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  • CLARCOR to lay off 86 workers

    Air filter manufacturer CLARCOR will lay off 86 employees beginning next month.

    According to Dave Lindsay, CLARCOR vice president of administration, the layoffs were due to a drop in business.

    "One major customer is moving their business [to another facility]," he said. "This is also related to the general economic slowdown."

    CLARCOR opened its Campbellsville facility in the former Batesville Casket building in 2000.

    The facility has 199 full-time employees, plus 20 temporary workers.

  • Freshman Focus introduces high school

    They sang, they danced and they ran around in pantyhose. But they did it together as a group, the new freshman class at Taylor County High School.

    Last Thursday and Friday, TCHS hosted a Freshman Focus Camp for incoming freshmen to help them transition from middle to high school.

    Students received their schedules and lockers and met their teachers and mentors. A free lunch was provided both days.

  • County Extension office receives arts grant

    Taylor County Cooperative Extension Service is among several to receive a state grant supporting the arts.

    The Kentucky Arts Council awarded Extensions and the Arts grants to 10 county Cooperative Extension Service programs of the University of Kentucky. Grants of $1,000 each supported the arts to counties through partnerships with artists and extension agents to benefit the community.

    Each of the projects includes documentation planning, so similar community arts projects may be replicated in other counties throughout the commonwealth.

  • Taylor Band's 2009 show will be "Cataclysmic"

    While the 2009 show will explore disasters, the performance will be anything but.

    The Taylor County High School Marching Band has spent the past few weeks practicing " Cataclysmic!," a musical and visual exploration of natural disasters.

    Director Stephen Bishop said the performance includes four movements - "Tsunami," "Tornado," "Picking Up the Pieces" and "Volcano."

    The show will include various sound effects imitating wind, rain and other storm sounds, Bishop said.

  • Jury awards no damages in trial against TRH

    The 12 jurors walked out silently, a few stopping to ask for a paper proving where they had been for the past two days. One left the room in tears.

    It had taken them about two and a half hours to decide that Taylor Regional Hospital failed to provide an adequate standard of care for a Campbellsville's man late wife. But even though nine of the 12 agreed that TRH was at fault, they didn't award the man any money in damages.

  • Johnson enters Senate race

    Republican Bill Johnson, an international businessman from Elkton, Ky., has entered the 2010 Senate race for the seat currently occupied by Jim Bunning.

    Bunning, who is serving his second term, announced Monday that he will not seek a third term. He cited a lack of campaign funds.

  • Churches combine for ministry

    Parents have spent the past few weeks buying school supplies for the start of the new school year. But for some parents, two local churches will take that task off their hands.

    Campbellsville and First Baptist churches have formed a mission task force to provide backpacks full of school supplies for needy children in the community.

    Backpack Blessing, as the effort is being called, began in February when some church officials were having lunch together.

  • Two Taylor Countians get state appointments

    Gov. Steve Beshear appointed a Mannsville woman and reappointed a Campbellsville woman to the 11th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission last week.

    Blanche C. Minor of Mannsville will replace Ruth T. Hagan, whose term expired. Minor is a retired state employee.

    Beshear reappointed Shiela W. Newcomb of Campbellsville. Newcomb is field business manager for Kentucky Utilities Co.

    Minor's and Newcomb's terms will expire on Jan. 1, 2010.

  • Local man pleads guilty to killing his mother

    The Campbellsville man charged last October with murdering his mother pleaded guilty to amended charges in Jefferson Circuit Court on Tuesday and was sentenced to serve 20 years in prison for his crimes.

    Brandon Scott Jones, 20, of 304 Summit Drive was arrested Tuesday, Oct. 28 by Louisville Metro Police.

    According to Jones' arrest citation, Louisville Metro police officers were dispatched to 1701 Belmar Ave. in Louisville at 6:06 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27 and found Jones' mother, Sharon R. Jones, 50, dead.

  • Campbellsville police officer under investigation

    A Campbellsville Police officer is being investigated.

    While the name of the officer and the nature of the investigation have not been released, City Attorney John Bertram did confirm an investigation is being conducted.

    "All I can do is acknowledge that there is an investigation of an officer," Bertram said. "I can't tell you who it is or the nature of the investigation. I do expect, within a reasonable number of days, we could know more."