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  • Kids to take center state 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.

  • Man pleads guilty to raping teenage girl


    An Elk Horn man has pleaded guilty to raping a teenage girl and could spend five years in prison for his crimes.

    James M. Fowler, 28, of 265 Indigo Lane, was indicted last August by a Taylor County grand jury and charged with first-degree rape.

    According to a Campbellsville Police report, officers began an investigation after they received a report of an alleged rape from a 19-year-old girl who was being treated at Taylor Regional Hospital.

  • TC schools gets urgent needs money


    Taylor County Schools will get the money it needs to build new schools.

    In the two-year $20.3 billion budget approved last week by members of the Senate and House of Representatives, Taylor County and several other schools in Kentucky will receive urgent needs money to help them build new school buildings.

    Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has yet to sign the budget, and could veto parts or all of it, but State Rep. John "Bam" Carney, R-Campbellsville, said he believes Beshear won't take the urgent needs money away.

  • Anniversary stirs tornado memories


    The lime gold 1974 Ford Maverick had just 600 miles on it. It was the first - and last - new car Roy and Ginny Holt would ever buy.

    As the sinister black clouds moved closer to the Holts' mobile home on Liberty Road on April 3, 1974, Ginny rushed to gather a few essential items before they headed to a neighbor's house to seek shelter in their basement.

    "At that time, our daughter was just a year old and I was still using diapers and everything for her," Ginny said.

  • Vietnam veteran publishes memoir


    He is a husband, father, grandfather, musician and war veteran. And now, he can add one more title to the list - published author.

    Campbellsville resident Joe Fair has published a book, "Call Sign Dracula: My Tour with the Black Scarves, April 1969 to March 1970."

    The book, three years in the making, details the 12 months Fair spent as a soldier in the Vietnam war.

    After 27 years of serving in the United States Army and Campbellsville National Guard combined and working at Ingersoll Rand for 40 years, Fair retired in 2011.

  • Fruit of the Loom in Jamestown to close

    The Fruit of the Loom plant in Jamestown will close, it was announced on Thursday, and more than 600 people will lose their jobs. Several Campbellsville residents work at the factory.

    FOL officials have said the company will move its textile operations to Honduras to save on operational costs. The Jamestown plant will close in phases from June 8 through Dec. 31.

    Read more about this story, and how the closure will impact Campbellsville residents, in Thursday's issue.

  • Month focuses on preventing child abuse

    It can be an unexplained bruise that wasn't there the day before, or a withdrawn behavior from a normally happy child.

    Last year, there were 144 children abused or neglected in Taylor County. That is more than twice the amount in 2010, at 68.

    April is recognized each year as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and the topic is something local law enforcement and social services workers deal with on a daily basis.

  • Former deputy pleads guilty to drug crimes


    The former sheriff's deputy who broke the law he was hired to uphold has pleaded guilty to federal drug crimes. And, he now faces as much as 30 years in federal prison and a large fine.

    Former Taylor County Sheriff's Deputy William "Billy" Rice, 38, of Campbellsville, was charged in early October with committing federal drug crimes. He had initially pleaded not guilty.