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  • Man accused of threatening to kill others

    A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged with assault after he allegedly threatened to kill several other people and himself.

    Danny R. Berry, 26, of 41 Amber Lane, was arrested at 3:41 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13.

    According to Berry's arrest citation, he is accused of calling someone's home and saying he was on his way to gut and shoot the people in the home.

    Police received a call saying that Berry had left to go to the home with a large kitchen knife.

  • Two charged in sealed indictment

    Two Campbellsville residents have been charged with selling drugs 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.

    Orvey Harris, 54, and Betty Harris, 54, both of 10331 Saloma Road, were charged with first-degree selling oxycodone.

    Bond was set at 10 percent of $20,000. If convicted, the Harrises could each be sentenced to as much as 10 years in prison.

    - An indictment is a legal accusation only. It does not establish guilt.

  • Clerk's audit accurate, auditor says

    State Auditor Crit Luallen recently released the annual audit of the Taylor County Clerk's office for the year ended Dec. 31, 2007.

    The audit found County Clerk Mark Carney's financial statement to fairly represent the revenues, expenses and excess fees of the Taylor County Clerk's Office.

    Luallen's audit states that the Clerk's office lacks adequate segregation of duties.

  • Woman who helped man escape is sentenced

    The former Campbellsville woman who helped a local man escape from prison and flee the country won't spend any more time in prison for her crimes.

    Lea Ann Howard, 36, appeared Monday before Judge Thomas Russell in U.S. District Court.

    According to a U.S. Attorney's office press release, Howard was given credit for one year and four months she has already served. However, she was sentenced to three years' supervised released.

    Howard pleaded guilty in May to assisting Perkins' escape.

  • All in the Family

    Whether it was a nod of the head, a wave or even the subtle wink of an eye, Marsha Kessler was prepared to catch as many bids as possible during the Kentucky Future Farmers of America Auctioneering Contest.

    The 15-year-old Taylor County High School sophomore became the third person in her family to win the contest over the weekend at the Kentucky State Fair.

    And her father John Kessler, a local auctioneer who won the contest in 1979, said he's 99.9 percent sure she's the only girl to ever win the contest.

  • Tourism dollars on the rise

    Tourism dollars spent in Taylor County increased more than any other county in the Southern Lakes and Rivers region last year.

    According to the Kentucky Tourism Department, tourists visiting Taylor County spent $42.8 million in 2007, a 10.6 increase from the $38.7 million spent in 2006.

    The increase was enough to give the county the largest jump in the 10-county region it shares with Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, McCreary, Pulaski, Russell and Wayne counties. Pulaski saw the second largest jump with a 7.5 percent increase to $97.2 million.

  • City receives state funds for E-911 Center

    Campbellsville will receive $35,214.23 for E-911 improvements.

    Gov. Steve Beshear announced last week that $1.4 million in grant funds was awarded to 15 communities.

    The Commercial Mobile Radio Service grant will update the Campbellsville/Taylor County E-911 system.

    According to Ronnie Dooley, E-911 dispatcher and Taylor County Emergency Management's public information coordinator, the grant will be used to replace several outdated computers.

  • Two injured in U.S. 68 collision

    Two people were injured Sunday in a one-vehicle collision on U.S. 68.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Department report, Shawn Davis, 28, of 302 E. Paige St. in Tompkinsville was traveling on U.S. 68 about six miles east of Campbellsville at 1:45 a.m. when he lost control of his 2008 Chevrolet.

    The report states that Davis' vehicle left the road and overturned.

  • Judge appointed to regional post

    Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. has appointed Circuit Court Judge Doughlas M. George of Springfield to the post of chief regional circuit judge for the Cumberland Region, which is comprised of 23 counties in southeastern Kentucky.

    George, whose appointment is effective immediately, succeeds Roderick Messer. Messer retired on June 30 to become a senior judge.

    As chief regional circuit judge, George's responsibilities include assigning special judges to serve in cases when presiding judges certify that a special judge is needed.

  • Back on Campus

    Campbellsville University students went back to class yesterday but not before getting to know each other and having a little fun first.

    CU is hosting Welcome Week through Sunday with several events planned for new and returning students to have some fun before hitting the books.

    Dave Walters, vice president for admissions and student services, says the events are an opportunity to help students get involved in campus life.