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  • Pratt donates luggage to help local foster, adopted children

     

    Don Pratt has been donating luggage to foster and adopted children for roughly 15 years.

    Pratt, 70, a native of Hazard who grew up in and still lives in Lexington, said he's been a single foster dad to some 65 boys and girls over a 30-year period. He's seen more than a few of them carrying their belongings in garbage bags.

  • Governor signs Wise's childhood cancer bill

    Gov. Steve Beshear held a ceremonial signing of Senate Bill 82 Thursday at the University of Kentucky.

    The measure aims to increase research dollars designated for the study and treatment of pediatric cancer by creating a "check-the-box" option for an individual's tax refund to be diverted to a newly created Pediatric Cancer Research Trust Fund.

    Sen. Max Wise, of Campbellsville, whose young son is a pediatric cancer survivor, sponsored the legislation. Senate Bill 82 became law June 24.

  • Friday crash claims local woman's life

     

    A Campbellsville woman died Friday afternoon after her vehicle hit a tree off of Newton Lane, a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report said.

    Taylor County Deputy Coroner Judy Dabney pronounced Jane Beams, 47, dead at the scene of the one-car wreck, according to the report.

    At about 1 p.m., Beams was driving a four-door Nissan east on KY 744, or Newton Lane, when she failed to negotiate a curve, left the left side of the road and hit a tree, according to the report.

  • Lawyer wants Jones' confession surpressed

     

    A lawyer representing a man accused of burning his 2-year-old son with extremely hot water wants a confession suppressed.

    Taylor County Circuit Judge Todd Spalding will consider Bryan Bennett's motion to suppress Kevin Jones' confession at a hearing at 9 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 28.

    Jones, 26, of Bell Court in Campbellsville, was charged with first-degree criminal abuse, victim under 12, a Class C felony, and first-degree assault, a Class B felony.

  • Thompson named county's Distinguished Young Woman

     

    Sequin gowns, classical piano music and posed young women adorned the stage at Campbellsville High School as the annual Distinguished Young Women Scholarship Program took place Saturday.

    Taylor County High senior Taylor LeAnn Thompson was named the 2016 Distinguished Young Woman of Taylor County.

    "It still really hasn't set in yet," Thompson said.

  • Hedgepath named to education standards board

     

    Dr. Donna R. Hedgepath, vice president of academic affairs at Campbellsville University, was appointed last week by Gov. Steve Beshear (D) to the state's Education Professional Standards Board.

    "Being appointed to this board is truly an honor," Hedgepath said. "Of all the independents in Kentucky, to be the one asked to do this, it really means a lot to me. I've already received messages from ... some of my other partners at Pikeville, Kentucky Christian and Thomas Moore and all the other private schools."

  • Construction continues on new schools

     

    Taylor County School District construction has made a jump in progress as of last Thursday when twenty to thirty cement trucks made their way to the construction site. More than 350 yards of concrete was poured to continue the project and keep it moving forward. 

    “It’s quite a project,” Doug Jones, superintendent with Branscum Construction, said.

    “It is going to be a beautiful building when they get done with her.”

  • Air Evac celebrates 30 years

     

    This month, Air Evac Lifeteam celebrates 30 years of providing access to definitive healthcare for thousands of medically underserved people.

    The local Air Evac group will celebrate its 11th year this November, Dan Durham, senior program director for Eastern Kentucky's Air Evac Lifeteam, said.

    The local team is based in Taylor Regional Hospital. They have eight full-time medical personnel, four pilots and five part-time personnel, for a total of 17 people.

  • County wants to build fire substation

     

    The county wants to build a Taylor County Fire Department substation on 6 acres of land on Old Greensburg Road.

    At Tuesday night's Taylor County Fiscal Court meeting, magistrates voted unanimously to look for bids for the proposed building, which would be located near Phillips Lanes. A cost estimate was not available at the time.

  • Fallen trooper laid to rest

     

    A state trooper killed in a car crash was remembered Tuesday as a man of faith who displayed that faith through service.

    In a funeral for Sgt. David Gibbs, who died Friday on Ky. 210, at Severns Valley Baptist Church in Elizabethtown two pastors - one past and one present of Gibbs' childhood church - used messages of Gibbs' faith to comfort mourners.