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  • Art exhibit on display at CU through March 21

    Sculptor Andrew Weilawski’s artwork will be displayed in Campbellsville University’s Pence-Chowning Art Gallery until March 21.

    Weilawski, a native of Bedford Hills, New York, specializes in sculptures, with his art consisting mainly of people carved from stone. He has also been a member of the World Wide Arts Resources Corporation since 2003.

  • Creepy, crawly critters

    Things got a little slimy at the Taylor County Public Library as children learned about salamanders during this month’s Family Nature Night.

    The goal of these nights are to promote an interest in outdoor animals and activities, outdoor safety and animal awareness.

    Amy Berry from Clay Hill Memorial Forest brought some of her salamander friends for children to learn about and feel, along with a craft at the end of the night.

  • Genetics playing bigger role in foods, expert says

    A plant expert was on hand Tuesday night to talk to local farmers and others about the pros and cons of genetically engineered organisms, or GMOs.

    “We never stop evaluating the safety of genetically engineered crops,” said Paul Vincelli, plant pathologist for the University of Kentucky. “There’s a series of technologies that can really do some good stuff for humans.”

  • Grand jury returns dozen indictments

    A Campbellsville man and a Columbia man accused of a string of thefts are two of 12 people a Taylor County Grand Jury indicted Tuesday.

    Zachary Q. Powell, 23, of Bridgewater Road in Columbia, was charged with second-degree burglary, a Class C felony; and theft by unlawful taking or disposition — all others $10,000 or more but less than $1,000,000, Class C felony.

  • Gribbins murder trial set for August

    A man accused of murdering his estranged wife faces a jury trial in August.

    DeWayne D. Gribbins, 42, of Peterson Street in Campbellsville, faces a jury trial at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 22, on charges of murder, domestic violence, a Class A felony; and tampering with physical evidence, a Class D felony.

    Shonda West-Stiles of the Columbia Department of Public Advocacy, who is representing Gribbins, had Taylor County Circuit Judge Allan Bertram schedule a pre-trial conference for Tuesday, April 19, at 1 p.m.

  • Sweeney enters guilty plea to sex abuse charges

    A Campbellsville man was given 5 years on probation for a variety of sex offenses.

    At a Tuesday morning hearing, Michael Sweeney, 53, of Campbellsville, pleaded guilty to 18 counts of second-degree sexual abuse, one count of first-degree criminal abuse and two counts of third-degree unlawful transaction with a minor, for which he was sentenced to 8 years, probated for 5 years.

    That means that if Sweeney violates the terms of his probation, he could face 8 years in prison.

  • A beauty and a beast: Former beauty queen now plays tackle football

    Zanda Boggs is no stranger to struggle and overcoming every hurdle that comes her way. And without a doubt, strong is an understatement to describe her in many ways.

    Whether it was her determination during beauty pageants, her ability to be a single mom of two or to tackle women on the football field.

    Boggs is a past beauty pageant winner turned semi-pro tackle football player.

    She is the corner and safety for the Derby City Dynamite of Louisville.  

  • Still no trial date for Bruckers

    A co-defendant in a three-and-a-half-year-long murder case will likely face a trial in May or June.

    At a pre-trial hearing on Tuesday afternoon, Taylor County Circuit Judge Allan Bertram gave Brianna Brucker a $30,000, 10-percent bond — meaning she can be released if she or someone else posts $3,000 bond.

    Commonwealth’s Attorney Shelly Miller floated trial dates of May 25 and June 28, and estimated that the trial might take three or four days. The next pre-trial conference is scheduled for Tuesday, March 29.

  • Free income tax preparation help available for Taylor, Green and surrounding counties

    Free assistance with income tax preparation is still available for residents of Green, Taylor and surrounding counties from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Foundation Tax-Aide program. Electronic filing will be available free of charge. AARP membership is not required for assistance.

    The counselors are retired business people with considerable experience in tax preparation. This year’s counselors are Brenda Cook, Carolyn Scott, Kathy Curry, Gail Munday and Bettie Jo Russell.

  • Williams ‘leaps’ to 23rd Leap Day birthday

    George Williams is celebrating his 23rd birthday today. Never mind that he was born 92 years ago. Williams was born on Feb. 29 in 1924, also known as Leap Day.