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  • Federal suit against jail dismissed

    A lawsuit filed in federal court alleging Taylor County Detention Center staff neglected an inmate has been dismissed. And a judge has stated that an appeal of the dismissal would be "frivolous."

    Charles David Ross, who as of last week was incarcerated at the Daviess County Detention Center, filed the complaint in U.S. District Court on Nov. 17, 2009.

    U.S. District Court Judge Joseph H. McKinley Jr. dismissed Ross' complaint on Tuesday, March 16.

  • Text messaging bill bans texting while driving

    Those who text and drive might want to give their thumbs a break.

    State legislators have passed a bill that will ban texting while driving for everyone and all use of cell phones while driving for those younger than 18.

    Those who don't put their cell phones down could be fined $25 for a first offense and $50 for each subsequent offense.

    The bill now waits on Gov. Steve Beshear's desk to be signed.

    State Rep. John "Bam" Carney, R-Campbellsville, says all indications suggest that Beshear supports the bill and will sign it into law.

  • Local man travels to Kenya

    A car. A bicycle. Reliable electricity. Ample water. Chicken nuggets. These are just a few of the things Chris Leachman had to live without during his stay in Africa.

    Leachman, 23, spent nearly five months volunteering at Brydges Centre, an orphanage located in Kenya.

    "The kids were all wonderful," he said. "It was so much fun. It was tough to leave."

    Leachman met the brother of the orphanage's founder in a class at Western Kentucky University.

    "I told him, 'Man, I'd love to go to Africa.'"

  • Two injured in crash Monday morning

    Two people were injured in a two-car crash on U.S. 68 Monday morning.

    According to a Campbellsville Police report, at about 10:23 a.m., Forrest Rhinehart of Campbellsville was driving a 2006 Lincoln Town Car west on U.S. 68 at the intersection of Friendship Pike when he struck a 2007 Ford passenger car driven by Robin Cox of Campbellsville.

    The Cox vehicle was traveling south crossing U.S. 68 from Friendship Pike to West Main Street.

  • Down on Main Street

    Nearly 100 vehicles were on display Saturday evening on Main Street for the first of seven "Mainstreet Saturdaynights."

    The Tri-County Car Club and downtowncampbellsville.com are hosting the event on the first Saturday of each month from April to October.

    Main Street will be closed for each from 4 to 8 p.m.

    According to Bob Cutler, president of the Tri-County Car Club, Saturday's event raised $200 for Taylor County Relay for Life.

  • Census workers emphasize safety

    As the 2010 Census unfolds, the U.S. Census Bureau is emphasizing that safety for the public, as well as census employees, is top priority.

    "It's important that people know how to identify a sworn census taker so they can protect themselves from frauds and scammers," said William W. Hatcher, regional director for the U.S. Census Bureau. "As our 2010 Census operations kick into high gear, we want to protect the people of Kentucky while we are asking their cooperation."

  • Eastham announces candidacy for district judge

    Jeff Eastham has announced his bid for the office of District Judge for Taylor, Green, Marion and Washington counties.

    Eastham has practiced law for more than 19 years. While his practice is varied, Eastham says it focuses on those areas specific to a district judge - juvenile (both as advocate for child and parent and as prosecutor), criminal (both defense and prosecutorial), probate and civil actions (both defense and plaintiff).

    Eastham says he has a great understanding of those cases that come before District Court, from both sides.

  • Election: 2nd District Magistrate

    Editor's Note: Two candidates have filed for the 1st District magistrate seat, but neither will appear on the Primary ballot this May. Both advance to the General Election this November. Incumbent James Jones, a Republican, will face Democrat Henry Lee Colvin.

    Three candidates are seeking the 2nd District magistrate seat this election year, though only two will face Primary opposition this May.

  • Replacement Census forms on the way

    Now through April 10, most Kentucky households will receive a replacement 2010 Census questionnaire designed to increase Census mail participation, get a better count for the state and save taxpayers the higher cost of sending out Census takers to collect information.

  • Man accused of using another's debit card

    A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged with using another person's debit card to make purchases without consent.

    Paul David Rucker, 36, of 940 Old Summersville Road was arrested Sunday, March 28 at 1:36 p.m.

    According to Rucker's arrest warrant, he is accused of using a woman's debit card last June without her permission to make $215.46 in purchases at local businesses.

    In another warrant, Rucker is accused of writing two checks to Papa John's, knowing that they wouldn't be honored.