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  • Man charged with killing family pet

    A Campbellsville man has been charged with cruelty to animals after he allegedly shot his family’s dog.
    Michael R. Cox, 64, of 700 Cottage Court was arrested at 1 a.m. Tuesday, July 12.
    According to court records, Cox is accused of firing a gun outside his home at least twice. One of the shots allegedly struck and killed his family’s dog.
    Records state that Cox told Campbellsville Police Officer Charles Houk that he had been drinking and arguing with his wife about the dog before the shooting.

  • Local man charged with assault in Louisville

    A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged with assaulting a police officer after an incident at a bar in Louisville.
    According to court records, Jonathan Cook, 26, was arrested at 12:40 a.m. Sunday at a bar on Fourth Street. Records state that Cook was at Saddle Ridge Night Club when he allegedly jumped over the bar and assaulted a bartender.

  • Liberty man charged with burglary

    A Liberty man has been arrested and charged with burglary after he allegedly broke into an abandoned home and stole several items.
    According to a Taylor County Sheriff’s Office report, the office received a complaint that someone had broken into an abandoned home on KY 210 on June 21.
    After an investigation, Christopher Middleton, 34, of 226 Creston Water Tower Road was arrested on July 14 and charged with third-degree burglary.

  • KSP now accepting cadet applications

    The Kentucky State Police is now accepting applications for its next cadet class. Interested applicants should visit the KSP website at www.kentuckystate police.org and click on the Career Opportunities, Recruitment Home and How To Become A Kentucky State Trooper.

  • 9-year-old recovering from dog attack

    A former Campbellsville boy is recovering from serious wounds sustained during a dog attack in Hodgenville, where he now lives.
    Franklin Parks, 9, was playing outside July 7 at a relative’s house on Dangerfield Road in Hodgenville, according to his mother, Rebecca Parks. Franklin had been warned to stay away from an adult dog that was loose in the yard. However, the dog had puppies and Franklin attempted to pet one of them. That’s when the adult dog, described as a “pit bull,” mauled her son, Mrs. Parks said.

  • UPDATE: Woman charged in husband’s death

    A Campbellsville wo-man has been accused of murdering her husband with an overdose of morphine.
    Kathleen Wise, 60, of 4203 Bengal Road was arrested Tuesday at 5 p.m.
    According to a Taylor County Sheriff’s Office report, the office received a call on July 7 about a death that occurred on June 8.
    The report states that Taylor County Coroner Terry Dabney pronounced Joseph Kenneth Wise, 71, dead at his home in Campbellsville. At the time, it was believed Mr. Wise had died of a heart attack.

  • Striking up the bands

    Campbellsville and Taylor County bands are working hard this week to prepare for the upcoming marching season. TCHS’s show is titled “When One Door Closes.” The TCHS band, above, has 65 members. At CHS, left, this year’s show is “A Study In Motion.” Four years ago, CHS had just four members; today there are 26.

  • Ford trial moves ahead

    Letters are being sent to 120 residents who will be called as potential jurors for the upcoming trial of a Campbellsville woman accused of killing her husband, a Lebanon police officer.


    Tonya Ford was in court Tuesday for another hearing in the case that accuses her of shooting David M. Ford on Feb. 10, 2009. She pleaded not guilty in November.


    Tuesday’s hearing before Taylor Circuit Judge Dan Kelly lasted five minutes.

  • CU student shot, killed in Tennessee

    The funeral for a Campbellsville University student who was killed in a drive-by shooting last weekend will be Saturday.
    Tevin Scruggs, 19, of Madison, Tenn. was shot and killed last Saturday night in what police say was a case of mistaken identity.
    According to various Tennessee media reports, Scruggs was standing outside friend Eric Terrell’s home on Viking Road in Bordeaux when a Chevrolet Impala stopped abruptly in front of Terrell, Scruggs and two others, and a gunman shot Scruggs in the chest.

  • Back to the classroom

    It’s time for students to begin preparing for the upcoming school year.
    Classes start the first week of August, and local schools have provided information students will need to begin the year with success.
    The News-Journal will publish a series of three stories to inform students — and their parents. Today’s issue includes information about orientations. Monday’s CKNJ will have a story about dress codes and school supplies. Campbellsville and Taylor County bus route schedules will be published when they are available.