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  • Taylor Junior Miss makes Top 10

    Taylor County Junior Miss Auburn Wigginton finished in the Top 10 at the Kentucky Junior Miss program over the weekend. She also earned a preliminary fitness award.

    The event took place at the Singletary Center for the Arts in Lexington.

    "It was so neat to be able to meet all the other girls from across the state," Wigginton said. "There were 31 of us."

    Wigginton shared her host family - Robin and Tim Blair of Lexington - with another contestant who had the same last name. Annie Wigginton represented Nelson County.

  • Columbia man charged in sealed indictment

    A Columbia man has been charged with identity theft 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.

    Dennis Lamer, 33, of 1314 Knifley Road in Columbia was charged with identity theft, theft of less than $300 of a controlled substance and being a second-degree persistent felony offender.

    Bond was set at $2,000 cash. Lamer was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim.

  • Man arrested, charged with DUI

    A Columbia man has been arrested and charged with DUI.

    William H. Glenn, 63, of 135 G. Stephens Road was arrested at 4:46 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 18.

    According to Glenn's arrest citation, Campbellsville Police Officer Shannon Wilson received a complaint of someone slumped over a steering wheel of a vehicle in the parking lot of Minit Mart on East Broadway.

    The citation states Wilson found Glenn inside the vehicle and noticed several beer cans in the back.

  • Peanut butter products recalled as a result of Salmonella outbreak

    An outbreak of Salmonella has prompted the recall of several peanut products.

    The FDA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state partners have traced sources of Salmonella Typhimurium contamination to a Blakely, Ga. plant owned by Peanut Corp. of America, which manufactures peanut butter and peanut paste — a concentrated product consisting of ground, roasted peanuts — that are both distributed to food manufacturers to be used as an ingredient in many commercially produced products including cakes, cookies, crackers, candies, cereal and ice cream.

  • Woman arrested, charged with wanton endangerment

    A Campbellsville woman has been arrested and charged with wanton endangerment and fleeing from police.

    Shawna Spurling, 36, of 2120 Spurlington Road was arrested Tuesday, Jan. 20.

    A warrant for Spurling's arrest was issued Wednesday, Jan. 14, charging her with 10 counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, first- and second-degree fleeing or evading police, disregarding a traffic control device, reckless driving, driving with a suspended or revoked operator's license, her fourth offense, disregarding a stop sign and speeding.

  • Sheriff's office investigating burglary

    The Taylor County Sheriff's Office is investigating the burglary of a Social Band Road home on Thursday, Jan. 8.

    According to a report by Sheriff's Deputy William Rice, the office responded to a call in reference to a burglary that occurred at 3 p.m.

    The report states that a large amount of video games and equipment were taken from the home. After an investigation, the report states, the stolen items were recovered in the Elizabethtown and Campbellsville area.

  • Police investigate burglary of business

    Campbellsville Police are seeking information regarding a burglary that occurred late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning.

    According to a Campbellsville Police press release, someone entered Campbellsville Laundry & Cleaners on South Central Avenue, taking an undetermined amount of money.

    The burglary was reported at 7 a.m. Wednesday morning. Officer Ben Riggs is investigating.

    If you have information about this or any other crime, call the Community Safe Line at 469-PRID(E). You do not have to give your name.

  • Weekend events honor Dr. King

    They gathered, worshiped and laughed together this weekend, all with one common purpose - keeping the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. alive.

    A pivotal figure and speaker during the Civil Rights Movement, King was shot and killed in Memphis, Tenn. on April 4, 1968.

    Five years prior, at a march in Washington, King said, in what is perhaps his most famous speech, "I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."

  • Ingersoll Rand lays off 21

    In what the company hopes is only a temporary move, Ingersoll Rand has laid off 21 employees. The announcement came Friday and was effective on Monday."Hopefully, it is going to be short lived," said Joe Fair, human resources manager. "It could change. We just don't know."

    The 21 employees amount to 10 percent of the air compressor manufacturer's local workforce and brings the number of current employees to 175.

    Fair said the slowing economy led to the layoffs.

  • County accepts proposals for park operation

    Those interested in operating Veterans Memorial Park have a little more than a week to submit a proposal for running the park this summer.

    The future of Veterans Memorial Park has been the topic of several recent governmental meetings.

    The discussion began at the October Fiscal Court meeting when magistrates discussed budget cuts recommended by Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers.

    At that meeting, Rogers asked magistrates if changing the operation of Veterans Memorial Park could save the County any money.