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  • Capitol flags headed to Iraq

    It all began when Taylor County Middle School exceptional child educator Kelly Mattingly wanted a way to honor her late grandfather, who was a U.S. Navy veteran.

    Mattingly's grandfather, Ellsworth Henry "E.H." Simpson, died 19 years ago. The flag that covered his casket had been destroyed by accident while in storage.

    Her husband, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Eric Mattingly, is a pilot for the U.S. Army currently serving in Iraq.

    "Eric said, 'If you'll send a flag over, I'll fly it in his honor,'" Mattingly said.

  • Hats off, Graduates!

    More than 200 students graduated from Taylor County High School before a standing-room-only crowd in the TCHS gymnasium on Friday night.

    After graduating, many of the students attended Project Graduation, a drug- and alcohol-free party sanctioned by the school with games and prizes. Taylor County High School graduation was Friday evening in the school gym.

    Watch Thursday’s issue for an Accent page of photos and then visit our Web site at cknj.com for a slideshow of more photos from the ceremony and Project Graduation.


  • Chamber: First UMC named best investor

    First United Methodist Church's slogan says it all. "A church in the heart of the city, with the city in its heart."

    "I think [being a part of the community] is the No. 1 priority," says FUMC Pastor Ted Beam. "The church is the only institution established by God. We're expected to set the atmosphere for a community."

    And the Campbellsville/Taylor Chamber of Commerce believes the church is doing just that, awarding the church its Outstanding Chamber Investor award.

  • Business as usual

    Alex Montgomery may be losing his General Motors and Chrysler dealership franchises in Mt. Washington, but he says Campbellsville's dealership will be business as usual.

    Actually, Montgomery says, he hopes local business will increase as a result of the two car manufacturers' terminating many of their franchise dealerships.

    Montgomery has operated his car dealership in Campbellsville since September 1980. He sells Chevrolet, Buick, Pontiac, Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep brand vehicles.

  • Sheriff's deputies recover stolen vehicle

    The Taylor County Sheriff's Office has found a stolen vehicle and arrested and charged a Russell Springs man.

    According to a sheriff's office report, Taylor County Sheriff's Deputy Brian Pickard stopped a 1977 Chevrolet truck on KY 210 at about 1 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19 for suspected DUI.

    The report states that the driver of the vehicle, Kelly G. Voils, 40, of 38 Main St. in Russell Springs had a blood alcohol level of .203.

  • Movie Gallery lawsuit settled

    The lawsuit filed by an employee who was on duty when a windstorm destroyed the local Movie Gallery building has been settled. The terms of the settlement, however, are being kept confidential.

    Campbellsville resident Brittany Preston was working May 18, 2006, when a microburst of wind destroyed her employer's building at about 6 p.m.

    Nearby Arby's restaurant and Citizens Bank and Trust Co. buildings and Amazon.com's distribution center also suffered damage during the storm.

  • Detention Center can't add 20 beds

    In addition to its discussion of funding for Rescue and E-911 (see the story in the May 14 issue), Taylor Fiscal Court also took action on several other issues at last week's regular meeting.

    Also at the meeting:

    - Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers announced that the Taylor County Detention Center will not be allowed to add the 20 beds the Court recently agreed to purchase from the Casey County jail. He said he has been told that the room in which the beds were going to go doesn't have enough square footage.

  • High schools to graduate 292 students

    This year, 292 students will graduate from Campbellsville and Taylor County high schools, 21 more than last year.

    TCHS will graduate 208 students tomorrow night at 7. Ceremonies will take place in the TCHS gym, according to teacher Keith Benningfield.

    CHS will graduate 84 students next Friday at 6:30 p.m. Graduation ceremonies will take place in Hamilton Auditorium, according to librarian Valerie Davis.

    Read more on this story and others in Thursday's print edition.

  • Motorcyclist injured in collision with car

    A motorcyclist was treated for injuries after colliding with a car Monday.

    According to a Campbellsville Police report, at about 3 p.m., La Donna. S. Kearnes, 35, of Campbellsville was traveling south on South Columbia Avenue on a 2005 Harley Davidson when a 1991 Buick passenger car driven by Bonnie J. Collins, 49, of Campbellsville pulled into her path.

    For more on this story and others, see Thursday's print edition.

  • Another arrested in crime ring case

    Another Campbellsville resident has arrested in a case involving 19 people accused of operating a crime ring to sell drugs in Taylor and surrounding counties.

    According to a press release from the Campbellsville Police Department, the indictments came after an 18-month investigation.

    Amista J. Quinn, 31, of 107 Layton Drive is one of 19 defendants accused of operating a criminal syndicate beginning June 27, 2007, and continuing through Jan. 7, 2009, in Taylor and surrounding counties and other states.