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  • Man sentenced to a year in prison for child sex abuse

    A Campbellsville man has been sentenced to serve a year in prison for sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl.

    Robert Elzie Followell, 39, of 3825 Raikes Hill Road appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Allan Bertram on Tuesday, Jan. 22 for sentencing.

    In October 2007, Followell avoided facing a jury by pleading guilty to first-degree sex abuse. A first-degree persistent felony offender charge was dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

    According to court records, Followell was accused of grabbing and attempting to kiss the girl.

  • Man takes case to Court of Appeals

    His requests to be released from prison were denied last year. Now, Ronald Osinger is taking his case to a higher court.

    In August 2004, Ronald Eugene "June Bug" Osinger Jr., now 28, was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison on four counts of first-degree sodomy, two counts of first-degree rape, first-degree sex abuse and three counts of intimidating a witness. He pleaded guilty to the charges in June 2004.

    However, the victims in Osinger's case recanted their testimony before a judge two years later.

  • Bill would address school bullies

    Some may call it a right of passage, just a part of growing up. But in Frankfort, lawmakers are mulling over a bill that seeks to prevent bullying in schools and local administrators are backing the bill.

    "In many aspects, our society views certain forms of bullying as a right of passage," said Melissa Long, assistant principal at Taylor County Elementary School. "However, we, now more than ever, are beginning to realize the long-term effects of bullying as it has been brought to public light in recent years."

  • Man arrested, charged with fourth DUI

    A Lebanon man has been arrested and charged with DUI.

    Louis A. Simpson, 48, of 406 W. Walnut St. was arrested at 2:15 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19.

    According to Simpson's arrest citation, Campbellsville Police observed him driving on Kerr Street at about 2 a.m.

    Court records state police stopped Simpson who smelled of alcohol and had poor balance.

    Records state Simpson failed several field sobriety tests and told police he had drank four or five beers.

    Simpson's blood alcohol level was .101, higher than the legal limit of .08.

  • Campbellsville man indicted in Marion County

    A Campbellsville man has been indicted in Marion Circuit Court.

    Kyle Mardis, 27, of 101 Grandview was indicted on six counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

    According to the indictment, on or about Dec. 3 and Dec. 4, Mardis had in his possession six checks on another person's account, knowing that they were forged.

    If convicted, the charge of being a persistent felony offender could increase any sentence he may receive.

    His bond was set at 10 percent of $15,000.

  • Tebbs Bend Bridge will be closed

    According to Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers' office, the Tebbs Bend Bridge will be closed for a couple days beginning Tuesday, Feb. 5.

    The bridge will be closed for one to two days for drilling.

    For more information, call Rogers' office at 465-7729.

  • Open wide

    Lying on a table awaiting her dental exam at Dr. Heather Wise's office, Selena Badillo is all smiles. The 9-year-old Adair County resident has been to the dentist before, as evidenced by the fillings or "silver stars" on a few of her teeth, and she seems eager for her examination.

    Not all Kentucky children are as acquainted with a dentist's office as Selena, however. Some children have never been to see a dentist.

  • 12 file for Council seats

    Twelve candidates. 12 seats. The local Primary Election just got a little less local.

    There will be no City Council race on the ballot in May.

    In order for the City Council races to appear on the Primary ballot, a total of 25 candidates must file. That hasn't happened in some time, according to Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney.

    "I can't remember the last time we had a Primary City Council race."

  • Tuesday night storm causes damage in Taylor County

    A severe thunderstorm Tuesday night caused damage throughout Taylor County.

    According to a press release from Ronnie Dooley, Taylor County Emergency Management's public information coordinator, severe thunderstorms with destructive winds moved through Taylor County at about 9 p.m., causing widespread wind damage.

    Wind gusts of nearly 70 mph were clocked during the night with weather instruments at the Campbellsville E-911 center, Dooley's report states.

  • Carney files for state representative

    John "Bam" Carney has filed as a Republican candidate for 51st District State Representative, an office currently held by Republican Russ Mobley. The district covers Taylor and Adair counties.

    Mobley announced earlier this month that he will not seek re-election. Republicans Russell Montgomery and Asa James Swan have also filed for the seat.

    Carney filed the necessary paperwork in Frankfort on Tuesday.