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  • Homeless ... for a night

    They slept under the stars in decorated, but cold, cardboard boxes. They went without their cell phones and laptops for a night and had limited food.

    They gave up their "Home Sweet Home" for one night.

    Campbellsville University's Carver School of Social Work and the Social Workers in Touch Can Help Club asked for volunteers to experience life as a homeless person for one night under the shelter of nothing more than a cardboard box.

    And many people answered the call.

  • Habitat for Humanity breaks ground

    "Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.

    "The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock."

    —Matthew 7:24-25

    A small gathering of friends, relatives and Habitat officials braved torrential rain on Sunday to dedicate the grounds for Daniel Hoosier's new home.

  • Two injured in Sunday crash

    Two men were injured in a Sunday afternoon crash on KY 55.

    According to a Kentucky State Police report, David Webster, 23, of Campbellsville was driving a 2000 Mercury Cougar south on KY 55. While in the passing lane, Webster lost control of his vehicle, crossed into the northbound lane and was struck by a 2000 Ford Taurus driven by Michael Lostutter, 52, of Louisville.

    Webster was not wearing a seat belt. Lostutter was wearing a seat belt.

  • One arrested after collision

    A Campbellsville man was arrested Sunday after being involved in a one-vehicle collision on Kindness Road.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, deputies were called to a non-injury collision on Kindness Road at 1:56 p.m.

    The report states that Daniel Pittman, 44, of 232 Brockman Lane was charged with the theft of a car, leaving the scene of an accident, driving with a suspended license and DUI.

    Pittman's vehicle, a 1990 Chevrolet truck, had left the roadway and stopped in a ditch. No injuries were reported.

  • ACT scores up

    Local high school juniors improved upon last year's ACT scores in nearly every category.

    Although the official scores aren't due back from the state until August, local school officials used individual student scores to form composite scores. Those scores show that juniors at both Campbellsville and Taylor County High have improved scores in almost every subject.

    "It just shows that we have quality students and a quality staff," said TCHS Principal Charles Higdon Jr. "I'm excited. We are moving in the right direction with our scores."

  • Prescription drop-off a success

    The first local medication drop-off has been deemed a success and will now become an annual event.

    From 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Campbellsville/Taylor County Anti-Drug Coalition members and local police officers manned a drop-off site at the Wal-Mart Supercenter parking lot.

    Karen Hayes, coalition co-chair, said she was hoping at least 10 people would drop off unwanted and outdated medication. Instead, Hayes said, there was a steady stream of residents.

    In the end, 876 prescription medications and 374 over-the-counter medications were disposed of.

  • Cleanup offered this weekend

    Taylor County residents who want to do some spring cleaning will soon have a place to take some of their unwanted items.

    The County will offer a cleanup Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    The cleanup will be at the paved back parking lot at the former Fruit of the Loom building.

    Those attending should enter and exit only off West Main Street. Signs will be posted.

    There may be a long line, so those attending are asked to be patient and watch for traffic and workers.

  • Court votes down new interlocal agreement

    Taylor Fiscal Court voted down a new interlocal agreement with the City of Campbellsville at a special meeting Tuesday night.

    At last week's regular Fiscal Court meeting, magistrates voted 4-2 to amend the current occupational tax agreement to state that the expenses of the occupational tax office and the City and County's annual $200,000 contribution to the Campbellsville/Taylor County Economic Development Authority will be subtracted from the occupational tax revenue, with the remainder then divided evenly between the City and the County.

  • Codell not required to bond building

    Codell Construction Co. will not have to provide 100 percent bonding on the Taylor County Judicial Center project after all.

    Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. released a legal opinion last month regarding bonding requirements for Kentucky court construction projects. According to Minton's opinion, the judicial center under construction in Taylor County was one of several projects insufficiently bonded in the state.

    The Taylor County project has a performance and payment bond of $588,800, rather than the nearly $11.6 million that it was supposed to have.

  • Jail to add 20 beds, Russell inmates

    Taylor County's jail will soon have 20 more beds.

    At last week's regular Fiscal Court meeting, magistrates agreed to buy bunk beds from the Casey County jail to create space for 20 more inmates.

    Magistrate James Jones said the jail has received an $85,000 payment from the state for housing state inmates and is still owed twice that amount.