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  • Sweeney gets probation for sex offenses

    A man who pleaded guilty to charges related to the sexual abuse of two victims will receive five years’ probation.

    With “tremendous reluctance,” Taylor County Circuit Judge Todd Spalding accepted a plea agreement reached by Michael Sweeney’s attorney Danny Butler and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney John Miller.

    “I’ll be candid with you. I think this should go to trial, and let the chips fall where they may, and let a jury hear this case,” Spalding told Sweeney.

  • Trail could be finished by the end of the month

    An official opening for the Trace-Pitman Greenway hasn’t been set, but the city hopes it will be completed by the end of the month.

    Campbellsville City Council member Paul Osborne, who chairs the city’s Trail Town Committee, had originally hoped for an official opening of the 2.2-mile trail by the end of the school year.

    “We have had many rain delays; however, we are making good progress and expect to complete by June 30, the dead line,” said Osborne. “It’s a community thing, and we’re working actively on it now.”

  • Annual trail ride fundraiser scheduled for this weekend

    It’s time to saddle up and donate money to a worthy cause.

    The Hill and Valley Saddle Club are having their 24th annual “Saddle up for St. Jude” fundraiser trail ride benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital this weekend. The two-day event is set to start Friday, June 24, on Steve Gabehart’s farm in Elk Horn.

    The club has collect $35,000 over the years from this event.

    Numerous things have been added to this year’s event including free camping, live music and food.

  • Newborn hearing loss now more quickly detected at TRH

    Taylor Regional Hospital’s Women Center has upgraded equipment to benefit their newborn babies.

    They updated their newborn hearing screener to the ALGO 5 Newborn Hearing Screener. It combines Natus ALGO AABR® algorithm with technology to provide the newest solution for newborn hearing screening programs.

    “It’s the best of the best,” Jenny Dobson, Director Women’s Center/Nursery, said.

    The Women’s Center has had the new equipment since April.

  • $28,000 raised for Crusade For Children

    The Campbellsville Fire Department raised $10,000 more than last year for Crusade For Children earlier this month, according to the Campbellsville Fire Department.

    “We receive a lot of community support, from people donating money, food, services, etc,” said Jennifer Johnson, who helped organize the local effort.

    Johnson said they raised $28,162.42, more than the $18,075.72 that was raised last year. They had raised about $28,000 in 2014.

  • Construction progressing well on Campbellsville school project

    Things are continuing to move smoothly for Campbellsville Independent School construction. Mitchell Roe of Codell Construction Co. provided the board with photographs and an update of the CES Addition/Renovation project.

    “We are basically on schedule,” Roe said.

    Construction is currently about 11 days behind schedule due to finding asbestos that didn’t show up on any previous reports.

  • Relay for Life tops $38,500 with new format

    The annual Relay for Life event in Campbellsville raised approximately $38,500 for cancer research via the American Cancer Society.

    That is what local Relay organizer Drew Underwood said after the event.

    This was the first year that the local Relay For Life event only went on from 4 p.m. to midnight on Saturday. It was also the first time it took place at Campbellsville Elementary School.

    Their goal is $55,000, but Underwood thinks they can easily raise that much by the end of the fundraising season Aug. 31.

  • Attendance good for county fair

    The annual Taylor County Fair was well attended, Taylor County Fair Association President Mike Litchfield said.

    “It went well, I think,” Litchfield said. “People seemed to like the old events and the new events.”

    While overall attendance hasn’t been calculated yet, paid attendance was around 13,000, said Litchfield. Overall attendance last year was between 13,000 and 15,000.

    Attendance would have probably been up from last year, but two nights of rain meant canceled events, according to Litchfield.

  • Memorial highway dedicated

    The families of Tony Grider and Charles “Sparky” Sparks and state and local officials honored the two fallen firefighters at a ceremony at a Saturday morning ceremony at the Columbia Fire Department.

    “These families here today are here with the understanding that they are never forgotten,” said Adair County Circuit Court Clerk Dennis Loy. “They will always be present in our minds.”

  • Fiscal court approves budget, votes to help fund fishing tournament

    The county’s 2016/2017 budget is down more than $900,000 from last year’s.

    At a special-called Taylor County Fiscal Court meeting Friday afternoon, magistrates unanimously approved, on second reading, a $10,447,773 budget. There was no discussion of the budget.

    Last year’s budget was $11,377,958, so the new budget, which takes effect July 1, is approximately $930,000 less.

    “We cut as much as we can,” said Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers. “We have some people pulling double or triple duty.”