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  • Not your everyday classroom

    For Taylor County students, the world is literally at their fingertips. Now at the halfway point of its first year, Taylor County Virtual Learning Academy offers students nearly any course they are interested in.

    Currently, about 100 middle and high school students are enrolled in more than 130 courses such as math, foreign languages and computer applications.

    "It opens up so many possibilities," said Bill Mattingly, academy principal.

  • Board hires architect for building projects

    New construction again took center stage at Taylor County School Board's meeting Tuesday night.

    During the meeting, the Board hired Lexington-based architectural firm Sherman Carter Barnhart to design and engineer the District's upcoming building projects for a 5 percent fee.

    Superintendent Roger Cook said he was pleased with the fee, and the fact that the firm will not charge for reimbursable items, such as meals and copies, will save the District a lot of money.

    Strong on environmentally friendly buildings, the firm's work impressed Cook.

  • Former County Attorney dies

    Those who knew him say he was a "lawyer of lawyers," a "southern gentleman" and didn't leave the house unless he was "dressed to the nines."

    Campbellsville resident and former long-time Taylor County Attorney Fuller Harding died Sunday at his home. He was 94.

    Harding, the son of the late Abel Turner Harding and Mary Moore Harding, was born Aug. 23, 1915, in Taylor County. Harding died at his home, which was the same place he was born.

  • Helping Our Neighbors

    Campbellsville firefighters responded to a blaze at Sandy’s Grill in Liberty on Jan. 3.

    Above, firefighters use their new aerial ladder truck to aim hoses at the roof of the building.

    The firefighters and their ladder truck are credited with saving the adjoining building that housed Casey County’s Family Support Office.

  • Sex charges amended

    Two men, one from Campbellsville, appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Allan Bertram on Tuesday, Dec. 8 to face sex charges against them.

    One man was granted a pretrial diversion, while the charge against the other man was dismissed.

    Records from the appearances, however, weren't made available at the Taylor Circuit Clerk's office until last Monday.

    Corey Mathies Caldwell

    Caldwell, 31, of 4141 Chrysler Ave. in Independence, Mo. was indicted on charges of third-degree rape and third-degree sodomy in December 2007.

  • Searching for a new home

    The small puppy, cupped in the hands of Taylor County Animal Shelter Director John Harris, looks around at his new home. In the background, a chorus of barks erupts and the puppy's ears perk up.

    He may have a new home, but he's not alone. This animal shelter is full.

    And, according to Harris, the shelter is applying for grant funding to expand for a third time.

  • 'Snow' much fun

    A winter storm dropped 2 inches of snow on Taylor County and gave students a four-day weekend but caused few problems.

    According to Ronnie Dooley, Taylor County Emergency Management public information director, by Friday afternoon there had been few 911 calls in relation to the storm.

    "We really have not had any major problems," he said. "We had a few reports of cars sliding off the road."

    About five non-injury collisions were reported, Dooley said, and only one injury collision.

  • Grand jury indicts several

    Several residents were indicted last week by a Taylor County grand jury, and indictments of others previously charged were unsealed by a judge.

    Two Campbellsville residents have been accused of welfare fraud.

    Margaret M. Smith, 37, of 1159 Maple Road and Melissa J. Bell, 28, of 106 Ashton Drive, were indicted Tuesday.

    According to the indictments, Smith and Bell are accused of knowingly making false statements or misrepresenting facts used to determine whether they are eligible to receive welfare assistance.

  • Weather Alert: Winter storm expected to hit area

    A winter storm is expected to hit Central Kentucky late Wednesday and into Thursday evening, leaving as much as 4 inches of snow behind.

    According to Ronnie Dooley, Taylor County Emergency Management public information coordinator, anticipated wind gusts of up to 30 mph will also lead to blowing and drifting snow, while temperatures to drop to near zero by Friday. Wind chills are expected to be below zero.

    Dooley suggests residents prepare for the storm by stocking up on food, medication, fuel sources for heat and by winterizing their vehicles.

     

  • One injured in one-vehicle crash

    A Campbellsville man was injured Thursday in a one-vehicle crash after his vehicle slid on snow and ice.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, James B. Tungate, 72, of 152 Greenleaf Drive was attempting to make a right turn into his driveway at 9:14 a.m.

    The report states that Tungate's 1990 Chevrolet truck slid off the driveway and sideswiped a tree.