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  • Man pleads not guilty to great-grandmother's murder

    The street is quiet, with no signs that a crime happened there. But six days earlier, however, it was the scene of a murder investigation.

    Jesse James Durham, 20, of 102 Eads St. in Campbellsville, has pleaded not guilty to murdering his great-grandmother with a hammer.

    Court records, however, state that Durham has admitted to police that he argued with his great-grandmother and then struck her with a hammer until she died.

  • SPCA looks to grow in community

    Taylor County’s revived SPCA group is forging ahead with several projects to get more involved in the community.

    The group met on Monday night and discussed the development of its Facebook page and sponsoring a competition for school children to create its new logo.

    SPCA member Pat Abell said the group made T-shirts several years ago to sell as a fundraiser.

  • TCHS DECA group wins awards at conference


    Twenty-six Taylor County High School DECA members competed at the Regional DECA Conference at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green on Feb. 2.

    Three were elected to serve as 2012-2013 Region 3 DECA officers. Savannah Farmer was elected president. Shalyn Thompson was elected secretary/treasurer and Hayden McCubbin was named reporter/historian.

    All 26 members qualified to advance to the state DECA conference on March 11-13 at the Galt House in Louisville.

    First place winners:

  • KCA students advance to regional speech meet


    Kentucky Christian Academy students recently won a speech meet and will advance to a regional competition on March 9 in Glasgow.

    Front, from left, are Adam Jeffries, Charles Cox, Zachary Steele, Madeline Hicks, Rebekah Scott, Luke Hesson, MaCayla Falls and Seth Russell.

    Back, Larkin Floyd, River Russell, Dillon Parnell, Reili Farmer, Emily Smith, Lathan Hamilton, Ann Miller, Annalise Scott, Briana Mardis, Jacob Eads, Jackson Grimsley, Austin Tungate, Hayes Mason and Haleigh Murphy.

  • KCA preschool classes visit Walmart


    Kentucky Christian Academy preschool classes visited Walmart recently.

    Front row, from left, are Madison Richards, Kade Somerville, Ivy Lawler, Carter Wise, Sammy Hesson, Hope Hansford, Caleb Frank, Rose Harmon and Kate Billeter.

    Back, Katherine Baum, Samantha Akridge, Emerson McVay, Noah Patterson, Elli Wilson, Claire Coyle, Creed Dudgeon, Reese Burton, Jacob Hamilton and Ella Milby.

  • TCHS names Students of the Week


    Taylor County High School recently named its Students of the Week for Feb. 6-13.

    They are, from left, freshman Anthony Gonzalez, sophomore Mason Arnold, junior Mackenzie Despain and senior Austin Sprowles.

  • Stotts named to Sigma Alpha Lambda honors society

    Lloyd Stotts of Campbellsville has been named to the Sigma Alpha Lambda national leadership and honors organization at the University of Kentucky.

    Sigma Alpha Lambda is dedicated to promoting and rewarding academic achievement and providing members with opportunities for community service, personal development and lifelong professional fulfillment.

    Stotts is the son of Bob and Peggy Stotts of Campbellsville.

  • Wigginton named to dean's list at Centre College

    Hope Wigginton of Campbellsville has been named to the dean's list for the fall term at Centre College, an honor reserved for students who maintain at least a 3.6 grade point average.

    Wigginton is the daughter of Dr. Scott and Elizabeth Wigginton of Campbellsville and is a Taylor County High School graduate.

    Founded in 1819, Centre College in Danville is ranked by U.S.News and World Report among the country's top 50 national liberal arts colleges and is the most affordable college in that group.

  • School menus for Feb. 20-24

    Campbellsville Independent

    Feb. 20-24

    Monday - Presidents Day. No school.

    Tuesday - Ham, broccoli casserole, mashed potatoes, strawberry cup, rolls and milk with choice of corn dog.

    Wednesday - Manwich, tater tots, corn on the cob, diced pears and milk with choice of chuckwagon.

    Thursday - Scrambled eggs, bacon, hash brown casserole, cinnamon apples, biscuits, jelly and milk with choice of chicken fried steak.

    Friday - Pizza, salad, applesauce, elf grahams and milk with choice of fish.

  • Man admits to killing great-grandmother with hammer

    A Campbellsville man has admitted to killing his great-grandmother by hitting her in the head with a hammer.

    Jesse J. Durham, 20, of 102 Eads St., was arrested Sunday at 5:45 p.m.

    According to court records, Durham admitted to Campbellsville Police that he entered the home of Elizabeth Arinsmier, his great-grandmother, at 105 Daisy Drive, and, upon entering, had a verbal altercation with Arinsmier.

    After arguing, court records state, Durham admitted to grabbing a hammer and repeatedly striking Arinsmier, 77, in the head until she died.