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  • With love from Santa

    Hundreds of local children had a merry Christmas, thanks to gifts delivered Saturday morning by the local Toys for Tots and Toys for Kids programs.

    Toys for Tots has been operated locally by Campbellsville/Taylor County EMS since the 1960s, according to event coordinator Denise Gupton. The Toys for Kids program has been  operated by Campbellsville Fire & Rescue since the 1970s, according to Lisa Harris, who serves as director of the program.

    While they are two separate programs, the two departments do work together.

  • Wise, Carney to host town hall on education issues

    State Sen. Max Wise (R-Campbellsville) and State Rep. Bam Carney (R-Campbellsville) announced a town hall discussion regarding upcoming legislative issues as it relates to educational policy legislation for the 2017 session of the Kentucky General Assembly. 

    This event is intended for any current or former Kentucky educator or anyone who has a vested interest in Kentucky’s educational system.

    Topics of discussion will include charter schools and education reform under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) among other pressing education priorities.

  • ‘Murakami Model’ to benefit local students

    Two students from Taylor County High School will soon be named Murakami Scholars, thanks to a new agreement between Eastern Kentucky University, Murakami Manufacturing and Taylor County Schools.

    The program will forge an alliance between Murakami Manufacturing, a Tier 1 automotive supplier, Taylor County Schools and EKU to provide a $1,000 annual scholarship and paid internship to help two graduates from Taylor County Schools attend and graduate from EKU’s applied engineering management program.

  • Death penalty to be sought against Ashby in Lamer murder case

    Taylor County Commonwealth’s Attorney Shelly Miller announced earlier this month that they are seeking the death penalty in the Rocky Ashby murder case.

    Ashby, 36, faces charges of murder – domestic violence, a Class A felony; second-degree burglary, a Class C felony; and first-degree wanton endangerment, a Class D felony, charges that date back to a reported murder on July 16 of this year.

  • Making spirits bright

    Everyone knows that Santa Claus couldn’t prepare for the busiest time of year without the help of his pint-sized assistants.

    However, on Monday at the Campbellsville Walmart, men in grey uniforms and shinny black shoes were placing toys, clothes, shoes and other goodies into carts for children.

    These definitely weren’t elves from the North Pole. They were Kentucky State Police troopers taking deserving children on the annual Shop with a Trooper outing.

  • Autopsy transports to change soon

    At the request of incoming Taylor County Coroner Daniel Cook, how autopsy transports are reimbursed will change.

    During Tuesday evening’s Taylor County Fiscal Court meeting, magistrates unanimously agreed to have Cook’s office reimburse the four funeral homes in the county – Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home, L.R. Petty Funeral Home, Lyon-DeWitt-Berry Funeral Home and Buchanan-Robinson & Percell Funeral Home – $250 whenever they provide transport of a body to be autopsied at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Louisville.

  • Campbellsville man sentenced in bank fraud case

    A Campbellsville man will serve a four-month sentence and pay half a million dollars in restitution on a bank fraud charge.

    United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr. announced that U.S. District Judge Greg N. Stivers sentence William K. Collins, 68, to four months in prison and ordered him to pay restitution of $506,684.37 on a single charge of bank fraud.

    The restitution to the vicwas $83,505.03 to United Citizens Bank of Southern Kentucky and $423,179.34 to Community Trust Bank.

  • First responders honored

    They were honored for their service, to each other and the community. Local emergency services were honored on Saturday, Dec. 10 during their annual awards banquet.

  • Funding sought for water plant fix

    The city will seek $4.3 million worth of financing to fix problems at the Campbellsville Municipal Water Treatment Plant.

    At a special-called meeting, Council members agreed by a vote of 11-1 to look for loans to pay for a permanent solution to the sludge problem at the Campbellsville Water Treatment Plant (WTP.)

  • CU poised for growth, Carter says

    Campbellsville University is continuing to expand, and continues to have a good relationship with the city and county.

    That is the message that CU President Dr. Michael Carter gave at a luncheon last week, which was put on by the Campbellsville/Taylor County Chamber of Commerce.

    “We’re excited about the opportunities that are coming before us,” said Carter. “We’re excited about … the increasing number of new opportunities for our students. Several new programs are coming online that I am especially excited about.”