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  • Jail gets federal money for security cameras

    The Taylor County Detention Center will receive federal dollars to buy security cameras.

    The jail will receive a $6,898 Justice Assistance Grant award, according to the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet.

    The grant is part of nearly $5 million in federal and state funds awarded to police departments, sheriff's departments and other criminal justice agencies across the commonwealth last week

    Though the money was initially earmarked for extra beds, Taylor County Jailer Rick Benningfield said, the money will now be used to purchase 11 security cameras.

  • Judge vacancy posted

    The Kentucky Court of Justice posted a notice recently that the judge's seat currently filled by Senior Status Judge Doughlas M. George in the 11th Judicial Circuit, Division One, is now vacant.

    George officially resigned his seat Jan. 31 when he entered the Senior Status program. He has been appointed a special judge each month since and will continue to serve the 11th Judicial Circuit, which includes Taylor, Green, Marion and Washington counties, until a replacement is named.

  • Playing it Safe

    All it takes is a split second for a simple job on the farm to turn deadly. Russell Skaggs knows this all too well.

    Skaggs' father, Calvin, was killed on Aug. 7, 1992, in a farm incident.

    The skies that day were overcast, Skaggs said. Rain was on the way and Skaggs' father was trying to finish up.

    But his tractor couldn't handle the heavy load he was pulling. It jackknifed and the load pushed it over a hill. The tractor overturned, pinning Calvin underneath. He was pronounced dead shortly after.

  • Taylor native featured on travel Web site

    Usually, when people talk about travel, they are typically referring to either a need (work) or a desire (play). But for Taylor County native and traveling mom Vickie Cox, it's neither. And both. It's a calling.

    For the past six years, Cox has traveled to volunteer in countries ravaged by poverty where she works as a medical missionary.

    "The bulk of my service has occurred in Haiti," says Cox. "I've traveled to various other nations all over the world, but Haiti is where I feel I need to be."

  • Man accused of damaging property, threatening woman

    A Lebanon man has been arrested and charged with wanton endangerment and criminal mischief after he allegedly caused thousands of dollars in damage and threatened a woman.

    George Edward Sullivan, 51, of 1115 Ed Sullivan Road was arrested Monday, Sept. 14 at 3:10 p.m.

  • Avon reps warned of fake check scams

    The Better Business Bureau is warning Avon representatives to be on the lookout for fake check scams.

    A woman who sells Avon contacted the BBB after she received an e-mail for a large order and a check totaling more than the actual cost of the Avon products. The products totaled $600 and the check totaled $2,500. The representative was instructed to deposit the check and wire the difference, via Western Union, to an orphanage that was supposedly expecting a donation from the individual.

  • Book features local funeral director's recollections

    The life of a funeral director is often thought to be a solemn one. However, as a new book suggests, it can be a humorous one as well.

    "Tales From Kentucky Funeral Homes" by Western Kentucky University Professor Emeritus of folk studies William Lynwood Montell collects stories from two dozen Kentucky funeral home directors and embalmers, including Taylor County Coroner Terry Dabney.

    Along with his wife, Judy, Dabney has owned Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home since 1981.

    "It's just a very humanizing book," Dabney said.

  • Green River Lake water levels to be drawn down early

    Green River Lake water levels will be drawn down early in order to complete a construction project.

    A construction contract has been awarded to place riprap stone overlay on the upstream slopes of the Green River Lake dam and, in order to complete the work in a timely manner, the lake must be drawn down.

  • Survey shows youth drug use declines

    Drug and alcohol use among local students is declining but remains a concern, according to recent data from the Kentucky Incentive for Prevention survey.

    Conducted in the fall every two years, the survey asks students in sixth, eighth, 10th and 12th grades various questions about drug and alcohol use and perceptions, as well as school safety.

  • '511' roadway updates now available through Twitter

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet now offers "511" traffic information through the Twitter Web site.

    This feature provides the latest road closures, delays, construction areas, vehicle crashes and other roadway incidents.

    "This service provides the customers another avenue to get the latest traffic information as they are traveling or planning a trip," stated Chuck Geveden, executive director of the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety.