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  • Woman gets probation in crime ring case

    The last of six people accused of operating a crime ring to sell cocaine together has been sentenced to five years' probation for her crimes.

    Anya Katrina Scott, 30, of 111 Baptist St. in Campbellsville appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Allan Bertram on Tuesday, March 18.

    In December, Scott pleaded guilty to facilitation to commit syndication and second-degree selling cocaine. She originally faced charges of criminal syndication and first-degree selling cocaine.

  • Wacky for Webkinz

    Their soft, furry bodies come in colorful colors and are small enough for tiny hands to tote around everywhere. They offer comfort and security to their little owners as well as teach them computer skills and how to care for others.

    Collecting Webkinz is the latest craze for children, much like the baseball cards, Hotwheels and Beanie Babies of the past.

    For Easter, Chloe Eastridge said she didn't want candy - just Webkinz.

    The 7-year-old has collected 103 of the pets.

    "For Christmas, birthdays ... That's all she asks for," says her mother, Jessica Eastridge.

  • Graduation parties separate

    Seniors at Campbellsville and Taylor County high schools won't be celebrating together after graduation this year.

    Project Graduation, the annual celebration planned for high school seniors to attend after their graduation ceremony, will be split this year, with Taylor County and Campbellsville schools hosting their own celebrations.

    Project Graduation began in 1986 as a way to provide new high school graduates with a drug- and alcohol-free atmosphere to enjoy what could be their last time together before each pursues their life goals.

  • Woman of the Year nominations being accepted

    Taylor County is lucky to have many remarkable women. And the Central Kentucky News-Journal honors just some of those women each May with its Focus on Women special section.

    In particular, the News-Journal is searching for a woman worthy of the title "Taylor County Woman of the Year."

    In cooperation with several local businesses, the News-Journal will publish the special section on Monday, May 5.

    The "Taylor County Woman of the Year" will be chosen from community nominations.

  • Reaching Out

    Kathryn London, a high school junior from Boone, N.C., stood atop the roof of a house Monday afternoon on Chestnut Street in Campbellsville. She and others were replacing roof shingles.

    Across town, a house on Robin Road is also getting a new roof, and a house on Sycamore Loop is getting a new deck.

    Unlike many who choose to spend their spring break sunning at the beach, nearly 100 students and adults from Boone, N.C. are spending their spring break working in Campbellsville.

    Why? London said it's simple.

    "Because we get to help people."

  • Man arrested after chase at local motel

    A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged with drug crimes after he ran from police officers at Lucky Vista Motel.

    According to a report filed by Taylor County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Allen Newton, DeWayne "Blue" Smith, 47, of 608 Birdwood was arrested at about 7 p.m. Tuesday.

    Taylor County Sheriff's deputies were responding to a tip that Smith was staying at Lucky Vista Motel.

    The report states deputies were attempting to serve bench and parole violation warrants on Smith.

    Just before their arrival, Smith fled on foot across a field behind the motel.

  • Judge revokes man's probation

    A Kentucky man has had his probation revoked and will spend five years in prison on burglary and theft charges.

    Jason James Christopher Moore, 28, of Viper, Ky., appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Doughlas M. George on Tuesday, March 18.

  • Housing Authority named tops in state

    Campbellsville Housing Authority was named Public Housing Authority of the year by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the large housing authority district recently.

    An award was presented to Housing Authority staff at a workshop in Louisville on Feb. 19. Campbellsville's Housing Authority also manages the Lebanon Housing Authority.

    The award is based on high performance in all aspects of a housing authority's practice and procedures.

  • Shhh!

    Even though being quiet is the No. 1 rule, children can still have loads of fun at the public library.

    On Tuesday, Friends of the Taylor County Public Library hosted a Spring Thing - an event featuring story time, pottery painting, coloring, snacks and more.

    About 12 children and several adults attended.

    The Friends began hosting monthly events in January, and, according to the organization's president, Kathy Maynard, the group hopes to continue offering special events.

  • Family injured, second driver charged with DUI

    Two children and their mother were seriously injured in a wreck Friday morning on KY 210, and the driver of the other vehicle was charged with DUI.

    According to a report from the Taylor County Sheriff's office, Anthony R. McMahan, 50, of Saloma Road in Campbellsville was driving a 1991 Oldsmobile 98, traveling east on KY 210 when he crossed over the centerline and entered the westbound lane. McMahan's vehicle struck the passenger side of a 2003 Honda Accord being driven by Raymond Schmitt, 54, of Hesston, Kan.