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  • Family history teaches heart health lesson

     

    When she saw both her parents die from the disease, she knew she had to do something or she might die, too. And what she did could be what has prevented her from having a heart attack.

    Patricia Cox was 40 when she had open-heart surgery. At 55 now, Cox has changed her lifestyle and takes medication to control her heart disease.

    She was 32 at the time when her dad, J.R. Henderson, died of a massive heart attack.

    "I thought, 'I'm gonna start taking an aspirin every day.' It can't hurt."

  • Pregnancy center meeting area needs

     

    When clients come to the Hope Pregnancy Center of Taylor County for the first time, they've usually been referred by the Lake Cumberland District Health Department for a free pregnancy test.

    Depending on their individual situation, some clients are excited when they learn they are about to become mothers. Others are upset and worried about how they will provide for their baby.

  • Local lobbyist looks to make a difference

     

    A Campbellsville native is roaming the halls at the state capitol, in hopes that her work as an advocate will improve people's lives. And she says she is pretty close to helping make a ban on smoking in public places become a reality.

    She isn't serving in public office, but Jamie Ennis Bloyd said she hopes her work as a lobbyist will influence legislators and help them make decisions to move the state forward.

  • Salt in short supply for city, county

     

    There has been plenty of snow this winter, but officials say the same can't be said about salt to clear city streets and county roads.

    Taylor County Road Department workers got a new shipment of salt last Wednesday after being out for a few days.

    "We were out. We were scared. We were out for about two days," Brian Smothers, county road foreman, said.

    So far this winter, county road workers have used about 300 tons of salt. They got 200 tons in last week.

  • Snow expected tonight

     

    Taylor County is under a winter weather advisory and residents could see more than an inch of snowfall tonight.

    According to a news release from Ronnie Dooley, Taylor County Emergency Management public information coordinator, the advisory is in effect from 10 p.m. tonight, Friday, through 7 p.m. tomorrow.

    Dooley states that the National Weather Service has issued an alert for snow and hazardous road conditions.

  • Sounds of Music

     

    Sounds of music from the Middle Ages to the present echoed through First United Methodist Church on Tuesday night.

    During the last event for the 2013-2014 season of the Central Kentucky Arts Series, internationally known vocal ensemble Quink performed acapella music for a crowd of about 45 people.

    Dr. Tony Cunha, president of the CKAS, says board members are in the midst of planning the 2014-2015 season and welcome input from the community.

    To contact Cunha, call (270) 789-5340 or email aocunha@campbellsville.edu.

  • Man sentenced to 15 years for federal child exploitation

     

    A former Campbellsville man has been sentenced to serve federal prison time after more than 2,000 explicit photos of children were found on his computer.

    Michael William Bolter, 42, pleaded guilty last year to violating federal child exploitation laws and was sentenced on Monday to serve 15 years in federal prison for his crimes.

    According to a United States Attorney's Office news release, Bolter will also serve 15 years of supervised release after he completes his prison sentence.

  • Some local business don't want wage hike

     

    A bill that would eventually raise the state's minimum wage to more than $10 an hour is nearing approval from state legislators. But locally, the bill doesn't seem to have many supporters.

    Several local business owners say they believe the increase in wages would force them to raise prices to recoup the higher costs they will have to pay.

    House Bill 1, sponsored by State Rep. Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonburg, who also serves as Speaker of the House, has passed a Labor & Industry Committee and now goes to the full House for consideration.

  • It's lights, camera, action for cinema following tornado

     

    The popcorn is popping and the previews rolling again at Green River Cinema 6.

    After a tornado in December with wind speeds of more than 100 mph, the cinema's roof and walls suffered extensive water damage. As a result, the cinema had to close its doors for the holidays - one of its busiest times of the year.

    Several other businesses suffered damage during the storm, but all opened their doors again within days.

  • Local senate race may be state's best

     

    With the ballots set for the May 20 primary election, the experts are now making predictions.

    Among those experts is Ryan Alessi, managing editor of Time Warner Cable's "Pure Politics" program on cn|2. Alessi has covered politics in Kentucky for more than 10 years, including a seven-year stint as a reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader.