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  • Voters head to the polls Tuesday

    With plenty of local flavor on the ballot, turnout is expected to be decent for tomorrow's primary election.

    Based on previous primaries, Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney predicts a 39 percent voter turnout - about 6,500 voters.

    "But, I hope we have more. We need everyone to go out and go vote," Carney said.

    Eight years ago, 36 percent of the voters turned out for a similar ballot. Four years ago, 42 percent showed up to cast votes on a ballot that was missing a mayoral primary.

  • Local Crusade efforts see major change

    A big change is in store for the upcoming Crusade for Children drive. Door-to-door collections, part of the local effort since the beginning, will no longer be conducted.

    Door-to-door collections just aren't feasible any more, says Campbellsville Fire Chief Allen Johnson.

    "[There] used to be just a fourth of the houses we have now," he said. "We've just got to make some changes, for better or worse."

  • ELECTION: U.S. Senate Race, Democratic candidates

    The Republican Party has had both of Kentucky's Senate seats since Jim Bunning was first elected in 1998.

    On May 18, five Democrats will be competing in the Senate primary for the chance to end the Republicans' streak in November.

    Two Democrats have emerged as the front-runners, Attorney General Jack Conway and Lt. Gov. Dr. Daniel Mongiardo. Family physician Dr. James Buckmaster, former U.S. Customs agent Darlene Price and Maurice M. Sweeney, who has worked for state government in a variety of capacities, are also seeking the Democrat nomination.

  • Cancer victims say key is catching it early

    They caught it early. But if they hadn't, both say their stories would likely have very different endings.

    Campbellsville residents Barbara Dabney and Richard Phillips recently battled skin cancer. And, so far, they have won.

    May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month.

    Dabney's skin cancer experience began about three months ago during a routine checkup with her local doctor.

    She said she had a mole on her back near her waist that she believed looked a bit too large. Her doctor suggested that she have it checked by another doctor.

  • ELECTION: U.S. Senate Race, Republican candidates

    Jim Bunning will conclude his second term as a U.S. Senator from Kentucky next January.

    On May 18, five candidates will be vying to take his place on the Republican ticket.

    Among the remaining candidates, the front-runners are Dr. Rand Paul, the son of Texas Congressman Ron Paul, and Secretary of State Trey Grayson, but they aren't the only options for Republican voters. Gurley Martin of Owensboro, Jon Scribner of Gray and John Stephenson of Independence are also seeking the right to run in November.

  • E-911 fails first-ever field data audit

    The Campbellsville/Taylor County E-911 Center has failed a portion of its first-ever audit, though officials say they are sure they will pass the next one in August.

    According to a letter dated Oct. 29, 2008, the 911 Center passed the wireless portion of the audit, but not the field data section.

    In the letter, which was written by an official from Stantec Consulting Services Inc. in Louisville to personnel in a state office, the 911 Center underwent an audit of its wireless 911 calls to check for data, software and mapping. All of the calls met those requirements.

  • County audit released

    Peercy and Gray PSC of Louisville recently released its audit of the Taylor County Fiscal Court for fiscal year ending June 30, 2008.

    The audit found that the Court had unrestricted net assets of $1.94 million in its governmental activities as of June 30, 2008, with total net assets of a little more than $7 million.

    In the audit, Taylor Regional Hospital had net assets of $39.9 million and Taylor County Airport had just more than $1 million. TRH had net cash and cash equivalents of $9.3 million while the airport had $82,165.

  • Sanders Road closed this week

    Sanders Road will be closed at the bridge from today until Friday. The road is closed so that workers may replace a bridge.

  • A walk of hope

    Rain didn't dampen the spirits of those who attended the Relay for Life Friday night at the Taylor County High gym.

    Hundreds of people showed up to support cancer survivors as they joined together to walk Relay's opening lap.

    See Thursday's issue for more on the Relay for Life.

  • County trades debt for roads

    The County might not be able to pay off one of its jail loans next year after all.

    At last Tuesday's regular Fiscal Court meeting, magistrates agreed to use $300,000 set aside in the upcoming fiscal year's budget to help pay off a startup loan at the Taylor County Detention Center to instead pay for damage to County roads caused by flooding on May 2.

    Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers recommended that magistrates agree to use that money for repairs because he said he doesn't know if FEMA will award the County any funding to help pay for the damage.