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  • Two arrested on burglary charges

    Campbellsville Police have arrested two Elizabethtown men allegedly attempting to steal scrap metal from the former Fruit of the Loom building.

    According to a Campbellsville Police report, police responded to a call that someone was seen entering the building at 3 a.m. Wednesday.

    Sixfrido Mendez, 25, and Jared C. Fox, 20, were arrested and charged with theft by unlawful taking more than $300, possession of burglary tools and criminal trespassing. They were arrested at the scene and were lodged in the Marion County jail.

  • Road funds awarded to county

    Taylor County will receive $30,000 in County Road Aid emergency funds.

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced last week that Taylor County Fiscal Court will receive the money to replace the drainage structure on Wilson Creek Road.

    Taylor County Fiscal Court is responsible for administering the work.

  • How safe is your money?

    Due in part to the number of banks that have closed this year, customers are becoming increasingly concerned about the safety of the money they deposit.

    Local bank officials, however, say there is no reason to be alarmed.

    The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. reports that seven banks in the United States have closed since Jan. 1 and 90 more are listed on a quarterly watch list of troubled banks - those considered to be on shaky financial footing, according to the FDIC.gov Web site.

    In contrast, three banks failed in 2007 and four in 2004.

  • Two charged with selling drugs

    Two Campbellsville residents have been arrested and charged with selling drugs.

    Orvey C. Harris, 56, and Betty A. Harris, 54, both of 10331 Saloma Road, were arrested at 8:42 p.m. Saturday, July 26.

    According to court records, the Harrises are accused of selling a third-degree controlled substance.

    They pleaded not guilty to the charge in Taylor District Court on Monday, July 28.

    Bond for the Harrises was set at 10 percent of $5,000 each. Preliminary hearings were set for Monday, Aug. 11.

    Campbellsville Police Det. David Tucker investigated.

  • Making way for progress

    From the outside, the building may look empty. Inside, however, construction workers are building up a sweat.

    Construction work is continuing on the Taylor County Detention Center, slated to be completed by end of this month or middle of next.

    Taylor County Jailer Rick Benningfield said he's excited about the opening but didn't realize just how much work would be involved.

    Benningfield said more painting needs to be done, along with putting in some ceilings and doing other "little" jobs.

    "They're really working hard," he said. "I hope by October we'll be in."

  • The Golden Years: Staying busy makes all the difference

    Walk into the local McDonald's any weekday morning from 8 a.m. to noon and one will see several older men sitting in groups of three to five, drinking coffee and socializing.

    At one table, Frank Page Smith, Hugh Moss and Ivan Blevins sat together. Moss said the group mainly discusses economics and politics.

    Blevins said he talked so much with the group the day before that he had laryngitis. Smith and Moss smiled and nodded in agreement.

  • Police car hits house

    A Campbellsville Police car rolled into a house over the weekend but caused little damage.

    According to Campbellsville Police Chief Dennis Benningfield, Campbellsville Police Sgt. Robert Gribbins responded to an alarm at Family Allergy & Asthma on Wildflower Drive on Friday evening.

    Benningfield said Gribbins failed to put his car in park and it rolled into the home of Herb and Lisa Wiseman. No one was home at the time. He said Gribbins was simply in a hurry to check out the alarm and left his car in gear.

  • Sound of Music

    Memories. Mirrors. Emotions. Taylor County High's Marching Band will reflect this season.

    The band performed its new program, "Reflections," for the first time publicly last Thursday to a crowd full of band parents and supporters.

    "We have a lot of young students this year and it was the first time they had performed [to an audience]," said Band Director Stephen Bishop. "I thought it was a good performance."

    The band is larger this year with 68 members, about 10 more than last year.

  • Appeal filed in decades old case

    A Campbellsville man accused of beating another man and placing him inside a car trunk with a turtle has filed an appeal of his 50-year prison sentence.

    Rex Melton, now 41, was found guilty by a Taylor County grand jury nearly 20 years ago of first-degree assault, first-degree arson and complicity.

    According to a February 1990 News-Journal story, Melton and Campbellsville native Richard D. Johnson, now 38, were accused of beating Kirk Nash in September 1989.

  • End of an era

    What once was a place of healing will soon become a place of learning.

    The former Hall Clinic, built in the 1950s or 1960s, was demolished last Friday by Dennis Brinley, owner of HCL Inc. of Louisville.

    The property, which was the former location of Dr. James Angel's medical practice, will be the new site for Campbellsville University's School of Business and Economics.

    Construction on the nearly 12,000-square-foot building is scheduled to begin in early fall and should take about a year to complete.