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  • Fire damages vacant house

    The Campbellsville/Taylor County Fire Department responded to a house fire Monday at 409 S. Jackson St. at nearly midnight that caused extensive damage to the home. 

    After arriving, firefighters found smoke coming from the entire structure. Forcible entry was used to gain access to the home, and firefighters found that the fire had spread throughout the entire building, which is owned by Jeremiah Perkins of Lexington.

  • Learning about fire prevention

    Ceondre Barnett can hardly see. He was sound asleep when the sound of a smoke alarm woke him up. Now his room is filled with smoke. He gets out of bed and drops to the floor, crawling toward his bedroom door. Seeing smoke pouring into his room from under his door, he grabs a towel he had left on his floor and stuffs it under the door. He then runs to a window, opens it and calls for help.

    While that scenario may have only been a part of Campbellsville Fire Department's annual fire prevention exercises, it certainly could have been real.

  • Domestic violence numbers up

    They had been dating for three months, and there hadn't been any sign of violence between them - until they went to a party.

    People were drinking, and the situation got out of control.

    "He beat her," Heather Barnes, Taylor County victims' advocate in County Attorney Craig Cox's office, said. "He beat her face until it became unrecognizable."

    The scenario is the true story of one of Barnes' most recent clients, one of many Taylor County residents she has helped escape an abusive situation.

  • Spirit of America

    Lt. Gov. Dan Mongiardo's wife, Allison Patrick Mongiardo, was on hand last week to see the musical "The Spirit of America" performed by the Campbellsville Elementary School fourth grade class.

  • Full slate for 4th District magistrate's seat

    Several will vie in next month's General Election for the 4th District Magistrate seat vacated by Marshall Caulk.

    Caulk resigned in March, citing health reasons. A month later, Kenneth Minor was appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear to fill Caulk's position until the November General Election.

    After Caulk's resignation, local Democrat and Republican party representatives each met to nominate a candidate living in the 4th District to run for the position in the General Election.

  • Campbellsville man charged with burglary

    A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged with two counts of third-degree burglary after he was found with items reported stolen from a local store.

    Devin Lee Roen, 18, of 213 Davis St. was arrested at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10.

    According to Roen's citation, witnesses told police that he was in possession of merchandise that was taken when New Style and Urban Fashions was broken into the morning of Oct. 10.

    The citation states that Roen denied breaking into the store.

  • Man charged with cruelty to animals

    A Campbellsville man has been charged with more than 80 counts of cruelty to animals and other charges.

    Glenn Russell Murphy, 52, of 120 Coppock St. was cited Monday, Oct. 20 at 4:30 p.m.

    According to Murphy's citation, Campbellsville Police received a complaint of several pit bulls fighting in the back of Murphy's yard.

    The citation states that Campbellsville Police Officer Jason Simpson found 20 grown pit bulls and three puppies at Murphy's home with limited food and water.

    Simpson wrote that the dogs were receiving inadequate care and were fighting.

  • Woman charged with fourth DUI

    A Campbellsville woman has been arrested and charged with her fourth DUI offense.

    Jennifer Denise Lefever, 31, of 205 Bibb St. was arrested at 3:07 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 19.

    According to Lefever's citation, Kentucky State Police Trooper Brian Coyt observed her weaving while driving on U.S. 68. After she stopped, the citation states, Coyt noticed that Lefever's eyes were bloodshot and watery, her speech was slow and slurred and she smelled like alcohol.

  • Police investigate robbery

    Campbellsville Police are asking for information concerning a robbery at a local convenience store Saturday night.

    According to a Campbellsville Police report, an unidentified black male entered Minit Mart on Lebanon Avenue at 8:45 p.m. wearing a mask and hood and demanded money from the store clerk. The man took an undetermined amount of money from the register and fled on foot.

    Police ask anyone with information to call Campbellsville Police Department at 465-4122 or the anonymous Community Safe Line at 469-PRID(E).

  • Lottery money helps to fund college

    Kentucky Lottery proceeds awarded Taylor County students nearly $2 million in higher education scholarships and grants last year.

    According to figures released by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority, $1.8 million was paid to Taylor County students in the 2007-2008 fiscal year.

    About half of the money - $850,114 - went toward Kentucky Tuition Grants, a needs-based grant program for students who attend independent colleges, which 329 students received.