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  • Junior Miss host family

    MeLeigha Pollock will leave Campbellsville on Sunday to represent Taylor County at this year's Kentucky Junior Miss program in Lexington.

    Those wishing to send Pollock well wishes and greetings can do so at the following address: MeLeigha Pollock c/o Pete and Yvonne Gibson, 6005 Canonero Way, Versailles, Ky. 40383.

    Preliminary competition begins Friday, Jan. 15 at 8 p.m. with the talent portion.

    The second preliminaries get under way Saturday, Jan. 16 at 1:30 p.m., when Pollock will participate in the fitness and self-expression rounds.

  • Walsh announces sheriff candidacy

    Bill Walsh has announced his candidacy for Taylor County sheriff.

    Born in Taylor County, Walsh graduated from Campbellsville High School. He attended Campbellsville College, where he earned a bachelor's degree in business administration. After graduating, he worked with a financial institution.

    In 1977, he was employed by the Kentucky State Police. After graduating from the KSP academy, he was assigned to the Dry Ridge post for two years. He then transferred to Post 15 in Columbia, where he served Green, Taylor, Marion and Washington counties for 25 years.

  • The Top 10 of 2009

    It was a year that saw plenty of milestones for Taylor Countians, from our participation in the inauguration of President Barack Obama to the hiring of two new superintendents. There was also plenty of heartache with the murder of a Campbellsville man who served as a Lebanon Police officer and the death of Campbellsville University's football patriarch.

    As we welcome 2010, the Central Kentucky News-Journal is looking back at the 10 stories that shaped and shook Taylor County in 2009. Here they are, in chronological order.

    History in the making

  • The Road to State

    She said she's excited, but also a bit anxious.

    "Excited for what's yet to come," she said.

    MeLeigha Pollock will represent Taylor County at this year's Kentucky Junior Miss program in Lexington.

    She said last week that she feels ready for the competition, even though she's had some back problems. Pollock has three bulging disks in her back and was ordered to rest by a doctor.

    But she said she's staying positive to help her push through the pain.

  • Campbellsville woman arrested after fleeing scene of crash

    A Campbellsville woman was arrested and another injured as the result of a two-vehicle crash on Dec. 23.

    According to a Campbellsville Police report, at about 3:45 p.m., Carrie L. Rowe, 67, was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu east on Martin Luther King Boulevard when she crossed the centerline and struck a 1998 Chevrolet S10 driven be Shawna Spurling, 37.

    Spurling left the scene in her vehicle, but was found a few minutes later on foot on Purcell Court. She was arrested on an outstanding probation violation warrant and a charge of leaving the scene of an accident.

  • Marrs is 'Firefighter of the Year'

    Steve Marrs' career as a firefighter began as a tag along.

    "One of my friends was a firefighter. I went along with him on a run back in the early part of 1996," Marrs said. "Upon watching what was going on, I was hooked. I couldn't see myself doing anything else."

    Marrs joined the firefighters that year and hasn't looked back.

  • Campbellsville man charged with burglary

    A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged with burglarizing another man's home.

    Ben Harrison, 20, of 13 Linda Lane was arrested last Monday at 6:45 p.m.

    According to Harrison's arrest warrant, he is accused of entering a man's home on Nov. 13 and stealing two cameras, two iPods and several gold and diamond rings. The items, the warrant states, are estimated to be valued at about $4,860.

    Harrison was charged with second-degree burglary.

  • The "Polar Plunge"

    John "Bam" Carney said he, his brother Mark and their friend Chad Shively are men of their word. Carney, during a Toys for Tots radio auction last month, made an on-air promise that the three would take the "polar plunge" at City Lake if the community would raise $1,500 more. He said he wasn't surprised that the community came through.

    "We met the goal and being men of our word ..." Carney said. "It's for the kids. Anytime you can have a little fun ... We take life too seriously."

  • One injured in Wise Road crash

    A Campbellsville woman was injured Wednesday in a one-vehicle crash on Wise Road.

    According to the Taylor County Sheriff's Office, Wendy L. Dye, 35, of 780 KY 289, Lot 13, was driving a 2004 Pontiac westbound on Wise Road at 8:46 p.m.

    The report states Dye drove her vehicle off the westbound shoulder at a high rate of speed and came to a stop after she crossed a ditch. She then struck an earth embankment.

  • New Year's resolutions

    With the start of a new year, local officials are sharing their resolutions. From spending more time with family to being healthier, local resolutions mirror the top 10 resolutions across the nation.

    According to polls recently conducted by General Nutrition Centers, Quicken and several others, the No. 1 resolution for 2010 is to spend more time with family and friends. More than 50 percent of Americans say they will make this their top priority in the new year.