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  • Honoring his Legacy

    Is there still a need to march?

    That was the question the Rev. James Washington posed to a crowd of about 100 people during the Taylor County Civic League's annual Martin Luther King Jr. reception Saturday.

    Since the last celebration of King's life and work, an African-American has been inaugurated as president.

    "We have put a black man in the White House, but inequality has not been conquered," Washington said. "Is there a need to continue the march? We cannot afford not to do the march."

  • Magistrates approve memorial request

    Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers told the Court that he was contacted by Campbellsville resident Brandon Claywell about a group that wanted to place a plaque at Veterans Memorial Park in memory of resident Adam Bowen, who died in November in a car crash.

    Rogers said Bowen did a lot of work at the park and he told Claywell that he would have to bring the issue to the Court, but to go ahead with it.

    Magistrates unanimously approved the request. Gorin told Rogers that the Court's Planning, Parks and Recreation Committee would like to assist the group.

  • Man injured in hit and run collision

    A Taylorsville resident was injured Wednesday in a hit and run crash at the intersection of KY 208 and KY 744.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, Robert A. Durham, 38, of 241 Skyline Drive was approaching the intersection at 3:30 p.m. when another vehicle struck him in the rear.

    The report states that the impact caused Durham's 2009 Toyota Corolla to spin out of control and strike a guardrail. The other vehicle fled.

  • Jail, judicial center still unfinished

    Though it's been open for more than a year, some work remains unfinished at the Taylor County Detention Center. And officials say it has been difficult getting that work completed.

    Magistrates discussed remaining work at Taylor County's detention and judicial centers at the Fiscal Court's regular meeting Tuesday night.

    Taylor County Sheriff John Shipp said there are several security items that still need to be completed at the judicial center, including locks for courtrooms, heating issues and cameras.

    "No one wants to seem to finish the job," he said.

  • Woman charged with murder

    A Campbellsville woman has been arrested and charged with stabbing her husband to death.

    The Kentucky State Police arrested 34-year-old Jennifer Hatcher on Thursday and charged her with murder/domestic violence.

    According to Kentucky State Police, Post 15 received a call from the Green County Dispatch center at 7:18 p.m. EST. The caller advised that Hatcher had stabbed and killed her husband, Jeff Adkins.

  • Working to make roads safe for drivers

    The snow hits the icy ground, sticking to the surface and making driving a dangerous task.

    But it's not long before city, county and state workers are out salting the roads and making them passable again.

    And those workers spent several hours doing just that during the snowstorm that hit the area on Jan. 7.

    County Road Department

    Taylor County Road Foreman Brian Smothers says the County owns five dump trucks and one pickup truck capable of salting.

  • Learning the Trade

    The best recruiting tool is to grow your own. That's one of the philosophies behind Campbellsville Fire Department's Explorers program.

    "The purpose is to educate young kids about the fire service and to help keep them out of trouble," said Campbellsville Fire Capt. Bill Hall, who oversees the program.

    The Explorers program started in the 1980s, according to Campbellsville Fire Chief Allen Johnson. It really picked up steam when partnered with the Boy Scouts of America's Learning through Life initiative.

  • One injured in crash Friday

    A Campbellsville man was injured in a single-vehicle crash on Red Fern Road Friday morning.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Department report, at about 6:30 a.m., Jason Wright, 30, was driving west on Red Fern Road in a 1999 Toyota pickup when his vehicle left the road and struck a tree head on.

    Wright was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by Campbellsville/Taylor County Rescue with a possible hip injury. He was treated and released.

  • Two injured in Saloma Road crash

    Two people were injured Wednesday in a two-car crash on Saloma Road.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, Dawn R. Abell, 40, of 2419 Union Church Road in Columbia was preparing to turn her 1995 Jeep left onto Pitman Road from Saloma Road at 1:10 p.m.

    The report states that Paul A. Johnson, 70, of 3452 Saloma Road in Campbellsville was driving a 1988 Oldsmobile south on Saloma Road when Abell turned her vehicle into his path.

    The two collided at the intersection of Pitman and Saloma roads.

  • Program helps older people find work

    These days, finding work is hard enough. Being over the age of 55 can only add to the difficulty.

    Henry Goff lost his job as a security guard at Amazon.com in February when a new policy prevented anyone with family working at Amazon to work security.

    Goff began drawing unemployment, but that wasn't really an option for him.

    "I don't like to sit around and do nothing," he said.

    But finding a job wasn't easy.

    "When you get to a certain age, it's hard to find work anywhere," he said.

    But his luck was about to change.