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Today's News

  • Pig flies at Taylor County Airport

     

  • After 25 years, Bratcher bows out of banking

     

    As Leroy Bratcher circulated the room, every guest received a handshake, a hug and a smile.

    Some guests shared pictures of old times with him, while others simply brought stories from the days of old.

    After 25 years as president of Forcht Bank in Campbellsville, one chapter of Bratcher’s life was closing as another began.

    This was his day.

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  • Riggs sentenced to 10 years for 2013 murder

     

    Richard Riggs, who pleaded guilty to a 2013 murder, will spend the next 8 years in jail.

    At a sentencing hearing on Tuesday afternoon, Taylor County Circuit Judge Allan Bertram sentenced Riggs, 59, to 10 years, with credit for the almost two years he's been in jail since his arrest in connection with the April 19, 2013, shooting of Orvey Harris.

    Prosecutor Larry Holbert, who called the shooting "the most grievous of sins," asked the judge for the full sentence of 10 years. Harris' family was also present to make a statement.

  • Sex crimes get Greer 15-year sentence

     

    Willard Greer, a man who previously pleaded guilty to numerous sex crimes, was sentenced to 15 years late Tuesday afternoon.

    Greer, 65, of Campbellsville, pleaded guilty to multiple counts of both first-degree sexual abuse of a victim under 12 years of age and first-degree sodomy of a victim under 12 years of age.

    Greer has been housed in the Taylor County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond and a $200,000 bond.

  • Two state reps seek ag commissioner office

     

    With the 2015 General Assembly concluded, at least two state legislators hope they won’t be back for the 2016 session.

    State Rep. Richard Heath (R-Mayfield) and State Rep. Ryan Quarles (R-Georgetown) are hoping to succeed outgoing Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer, who is running for governor.

    The winner of the Republican primary between Heath and Quarles will face the lone Democrat in the race, Jean-Marie Lawson Spann, in November.

  • County to spend up to $100,000 on Veteran's Memorial Park

     

    Work will soon start on the fields, restrooms and concession stand at Veterans Memorial Park, work that has been discussed for roughly half a year.

    At a special-called Taylor County Fiscal Court meeting, magistrates voted unanimously to pay Tim Edwards of Campbellsville up to $100,000 to fix the lighting on all three fields - the two softball fields and the Babe Ruth field - and to work on the restrooms and concession stand.

  • Grandview wins 'Facility of the Year'

    The Grandview Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility won the 2014 Facility of the Year as awarded by the Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities and celebrated the honor with residents, friends and the community on Friday, March 27.

    An independent panel of judges awarded the distinction of Facility of the Year to Grandview based on strict criteria focusing on the quality of care for residents.

    The 81-bed facility offers residents a wide variety of interests and top-level health care while being an important member of the Campbellsville community.

  • Bruckers could face separate trials

    Dale and Brianna Brucker may face separate trials, separated by 2 months, if Circuit Judge Samuel Spalding decides to sever their cases.

    Brianna Brucker, 22, and Dale Brucker, 28, who are charged in connection with a July 2012 murder, are already represented separately. If the judge severs the cases, Dale Brucker will be tried starting on Aug. 24, while Brianna Brucker will be tried on Oct. 26. They have a pre-trial conference on Aug. 4.

  • Houk celebrates 40th anniversary

    Richard RoBards first met Suzy Houk in 1972, when he was working for the News-Journal as the sports editor.

    As part of the Taylor County High School newspaper staff, Houk and the other members would come by the News-Journal office — which was then located on Main Street — and compose their school paper.

    Even though Houk graduated from TCHS in 1973, it would not be her last encounter with RoBards, or the newspaper industry.

  • Drowning victim still missing

    Emergency personnel in Taylor, Green and Hart counties are still searching for a person who fell out of a canoe late Wednesday morning on Green River.

    “We’re still searching, and we’re still hopeful that we’ll find him,” Campbellsville Fire Chief Kyle Smith said.

    According to a report by Smith, the 66-year-old man and another man were canoeing on Green River in separate canoes at about 11:15 a.m.