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  • Republican Party nominates Higdon

    The Republican Party nominating committee met Tuesday night to select their nominee for the upcoming special election to replace Sen. Dan Kelly.

    State Rep. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, was named as the Republican Party candidate for the Special Election taking place on Dec. 8.

    The committee was comprised of representatives from Taylor, Marion, Washington, Nelson and Mercer.

    The Special Election was called by Gov. Steven Beshear to replace Kelly, who vacated the position to fill the open judge's position in the 11th Circuit.

  • Touchdown!

    They tackled books, passed advice and fumbled some laughs.

    Campbellsville University football players were invited to attend the Friends of the Taylor County Public Library's October "tailgate" event.

    Each of the eight CU volunteers read a sports-related book to the children. The players shared some common-sense advice about the importance of reading, doing homework and always doing their best. They also talked about their college majors and future career plans.

  • Campbellsville set to gain 20 manufacturing jobs

    Campbellsville is set to gain an additional 20 manufacturing jobs, with the possibility of more to come.

    According to an announcement by Gov. Steve Beshear's office Thursday afternoon, INFAC North America, a leading producer and worldwide supplier of mechanical cables and electronic components for the automotive industry, will add manufacturing capabilities to its distribution and sales center in Campbellsville.

    The expansion will entail a $530,000 investment and will create an additional 20 jobs in the community.

  • Trick or Treat

    Local children will get a jump start on Halloween this year.

    For the first time, downtown businesses will hand out treats to trick-or-treaters Saturday from noon until 2 p.m.

    "Things are happening downtown," said Karen Patton, organizer of the event and owner of The Green Room. "We just wanted to invite people to come downtown and check out our progress."

  • Governor names Kelly as Circuit judge

    For the past 19 years, Dan Kelly, R-Springfield, has served Kentucky as a state senator, so it only stands to reason that he would be addressed by that title. Not so.

    "You can't call me that anymore," Kelly joked when addressed as "Sen. Kelly" in a Monday interview.

    Following the news of his appointment to a vacant judgeship in the 11th Judicial Circuit, Kelly said he is pleased to have received the honor from Gov. Steve Beshear.

  • Campbellsville men arrested on robbery charges

    Two Campbellsville men were arrested and charged with robbery following an incident Saturday.

    According to a Campbellsville Police report, two men were walking along Handley Avenue at about 1:05 a.m. when a vehicle pulled up. According to the two men, two other men, later identified at James Robert Tungate, 21, and Edgar Tyler Lewis Davis, 20, got out of the car and allegedly assaulted them.

    Tungate and Lewis also allegedly took personal items from the men. The two men told police that they did not know their attackers.

  • Long-time club member named "Homemaker of the Year'

    Jeannie Seaborne was just 9 years old when she attended her first homemakers' meeting. Now, decades later, she is the 2009 Taylor County Homemaker of the Year.

    At age 6, Seaborne was adopted, and it wasn't long after that when her mother, Loula Speed, brought her along to a homemakers' meeting.

    Seaborne said she enjoyed interacting with the women in the club, many of whom would let her help with the crafts they made.

  • Application period for LIHEAP begins Monday

    Lake Cumberland Community Action will begin accepting applications for its Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program on Monday.

    Last year, the program helped 782 Taylor County residents with their home heating costs.

    Eligible households must:

    - Be responsible for their home energy costs either by paying the bills directly or as part of their rent.

    - Have a combined income not in excess of 130 percent of the federal poverty level for the calendar month prior to the month of application.

  • Appeal filed in TRH case

    An appeal has been filed in the case where a jury found that Taylor Regional Hospital failed to provide adequate care for a local man's wife but didn't award any damages.

    Greensburg attorney Danny Butler filed a wrongful death claim in Taylor Circuit Court in April 2007 on behalf of William H. Wethington, executor of the estate of Betty H. Wethington.

  • Farming is a way of life for local family

    It was several ago when Steven Benningfield decided to take over Bob and Nell Wise's pumpkin operation. He and his wife and children would grow them if his parents, R.L. and Imogene Benningfield, would sell them.

    To sweeten the venture for his parents, Steven offered a deal.

    "My parents had never had a vacation," he said. "I told them that if we made some money [selling pumpkins], we'd go on a vacation."

    That fall, they took their first-ever vacation to Tennessee.