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  • Grand jury indicts 17 on various charges

    A man accused of murder, two alleged escapees and two people accused of a series of burglaries are among 17 people that a Taylor County Grand Jury indicted on Tuesday.

    DeWayne D. Gribbins, 42, of Peterson Street in Campbellsville, was charged with murder — domestic violence, a Class A felony; and tampering with physical evidence, a Class D felony.

  • Keeping their memories alive

    As the holiday season approaches, families gather, memories are shared, and together, traditions are kept. But for some this same time of year may bring sadness due to the loss of a family member.

    Campbellsville University held a night of healing Thursday for those who have lost a loved one.

    “A time to remember that individual…to have an opportunity to celebrate the life and importance that individual had to our own lives and then to just show support for each other,” Elisha Lawrence, resident director at Campbellsville University, said.

  • Man charged with growing more than 80 pot plants to appear in court

    A man accused of growing more than 80 marijuana plants will stand trial in February.

    Dale Hunt, 78, of Bull Tale Creek Road in Campbellsville, has a jury trial scheduled for Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, at 8:30 a.m., and his next pre-trial conference is at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016.

    He was indicted in early September on charges of cultivation of marijuana, five plants or more, second or greater offense, a Class C felony; and two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, one a Class D felony, and one a Class C felony.

  • County seeks $100,000 for blacktop

    The county is seeking $100,000 in state road money to blacktop two county roads.

    To that end, magistrates on the Taylor County Fiscal Court voted 5-0 in a 2-minute special-called meeting Wednesday evening for a memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the fiscal court and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. District Four Magistrate Matt Pendleton was absent.

  • TCES kindergarteners operate lost-and-found for their school

     

    Kindergarteners at Taylor County Elementary School are working together to make a significant impact on their school.

    With an elementary school packed with approximately 1,160 students, there is bound to be a hefty lost-and-found overload, and that is exactly what Andrea Smith's kindergarten class discovered last year.

    Smith started the year going over each of the seven habits with her students, the first being ‘Proactive.’

  • County, city prepared for winter weather on local roads

    Both city and county officials say they are prepared for possible winter snowstorms.

    Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young said the city had 20 tons of salt left over from last winter, and received a shipment of 80 more tons of salt early last month. This is roughly equivalent to how much salt the city had last year.

    The city, Young said, has also bought an additional salt spreader. And with a recent safety grant, the city was able to buy a new truck to act as a snow plow, in order to replace an aging truck, so the city has four usable snow plows, Young added.

  • Backpack program feeds hungry students

     

    As the holiday season approaches, different organizations are set up to make sure all families have a holiday meal, but there is a program in Taylor County that is helping feed hungry kids for longer than just the holidays.

    The Campbellsville and Taylor County family resource centers began a backpack food program in 2007.

    Students at Campbellsville and Taylor County schools and combined Campbellsville/Taylor County Head Start can be referred to the program and receive a bag of food to take home each weekend.

  • Heroin problem growing locally

     

    Heroin use is increasing on the state and local level.

    "The Drug Court program in Kentucky does not maintain statistics based on the type of drug(s) used by program participants," Leigh Anne Hiatt, public information officer for the Administrative Office of the Courts, said in a statement last week. "However, in the past year, Drug Court staff statewide have seen an increase in IV use with heroin based on statements provided by defendants during their assessment for eligibility to Drug Court."

  • Fire starts in TCHS gymnasium Monday

     

    Firefighters responded to the scene of a fire at the Taylor County High School gymnasium Monday morning.

    Taylor County School Superintendent Roger Cook said an emergency light at one of the gym exits overheated, causing an open flame for about 5 minutes.

    By the time the fire department arrived, the fire was already put out by school officials, but the school was evacuated for roughly 20 minutes, and the gym itself was evacuated for about 3 hours while ashes and fire extinguisher foam was cleaned up, Cook said.

  • Death penalty sought for Sizemore, Ratliff

    Madison County Commonwealth Attorney David Smith confirmed last week that the commonwealth is seeking the death penalty for Raleigh Sizemore and Gregory Ratliff.

    Sizemore, 34, was indicted earlier this month on charges of capital murder, two counts of attempted capital murder and other crimes in the case.