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  • 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.

  • Remembering the county's abused children

     

    A slight breeze passes through, and the 144 pinwheels come to life. They spin faster and faster, catching the sunlight as they turn.

    As the wind blows, another pinwheel is placed in the ground to represent a child in need. Last year, there were 144 children in Taylor County who were abused or found in need of social services.

  • Lawsuit dismissed in 2011 shooting

    A Campbellsville man who was shot three years ago has lost a civil suit he filed, asking the alleged triggerman to pay him damages.

    Hodgenville attorney Kyle Williamson filed the suit in Taylor Circuit Court on Jan. 30, 2012, on Tony Vaughn's behalf. Ricky H. Humphress of Columbia was listed as the defendant.

    According to Vaughn's complaint, he was riding a wagon being pulled by mules on DKB Road in Taylor County on Jan. 30, 2011. The mules ran into a field Humphress owned, the claim states, and Humphress fired a shotgun at him.

  • City looks to add five police cruisers to its fleet

     

    Hoping to replenish an aging fleet, Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young presented a proposal to Campbellsville City Council members at its regular meeting on Monday to purchase five police cruisers for the Campbellsville Police Department.

    Young said the city saves dramatically on maintenance costs by having a regular rotation of police vehicles.

    There are presently 24 vehicles in the police fleet. The vehicles are used for patrol, investigations and administrative support.

  • County to spend about $20,000 for consultant on heating and cooling issues

    Magistrates have hired someone to help them decide what needs to be done about the heating and cooling system at the courthouse.

    After discussing the issue at length during many meetings over the past year, the county's magistrates have now hired some help.

    At Tuesday's regular Taylor County Fiscal Court meeting, magistrates hired Jeremy Smith of CMTA Consulting Engineers. The business has offices in Louisville and Lexington, as well as in Houston, Texas, and Jeffersonville, Ind.

  • Local workers experience secnd Fruit of the Loom closing

    Sixteen years ago, the news devastated Campbellsville residents.

    With the closing of the factory, more than 800 people lost their jobs, and residents didn't know what they were going to do.

    Those in Jamestown are likely feeling the same emotions after Fruit of the Loom officials announced last Thursday they will close their plant and 601 people are set to lose their jobs.

    While FOL is no longer the lifeblood for Campbellsville, several of its residents travel every day to Jamestown to work at the factory.

  • Kids to take center stage in community theater

     

    Children in the Taylor County community who love to sing, dance and act now have another place to do just that.

    Kentucky Classic Theatre, a company producing plays in Campbellsville, Lebanon, Greensburg and Lexington, is reviving children's theater in Taylor County.

    Spearheaded by Robin Humphress and G.B. Dixon, the Kentucky Classic Theatre group began about three years ago. Dixon said the company was formed after a production of "The Music Man" in Springfield received great praise.

  • State fire training center closes

     

    They learned how to navigate a collapsed building, manage the scene of an airplane crash and how to rescue someone trapped under ice. But Campbellsville and Taylor County Fire & Rescue's firefighters will have to rely on mostly in-house training now that State Fire Rescue Training Area 14 has closed.

    Campbellsville Fire & Rescue Chief Kyle Smith told Campbellsville City Council members on Monday that he learned the center would close in an email he received from the Kentucky Fire Commission in early March.

  • Man pleads guilty to sex with 14-year-old

     

    A Campbellsville man has been sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to having sex with a 14-year-old girl.

    Last August, Douglas Bunch, 24, of 112 Ford St., was indicted by a Taylor County grand jury and charged with third-degree rape.

    According to the indictment, Bunch allegedly had sexual contact with the girl between June 30 and July 7 at his home.

    Bunch appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Dan Kelly in December and pleaded guilty to the crime. Last Tuesday, he appeared before Kelly for sentencing.