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  • One year later: Taylor County jail

    The women, dressed in gray sweats and orange stripes, take turns reading verses from the Bible. Tonight, they're discussing the Christmas story.

    They sing together, hold hands and huddle in a circle to pray for each other and for the strength to make it home.

    There's a class or church service for inmates at the Taylor County Detention Center just about every day of the month, according to Taylor County Jailer Rick Benningfield.

  • Picture Perfect

    Taylor County residents who purchase a 2010 calendar of Kentucky scenery might see a site that's familiar to them. Green River Lake is featured in the Wild and Scenic Kentucky 2010 calendar.

    BrownTrout Publishers Inc., based in San Francisco, Calif., publishes the Wild and Scenic calendars each year.

    According to Barb Hales, an editor with BrownTrout Publishers, the majority of the United States are each featured in a calendar each year, with the exception of Vermont and Rhode Island.

  • Taylor gets OK for elementary and high school projects

    Taylor County School District is proceeding with plans to build a new high school and renovate the current elementary school.

    During a special meeting Tuesday night, Superintendent Roger Cook told School Board members that Kentucky Department of Education officials have given the District the OK to proceed with plans for a new high school and a renovated elementary school.

    This allows the District to amend its facilities plan, which currently calls for a new elementary school that could be modified into a new high school.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Winter weather advisory

    The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for snow effective from 7 p.m. Friday until 7 a.m. Sunday for several Kentucky counties, including Taylor.

    Precipitation will start out as rain on Friday and change over to snow Friday night. Light snow will continue throughout the day on Saturday and Saturday night with a total accumulation of 2 to 3 inches by Sunday morning.

    Taylor County Emergency Management suggests that motorists be prepared for hazardous driving conditions from snow-covered roads.

  • Higdon preparing for senate

    Jimmy Higdon's phones rang almost constantly for days after his victory in the Dec. 8 special election to fill the 14th District state senate seat.

    His win over Democrat Jodie Haydon was even mentioned in The Wall Street Journal and by talk radio host Rush Limbaugh. Higdon, a Republican, was amused by the attention his victory received, but he said he wasn't going to try to analyze what his win might mean.

    "I'll let the experts pick it apart and digest it," he said. "I've got enough to do getting ready to be a senator."

  • Tebbs Bend plan available at library

    Thirty-eight people attended a public meeting regarding the Tebbs Bend preservation plan at Taylor County Extension Office on Nov. 19. This was the second public meeting on the plan, which was drafted by Public History Specialists Joe and Maria Brent.

    The Brents developed a list of defining features, mapped troop movements, defined the core and study areas and potential National Register sites, mapped the cultural and natural resources and completed site mapping and base line date gathering.

  • Taylor gets OK for high school and elementary construction

    The Kentucky Department of Education has given Taylor County Schools the OK to proceed with plans for a new high school and a renovated elementary school.

    During a special meeting Tuesday night, Superintendent Roger Cook told School Board members that the next step will be narrowing down the list of seven architects that have submitted proposals on the project. That should happen in January.

    Cook said he intends to ask the Board for a nickel tax in March to help pay for the projects.

    For more on this story, see Monday's issue.

     

  • Crime Reports site now lists sex offenders

    Crimereports.com, a Web site that residents can use to track crimes in their neighborhood, now has a new feature.

    According to Campbellsville Police Chief Dennis Benningfield, a sex offender listing has now been added to the site.

  • Three indicted on sex charges

    Two Campbellsville men and a Bradfordsville man have been accused of committing sex crimes in three separate cases. The three were indicted Dec. 8 by a Taylor County grand jury, though the indictments were not made public until Tuesday afternoon.

    Logan Salyers, 39, of 205 Blake Elliot Drive in Campbellsville was charged with first-degree sodomy.

    James R. Bagby, 42, of 623 Lucian Sallee Road in Bradfordsville was charged with first-degree rape. According to the indictment, he allegedly committed the offense in November 2007.

  • Local woman injured in crash

    A Campbellsville woman was treated for injuries after being involved in a two-vehicle crash Saturday night.

    According to a Campbellsville Police report, at about 8:54 p.m., a 17-year-old whose name was not released was attempting to turn a 1996 Chevrolet S-10 from East Broadway onto U.S. 68 when he or she pulled into the path of a 2002 Chevrolet driven by Carol Gwinn, 44, of Campbellsville.

    Gwinn's passenger, Judy Gwinn, 62, was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by Campbellsville/Taylor County Rescue personnel. She was treated and released. No one else was injured.