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  • Fair ride malfunctions, riders stranded for 30 minutes

     

    A malfunction on the Super Shot ride at the Taylor County Fair on Saturday caused 12 passengers to be stuck on the ride for about 30 minutes. The ride is designed to lift riders up a tower and then release the passenger compartment in an accelerated free fall.

    The malfunction occurred while the ride was ascending and a safety feature caused the passenger compartment to stop at about 40 feet from the ground.

  • Teen rescues injured hawk

     

    She was just sitting there, unable to move or fly away. That's where Coleman Olbers came in.

    Olbers, a junior at Taylor County High School, was walking on his grandparents' property last fall when he saw a hawk. While that wasn't unusual, he said, it wasn't typical for a hawk to not move when a person approached.

    "I saw this hawk just sitting on a stump," Olbers said. "It was kind of unusual that I could get within 10 feet from it."

  • Precinct voting results released

    Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney's office recently released precinct by precinct voting results from the primary election on Tuesday, May 20.

    The results are as follows.

  • Cleaning Taylor County

     

    Residents lined up on Friday, May 23, at the former Fruit of the Loom site to get rid of their unwanted items at the annual Taylor County cleanup.

    The city and county sponsor the event.

  • Adopt-a-Highway drive underway

    Residents wanting to clean up their community have plenty of opportunities to help.

    Those who want to pitch in can help on the local and state level, with a state drive this week.

    This week is Adopt-a-Highway Summer Scrub Week. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials announced last week that volunteers will be out this week working to clean state highways.

    According to a news release, about 700 groups participate each year in Kentucky's Adopt-a-Highway program, which was created in 1988. Volunteers clean about 4,800 miles of roadside each year.

  • Cyclists enjoy area rides

     

    From beginning enthusiast to seasoned expert, they pedal slowly, making sure every rider in the group can keep up.

    "We're not going to go very far or very fast, it's just a fun ride," Jim Moore says of the weekly bicycle ride coordinated by the Bicycle Friendly Campbellsville group.

    Moore said the group started two years ago as a Facebook page to keep cyclists updated on ride opportunities and to encourage the community to consider the benefits of cycling and bicycle commuting.

  • Summer reading program begins Saturday

    It will be a summer of science at the Taylor County Public Library.

    The library's annual summer reading program will kick off on Saturday. Nearly 800 residents participated in the library's programs last year.

    Emily Snyder, youth services librarian, said this year's programs have something for everyone - children, teens and adults.

    This year's program is themed "Fizz! Boom! Read!" and will provide information about science, with some fun on the side.

    "It's gonna be a fun summer," Snyder said.

  • Former state representative Rattliff dies

     

    One of Taylor County's biggest cheerleaders has died.

    A proud family man and long-time business owner, Herman Rattliff did all he could to see his community move forward. And those who knew him say he was known for his master political skills.

    Herman W. Rattliff, who served Taylor County in the House of Representatives in Frankfort for 19 years, died last Thursday. He was 88.

  • Food stamp use up locally

     

    The United States recession ended in 2009, according to the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research, but Kentuckians are still feeling the effects of the 18-month economic downturn five years later.

    The number of Kentucky families enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as food stamps, increased through the recession, said Jason Dunn, director of the Division of Family Support for the Kentucky Cabinet of Health and Family Services.

  • Local student studying at Oxford

     

    The stereotype is true, she says. People in England really do love tea.

    Meredith Scalos, a Campbellsville native, is studying abroad this year at the University of Oxford in Oxford, England. While it has been challenging, she said, her experience has also been once in a lifetime.

    The daughter of Bradley and Karen Scalos of Campbellsville, Scalos graduated from Taylor County High School in 2011. She attended Georgetown College that fall.