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  • Ringing in the Season

    The sounds of a cappella voices and ringing handbells filled the church's sanctuary with messages of God.

    The Campbellsville University Handbell Choir, directed by Dr. David Hedrick, performed Tuesday night at First United Methodist Church. The Campbellsville University Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Tony Cunha, also performed.

    The Chorale and Handbell Choir performed a wide variety of musical styles, including accompanied and a cappella pieces, sacred and secular selections and Christmas songs.


  • Rehab facility to accept clients next month

    Taylor County Community Hope expects to begin accepting clients next month.

    Officials hosted an open house at the 100-bed facility Tuesday evening at which they revealed some details of the Recovery Kentucky program.

    Community Hope is an all-male facility. Clients must be 18, meet low-income guidelines and have made a commitment to overcome their alcohol or drug addiction, according to Wayne Creighton, director of Interlink Counseling Services, which operates the facility.

  • One injured in U.S. 68 collision

    A Campbellsville man was injured last Wednesday in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 68.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, Lee McCall Turpin, 17, of 106 Woodbridge St. was driving on U.S. 68 at 10:17 p.m. when she struck a 1998 Ford driven by James Michael D. Bailey, 19, of 2319 Greensburg Road, Arrowhead Trailer Park, with her 2001 Chevrolet.

    Bailey was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital where he was treated and released. He was also charged with having no insurance.

  • Campbellsville man enters Alford plea after rape charge

    A Campbellsville man will see no jail time on charges accusing him of raping a young girl.

    Michael J. James, 36, of 113 Fieldstone Estates was indicted in September 2008 by a Taylor County grand jury. He was charged with two counts of first-degree rape. According to the indictment, James was accused of having sexual intercourse with a female younger than age 12 in 2006.

    James appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Dan Kelly on Friday, Nov. 20 and entered an Alford plea to two amended counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.

  • One injured in KY 55 crash

    A Jamestown woman is in fair condition at University of Louisville Hospital after falling asleep while driving and striking an embankment with her vehicle.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, Shannon McGuire, 36, of 65 Valley View Court was traveling north on KY 55 last Saturday at 5:15 a.m.

    The report states that McGuire told Taylor County Sheriff's Deputy Mark Dickens she had fallen asleep while driving.

    McGuire's 1996 Buick LeSabre left the road, struck the embankment and overturned.

  • Parkway input deadline extended

    The deadline to provide input on the three alternate routes for the proposed Heartland Parkway has been extended.

    Because the Web address was printed incorrectly in a handout given at public meetings in Campbellsville and Columbia last month, the deadline to submit input has been extended to Wednesday, Dec. 9. Originally, the deadline was Dec. 2.

    Information supplied at the meeting, which includes maps of the alternate routes, is available at http://transportation.ky.gov/D4/HeartlandPkwy.html. Comments may be e-mailed to comments@heartlandpkwy.com.

  • On the Record ... With Jimmy Hidgon

    Jimmy Higdon questionnaire

    1. In your opinion, what is the most important issue facing Kentucky at this time, and what can you do to help with that issue if you are elected?

  • Some laid-off workers eligible for special assistance

    Workers laid off by Clarcor Air Filtration Products Inc. in Campbellsville may be eligible for Trade Adjustment Assistance, according to Office of Employment and Training officials.

    The U.S. Department of Labor has certified the company as an "adversely affected employer" under the federal Trade Act, which provides assistance to employees of businesses and industries hurt by import competition.

  • McCrobie appeals again

    The man found guilty of shooting a Campbellsville woman and kidnapping her brother in 2003 has filed another appeal, asking a Taylor Circuit Court judge to vacate his sentence.

    Harry "Robert" McCrobie Jr., 30, of 313A Keeneland Drive in Elizabethtown was found guilty in March 2005 of kidnapping, first-degree burglary, first-degree assault and three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.

    Three months later, he was sentenced to 24 years in prison - twice what a jury had recommended. An appeal filed following the sentence has since been denied.

  • One injured after striking tree with vehicle

    A Campbellsville woman was injured Monday after striking a tree with her vehicle.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, Christina Bagby, 26, of Anna Court was traveling east on Smith Ridge Road at 11:16 a.m.

    The report states that Bagby lost control of her 1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse, ran off the road and struck a tree.

    Bagby, who was wearing a seat belt, was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by Campbellsville/Taylor County Rescue personnel with minor injuries. She was treated and released.