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  • County schools try for nickel tax again

    Taylor County Schools is giving the nickel tax another shot.

    At a special meeting Tuesday night, Taylor County School Board members approved Superintendent Roger Cook's proposal to increase real estate revenues by 4 percent and enact a 5.6-cent real estate building tax. The Board accepted the proposal in a 4-1 vote, with Board Chair Bernie Cave casting the lone "no" vote.

    The proposal raises the real estate tax 6.9 cents to 50.1 cents per $100 assessed value. The increased rate would amount to about $39 more a year on a $60,000 piece of property, Cook said.

  • Cash Crop?

    Looking across one of his smaller tobacco fields, Dwain Brockman says 2010 will be a positive year for him.

    "Our yield, for the most part, is going to be good," he said.

    In fact, Brockman said, about 110 of his 130 acres of tobacco will produce a good yield.

    Overall, tobacco yield in Taylor County will likely be average, says Pat Hardesty, Taylor County Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources, despite some of the hardships tobacco growers have endured. Still, with many just beginning to cut tobacco last week, it's too early to tell.

  • Grand jury hands down indictments

    Two men have been indicted on charges alleging they used a computer to proposition a Taylor County Sheriff's deputy posing as a minor in an online chat room.

    Frankie E. Hardin, 59, of 313 Sharon Drive in Campbellsville and John B. Cox, 38, of 202 Millbrooke Drive in Hopkinsville were indicted Tuesday by a Taylor County grand jury.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, Cox allegedly transmitted a pornographic photo of himself to the deputy.

  • Resident charged with assault, selling drugs

    A Campbellsville resident has been arrested and charged with selling drugs after she was allegedly involved in an assault with her former husband.

    Tatem A. Tungate, 22, of 107 Taylor Ave. was arrested at 5:35 p.m. last Monday.

    According to arrest citations, Tungate and her former husband Christopher R. Tungate, 28, of 2365 Hundley Ave. in Lebanon were allegedly fighting at Phillips Lanes Bowling Alley at about 5:30 p.m.

  • Woman accused of DUI, dragging dog while driving

    A Campbellsville woman has been arrested and charged with her second DUI and torturing an animal after she allegedly dragged a dog outside of her vehicle while driving.

    Kristy M. Nelson, 36, of 1304 Elmhurst Drive was arrested at 12:05 a.m. Tuesday.

    According to Nelson's arrest citation, Taylor County Sheriff's Deputy Brian Pickard met her vehicle while driving on Broadway.

    Pickard wrote that Nelson had a dog chained to her vehicle's bumper while she was driving.

    Court records state that the dog died three to five minutes after Nelson was stopped.

  • Two charged in sealed indictments

    Two people have been charged with selling drugs and other crimes in 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.

    Carla Lee Davis, 28, of 615 Westport Road #105 in Elizabethtown was charged with second-degree selling a controlled substance and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

  • Father of suicide victim cautions other parents

    It happens more than parents might think, he said, but there are steps that can be taken to stop it.

    John Halligan presented "Bullying, Cyberbullying and Youth Depression" at Taylor County High School on Wednesday to a group of about 40 parents and students.

    Halligan's son Ryan died by suicide on Oct. 7, 2003, after being bullied by classmates at school and online. He was just 13 years old.

    The presentation was open to the public.

  • Alabama man taken to hospital following crash

    A Clanton, Ala. man was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital following a single-vehicle crash Wednesday.

    According to a Campbellsville Police Report, at about 5:30 p.m., William Metcalf, 62, was driving his 1998 Dodge pickup on South Columbia when he truck an enclosed trailer parked next to Campbellsville/Taylor County Rescue.

    Though Metcalf wasn't injured in the collision, he was transported to TRH for medical problems he was experiencing before the crash.

    No information was available on Metcalf's condition.

  • Former inmate files suit against jail

    Former Taylor County Detention Center inmate Dusty D. Nunn of Greensburg has filed a lawsuit against jail staff, claiming they mistreated him.

    The lawsuit was filed Friday, Aug. 13 in Taylor Circuit Court against Rick Benningfield, individually and as Taylor County Jailer, and B.J. Milby and John Hawkins, individually and in their capacity as deputies at the jail.

    Nunn claims he was called names, yelled at while sleeping, refused medication after having seizures, not allowed to clean himself and more.

    Watch for Thursday's issue to read the complete story.

  • Heart & Soles

    With a precision that comes only from decades of experience, Buddy Moore swings a hammer down on the ostrich skin boots. While the boots themselves look fine, the soles are worn and need replacing. And if you're in Taylor County, Moore is the man for the job.

    Moore is the only game in town when it comes to shoe repair, a skill that he admits is a rarity these days. Moore said he believes that, besides his shop - Moore's Shoes & Service - the nearest shoe repair business is in Danville.