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  • 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.

  • AOC OKs judicial center changes

    Work on Taylor County's new judicial center is continuing on schedule.

    The building remains set to open the second full week of October, with office workers moving to the building during the first week.

    The Project Development Board, the group overseeing the construction of the center, met Monday to discuss work that remains.

  • PRIDE offers $6,250 for litter disposal in Taylor County

    PRIDE has set aside $6,250 to dispose of the litter picked up by volunteers in Taylor County during Roadside PRIDE Month in October.

    Taylor County and Campbellsville could win trophies if they outperform other counties and cities during the month-long cleanup competition.

  • Buffalo family loses most belongings to fire

    A Buffalo family lost their home and most of their possessions to fire Sunday afternoon.

    Roger and Arlene Perkins, who live off Badger Road near the LaRue/Taylor County line, were about to leave their home about 2:30 p.m. when Arlene smelled smoke. Roger Perkins said he "looked up and saw smoke coming from the corner of the roof."

    "I told her 'Get out,'" he said.

    Perkins said his wife grabbed a ring that held sentimental value, but they were unable to take anything else from the house. He hoped they would be able to salvage some items.

  • Flu clinic scheduled for Oct. 3

    The Taylor County Health Department will offer a flu clinic on Saturday, Oct. 3 at Taylor County High School from 8 a.m. until noon. This is a walk-in clinic. No appointments will be made.

    The flu shot offered is for the "seasonal" flu, not the 2009 H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu. The vaccine for that strain is not expected to be ready until mid-October.

  • Bargains, Bites & Bales

    They were looking for bargains, hoping to get a few bites and having tons of fun climbing in bales of hay.

    This weekend was full of free events for those from Taylor and surrounding counties, including the annual Tebbs Bend Flea Market, the second annual Fall Heritage Festival at The Homeplace on Green River and the annual Green River Lake Kids' Fishing Derby.

    Tebbs Bend is becoming known for more than just its Civil War history. It's also the place to go for a 3-mile-long flea market.

  • Man accused of having concealed weapon

    A Lebanon man has been arrested and charged with carrying a concealed deadly weapon after he allegedly had a pistol in a vehicle.

    William D. Rigdon, 24, of 940 Sulpher Springs Road was arrested at 10:27 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6.

    According to an arrest citation, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife officer Jeremy McQueary spotted Rigdon and a woman standing beside a vehicle.

    Court records state that McQueary smelled alcohol on Rigdon and the woman when talking to them, though they both denied they had been drinking.