, which was to feature Campbellsville University international students, was canceled because of rain and will not be rescheduled.

  • Mercury discovered at CHS

    A drop of mercury discovered at Campbellsville High School on Tuesday turned out to be of an insignificant level, according to an Environmental Protection Agency monitoring team.

    According to a news release from the Campbellsville Independent School District, upon returning to class after a fire drill Tuesday afternoon, a student noticed what appeared to be a drop of mercury on the floor of a science classroom.

    Teacher Richard Dooley covered the drop with sulfur powder and zinc and evacuated the classroom.

  • Taylor PVA charged with ethics violation

    PVAs in 11 counties - including Taylor - have been charged with ethics violations for promoting or hiring family members.

    Taylor County's Property Valuation Administrator Julie Shields is being investigated for promoting her husband to chief deputy PVA.

    In response, Shields says she believes she should have been told by state officials if any of her appointments were illegal or unethical.

    According to an initiating order from the Kentucky Executive Branch Ethics Commission, a preliminary investigation into Shields' and the other PVAs' actions began on June 29, 2007.

  • Sounds of The Platters

    A good crowd was on hand Friday night for the classic sound of The Platters, the opening performance for this year's Central Kentucky Arts Series.

    Wilson Williams and His Platters performed at 7 p.m. at the Taylor County Middle School gymnasium.

    "Only You," "The Great Pretender," "The Magic Touch" and "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" are a few of the classics performed by The Platters.

  • New publisher starts at CKNJ

    There's a new face at the Central Kentucky News-Journal.

    Patrick Keefe began work Monday as the paper's new publisher. Keefe replaces Richard RoBards, who retired in June after 36 years in the newspaper business.

    Keefe, 61, and his wife, Diana, a secretary with Veolia, a company that contracts with municipalities' wastewater and public works departments, have four adult sons - Matthew, a teacher and coach in Milwaukee; Kevin, a master carpet layer in Milwaukee; Chris, a musician in Los Angeles; and Mike, a strategic planner for Toyota in Los Angeles.

  • One injured in motorcycle wreck

    A Campbellsville resident was injured Sunday after she wrecked her motorcycle.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, Cassie Bertram, 24, of 1028 Old U.S. 68 was driving a 2003 Kawasaki at about 6:15 p.m. on New Columbia Road.

    The report states that Bertram told Taylor County Sheriff's Deputy Mark Dickens that she lost control of the motorcycle because of wind from passing vehicles.

    Bertram told Dickens she had to lay her motorcycle down on the ground, and by doing so, injured her leg. She was treated at the scene by Campbellsville/Taylor County Rescue.

  • Five streams in county deemed unfit for swimming

    The Division of Water is warning residents of five counties to avoid swimming in 20 Upper Green River waterways deemed to be unsafe.

    Among the waterways the report listed as polluted are five in Taylor County - a 5-mile section of Big Pitman Creek, two sections of Little Pitman Creek totaling about 11 miles and two sections of Middle Pitman Creek totaling about 10 miles.

    According to Eric Liebenauer, environmental engineering assistant with the Division of Water, these streams exceed the maximum allowable pollutants.

  • Man charged with growing marijuana

    A Campbellsville man has been charged with growing marijuana at his home.

    Jerry C. Presley, 28, of 515 Newton Lane was cited by Kentucky State Police officers on Friday, Sept. 12 at 6:45 p.m.

    According to Presley's citation, KSP received a complaint of someone growing marijuana inside the home.

    The citation states that KSP officers found marijuana plants inside Presley's window in plain view. Processed marijuana was also found inside the home in addition to other drug supplies.

  • Man pleads guilty to lesser charges

    A Campbellsville man has pleaded guilty to amended charges stemming from a rape and sodomy allegation, but he may not spend any time in prison.

    Everette Ray Fair, 22, of 112 Ray St. appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Allan Bertram on Wednesday in Marion County.

    According to court records, Fair was indicted in March 2006 on two counts of first-degree sodomy and two counts of first-degree rape. He had been accused of digitally penetrating a 4-year-old boy and forcing the boy to perform oral sex on four occasions in 2002.