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  • Firefighters busy 'learning the ropes'

     

    Campbellsville Fire & Rescue hosted a 5-day rope rescue training course over the past two weekends that tested firefighters logistically and mentally.

    The course was intended to have rescue personnel train on low- and high-angle evolutions, high points, aztec systems and stokes basket work. They will use these practices on swift water, where sending a rope system across the river is common, according to Campbellsville Fire and Rescue Chief Chris Taylor.

  • Tebbs Bend Bridge completion set for Aug. 1

     

    The new Tebbs Bend Bridge will almost certainly be completed no later than Aug. 1 of this year.

    According to Robert Reeder of Flemingsburg-based RGF Concrete, the contractor in charge of the project, one abutment has already been completed, and work should start on the other one by the middle of the week.

    An abutment is a structure built to support the lateral pressure of an arch or span, like at the ends of a bridge.

  • Organ donation encouraged during National Donate Life Month

     

    For more than a decade, the month of April has been about saving and healing lives.

    Donate Life champions across the country fill the month of April with powerful testimonials to demonstrate the lifesaving message of donation and transplantation.

    The goal of National Donate Life Month is to make life possible by educating and motivating individuals to register their decision to be organ, eye and tissue donors.

    One of those champions is Taylor County Circuit Court Clerk Rodney Burress.

  • Amy Grant to perform at CU's Derby Rose Gala

     

    Campbellsville University’s annual Derby Rose Gala is planned for Thursday, April 29, with a dinner and a concert featuring contemporary Christian music singer Amy Grant.

    The gala is sponsored by the Campbellsville University Advancement Board. Proceeds from the event go toward student scholarships.

    Grant will be performing with Ellie Holcomb and Nichole Nordeman on their Live Life Together Tour.

  • Market Off Main set to return April 22

     

    Market Off Main is making a comeback to its original roots this year, and the 2016 season is about to kick off.

    This year the event is focusing on artisan-only vendors, which includes handmade and homemade items, produce, flowers and food. They will not be accepting direct sales.

    “We want to get back to showcasing the talent that is in the area,” Campbellsville Main Street Vice President Karen Patton said.

  • Roth indicted for murder of boyfriend

    A Campbellsville woman accused of a murder at St. Francis was formally indicted by a Marion County Grand Jury late last month.

    On Monday, March 28, Brandy N. Roth, 33, of Old Columbia Road, was formally charged with murder, a Class A felony; tampering with physical evidence, a Class D felony; receiving stolen property $10,000 or more, a Class C felony; and first-degree persistent felony offender.

  • State may fund KY 210 improvement planning study

     

    There could be money in the state budget for a scoping and planning study on improvements to KY 210 from Campbellsville to the Lincoln Parkway in Hodgenville.

    That’s the message from Ron McMahan, executive director for Team Taylor County, the county’s economic development authority.

    “The House has $600,000. The Senate has $250,000 proposed for a scope study on 210,” said State Sen. Max Wise (R-Campbellsville). “It will be decided during the conference committee.”

  • Dunkin' Donuts coming to Campbellsville

     

    A Dunkin’ Donuts will likely open this summer on the former site of Jackson Gas at 504 E. Broadway St.

    “Everything has been approved. There’s even a store number,” said Troy Curry, who co-owns the property with his wife, Leah. “It’s been a long time coming.”

    Talks started last fall, but Curry said it’s taken some time to get everything approved. He didn’t know the store number at press time.

  • Wet-dry petitions now available

     

    Petitions for a special alcohol referendum in Campbellsville appeared last week at Harden Coffee on Main Street and Phillips Lanes, a bowling alley at 164 Bambi Dr.

    Pat Keefe is behind the petition.

    “I’ll be visiting voters door-to-door in a week or two,” said Keefe. To hold a wet/dry election, a person or group has to collect signatures on a petition; the number of signatures has to be at least 25 percent of the voter turnout from the last election.

  • Near-death experience helps change outlook for local woman battling drug abuse

     

    Stormy Colvin is a daughter, sister, mother, friend, girlfriend, an ex-addict and most recently a fighter. Colvin has been addicted and using IV drugs for the past two years and it wasn’t until last month that a close call with death would be enough to scare her to get clean.  

    “I’ve never been so close to death in my life,” she said. “I was terrified.”

    She was taking a mix of Subutex and methamphetamine on a daily basis, putting a needle in her arm up to 20 times a day to just get that high.