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  • Being a survivor

    Life is good for Rachel Blankenship. She retired from Taylor Regional Hospital two months ago after 28 years of service as a CNA in outpatient surgery. Her husband, Billy Gene, is also retired.

    Blankenship, 67, stays busy. On Wednesdays, she cooks at South Campbellsville Baptist Church. Thursdays are reserved for line dancing. At home, she tends to her flower gardens.

    She also participates in the Relay for Life each year. In the past, she was a member of the hospital team as well as her church's team.

    It's a cause that's very important to her.

  • Constable 'issues' topic of discussion

    In response to several complaints, constables may soon be asked to limit their use of police radios, complete an 18-week training course and pay their own bond.

    Several issues about local constables were discussed at a meeting of Taylor Fiscal Court's Law Enforcement Committee last Wednesday.

    At the meeting, Taylor County Sheriff John Shipp told the group that he has received several recent complaints about constables' actions. However, no individual names were mentioned.

  • Teen indicted on sex charge

    A Campbellsville teenager has been accused of using a child younger than 16 in a sexual performance.

    Brandon S. Shirrell, 18, of 2996 Coakley Road was indicted Tuesday by a Taylor County grand jury.

    He was also charged with four misdemeanor counts of sexual misconduct. The charge of using a minor in a sexual performance is a Class B felony, punishable by as much as 20 years in prison.

    According to the indictment, Shirrell allegedly committed the crimes in February and April. The indictment accuses him of having sexual intercourse with the child without consent.

  • Boil water advisory lifted

    Flooding was the culprit behind last week's system-wide boil water advisory.

    The advisory was in effect from Wednesday morning until Thursday evening. Mayor Brenda Allen said flooding hindered water treatment.

    "The source water characteristics of the water changed due to the heavy rains," she said. "That affected the way we treat the water."

    Kentucky Division of Water required multiple water quality tests, Allen said, before allowing the City to lift the advisory.

  • Economic activity picking up

    Though the economy is in a slump, there was plenty of local activity to report last Monday night.

    Team Taylor County Executive Director Ron McMahan gave a lengthy report to Campbellsville City Council members during the Council's regular meeting Monday.

    Amazon.com plans to amp up its work camper program this year, McMahan said. The program seeks retired people who frequently travel the U.S. in campers as seasonal temporary workers from October to December.

  • ELECTION: Campbellsville Mayor

    Three candidates are seeking the mayor's seat this year and all three will appear on the Primary Election ballot.

    Incumbent Brenda Allen, Paul Harmon and Tony Young want to be Campbellsville's next mayor. The top two vote-getters advance to the General Election in November. The mayor's race is non-partisan.

  • Man sentenced on sex abuse charges

    A Campbellsville man who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a 14-year-old child has been sentenced to serve five years in prison for his crimes.

    Davis Len Curtsinger, 32, of 478 N. Garnett Road appeared in Taylor Circuit Court before Judge Dan Kelly on Tuesday for sentencing.

    In June 2008, Curtsinger was indicted on charges of first-degree rape and sodomy, intimidating a witness, third-degree unlawful transaction with a minor and being a second-degree persistent felony offender.

  • Rally for the test

    Taylor County High School Senior Maye Chastain, above, accepts the keys to her new car from Taylor County Superintendent Roger Cook.

    Chastain won a 1988 Mustang convertible, the grand prize of the District-wide Kentucky Core Content Test Rally at TCHS Friday morning.

    A total of $14,000 in prizes was handed out including iPods, laptops, gift certificates and cash. Students' chances of winning were based on their KCCT test scores from last year.

    A score of distinguished equaled six entries, proficient equaled three entries and apprentice equaled one entry.

  • ELECTION: Taylor County Constable

    There are 16 candidates seeking six Constable seats in Taylor County this election year, though only 10 face Primary opposition.

    Constables are elected in all six districts in Taylor County, just like magistrates. Candidates must be at least 24 years old and have lived in Kentucky for two years.

    Constables are most visible to residents when they're helping to direct traffic. But they can also cite speeders, serve warrants, collect taxes and patrol county roads. Constables are also the only officials with the power to arrest the sheriff.

  • One injured in two-vehicle collision

    A Greensburg woman was injured in a two-vehicle crash in Taylor County on Saturday afternoon.

    According to a Kentucky State Police report, at about 3:30 p.m., Charles Cape, 60, of Jamestown, Ky. was traveling west on KY 210 in a 1997 Nissan pickup when he rear ended a 2006 Lincoln being driven by Andy Olson, 28, of Greensburg. Olson was attempting to turn into a driveway.

    A passenger in Olson's vehicle, Amanda Olson, 27, of Greensburg, was transported by private vehicle to Taylor Regional Hospital. She was treated and released.