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  • On a mission

    A whining saw, the smell of freshly cut lumber, hammers beating a rhythmic cadence. The wood structure taking shape gradually slopes at the back of the house, eventually ending at the ground. Ultimately, it will provide mobility and freedom.

    College students from Boone, N.C. traveled to Kentucky this week. Their destination: Campbellsville. Why so far from home? To participate in the Kentucky Heartland Outreach spring break mission program.

  • Council discusses yard sale limits

    Ongoing yard sales could soon be a thing of the past.

    During a special meeting of the City Council on Monday night, Campbellsville Mayor Brenda Allen said City Hall recently received a letter from a resident who was upset with a neighbor who has a yard sale every weekend.

    "There are a lot of people that have a yard sale every Saturday," Allen said. "We need to be fair, but a yard sale every weekend is too much."

    Councilman Mike Hall Jr. says that effectively amounts to people doing business in a residential area.

  • Court buys new incinerator for shelter

    The Taylor County Animal Shelter will soon get a new incinerator. And, according to Shelter Director John Harris, that will make the shelter's neighbors happy.

    Magistrates agreed Tuesday night to purchase the incinerator for $18,186. Harris told the Court that a new one would cost $27,900, but the County can purchase one used for demonstrations for the $18,186 cost. He said it has been used for only two actual burns.

    Half of the cost must be paid now, Harris said, and the rest will come from the shelter's 2010-2011 budget.

  • Woman charged in sealed indictment

    A Campbellsville woman has been charged with selling drugs in an indictment recently unsealed by a Taylor Circuit Court judge.

    A grand jury may seal an indictment if there is a possibility that the accused will try to evade police.

    Patricia Smothers, 51, of South Central Avenue was charged with second-degree selling a controlled substance, her second offense, and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

    Bond was set at $20,000 cash. If convicted, Smothers could be sentenced to as much as 10 years in prison.

  • Friends of Green River Lake

    Tyler Royse is looking for some friends.

    Royse, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers summer park ranger, is spearheading an effort to begin a Friends of Green River Lake group.

    He and fellow ranger Larry Lemmon hosted an informational meeting on Thursday at the Corps of Engineers' Visitors Center.

    And, if the size of the crowd is any indication, a Friends of Green River Lake group will be formed very soon.

  • Man accused of breaking into another's home

    A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged with burglary and other crimes after he allegedly broke into someone else's home.

    Jeffrey L. Bailey, 33, of 114 Ray St. was arrested at 10:23 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27.

    According to an arrest citation, Campbellsville Police received a complaint of a burglary in progress at a Taylor Boulevard home.

    The citation states that, upon arrival, Officer Andy Warren noticed a screen door open and spotted Bailey fleeing into some bushes.

  • Technology aids student learning

    Norma Simpson's Taylor County Elementary fifth-grade classroom looks like the set of a game show.

    "How long did the French and Indian War last?" Simpson asks.

    Picking up ActivExpressions, handheld devices about the size of cell phones, the students enter their answers to the question. The results are immediate, appearing on the screen in bar graph form. The majority of the students get the answer right.

  • More weather spotters needed

    Local residents who like watching the clouds now have the option of putting their interests to good use.

    A free severe storm spotters class will take place tomorrow at 6 p.m. on the third floor of the Campbellsville Fire Department. A weather spotter is a person who observes significant weather situations and relays the information to the National Weather Service.

  • Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss

    There were no green eggs and ham, but plenty of rhyming, mustaches and smiles.

    In honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday on Tuesday, Kentucky Christian Academy's second-grade class opened a "Seuss Café" for students, family and friends.

    The students in Tammy Snyder's class have studied Seuss' books and widely-known rhyming abilities. As part of a week-long unit, Snyder's class wrote their own Seuss-inspired books, made menus of Seuss-inspired food and dressed the part with mustaches and "Seuss Café" T-shirts.

  • Cochran announces magistrate candidacy

    James E. Cochran has announced his candidacy for magistrate in the 3rd District, which consists of Old South, Acton, Speck, Mannsville and Merrimac precincts. He is running on the Republican ticket.

    "I will work hard for the people in the 3rd District," Cochran stated. "I will speak up and not be a 'yes' man. I will not go along with all the decisions that come through the court system."

    Cochran said his record speaks for itself. He served as 3rd District magistrate for eight years and as chief deputy sheriff for 12 years.