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  • 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.

  • Two seek office of county surveyor


    Two people want to be Taylor County's surveyor.

    But come Nov. 4, voters will pick the one man they believe is best for the job.

    Donald Dabney Jr., a Democrat, is currently serving as Taylor County surveyor.

    Greg Tungate, a Republican, has filed to challenge Dabney for the position.

    The News-Journal sent questionnaires to each of the candidates in contested races on the general election ballot. Neither Dabney nor Tungate responded.

  • UPDATE: Escaped inmate still on the loose


    At press time, law enforcements officials were still searching for the inmate who walked away from a work detail in Green County last Tuesday afternoon.

    Officials are searching for Jonathan T. Crum, 28, of 119 Womack Road in Grayson County.

    According to Taylor County Jailer Hack Marcum, Crum was working at a detail in Green County when those supervising the inmates realized he was gone. It was his second day working in Green County.

  • Tony Grider laid to rest


    Standing at attention, the firefighters, dressed in formal uniforms march together into the church. Their shiny badges are covered with a thin black band, in honor of their fallen brother.

    The firefighters have gathered to say goodbye to one of their own, the first in Taylor County to die while in the line of duty.

    Since Campbellsville Fire & Rescue Capt. Tony Grider was injured on Aug. 21 when the truck he was in got too close to a power line, firefighters have been by his side. That stayed true even after his death.

  • Campaign signs reported stolen

    They say it happens as least once each election cycle.

    And, if enough damage is done, it can constitute a misdemeanor or felony offense, possibly punishable by a fine and jail time.

    Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney and Campbellsville Police Chief Tim Hazlette said they recently received reports that some campaign signs posted in the city are missing.

    Carney said has been told some signs were stolen and others were cut down and damaged.