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  • Durham pleads guilty to murder


    He has admitted he did it, and could spend 40 years in prison as a result.

    Jesse Durham has pleaded guilty to murdering his great-grandmother with a hammer. And in exchange for his guilty plea, the prosecutor in the case has recommended he be sentenced to serve four decades in prison for his crime.

    Durham, 23, appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Allan Bertram on Tuesday.

    Durham was scheduled to face jurors on Monday and was appearing for a hearing to discuss whether his case was ready for trial.

  • Young, Allen square off to be mayor


    They have both had the job before, and they want it again.

    Tony Young and Brenda Allen faced off for the first time in November 2010 to see who would become Campbellsville's mayor. Young came out ahead by 205 votes and took office in 2011 for his first term in office.

    And now, four years later, Allen is challenging Young to get her job back.

    Voters will decide which of the two they want in office on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

  • Candidates speak at public forum

    Candidates for Taylor County judge/executive and Campbellsville mayor were invited to speak at a political forum hosted by Campbellsville University’s political science and history clubs on Tuesday night. County judge/executive candidates Eddie Rogers and Greg Gribbins, and mayor candidates Tony Young and Brenda Allen participated in the forum.


    Eddie Rogers

  • Man faces nearly 200 counts of possession of child pornography


    A Campbellsville man has been charged with nearly 200 counts of being in possession of child pornography.

    Lonnie A. Harness, 29, of Sharon Drive, was indicted last Tuesday by a Taylor County grand jury.

    According to court records, Harness was allegedly found with photos depicting child pornography on his cell phone.

    Harness was charged with 39 counts of promoting a sexual performance by a minor and 181 counts of possession of or viewing matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.

  • Raising money for Hosparus


    About $7,600 was raised on Sunday, Oct. 19, at the annual Hosparus Tea, and the money will be used to help people in Taylor and surrounding counties. The tea is the largest fundraiser for Hosparus, and the organization's signature event.

    Locally, the Hosparus Green River Community Board, which Chad Shively chairs, oversees fundraisers for the organization.

    The Hosparus Green River area encompasses Taylor, Washington, Marion, Green and Adair counties. Since Taylor is the largest of the counties, the area's office was set up here.

  • Students learn about fire prevention


    If their smoke detector is working, they learned, it just might save their lives.

    Local students learned last week how to prevent fires and what they should do if their home catches on fire.

    Campbellsville Fire & Rescue Engineer Keith Bricken and Taylor County High School students participating in the school’s fire sciences program taught the fire prevention programs.

  • Twelve seek county magistrate seats


    Twelve people want to serve as Taylor County's magistrates. On Tuesday, Nov. 4, the pool will be narrowed to half that amount.

    All six of the county's current magistrates have filed for re-election, and some who used to serve in the positions have filed for them back.

    Dr. James Jones, John Gaines, Tommy Corbin, Matt Pendleton, Ed Gorin and Richard Phillips currently serve as the county's first through sixth district magistrates, respectively.

  • Haunting at Green River Lake


    There were scarecrows, sounds of wild animals lurking nearby, a man with a chainsaw and lots of ghoulish figures.

    Taylor County High School FFA students haunted Green River Lake's corn maze on Saturday, Oct. 18, to raise money for their programs. Admission was $5 per person, and in all, $405.50 was raised.

    The corn maze, which is located at the entrance to GRL State Park, is open daily from 8 a.m. to dark through the end of October. There is no admission to tour the maze at times other than the haunting events.

  • Abell retires from road department


    Some people wouldn’t like getting out at all hours of the day and night, scraping away ice and snow and hauling load after load of gravel. But he says he looked forward to it every day.

    Jessie Abell retired recently after working nearly 25 years at the county’s road department.

    Over the years, Abell, 64, has scraped many icy roads, mowed a lot of roadsides and helped residents travel down their gravel roads more safely.