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  • Man escapes serious injury after wreck

    A Tennessee teenager escaped serious injury after flipping his car on KY 55 Monday morning, bringing traffic to a halt for a short time.

    According to a Campbellsville Police report, at about 9 a.m., Zachary Beard, 18, of Fairview, Tenn. was driving a 2001 Toyota north on KY 55 when he fell asleep. Beard's car left the road, struck a rock wall, re-entered the road and rolled over on to its top in the middle of the road.

    Beard was treated for injuries at the scene by Campbellsville/Taylor County Rescue.

    Campbellsville Police Lt. Terry Lile investigated.

  • Benningfield attends jailers' conference

    Taylor County Jailer Rick Benningfield attended the Kentucky Jailers Conference in Lexington on Oct. 14.

    Jailers have two conferences a year and Benningfield has attended every conference since taking office in 2007. Jailers must have 40 hours of training each year. Benningfield completed 62 hours in 2007, 67 hours in 2008 and 48.75 hours this year.

  • Judicial Center to get more parking

    There will soon be more parking available for the Taylor County Judicial Center.

    The Project Development Board met Monday afternoon to discuss the status of the remaining work to be done at the judicial center building, as well as the status of the road that runs between it and Gowen's Auto Glass & Installation.

    AOC representative Danny Rhoades said he believes there has been some confusion about the order in which issues involving the road have been approved.

  • Detention Center employees to get pay raise

    Some Taylor County Detention Center employees will soon get a raise.

    At Taylor Fiscal Court's regular meeting Tuesday, Nov. 10, Taylor County Jailer Rick Benningfield told magistrates that the detention center has now been open for a year.

    When it first opened, he told the Court, he asked magistrates to consider giving some employees a raise when reaching the one-year mark. Benningfield asked that the employees who began working at $9 an hour, and have since received a raise to $9.27 an hour, now receive $10 an hour.

  • Honoring our veterans

    About 60 people gathered at the Taylor County War Memorial on Wednesday afternoon to pay tribute to local veterans.

    Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers said the new green space on which the ceremony took place was in honor of veterans.

    "This is your park," he said.

    Rogers remarked on the crowd gathered for the ceremony. He said the crowd was excellent but that it should be overflowing.

    "All of us need to be reminded of the freedom we all share."

  • U.S. Senator in town Friday

    U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., discussed the health care issue, taxes and unemployment at a reception and book signing for him at Campbellsville University on Friday.

    He autographed copies of the John David Dyche book titled "Republican Leader: Political Biography of Senator Mitch McConnell."

    The longest serving U.S. Senator from Kentucky, McConnell said Campbellsville University has improved Taylor County, the area and the state. He praised Dr. Michael V. Carter, CU's president, for his leadership.

  • Tough Times: With families facing financial crisis, many turn to helping agencies

    The number of people asking for help from the food pantry, crisis relief center and homeless shelter is up, but officials say another number is a bit more important. According to officials, many are asking for that help who have never asked before.

    According to Taylor County Ministerial Food Pantry volunteer Marietta Moyers, the number of families receiving free food last year was about 220 each month. This year, she says, that number has risen to about 300.

    And a lot of those people, Moyers said, are those who are now unemployed.

  • Parkway meeting is Tuesday

    Local residents will have another chance to provide their input on the proposed plans for the Heartland Parkway next week.

    On Tuesday, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials will present the final conceptual alternatives for the Heartland Parkway. The meeting is from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Taylor County High School cafeteria. A meeting also took place in Columbia on Tuesday.

  • Racetrack slot machines hot topic at debate

    While the two candidates started the debate by stating their mutual friendship, clear differences emerged between the Democrat and Republican running for the vacated senate seat of Dan Kelly.

    The hour-and-a-half debate between Jodie Haydon, D-Bardstown, and Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, was hosted by PLG-TV 13 and featured questions from a panel of area newspaper representatives.

  • Council names street near Judicial Center

    A committee appointed to recommend a name for the street running alongside the Taylor County Judicial Center has suggested Justice Center Drive.

    At last Monday's regular Campbellsville City Council meeting, the Council approved the suggestion, with Councilwoman Patti Phillips casting the lone "No" vote. Phillips said she voted no because former Councilwoman Frances Clinkscales was one of the suggestions discussed at previous Council meetings. Mayor Brenda Allen said the City is looking for another street to name in honor of the late councilwoman.