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  • New year's baby born on Jan. 1

    The first baby of the New Year, Delona Lillian Hayes, came as a surprise to nurses at Taylor Regional Hospital.

    "We were surprised because 75 percent of our babies are male," said Registered Nurse Darlene Loy.

    Born at 6:18 p.m. on Jan. 1 to parents Anthony Hayes and Erika Davis of Greensburg, Delona weighed 8 pounds, 3 ounces.

    Davis said her daughter is healthy, for the most part, and the family was expected to go home on Saturday.

    Her grandparents are Daryl and Sharon Davis and Eddie and Madeline Hayes, all of Greensburg.

  • Yates graduates from EKU

    Ricky Lane Yates Jr. graduated from Eastern Kentucky University on Dec. 15 with a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice.

    He is the son of Ricky and Michelle Yates of Campbellsville and Jimmy and Tammy Hunt of Finley. His grandparents are J.B. and Susie Yates of Lebanon, Dennis and Susie Hayes of Campbellsville and Howard and Virginia Shearer of Gravel Switch. Great-grandparents are Cornelia McCarty and Lucille Hayes, both of Lebanon.

  • Three Taylor residents earn degrees from Lindsey

    Three Taylor County residents recently received degrees from Lindsey Wilson College.

    The three were among 247 graduates who were awarded degrees - 176 undergraduate degrees and 71 graduate degrees - at the college's 2007 winter commencement on Dec. 15.

    Kentucky Hall of Fame journalist Al Smith delivered the commencement address to a crowd of more than 1,500 guests in Biggers Sports Center. In his address, Smith praised the graduates for the obstacles they overcame to earn a degree.

  • Police brief

    Man charged in sealed indictment

    A Campbellsville man has been charged with selling marijuana in an indictment recently unsealed by a Taylor Circuit Court judge.

    A grand jury may seal an indictment if there is a possibility that the accused will try to evade police.

    Michael Wayne Mitchell, 27, of 1120 Apache was charged with selling marijuana within 1,000 yards of a school.

    Bond was set at 10 percent of $15,000. If convicted, Mitchell could be sentenced to as much as five years in prison.

  • City's lawsuit settled

    A local woman's case against the City of Campbellsville for damages she alleges she suffered when she was involved in a collision with a police officer has been settled and dismissed at a cost to the City of a little more than $20,000.

    The suit was filed in Taylor Circuit Court last February by Lebanon attorney Joseph H. Mattingly III on behalf of Campbellsville resident Gwendolyn Walker.

    In Walker's suit, she alleged she was involved in a motor vehicle collision with Campbellsville Police Detective Sgt. Patricia Thompson on June 15, 2004. The City denied any wrongdoing.

  • Jazzing it up

    Winning the title of Kentucky Junior Miss on Saturday, Jan. 12 would be reason enough to celebrate. But, for Megan Romines, it would also make a wonderful birthday gift for her father.

    "The 12th is my dad's birthday, so he keeps saying, 'That'd be great if you could win.'"

    Romines says she's been "going crazy" with the piano over the past few months. But she also says she's ready to go.

    In August, Romines was named Taylor County Junior Miss. She also took home awards for fitness, scholastic and self-expression at the local program.

  • 'Just a super officer'

    For Campbellsville Police Officer Ben Riggs, the greatest reward is a job well done.

    "I just come to work and do my job," Riggs said. "I go home with a clear conscience, knowing that I've treated everyone equally."

    A Campbellsville Police officer since 2002, Riggs is 2007's Officer of the Year.

    Awarded annually during the police department's Christmas dinner, Campbellsville Police officers nominate fellow officers for the award. Supervisors select the winner from the list of nominations.

  • Local briefs

    Smoking ordinance committee meeting cancelled

    The smoking ordinance committee meeting scheduled for 5 o'clock today [Thursday] at Nunery Law Office has been cancelled. The committee has asked for more time to review new information on the issue, according to City Clerk Cary Colvin.

    The committee was appointed by Campbellsville Mayor Brenda Allen to discuss a smoking ordinance.

    The meeting has not been rescheduled.

    Tobacco growers meeting set for Jan. 16

  • Medicare charges dismissed

    Federal charges against a local man accused of Medicare fraud have been dismissed.

    Campbellsville resident and business owner Donald James was indicted by a federal grand jury in March 2006 on 20 counts of Medicare fraud.

    According to a press release from the office of D

    According to the indictment, James allegedly defrauded Medicare, a federal health care program, by offering and paying kickbacks in exchange for referrals of Medicare patients to his business.

    The crimes were allegedly committed on 20 occasions

  • Local briefs

    Holiday closings

    Taylor County Sheriff's Department and Taylor County Clerk's Office will be closed today and tomorrow. The Sheriff's department will accept walk-ins to pay property tax bills on Jan. 2 and Jan. 3. Mailed payments must be postmarked by Dec. 31.

    Pasture renovation signups start

    The Kentucky Soil and Water Conservation Commission will resume State Cost Share sign-ups for the period of Jan. 1 to Jan. 25.

    The January cost share applications should be submitted to the Conservation District by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25.