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  • Pizza Hut coming back to Campbellsville

    Almost six years after the one at the Green River Plaza closed its doors, a new Pizza Hut is opening up, Pizza Hut officials said.

    A new Pizza Hut is scheduled to open on Broadway, next to Taco Bell, sometime in the summer, Regional Manager Charlie Orr confirmed last week.

    “We’re in the approval phase; we’re running our plans by the state,” Orr said.

    A Pizza Hut had been located in the Kroger shopping center on Ky. 210 for many years, but it left that building about five or six years ago.

  • ‘Blood, sweat, tears and gasoline’

    Gerry James wants to spread the word: Kentucky is more than basketball, bourbon and bluegrass.

    That is why he started Explore Kentucky, a company he describes as a community of explorers that looks to celebrate and capture the spirit of Kentucky.

    A self-described “military brat” who has lived in places as diverse as New Jersey, Oklahoma and Germany, James did not always have a high opinion of Kentucky.

    As an African-American, James was especially wary of some of the rumors of racism that he had heard about it.

  • Citizens share feelings on community

    Roughly 100 people filled the main room of the Campbellsville Civic Center on Thursday night to talk about what they saw as the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

    Many community members said the city and county should work harder to keep young people from moving away. The community also needs a better-trained workforce, people said.

    The city and county both have many strengths, among them a friendly people, the city lake and Green River Lake, reasonable tax rates, historical monuments, Campbellsville University and a temperate climate.

  • Play becomes passion for Gowdy

     

    Tonya Gowdy had a lot of dolls growing up.

    And, as so many little girls do, she cared for and treated those dolls as if they were her own children.

    The older she got, the more she realized that what she had been practicing with the dolls had actually grown into one of her greatest passions: looking after children.

    “It actually first came about ever since I was little,” Gowdy said. “I had that passion of working with kids, and it all kind of started just playing with and caring for those dolls.”

  • Citizens asked to be cautious of water damage at seldom-used properties

    Campbellsville Water & Sewer officials are asking people to check all of their water lines for possible leaks if they can safely do so.

    "Please be sure to check all vacant buildings, rental properties, farming operations and any areas where water is not used regularly," said Controller Cheryl Sullivan. "Due to the freezing temperatures recently, it is very possible that lines have broken in remote areas that haven't used water for a long time."

  • Hoskins-Sanders enjoys serving her community

     

    When Campbellsville City Council member Sharon Hoskins-Sanders graduated from Durham School, an all-black school, in 1964 and went to Campbellsville High School, which was integrated the year before, she had some fear about how she and other students might be treated.

    "There, it was a transition," said Hoskins-Sanders. "But surprisingly, we went in and we were accepted. And we could do everything, anything that anybody at the school could do. It wasn't like we were so alienated or segregated."

  • Woman's death result of cold temperatures

     

    A woman who was discovered buried in the snow outside her Elkhorn home on Friday evening is believed to have died from exposure, said Taylor County Coroner Terry Dabney.

    Wilda Arnett, 74, had probably been outside her home on Bass Ridge Road for 2 or 3 days before she was found at about 6:15 p.m. on Friday, Dabney said.

    The coroner stated that she was outside her back door when she likely slipped off her porch, falling about 5 feet onto the ground in such a way that she wasn't able to get up or call for help.

  • School library, city office suffer storm damage

     

    The Campbellsville Civic Center was damaged as a result of the snow and ice melting, but meetings there will continue uninterrupted.

    Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young said tonight's listening session and March's Campbellsville City Council meeting, both of which will be held in the main meeting room, will continue as planned, as that room was not damaged.

  • Local-option tax could help city, county

     

    A 1-cent temporary sales tax could fund projects in the city and county that would improve the quality of life for everyone.

    That is what Ron McMahan, executive director of the Campbellsville-Taylor County Economic Development Authority, said last week. He was referring to House Bill 1, which House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonburg, and House Minority Leader Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, sponsored. It is a proposed amendment to the Kentucky Constitution.

  • Farris 'making a difference' in Campbellsville

     

    Anthony Farris just wants to make a difference.

    That’s why he got into teaching, and for the past 31 years working in the Campbellsville Independent School District, that’s what he’s been striving to do.

    After graduating form Henry Clay High School in Lexington in 1977, Farris went to Eastern Kentucky University and majored in psychology.

    While there, he took a class that had him working with young children off campus. It was this experience that led him to pursue a career in teaching.