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  • Handle with Care

    Not many people can say that they've collected more than 16,000 gifts for needy children. But Campbellsville residents Geri and Will Stephens can.

    The Stephenses have operated a relay station for Operation Christmas Child, a project of the Samaritan's Purse organization, for the past 11 years.

    And, with the addition of this year's total, they have collected 16,078 shoeboxes full of goodies for children in need.

  • Progress on bridge replacement moving slowly

    Efforts to replace the Tebbs Bend bridge are moving ahead slowly.

    "Since the existing bridge is potentially historic, we have been working closely with local citizens and the state Historic Preservation Office to reach an agreement on a design for the bridge that meets modern standards yet retains some elements of the existing bridge," said Patty Dunaway, chief district engineer for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's District Four.

    Dunaway said engineers also want to incorporate the original dry laid stone abutment into the design.

  • Taylor School Board meeting changed

    The regular meeting of the Taylor County School Board has been changed.

    The Board will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Taylor County Board of Education office on East Broadway. The meeting had been scheduled for tomorrow.

  • Man faces federal indictments

    The Campbellsville man who appeared on a reality television show throwing a lavish birthday party has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of fraud and money laundering.

    Gary Milby, 55, the former owner of Mid America Oil & Gas LLC and Mid America Energy Inc., collectively known as "Mid America," was indicted Wednesday on charges stemming from a multi-million dollar investment scheme he allegedly perpetrated from December 2004 to August 2006.

  • On the record: State senate candidates share their views

    A special election Dec. 8 will decide who will fill the vacant District 14 state senate seat. The district includes Marion, Mercer, Nelson, Taylor and Washington counties.

    The candidates are Jodie Haydon, a former state representative from Bardstown, and Jimmy Higdon, a sitting state representative from Lebanon.

    Both candidates recently responded to questionnaires sent by The Lebanon Enterprise. Their answers reveal a number of similarities as well as a few differences.

    The candidates

  • Ringing in the Season

    The sounds of a cappella voices and ringing handbells filled the church's sanctuary with messages of God.

    The Campbellsville University Handbell Choir, directed by Dr. David Hedrick, performed Tuesday night at First United Methodist Church. The Campbellsville University Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Tony Cunha, also performed.

    The Chorale and Handbell Choir performed a wide variety of musical styles, including accompanied and a cappella pieces, sacred and secular selections and Christmas songs.

     

  • Rehab facility to accept clients next month

    Taylor County Community Hope expects to begin accepting clients next month.

    Officials hosted an open house at the 100-bed facility Tuesday evening at which they revealed some details of the Recovery Kentucky program.

    Community Hope is an all-male facility. Clients must be 18, meet low-income guidelines and have made a commitment to overcome their alcohol or drug addiction, according to Wayne Creighton, director of Interlink Counseling Services, which operates the facility.

  • One injured in U.S. 68 collision

    A Campbellsville man was injured last Wednesday in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 68.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, Lee McCall Turpin, 17, of 106 Woodbridge St. was driving on U.S. 68 at 10:17 p.m. when she struck a 1998 Ford driven by James Michael D. Bailey, 19, of 2319 Greensburg Road, Arrowhead Trailer Park, with her 2001 Chevrolet.

    Bailey was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital where he was treated and released. He was also charged with having no insurance.

  • Campbellsville man enters Alford plea after rape charge

    A Campbellsville man will see no jail time on charges accusing him of raping a young girl.

    Michael J. James, 36, of 113 Fieldstone Estates was indicted in September 2008 by a Taylor County grand jury. He was charged with two counts of first-degree rape. According to the indictment, James was accused of having sexual intercourse with a female younger than age 12 in 2006.

    James appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Dan Kelly on Friday, Nov. 20 and entered an Alford plea to two amended counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.

  • One injured in KY 55 crash

    A Jamestown woman is in fair condition at University of Louisville Hospital after falling asleep while driving and striking an embankment with her vehicle.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, Shannon McGuire, 36, of 65 Valley View Court was traveling north on KY 55 last Saturday at 5:15 a.m.

    The report states that McGuire told Taylor County Sheriff's Deputy Mark Dickens she had fallen asleep while driving.

    McGuire's 1996 Buick LeSabre left the road, struck the embankment and overturned.