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  • 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.

  • Two injured in three-vehicle collision

    Two people were injured Saturday in a collision involving three vehicles on KY 55.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's report, Michael Mardis, 37, of 2270 Hatcher Road in Campbellsville pulled his 1990 Dodge truck into the path of a 2004 Suzuki motorcycle operated by Eric Jones, 22, of 9110 New Columbia Road in Campbellsville.

    Mardis' vehicle then truck a 1970 GMC truck operated by Edward Shearer, 41, of 602 Myers Road in Campbellsville.

  • Farmer's Market week celebrated

    Local farmers teamed with Taylor County Extension agents to kick off National Farmer's Market Week this past Saturday at the farmer's market on KY 210.

    Celebrated locally for the past 11 years, National Farmer's Market Week is intended to highlight locally grown produce, according to Extension Agent Pat Hardesty.

    While growers sold different varieties of green beans, tomatoes, potatoes, meats, summer squash and fruits, Becky Nash and Darlene Humphress from the Extension Service showcased foods prepared with local ingredients.

  • Topix gets big response locally

    Once confined to the barbershop or whispered over the backyard fence with a neighbor, small town gossip has become a global roundtable discussion where anyone can proffer an opinion about anyone or anything.

    Thanks to the Internet, Topix.com is one global discussion Web site that Kentuckians have embraced with open arms, according to Chris Tolles, chief executive officer at Topix.

  • Teen charged with DUI

    A Campbellsville teenager has been arrested and charged with his second DUI offense and possession of drugs.

    Dustin E. Bond, 19, of 109 McClellan Court was arrested at 8:38 a.m. Thursday, July 17.

    Bond's citation states that Campbellsville Police received a call reporting a person possibly driving while intoxicated. Officers later received another call reporting that the vehicle had stopped at a convenient store on KY 210.