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  • Allen files for re-election

    Campbellsville Mayor Brenda Allen has announced her filing for re-election.

    "I am proud to start my 12th year working for City government," she said. "This opportunity has given me the experience and knowledge needed to operate the city, but as I have said many times, no one person can run an organization alone."

    Allen said she has been very fortunate to have people working with her who care as much about the residents of Campbellsville as she does.

  • Community leader dies

    He has been described as funny, friendly and a true leader.

    Richie McClerkin, 30, died last Tuesday at Taylor Regional Hospital. Taylor County Coroner Terry Dabney said McClerkin died of a sudden heart attack.

    McClerkin was a member of Greater Campbellsville United and Campbellsville/Taylor County Chamber of Commerce.

    "We just loved him," Wanda Washington, GCU coordinator, said last week. "He was a leader in every aspect."

  • One year later: Still no arrest in police officer's death

    It's been a year since David M. Ford was shot and killed, and those who knew him are still coming to terms with his death.

    Ford's brother Darrell says the past year has been full of ups and downs.

    "I thought I could handle anything," he said. "It's rough. Especially knowing the person's walking free."

    Law enforcement personnel are continuing to investigate who killed Ford but have yet to make an arrest in the case.

  • Petition opposing nickel tax circulating

    A petition opposing Taylor County School District's approval of a nickel tax is now in circulation.

    Headed up by James DeWitt, a committee of five people filed an affidavit with Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney Friday afternoon. Carney said the committee can start collecting signatures immediately.

    For a complete story on the petition effort, see Thursday's issue of the Central Kentucky News-Journal.

  • Overloaded circuits No. 1 cause of local fires

    It's a cold night in Campbellsville. Trying to keep his family warm, a father plugs in two or three electric space heaters. He notices the lights dim and flicker, but thinks nothing of it. An hour later, the family stands on their front lawn watching firefighters battle a blaze that has erupted in their home.

    It's a common scenario for local fire departments as the temperatures drop.

  • Greensburg man charged with bringing drugs into jail

    A Greensburg man has been arrested and charged with bringing drugs into the Taylor County Detention Center.

    Brian Douglas Caven, 22, of 906 Bales Mill Road was arrested at 11:45 a.m. last Tuesday.

    According to Caven's arrest citation, he was allegedly found in possession of marijuana while entering the jail.

    He pleaded not guilty to the charge, which is a Class D felony punishable by as much as five years in prison, in Taylor District Court last Wednesday. Bond was set at $10,000 cash and he was appointed a public defender.

  • Public libraries concerned about budget cuts

    "Nothing sickens me more than the closed door of a library."

    American Author Barbara Tuchman

    Green County Public Library is now closed on Thursdays and Taylor County Public Library staff worry that their library could be next.

    Representatives from public libraries all over the state, including Taylor County, traveled to Frankfort on Feb. 10 to discuss statewide budget cuts.

    The Department of Libraries and Archives in Frankfort has had its own budgets cut. The cuts have reduced the size of the staff.

  • Man charged with violating sex offender terms, selling drugs

    A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged with failure to comply with the terms of his sex offender registration.

    Grant William Odegard, 43, of 120 S. Central Ave. was arrested last Monday at 4:45 p.m. by Kentucky State Police Trooper John Boyd.

    According to the Kentucky Sex Offender Web site, Odegard is a lifetime registrant who is a move-in offender from Michigan. The Web site states he was convicted of first-degree criminal sexual conduct of a 27-year-old.

  • More love letter contest entries

    By Christal.Beard

    Dearest Kelly,

  • Family ties get donation for Hiestand House Museum

    The Hiestand House Museum is benefiting from Taylor Circuit Judge Dan Kelly's former campaign fund.

    State law spells out just how Kelly, who was appointed to the judgeship last year by Gov. Steve Beshear, is to close out his former senatorial campaign account. One of those ways is by donating the money to a charity.

    And, thanks to Kelly's wife Darlene's ancestry, the Hiestand House is getting a portion of that money.

    According to the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance, Kelly had $105,331.51 in his fund on Nov. 12, 2009.