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  • Volunteers clean up Trace Creek Park damage


    They scrubbed, bleached and painted.

    And though they say a lot was done, there is a lot more left to go. About 15 volunteers pitched in Saturday to help clean Trace Creek Softball Park.

    Jamie Browning, whose daughters play softball at the park, said he volunteers his time as a coach there. Though he doesn't serve on the park's board, he organized a cleanup there, with about 100 people asked to help.

    "I'm just trying to help the park out," he said.

  • New auction features locally grown produce


    Eager to make their spring gardens come to life, attendees of the Speck Ridge Produce Auction kept the bidding steady as they vied for vibrantly budding flowers and several varieties of vegetable plants during the auction's opening day on Saturday.

    Many attendees said they came to the auction to not only buy, but to watch, because this was the first produce auction they had ever been to.

  • Voter registration deadline is Monday, April 21

    Those who want to vote in the upcoming primary election and haven't registered have just days left to do so.

    Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney said the deadline for new registrations is Monday. The deadline to change political party, however, has already passed.

    Those wanting to register to vote can do so at Carney's office, which is in the Taylor County Courthouse, and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The office will close at noon tomorrow and on Saturday, however, for the Easter holiday.

  • Tonya Ford loses appeal in murder case


    She has lost a chance at freedom, and could spend 15 more than years in prison before getting another one.

    Campbellsville resident Tonya Ford, 40, was found guilty of shooting and killing her husband, Lebanon Police Officer David Ford, in August 2012. A month later, she was sentenced to serve 20 years in prison for her crimes.

  • County to fund road improvements

    Residents will drive on improved county roads this year.

    Magistrates are considering how much of the county's money they want to use toward sealing county roads, and when the work will be done.

    Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers told magistrates during last Tuesday's regular Taylor County Fiscal Court meeting that there has been some controversy about their discussion last month about a plan to microseal and chip and seal to eliminate all gravel roads in the community.

  • Free garden supply program begins Tuesday

    Taylor County residents with budding green thumbs have a chance to get some free garden supplies.

    Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency's annual garden program begins tomorrow, with applications taken for free $35 vouchers to be spent at local retailers.

    Those interested can apply at the LCCAA office on North Jackson Street from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    The vouchers will be given to residents meeting income guidelines. For a breakdown of the maximum monthly gross income figures, see a sidebar to this story.

  • Addiction center struggling to stay open

    For nearly 20 years, it has provided help for those suffering from addictions.

    Despite a dwindling bank account, and being turned down when asking for help, the doors at The Haven will remain open.

    Cheryl Yates, secretary at The Haven, told Taylor County's magistrates during their meeting last Tuesday that the club is running out of money.

  • Fired deputy drops suit seeking unemployment

    The former sheriff's deputy who now faces federal prison time for selling steroids has dropped a civil suit seeking unemployment benefits.

    Former Taylor County Sheriff's Deputy William "Billy" Rice, 38, of Campbellsville, was charged in early October with committing federal drug crimes. He pleaded not guilty to the crimes, but entered a guilty plea two weeks ago in federal court.

    Rice now faces as much as 30 years in prison, a maximum $1.5 million fine and two years of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal prison system.

  • Autism awareness event set for Wednesday


    As the number of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder continues to rise, so does the importance of raising awareness in the community.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 1 in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder.

    Brandy Close and Jennifer Houk, owners of The Kid SpOt Center in Campbellsville, are offering the community an opportunity to learn more about the lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people.

  • Emergency dispatchers recognized for service


    They spend their days on the phone, talking to caller after caller. Often, those callers aren't having a good day. But the dispatcher on the other end is there to try and make it better.

    Today marks the beginning of National Public Safety Telecommunications Week. And at Campbellsville/Taylor County E-911 Center, there is cause for celebration.

    According to a news release, recent events at the center have highlighted the work the dispatchers do and just how important it is.