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  • Twice is nice

    J.B. Holmes has won the PGA Tour's FBR Open for the second time.

    Holmes won in a playoff over Phil Mickelson.

    See the CKNJ Sports section for the complete story.

  • Tuesday storm causes no problems

    Taylor County's second severe weather threat in as many weeks left behind no reported damage.

    According to Ronnie Dooley, Taylor County Emergency Management public information coordinator, the storm that rolled through the area Tuesday night and Wednesday morning was mild compared to last week.

    "We didn't have any damage reported to us," he said. "We had nowhere near as many calls as last week."

    Dooley said Campbellsville/Taylor County E-911 received about 50 calls during the storm.

  • Area seniors get income tax help

    Beginning Feb. 5, senior citizens in Green, Taylor and surrounding counties can get free income tax service.

    The American Association of Retired Persons is offering its tax-aide program again this year. Electronic filing will be available free of charge. The free service will be offered from Feb. 5 through April 15 at the Green County Senior Citizens Center. The center is located at 112 S. First St. in Greensburg. The service is offered from 3 to 7 p.m. EST.

    Other times are available by appointment by calling local coordinator Brenda Cook at (270) 932-7459.

  • News-Journal editorial staff wins KPA awards

    News-Journal staff won 10 awards at the Kentucky Press Association's Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers awards banquet Jan. 25 at the Marriott Griffin Gate Hotel in Lexington.

    The contest is a competition between newspapers across Kentucky.

    The News-Journal staff, which competes in the multi-weekly category, won a first-place award, four second- and four third-place awards as well as an honorable mention.

    Social Writer Neila Schuhmann garnered a first-place award for Best Feature Picture with her photo of the Real Encounter BMX stunt bike demonstration in May 2007.

  • 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.