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Today's News

  • Former deputy's sentencing delayed due to his vacation

     

    The former sheriff's deputy who broke the law he was hired to uphold wasn't sentenced in federal court last week as planned. This time, his sentencing was delayed because he is on vacation.

    But when he is sentenced in two weeks, Billy Rice faces as much as 30 years in federal prison and a large fine.

    Rice, a former Taylor County Sheriff's Deputy, of Campbellsville, was charged in early October with committing federal drug crimes. He had initially pleaded not guilty, but has since entered a guilty plea to the charges.

  • Two arrested, three still sought in burglary

     

    Campbellsville Police have arrested two of the five people they suspect are operating a burglary ring in Kentucky and Tennessee. The three other suspects who have been identified are still being sought.

    On July 6, police officers began an investigation into a residential burglary at 80 Boca Noir Circle in Campbellsville.

    According to a news release, evidence gathered at the scene and other information has suggested the burglary might be the work of multiple people operating in a wide geographic area.

  • Mothers get a real 'helping hand'

     

    The baby fusses a little as she carefully wraps the richly colored fabric over the mother's shoulders and explains how to tie it in the back. Within two minutes of snuggling against her mother, the baby is content and nearly asleep.

    After giving birth to her second set of twins, Tara Hall needed an extra set of hands.

    She was already a mother to three other children who are homeschooled, co-pastor at Stoner Creek Methodist and Mannsville United Methodist churches with her husband, John, and a seminary student.

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  • Cocanougher withdraws from circuit judge's race

     

    Tim Cocanougher of Springfield, candidate for the Circuit Court Judge in the 11th Judicial Circuit, District 1, withdrew his candidacy on Monday, citing a recent opportunity to continue his work conducting sexual assault investigations for the United States military.

    A former Commonwealth's attorney, Cocanougher said his view of the judge's seat as a very respectable and highly esteemed position influenced his decision to file.

  • Durham to use mental defense in murder trial

     

    Jesse Durham has filed notice that he will use a mental health defense in his murder case.

    Durham, 22, is accused of killing his great-grandmother, Elizabeth Arinsmier, with a hammer. He has pleaded not guilty to murder, which carries a sentence of as much as life in prison.

    Earlier this month, Durham's attorney, C.B. Bates of the Department of Public Advocacy in Columbia, announced that the case is prepared for trial.

  • Resident enters guilty plea to sex crimes

     

    A Campbellsville man has pleaded guilty to sodomizing and abusing a child and could spend 23 years in prison for his crimes.

    In October, Charles Ray Shepperson, 39, of 100 Layton Drive, was indicted by a Taylor County grand jury and charged with two counts of a sex-related crime and two counts each of first-degree sodomy and first-degree sexual abuse of a child younger than 12.

    According to the indictment, Shepperson allegedly forced a child to have sexual contact with him on at least two occasions between May and June 2013.

  • Students participate in book focus group

     

    Campbellsville and Taylor County middle school students recently offered a Campbellsville native some feedback on his soon-to-be published novel.

    Deronte' Smith, who lives in Georgia but is originally from Campbellsville, met with the students last week after they read his book "The Fantastical Adventures of Sleepy Steve: Reuniting the Stone."

    The book was published a few years ago, but has been expanded and rewritten. The book is slated to be published this fall and is in consideration to become a television show.

  • Gardening keeps Bailey going strong at 83

     

    Standing among the blooms of bright pink, deep orange and golden yellow, Martha Evelyn Bailey said sometimes even she wonders where all the flowers have come from.

    She tends to her garden all day long, six days a week, stopping only for a quick bite of lunch before heading back outside again. She takes a break on Sunday, but still makes sure to water her flowers.

    Although she is very tired at night, Bailey said several years of working in a garden is what keeps her in good health and spirits at age 83.

  • Schools give advice for supply list purchases

     

    She has a decision to make. It's either the purple pencil pouch or the pink one.

    After much thought, she puts the purple one in her cart. With that item checked off the list, she turns her attention to notebooks.

    With the start of school now just days away, many students are headed to stores in search of school clothing and supplies.

    Students in local school systems can find supply lists at school, local stores and online. Read about this year's dress codes in Monday's issue.