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  • Harvest of Grapes

    Laughter erupts among the rows of grapes on Roachville Road. It's the first harvest for Heritage at Kentuscany, and the event has drawn help from as far away as Cincinnati and Nashville.

    Between Ray Roberts and his son-in-law Adam Russell, the two own 7 1/2 acres of grapes on Roachville Road.

    The idea to start a vineyard came after prayer, Roberts said.

    "We were looking for something multi-generational."

    After touring other vineyards in Kentucky, Roberts, a former pastor and now a chiropractor, decided to start his own.

  • Man accused of indecent exposure

    A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged with second-degree indecent exposure after he allegedly exposed himself at Green River Marina.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's report, a woman called the E-911 center Wednesday at about 12:20 p.m. and reported that she was at the beach at Emerald Isle Marina and saw a man exposing and touching himself in front of people on the beach.

    The report states the man was attempting to leave the marina when he was stopped by Sheriff's Deputy Aaron L. Walters.

  • Man accused of selling cocaine

    A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged with multiple drug crimes.

    Jeffrey Robert Gurley, 22, of 505 S. Columbia Ave. was arrested at 3:57 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 17.

    According to Gurley's arrest citation, police found crack cocaine, powder cocaine and a large amount of money after executing a search warrant at Gurley's room at Towne Motel. The citation states officers also found marijuana and suspected Lortab.

    Gurley was charged with first-degree selling cocaine and selling a controlled substance with 1,000 yards of a school.

  • Court upholds $750,000 judgment

    A jury's decision to award more than $750,000 to a Campbellsville man for damages he suffered when his son was killed in a 1995 collision has been upheld by the Kentucky Court of Appeals.

    Harlon Barnett, individually, and as administrator of the estate of Steven Ray Barnett, filed suit against Hamilton Mutual Insurance Co. of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Caulk and Eastridge Insurance Co. of East Broadway in Campbellsville in Taylor Circuit Court on Jan. 4, 2000. EMC Insurance Co. was later added as a defendant.

  • 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.