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  • Listening to the President

    Children at several local schools watched President Barack Obama's speech on Tuesday, but some parents chose to opt their children out of hearing his remarks.

    Obama's speech, which is available to read in its entirety on today's Opinion Page or at www.whitehouse.gov, encouraged students to stay in school and try their best.

  • City stops free insurance for spouses, children

    Health insurance coverage will no longer be free to spouses and children of City employees.

    Forced to cut back on costs, Campbellsville City Council members approved a new health insurance plan that passes more of the cost on to employees.

    Speaking to Council members during Tuesday night's regular meeting, Kelly Harding of Reed Bros. Insurance said the goal was to keep the City's premium as close to the current amount of $995,041 as possible.

  • School tax rates set

    No one chose to speak out against either public school system's proposed tax rate increase.

    At Campbellsville Independent Schools, the Board had its required public hearing at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday.

    According to Finance Director Gayle Newton, who recommended the increase to the Board, the new rate is 43.8 cents per hundred dollars of real and tangible property value. The motor vehicle and watercraft property tax rate is 55.4 cents.

    The rate will generate an additional $84,521.79 this coming year, which is the allowed 4 percent increase.

  • Guthrie reports progress on Heartland Parkway project

    U.S. Representative Brett Guthrie, who represents Kentucky's 2nd Congressional District, gave a progress report to the Heartland Parkway Foundation board of directors in Lebanon on Sept. 2. 

    He shared news of pending reauthorization of the federal highway bill currently under consideration by the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, of which he is a member, and affirmed that the bill contains the necessary funding for the next steps of the major road project spanning Taylor, Adair, Marion and Washington counties.

  • Man accused of debit card fraud

    A Taylorsville man has been arrested and charged with using another person's debit card to purchase cigarettes.

    Robert Alan Durham, 37, of 241 Skyline Drive was arrested Thursday, Aug. 27 at about 3 p.m.

    According to Durham's arrest warrant, he is accused of using another person's debit card in April without his consent to purchase cigarettes from Kroger, Murphy USA and The Tobacco Shed.

    Durham was charged with more than $100 in fraudulent use of a credit or debit card within a six-month period.

    Campbellsville Police Detective Travis Begley investigated.

  • Judicial may see $225,000 in changes

    Officials gave their approval last week to more than $200,000 in construction changes to Taylor County's new judicial center project.

    The design of the center's lobby, as well as finishing touches on the building, have been the subject of several recent Project Development Board meetings.

    The Board is overseeing the construction of the judicial center, which is slated to open next month.

  • Former fugitive sentenced to 42 years in prison

    The man who fled from police after not showing up at an appointment to see if he could donate a kidney to his son has been sentenced to more than four decades in prison on drug and other charges.

    According to a U.S. Attorney's Office news release, Byron Keith Perkins, 40, of Knifley was sentenced last Wednesday to 42 years and five months in prison on charges of robbery, using a firearm during the robbery and selling marijuana.

    Chief Judge Thomas Russell also sentenced Perkins to five years' supervised release following incarceration.

  • Liberty man pleads guilty to child sex abuse

    A Liberty man has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a teenage girl and could spend 90 days in jail for his crimes.

    Joshua Edward Lee, 25, of 3333 Snake Ridge Road was indicted in July 2008 by a Taylor County grand jury on a charge of first-degree sexual abuse.

    According to court records, the alleged victim's mother filed a complaint with local police after her daughter, who was 13 at the time, told her that Lee had touched her inappropriately. The girl's statement to police accuses Lee of kissing her and touching her genital area.

  • Bennett Lane house damaged by fire

    A Campbellsville home was damaged by a fire Friday morning. However, no one was home at the time.

    According to a news release from the Campbellsville/Taylor County fire departments, the home of George and Jackie Bennett at 500 Bennett Lane caught fire just before 8 a.m.

    Upon firefighters' arrival, smoke was visible. As personnel entered the home, fire spread throughout the three-story structure. The heaviest damage was contained to the basement area, though the entire home sustained heavy smoke damage.

    Read more on this story in Monday's print edition.

  • Business receives state incentives for facility

    It's the hose that grows jobs for Taylor County.

    MicroHose is expected to be manufacturing its patented "hose that grows" by early next year, creating 125 new jobs.

    Armed with $3 million in state Kentucky Rural Economic Development Act incentives, work to ready the MicroHose facility on Industrial Drive is underway. Unveiled locally in July at a Campbellsville/Taylor County Chamber of Commerce luncheon, the 6-foot MicroHose expands to 30 feet through water pressure. A 10-foot hose will expand to 50 feet.