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  • Fiscal Court sets tax rates

    Magistrates gave their approval to local tax rates on Tuesday night - but not before first voting against them.

    Tax rates for all local taxing districts will increase this year, though the County's property tax revenue is expected to remain the same as last year.

    Taylor County Fiscal Court has each year approved a "compensating" tax rate, which means that the new tax rate is expected to bring in about the same amount of money as the previous year's rate.

  • One injured in KY 70 crash

    A teenager was injured Tuesday night in a one-vehicle crash on KY 70.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, Kevin Trent, 17, of 608 Keeneland Drive in Bardstown was traveling east on KY 70 at 6:55 p.m.

    The report states that Trent's 1994 Geo Tracker dropped off the shoulder of the road, he lost control and overturned.

    Kent's vehicle came to a rest on the eastbound side of the road upside down.

    He was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital for possible head injuries.

  • Residents charged with making meth

    Two Campbellsville residents have been arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's office report, Ryan C. Adams, 25, of 601 E. First St. and Alton R. Bright, 22, of 308 Peterson St. were arrested last Saturday, Sept. 11.

    The report states that sheriff's deputies and Campbellsville Police officers were dispatched to investigate two suspicious people walking on Stone Quarry Road.

    After making contact with the two, the officers discovered that Adams and Bright were carrying all the items necessary to make meth.

  • Columbia resident accused of threatening another

    A Columbia resident has been arrested and charged with terroristic threatening after she allegedly said she was going to have someone rape a Louisville woman and her children.

    Robyne Taylor, 25, of 73 Pelly Lane was arrested Friday, Sept. 3 at 4 p.m. by Columbia police.

    According to Taylor's arrest warrant, a Louisville woman told police that while she was in Campbellsville on June 3, Taylor threatened to have someone rape her and her 2-year-old daughter and sodomize her son.

  • Recent City Council action

    In addition to setting the annual tax rate at last week's Campbellsville City Council meeting, Council members also addressed several other issues.

    For information on the 2010 tax rates, see the Sept. 9 issue of the News-Journal.

    - Though the Council was expected to have first reading of an amended ordinance involving electronic records at pawn shops, Campbellsville Police Chief Dennis Benningfield asked if that could be delayed until he and City Attorney John Bertram, who was ill and did not attend the meeting, can iron out a few more details.

  • Sexual abuse charge dismissed

    The first-degree sexual abuse charge against a Campbellsville man who allegedly touched an 8-year-old girl inappropriately has been dismissed and he is to be deported to Mexico.

    Ramon Luna Morales, 35, of Purcell Court, Lot 3, was indicted by a Taylor County grand jury last year.

    According to Morales' arrest citation, he allegedly touched the child inappropriately in October 2009.

    Morales appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Dan Kelly last Tuesday.

  • Ten arrested on meth charges

    A year-long investigation has led to the arrest of 10 people on charges that they were operating a methamphetamine crime ring.

    Officers from the Campbellsville Police Department, Kentucky State Police and Greensburg Police Department as well as Green County Constable Brad Hall executed warrants on the 10 suspects Tuesday.

    All were charged with criminal syndication. Several also face other charges.

    Arrested were:

  • City sees 24.5 increase in employee insurance costs

    It was a mix of good news and bad Monday night as Campbellsville City Council members unanimously approved a new health insurance plan for City workers during a special meeting.

    Fueled by general health care inflation, health care reform mandates and insurance usage, the City's rates increased 24.5 percent with Humana, according to Kelly Harding of Reed Bros. Insurance. Last year's increase was 15.8 percent.

    Bargaining was out the window, Harding said, because of one large on-going claim, which kept Anthem from offering a quote and made other options even more expensive.

  • Baby's death investigation under way

    Though the investigation isn't yet complete, law enforcement suspect no foul play in the death of a 3-month-old baby on Saturday.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, deputies were dispatched to 1175 Mt. Carmel Road at 8:26 a.m. in reference to a child who was unconscious and not breathing.

    The report states that Campbellsville/Taylor County Rescue also responded and transported the infant, Keith Davis, to Taylor Regional Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

    Deputy Robert VanCleave is investigating.

  • A Weekend of Fun

    From crafts, bargains and fishing to cars and meeting up with old friends, this past weekend had it all.

    Saturday's Music in the Park event was canceled because of rain, and the event planned to honor local emergency personnel was postponed to Saturday, Oct. 2. But the rain didn't dampen all of Saturday's events.

    Nearly 200 people attended the first reunion of Elk Horn residents at Elkhorn United Methodist Church. And organizers say the attendance at The Homeplace on Green River's annual fall heritage festival may have been a record.