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  • Former substitute teacher pleads not guilty

    A Campbellsville man pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning to charges alleging sexual misconduct against Taylor County High School students.

    Taylor County Circuit Judge Todd Spalding kept Lawrence Harris’ bond at $50,000 full cash. He is still to have no contact with the complaining witnesses, and he is also banned from using computers.

    A bond hearing has been scheduled for 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 30.

  • 50 years from now...

    As the school year at Taylor County Primary Center is coming to an end, students, faculty, and staff at TCPC spent Monday morning thinking about the future.

    A time capsule was buried in front of the school beside the flagpole on Monday, set to be opened May 15, 2067, exactly 50 years from the date of its burial.

    TCPC Principal Melissa Long said the idea was originally just floated as a possible activity, but really gained steam.

    “I’m not really sure how it came about, but it just grew,” Long said.

  • Three locals charged in murder

    Four people, including three Campbellsville residents, have been arrested and jailed in the shooting death of a Bardstown teenager just after midnight Monday in what police say was a drug deal that turned violent.

    The suspects are Shamontay Jermare Adams, 21, who was charged with murder and first-degree robbery; Damion Paul Murphy, 18, and Alexis Gribbins, 19, both charged with complicity to murder and first-degree robbery; and Torique Shawne Griffin, 19, charged with complicity to murder and complicity to robbery.

  • Miller Park roads could become one-way

    Campbellsville Trail Town committee members want to make parts of Miller Park Drive and Upper Miller Park Road one way.

    Nothing has been set in stone, but members are tentatively planning to make Upper Miller Park Road from Warren Place to Saloma Road one way towards Saloma Road. From the Miller Park ball fields towards Saloma Road, Miller Park Drive would be one-way towards the ball fields.

    The remainder of Upper Miller Park Road and Miller Park Drive would continue to be two-way, as would the “Y” intersection between the two roads.

  • Log barn cover nearly complete at Homeplace

    The first phase of a pavilion over a 200-year-old log barn at the Homeplace on Green River should be complete by next month.

    “The pavilion—which is the first phase of a building that will eventually completely enclose the log pen as well as historic farm equipment, should be completed this month, or at the latest early in June,” said George Kolbenschlag of the Homeplace. “We just really don’t know when the rest of the building will be completed. We have to raise the funding first, and then be sure the equipment is secure.”

  • Local officers, community have good relationship

    On the national scene, tension between citizens and police has risen due to a lot of high profile, highly publicized incidents.

    As this week kicks off National Police Week in the United States, beginning with National Peace Officers Memorial Day today, officers of the Campbellsville Police Department are continuing to abide by their mission of serving and protecting the city of Campbellsville.

  • Smith ready to settle into new role

    Kirby Smith is a familiar face for the Campbellsville Independent School District.

    After being at the helm of the CHS baseball team for more than a decade, and serving as a special education teacher as well as principal at CHS for the last two years, Smith is now preparing for a new role he will take on this summer: superintendent of the Campbellsville Independent School District.

  • Taylor school board to seek new member

    After the unexpected passing of former Taylor County School Board Chair Tony Davis last week, the board is now beginning the process of finding a new member to represent the Fourth District, which covers the Elk Horn-Yuma, Ireland/Irene-Romine, and New South precincts.

    Last week, Taylor County Schools Superintendent Roger Cook said he was getting ready to notify Kentucky Commissioner of Education Stephen L. Pruitt of the vacant seat on the board, the first step in the process of placing a new member on the board.

  • Library lands elite grant

     

    The Taylor County Public Library recently received a very competitive grant to go toward assisting with its summer programming, according to children’s librarian Emily Snyder.

    The $3,000 grant through the National Center for Families Learning was awarded to three libraries across the country with Taylor County Public Library being among the three.

    The other two chosen were Covina Public Library in Covina, California, and Leonard Reed Elementary School in Cedar Park, Texas.

  • Sewer issues delay new fire station

     

    The Taylor County Volunteer Fire Station was scheduled to be finished later this month, but sewer issues have delayed its opening.

    At a Taylor County Fiscal Court meeting Tuesday night, magistrates unanimously agreed to spend an extra $9,160 on an extra 320 feet of sewer line to connect to a different manhole. That line will only serve the new fire station.