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  • Man accused of stealing backhoe

    A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged with receiving more than $300 in stolen property after he allegedly stole a backhoe and parked it at Taylor County High School.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, Ronald E. Vanheck, 33, of 726 Buckner St. was arrested Monday at 6:41 p.m.

  • One injured in motorcycle crash

    An Elk Horn man was injured Monday after he rear-ended a vehicle while driving a motorcycle. According to a report by Campbellsville Police Lt. Terry Lile, at about 11:10 a.m., David R. Payton, 39, was driving his 1983 Honda motorcycle on South Central Avenue when he struck a 1990 Honda Accord driven by Mitchell Collins, 19, of Greensburg. Collins was stopped in traffic, waiting to make a left turn. Payton, who was thrown from the motorcycle, was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by Campbellsville/Taylor County Rescue. His condition was unavailable.

  • Flying High

    In 1958, Bob Heft, then a 17-year-old high school junior, turned a history class project into a history-making event when he designed what is now America's flag.

    Heft was in Campbellsville on Saturday, traveling with Bill Johnson, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senator.

    When he was in high school, Heft said, there had been talk about making Alaska the 49th state, but he didn't think that made sense since Alaska was a Democratic state and then President Eisenhower was a Republican.

  • Locals cash in their 'clunkers'

    More than a dozen residents have swapped their gas-guzzlers for more fuel-efficient vehicles at Alex Montgomery.

    A few people have even traded in vehicles worth $100 to $200 and received an instant $4,500 rebate, according to Don Shuffett, sales manager at Alex Montgomery.

    The Car Allowance Rebate System, better known as Cash for Clunkers, was launched on July 27 to help consumers purchase new fuel-efficient vehicles and boost the economy at the same time.

  • Louisville man accused of bringing drugs into jail

    A Louisville man has been charged with first-degree promoting contraband after he allegedly had a marijuana cigarette in his cell at the Taylor County Detention Center.

    Marion Ivan Taylor, 42, of 521 N. 43rd St. was arrested Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 2 p.m.

    According to Taylor's arrest citation, jail staff noticed he was trying to hide a plastic bag during a cell search.

    Taylor, who is a state inmate, is accused of attempting to throw the bag into a toilet. Court records state he eventually gave the bag, which had a suspected marijuana cigarette inside, to jail staff.

  • Three charged in sealed indictments

    Three Campbellsville residents have been charged with drug crimes in four indictments 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.

    Indicted were:

  • Enrollment on target at local schools

    Enrollment at local schools is on target, and officials expect those numbers to increase even more as the school year continues.

    At the Campbellsville Independent School District, enrollment stands at 1,075. Last year, the figure was 1,093.

    At Campbellsville Elementary School, according to Campbellsville Independent Superintendent Mike Deaton, enrollment is the highest it has been in at least a decade, at 493 students. The District also boasts 38 preschool students, which is almost at its capacity, Deaton said.

  • CU reserves motel rooms

    There may not be as many local motel rooms available in the coming weeks.

    Campbellsville University will reserve several rooms at Best Western for the start of the fall semester, which begins Monday, Aug. 24.

    According to Dave Walters, CU's vice president for admissions and student services, the university tries every year to make sure it is prepared to accommodate its students.

  • Juniors improve ACT scores

    Statewide ACT composite scores are down slightly, but Campbellsville and Taylor County juniors bucked the trend, increasing composite scores and making gains in almost every subject.

    State results from the March 2009 administration of the ACT to Kentucky's public school juniors show a small improvement in mathematics, but minor drops or flat scores in other subjects, forming a statewide composite of 18.2. The 2008 composite was 18.3.

  • Court considers speed limit ordinance

    Magistrates may soon consider adopting a uniform system for setting speed limits on county roads.

    At last week's regular Fiscal Court meeting, magistrates unanimously had first reading of an ordinance changing the speed limit on Stewarts Lane from 15 to 25 mph.

    After that approval, Taylor County Attorney Craig Cox said the Taylor County Sheriff's Office has indicated that it is sometimes difficult to tell what the speed limit is on some of the county's roads.