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  • The "Polar Plunge"

    John "Bam" Carney said he, his brother Mark and their friend Chad Shively are men of their word. Carney, during a Toys for Tots radio auction last month, made an on-air promise that the three would take the "polar plunge" at City Lake if the community would raise $1,500 more. He said he wasn't surprised that the community came through.

    "We met the goal and being men of our word ..." Carney said. "It's for the kids. Anytime you can have a little fun ... We take life too seriously."

  • One injured in Wise Road crash

    A Campbellsville woman was injured Wednesday in a one-vehicle crash on Wise Road.

    According to the Taylor County Sheriff's Office, Wendy L. Dye, 35, of 780 KY 289, Lot 13, was driving a 2004 Pontiac westbound on Wise Road at 8:46 p.m.

    The report states Dye drove her vehicle off the westbound shoulder at a high rate of speed and came to a stop after she crossed a ditch. She then struck an earth embankment.

  • New Year's resolutions

    With the start of a new year, local officials are sharing their resolutions. From spending more time with family to being healthier, local resolutions mirror the top 10 resolutions across the nation.

    According to polls recently conducted by General Nutrition Centers, Quicken and several others, the No. 1 resolution for 2010 is to spend more time with family and friends. More than 50 percent of Americans say they will make this their top priority in the new year.

  • Jewell is 'Officer of the Year'

    This year's Campbellsville Police Officer of the Year is short by a couple of months.

    "I was pretty shocked," said Ryan Jewell upon receiving the award. "I didn't really believe it. I haven't even been here a year."

    Jewell, 27, joined the Campbellsville Police Department last February.

    And though the Officer of the Year has only been on the job for about 10 months, he proved himself quickly, according to Campbellsville Police Chief Dennis Benningfield.

  • Jail escapee gets two years

    The inmate who escaped from the Taylor County Detention Center in June has been sentenced to two years in prison for his crime.

    Keith A. Turner, 39, of 207 Cranberry St. in Lexington appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Dan Kelly on Tuesday, Dec. 22.

    Turner escaped from the Taylor County Detention Center on June 19. He had been assigned to a work detail at the Taylor County Animal Shelter when he walked away.

    Turner was captured two months later in the 200 block of Cranberry Street in Lexington, according to a news release from the U.S. Marshal's office.

  • No smoking at hospital, CU

    Those who go to Taylor Regional Hospital for treatment or to visit loved ones will soon have no place to smoke while there.

    TRH will become a smoke- and tobacco-free campus on Friday.

    Jane Wheatley, TRH's chief executive officer, says the policy will apply to the hospital's campus, the James Graham Brown Cancer Center and the Urgent Care Center in Green County.

    At TRH, patients and staff had been able to smoke at a gazebo on site and at areas near wings 2 and 3.

    "After Jan. 1, they will not be able to smoke there," Wheatley said.

  • City lawsuit settled, dismissed

    A lawsuit against the City of Campbellsville by a Casey County man has been settled and dismissed.

    Lebanon attorneys Elmer J. George and Joseph H. Mattingly III filed the suit on behalf of Jared M. Rodgers in Taylor Circuit Court on Friday, Aug. 17, 2007.

    The Campbellsville Water Co. and the City of Campbellsville were named as defendants. In his complaint, Rodgers alleged the two entities were responsible for injuries he suffered in a collision.

  • Heating assistance need is up

    Though it took a one-week deadline extension, need for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program is up.

    This year, during the first phase of the program, 778 applications were approved for a total benefit of $92,595. Last year, 751 applications were approved for a total of $89,210.

    LIHEAP provides heating bill assistance and includes payments for coal, electricity, fuel oil, gas (natural and LP), kerosene and wood on behalf of a wide variety of people - families, single parents, retirees and single persons.

  • Mural portraits also available for pets

    Those wanting to be painted in the scene on the wall of the Taylor County Courthouse still have a chance to do so.

    A mural depicting a Civil War scene will soon adorn the side of the courthouse, painted by Elk Horn resident Joshua Mason.

    Mason said the scene includes generals on horseback and also includes two dogs, and residents can contact him about having their pet - dogs or cats - included in the mural.

  • One injured in KY 527 crash

    A Campbellsville man was injured Tuesday in a one-vehicle crash on KY 527.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, Don Ewing, 28, of 3780 West Finley Ridge Road was driving a 2004 Pontiac at 7:40 p.m.

    The report states that Ewing dropped off the road and lost control of his vehicle. His car skidded across the road, over an embankment and then overturned, the report states.

    Ewing was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by private vehicle for treatment. As of press time, no information was available as to his condition.