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  • Man admits to killing great-grandmother with hammer

    A Campbellsville man has admitted to killing his great-grandmother by hitting her in the head with a hammer.

    Jesse J. Durham, 20, of 102 Eads St., was arrested Sunday at 5:45 p.m.

    According to court records, Durham admitted to Campbellsville Police that he entered the home of Elizabeth Arinsmier, his great-grandmother, at 105 Daisy Drive, and, upon entering, had a verbal altercation with Arinsmier.

    After arguing, court records state, Durham admitted to grabbing a hammer and repeatedly striking Arinsmier, 77, in the head until she died.

  • Munday takes new position at library


    The library is so much a part of her that she simply cannot leave.
    On Friday, Elaine Munday, Taylor County Public Library’s first and, until today, only, director, stepped down from her position. Today, she returns to start her second career at the library as cataloger. She will also help new director Julia Turpin transition into her new job.

  • It's lights, camera action for TCHS grad


    Moviegoers might soon see a Campbellsville man’s name on the big screen.
    Campbellsville native Deronte’ Smith is directing his first feature film, a horror movie called “Prosper.”
    Smith, who now lives in Georgia, has written the movie and is also the director and producer. He says he calls the movie a mix between “Scream” and “The Exorcist.”
    Smith, 39, lived in Campbellsville until 1991. After graduating from Taylor County High School, he moved to Lexington to attend college.

  • New public library director hitting the books


    She was the obvious choice from the beginning. Making it official was simply a formality.
    Julia Turpin begins work as the director of Taylor County Public Library today, filling the position vacated by Elaine Munday.

  • Crisis Relief Center not getting new home

    Taylor County Crisis Relief Center won’t get a new home after all. And, they’re going to be paying a bit less than they used to in operating costs.

    In November, board member Denise Gupton told magistrates during a Taylor County Fiscal Court meeting that the group would like to move to the Taylor County Courthouse.

  • Board of health says no increase, no decrease on tax rate

    While the tax rate will remain the same, Taylor County Board of Health adopted a plan that is expected to retire the debt on its new property at least two years early. During its annual meeting Wednesday, the board adopted a 4-cents-per-$100 tax rate, as well as the 2012-2013 budget, which is at $842,146.

  • Library's move delayed again

    Taylor County Public Library will move into its new home a little later than planned.
    At last week’s regular Taylor County Public Library Board meeting, Pieter De’Grez, vice president of Blevins Construction, said a few estimates came in higher than expected.

  • Grand jury indicts six on arson charges

    Six men — five from Campbellsville and one from Greensburg — have been indicted on charges alleging they set several houses in Taylor County on fire.
    The six were indicted Tuesday by a Taylor County grand jury.
    Indicted were:

  • Police department to update aging vehicle fleet

    Campbellsville Police Department will update its aging fleet of vehicles this year.
    Campbellsville Police Chief Tim Hazlette made a proposal before Campbellsville City Council members last week to purchase five new vehicles.
    Hazlette said the department has 23 vehicles in its fleet and 22 personnel. Of the 23 vehicles, five have more than 95,000 miles, some require a lot of maintenance and one, an SUV, consumes a lot of fuel, Hazlette said.
    To update the fleet with better vehicles, Hazlette recommended purchasing five vehicles at a total cost of $123,887.

  • Resident charged with second DUI

    A Campbellsville woman has been charged with her second DUI offense after police say they saw her disregard a stop sign.
    Mary K. Steward, 51, of 419 N. Jackson St., was arrested Sunday, Feb. 5, at 9:36 p.m.
    According to Steward’s arrest citation, Campbellsville Police officer Charles Houk wrote that he followed her after she failed to stop at an intersection.
    Court records state that Steward’s vehicle was swerving from side to side and then failed to stop at another stop sign.