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  • Court holds off on planned limits for constables

    Constables won't be asked to limit their use of radios, pay their own bonds or complete an 18-week training course just yet.

    Several issues about local constables were discussed at a meeting of Taylor Fiscal Court's Law Enforcement Committee on May 5.

    Expected to recommend changes last night to Fiscal Court, Committee members instead opted to recommend that the group first meet with constables before adopting those requirements.

  • Special election set for nickel tax

    It's official. Whether or not Taylor County School District gets an extra nickel tax will be decided on Tuesday, June 22.

    Though the date has already been touted on signs and as part of the Citizens for Better Schools' campaign, it wasn't official until Tuesday night, when the Taylor County School Board voted to approve the special election.

    The vote was unanimous. There was no discussion. The election will cost an estimated $15,000, according to Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney, which the School District will pay.

  • Two charged with stealing from FOL site

    Two men have been arrested and charged with burglary after they allegedly broke into the former Fruit of the Loom property and stole copper wiring.

    Greg Damrell, 33, of 100 James St. in Berea and Jason Blair, 34, of 203 Little Creek Road in Mt. Vernon were arrested Wednesday, April 28 at about 4 p.m.

    According to Damrell and Blair's arrest warrants, the two are accused of breaking into the building on Thursday, April 22 and taking more than $500 in copper wiring.

  • Being a survivor

    Life is good for Rachel Blankenship. She retired from Taylor Regional Hospital two months ago after 28 years of service as a CNA in outpatient surgery. Her husband, Billy Gene, is also retired.

    Blankenship, 67, stays busy. On Wednesdays, she cooks at South Campbellsville Baptist Church. Thursdays are reserved for line dancing. At home, she tends to her flower gardens.

    She also participates in the Relay for Life each year. In the past, she was a member of the hospital team as well as her church's team.

    It's a cause that's very important to her.

  • Constable 'issues' topic of discussion

    In response to several complaints, constables may soon be asked to limit their use of police radios, complete an 18-week training course and pay their own bond.

    Several issues about local constables were discussed at a meeting of Taylor Fiscal Court's Law Enforcement Committee last Wednesday.

    At the meeting, Taylor County Sheriff John Shipp told the group that he has received several recent complaints about constables' actions. However, no individual names were mentioned.

  • Teen indicted on sex charge

    A Campbellsville teenager has been accused of using a child younger than 16 in a sexual performance.

    Brandon S. Shirrell, 18, of 2996 Coakley Road was indicted Tuesday by a Taylor County grand jury.

    He was also charged with four misdemeanor counts of sexual misconduct. The charge of using a minor in a sexual performance is a Class B felony, punishable by as much as 20 years in prison.

    According to the indictment, Shirrell allegedly committed the crimes in February and April. The indictment accuses him of having sexual intercourse with the child without consent.

  • Boil water advisory lifted

    Flooding was the culprit behind last week's system-wide boil water advisory.

    The advisory was in effect from Wednesday morning until Thursday evening. Mayor Brenda Allen said flooding hindered water treatment.

    "The source water characteristics of the water changed due to the heavy rains," she said. "That affected the way we treat the water."

    Kentucky Division of Water required multiple water quality tests, Allen said, before allowing the City to lift the advisory.

  • Economic activity picking up

    Though the economy is in a slump, there was plenty of local activity to report last Monday night.

    Team Taylor County Executive Director Ron McMahan gave a lengthy report to Campbellsville City Council members during the Council's regular meeting Monday.

    Amazon.com plans to amp up its work camper program this year, McMahan said. The program seeks retired people who frequently travel the U.S. in campers as seasonal temporary workers from October to December.

  • ELECTION: Campbellsville Mayor

    Three candidates are seeking the mayor's seat this year and all three will appear on the Primary Election ballot.

    Incumbent Brenda Allen, Paul Harmon and Tony Young want to be Campbellsville's next mayor. The top two vote-getters advance to the General Election in November. The mayor's race is non-partisan.

  • Man sentenced on sex abuse charges

    A Campbellsville man who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a 14-year-old child has been sentenced to serve five years in prison for his crimes.

    Davis Len Curtsinger, 32, of 478 N. Garnett Road appeared in Taylor Circuit Court before Judge Dan Kelly on Tuesday for sentencing.

    In June 2008, Curtsinger was indicted on charges of first-degree rape and sodomy, intimidating a witness, third-degree unlawful transaction with a minor and being a second-degree persistent felony offender.