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Vanheck stole school bus, backhoe.

Campbellsville man pleads guilty to theft charges

By Calen McKinney

The man who stole a Taylor County school bus and led police on a short chase has pleaded guilty to various charges.


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Fun program encourages children to keep reading.

Celebrate Reading!

By Calen McKinney

"Have you all enjoyed the summer reading program?" the children were asked. Their answer was an echoing "Yes!"


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Program announced Friday will help with summer cooling bills.

Electricity usage up, but summer isn't over yet.

By James Roberts

If you thought June was hot, hang on. July and August are the peak summer months, and with near record temperatures already in the books, the long, hot summer isn't nearly over.

According to the Kentucky Mesonet station in Taylor County, June saw eight days with temperatures above 90 degrees. Factoring in high humidity, the heat index hit 100 degrees on a few of those days. The heat index combines air temperatures and humidity levels to determine how hot it feels.

July has seen three days in the 90s so far.


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Defendant had been accused of sexually abusing a young child.

Man accused of sex abuse pleads guilty to lesser charges

By Calen McKinney

The Campbellsville man accused of sexually abusing a young girl has pleaded guilty to amended charges and must register as a sex offender for 20 years.

Clifton Carter, 40, of 1795 Underwood Road was indicted in February by a Taylor County grand jury. He was charged with three counts of first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of intimidating a witness.

According to the indictment, Carter is accused of threatening a potential witness to delay or prevent the witness from speaking with law enforcement officials.


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Man claims he was denied medical treatment.

Former inmate files suit against jail

By Calen McKinney

A former Taylor County Detention Center inmate has filed suit, claiming he did not receive necessary medical treatment.

Robert Bertram of the Bertram & Wilson law firm in Jamestown filed the complaint on behalf of Eddie Yates in Taylor Circuit Court on Tuesday, June 29.

Taylor County Jailer Rick Benningfield, Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers and Taylor County are listed as defendants.

According to the complaint, Yates was incarcerated at the jail on July 24, 2009, when he fell and fractured his hand.


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Coroner says cause of death was accidental.

Hardin man drowns at Green River Lake

By Calen McKinney

An Elizabethtown company is in a state of shock after one its employees drowned at Green River Lake this past weekend.

John Austin Davis, 33, of Elizabethtown died Saturday after drowning while swimming with friends at about 3:30 p.m.

According to Taylor County Coroner Terry Dabney, an autopsy performed Sunday determined that Davis died of an accidental drowning.

Dabney said Davis had been swimming throughout the day Saturday on his pontoon with six people.

"He jumped overboard and didn't resurface," Dabney said.


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Lebanon man stable after collision

By The Staff

A Lebanon man remains in stable condition following a two-vehicle collision Friday.

According to a Campbellsville Police report, at about 3:51 p.m., a 1988 Dodge pickup driven by Clarence Yates of Lebanon collided with a 2003 Buick Regal driven by Ruby Wilson of Campbellsville on Lebanon Avenue.

Yates was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by Campbellsville/Taylor County Rescue personnel. Wilson was not injured.

Campbellsville Police Officer Travis Begley investigated. Campbellsville Fire Department also responded.


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Only 109 of 120 counties participate this year.

Homeless count is up

By James Roberts

While the number of homeless people in Taylor County hasn't changed much in the last year, the number of potential homeless has.

Results of the statewide 2010 Point-In-Time Count of the Homeless were released on June 30. Statewide, there were 6,623 homeless people identified in the 2010 count, which took place on Jan. 28. The 2009 count located 5,999 homeless individuals, although a major ice and snowstorm that hit the state around the same time of the 2009 count hampered efforts.

Of Kentucky's 120 counties, only 109 participated.


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Water project nearly finished

By James Roberts

Better tasting water will soon be on tap. A $2.8 million project to help the Campbellsville Water Co. draw higher quality water from Green River Lake is expected to wrap up within a month.


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Collision results in DUI arrest

By The Staff

A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged with DUI after he crashed on KY 289.

According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, John Seaborne, 39, of 180 Countryview Court was traveling south on KY 289 on Monday at 2:07 a.m.

The report states that Seaborne lost control of his 1999 Chevrolet Astro van and struck an embankment.

Seaborne was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by Campbellsville/Taylor County Rescue. He was treated for multiple injuries. As of press time, no information was available as to his condition.


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