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  • County School Board will buy 120 acres

     

    Taylor County Schools could have a new home in the future.

    The District will buy 120 acres of land on KY 210 from Mike Reynolds, pending state approval. The land will be home to a new high school, and, eventually, could contain all Taylor County Schools.

  • Resident charged with DUI

     

    A Campbellsville man has been charged with DUI after he allegedly drove with a blood alcohol level of .298.

    Brandon Gumm, 25, of 1290 Miller Road was arrested at 10:10 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1.

    According to Gumm's arrest citation, he was involved in a one-vehicle crash on U.S. 68 east just before his arrest.

    Court records state that Gumm told Taylor County Sheriff's Deputy Dickie Benningfield that he was driving the vehicle and had consumed 10 beers.

  • Man accused of imprisoning woman

     

    A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged after he allegedly struck a woman and refused to let her leave home.

    David Bridgewater, 27, of 710 High Pine, Apt. #27, was arrested at 4:09 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1.

    According to Bridgewater's arrest citation, a woman came to the Campbellsville Police Department to report an assault.

    Court records state that the woman told police that Bridgewater punched her on the chin and knocked her into a bathtub.

  • Road crews ready for next storm

     

    The heavier-than-usual snowfall in the past few months isn't the last Taylor County will see.

    National Weather Service forecasts have snow falling on the county every day through Thursday. And while salt was a rare commodity a few weeks ago, City and County Road foremans Holland Milby and Brian Smothers say supplies are up.

    On Thursday, Smothers said, the county's salt supply was almost gone. However, a new shipment came Friday.

    The problem is, all the salt the county ordered couldn't be delivered.

  • Lera Williams is 111 in 2011

     

    She sits in her chair, surrounded by photographs of those who love her.

    Her family has grown quite large over the past century and now stands at dozens of grandchildren, great- and great-great-grandchildren.

    "My family keeps growing," she says with a laugh.

    Her hands, a bit more frail than last year, are no longer able to make as many crocheted bookmarks as she used to. She's confined to the room, only moving from her chair to her bed each day.

  • Trial over just hours after start

     

    The trial of a Campbellsville man accused of sodomizing a 6-year-old girl ended last Wednesday only hours after it began.

    After much discussion between the attorneys and Taylor Circuit Judge Dan Kelly, the man entered a guilty plea to amended charges shortly after the first witness began to testify. In return, the prosecutor has recommended that the man receive probation and attend treatment.

    William Overstreet, 55, of 100 Sycamore Loop was indicted last March on charges of first-degree sodomy and intimidation of a witness.

  • Man faces more sex charges

     

    The Campbellsville man who was arrested in late January on charges of sexually abusing a young girl now faces additional rape charges.

    Brian Keith Allen, 29, of 368 Slate Creek Road was first arrested Jan. 26 in Washington County and charged with first-degree sex abuse. While still in jail on that charge, last Wednesday Allen was charged with an additional six counts of third-degree rape.

  • Immigration: Frustrating and expensive

     

    Being legal isn't easy.

    "It's really frustrating," said Luke Beling. "It has put a strain on [my relationship with my fiancée Kristy Ellsworth]. I'm constantly asking her for information."

    Beling, who teaches at Campbellsville University's English as a Second Language Institute, is in the process of obtaining permanent residency, also known as a green card. And the South African native has found that it's a long, expensive and frustrating process.

  • Campbellsville women arrested on meth charges

     

    Two Campbellsville women were arrested on meth charges Saturday after police officers received a burglary complaint.

    Campbellsville Police Officers Ben Riggs and Nelson Bishop discovered a one-step methamphetamine lab at 14 Greenbriar Drive, Apt. F1, when they responded to the complaint at about 7 a.m. Saturday.

    When searching the home, court records state, officers found three containers with chemicals used to make meth. The Kentucky State Police Drug Task Force was notified and secured and contained the lab.

  • Got blood?

     

    If so, the American Red Cross could really use it.

    Thanks to winter weather, January saw the lowest blood supplies on record, a situation that hasn't improved much, according to Red Cross spokesperson Katy Maloy.

    Across the U.S., 18,000 drives have been canceled due to the weather, nearly 600 of them in Kentucky's River Valley region, which includes Taylor County.

    At Tuesday's drive, 16 pints of blood were collected. The goal was 15.