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  • Two on the ballot to serve as county coroner


    Two people want to be Taylor County's coroner, and on Nov. 4, voters will be asked to choose the one they want to serve in the position.

    Incumbent Terry Dabney, a Republican, will face Lyndell R. Petty, a Democrat, for the position.

    Central Kentucky News-Journal staff members mailed questionnaires to candidates in the contested races on the general election ballot. Dabney and Petty responded and their answers are printed below.

    See the candidates' complete questionnaires with this story online.

  • VanMeter bikes to beat cancer


    She doesn't remember much about when it happened, and only recently has she been willing to share her story.

    Lauren VanMeter, 22, is a cancer survivor.

    When she was 2, VanMeter was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia.

    She and her family moved from Louisville to Campbellsville in 2004 and have made their home here since. The VanMeters lived in Middlesboro before moving to Louisville in 2001.

  • Two local murder cases headed to jury trials


    Murder cases against three Campbellsville residents are continuing to move toward a jury of their peers deciding their fate.

    Jesse Durham, 23, who is charged with killing his great-grandmother, and Brianna Means Brucker, 22, and Dale Brucker, 27, who are accused of killing Brianna's infant son, had their cases heard in Taylor Circuit Court on Tuesday.

    The Bruckers, formerly of Mill Street, are now scheduled to appear in court again on Tuesday, Nov. 18.

  • One injured in crash involving school bus


    A man was injured in a crash involving a motorcycle and a Taylor County school bus on Tuesday night that shut down all four traffic lanes on East Broadway.

    The crash occurred at the intersection of East Broadway and Ingram Avenue at about 8:15 p.m.

    According to Campbellsville Police Chief Tim Hazlette, the initial investigation shows that the bus, driven by Brad Lackey, age 52, pulled into the motorcycle's path while attempting to make a left turn onto Ingram Avenue.

  • A hero's sendoff


    As the dispatcher calls for the fallen firefighter, his friends and family members hear nothing but silence.

    "Captain and firefighter Tony Grider, this will be your last and final call."

    The last call for Campbellsville Fire & Rescue Capt. Tony Grider, 41, of Columbia, was made just before his body was laid to rest on Wednesday afternoon.

  • Police can shred personal documents


    From old medical bills and pay stubs to unwanted credit card offers and even resumes, Campbellsville Police Chief Tim Hazlette says documents containing personal information can be a potential gold mine for identity thieves.

    He said it's tempting to simply toss sensitive documents in the trash and assume no one will ever find it.

    "Well, they will if they're serious enough about it," Hazlette said. "I don't know that we've got anybody here that's ambitious enough to do that, but it could happen."

  • Judge rules that day care worker abused child

    A judge has ruled that a former day care worker abused a child in her care.

    But whether the worker's actions caused the child's injuries has yet to be decided.

    In January 2013, local attorney Jon Hieneman filed a lawsuit in Taylor Circuit Court on behalf of Amber Hyde and her daughter, Jolie Maiz Morris.

    Listed as defendants are Erica Gravel of Spring Meadow Court in Campbellsville and Learning Tree Kids Zone Inc. of Hudson Street in Columbia.

  • Watson named airport manager of the year


    He says he is honored to receive the award, but there are many others who are just as worthy of it.

    At a recent conference, the Kentucky Aviation Association, in partnership with the Kentucky Department of Aviation, presented the airport manager of the year awards.

    This year, Carl Watson, the manager of the Taylor County Airport, received the honor in the general aviation airport category.

  • Retiring old glory


    They stood, some saluting and others with their hands over their heart, as the old flag burned.

    American Legion Post 82 hosted a flag burning ceremony on Saturday, with Marion County Honor Guard and local Boy Scouts attending.

    Bobby Baker, master of ceremonies, said flags deemed unserviceable are to be properly disposed of by burning. New flags are to replace the old.

    Baker said flags today have value at stores, but the meaning behind the fabric is so much more.

    "But its real value is beyond price," he said.

  • Riggs murder trial delayed


    Jurors weren't asked to decide this week if a Campbellsville man shot and killed another man after all. And now, they might not be asked to hear the case until next year.

    Richard D. Riggs, 58, of Maple Road, was expected to face jurors on Tuesday before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Allan Bertram.

    Instead, his attorney has filed a new motion, stating that Riggs intends to say he acted in self-defense.

    Riggs was indicted by a Taylor County grand jury in May 2013 and charged with the first-degree murder of Orvey Carl Harris.