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  • Sheriff cracks down on Internet crime

    Taylor County will soon have another tool to fight crimes against children.

    At Tuesday's regular Fiscal Court meeting, magistrates agreed to allow Taylor County Sheriff John Shipp to purchase computer software to help track those committing Internet crimes against children.

    In June, magistrates gave Shipp approval to borrow up to $52,000 from the Kentucky Association of Counties to purchase two new vehicles for his deputies.

  • Two file as deadline expires

    Two candidates filed for school board seats before the deadline expired.

    Those filing for election for non-partisan offices, with the exception of mayor and city council, had until Tuesday to do so.

    David K. Hall filed for the Taylor County School Board's 5th District seat, which is currently held by Gary Porter. Porter did not file for re-election. This November, Hall will face Milton Williams, who filed last week.

  • Tomorrow is election filing deadline

    The deadline to file for a handful of non-partisan offices in the November general election is tomorrow.

    Those filing for election for non-partisan offices, with the exception of mayor and city council, have two more days to do so, according to Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney.

    Candidates for mayor and city council had to file their intentions earlier this year, though residents are still eligible to file as write-in candidates.

    There are eight other non-partisan seats up for grabs.

  • Thieves hit business

    Though the numbers may not be increasing, he says the crimes do seem to be getting a bit more serious.

    The Campbellsville Police Department is investigating two robberies, at a bank and restaurant, and two burglaries at a local pharmacy.

    And police chief Dennis Benningfield says his department has put extra patrol in place to help keep Taylor County residents safe.

  • Schools taking steps to keep kids cool

    The first day of school was a hot one for Campbellsville and Taylor County students.

    With air temperatures reaching the upper 90s and humidity pushing the heat index well above 100, the schools had to take extra precautions to keep children cool on the bus ride home.

    At noon on Wednesday, Taylor County Transportation Director Rod Turpin said, the temperature inside the buses was 120 degrees. Taking advantage of a breeze, all the windows and doors were opened in the buses and the inside temperature had cooled by about 15 degrees by the end of the school day.

  • KU rate hike approved

    Your next electric bill will be higher than before. And high temperatures aren't the only reason.

    The Kentucky Public Service Commission has approved rate increases for Kentucky Utilities and LG&E. KU provides electricity to customers in Campbellsville.

    The average KU customer will see an additional $8.14 on their bill each month, according to Cliff Feltham, KU's statewide media relations manager.

    The increase took effect on July 30, the day the PSC issued it's ruling.

  • Charges dismissed against teen

    Charges accusing a local teenager of using a minor in a sexual performance have been dismissed on an agreement that he joins the armed forces.

    Brandon S. Shirrell, 18, of 2996 Coakley Road in Campbellsville was indicted in May by a Taylor County grand jury. He was charged with four misdemeanor counts of sexual misconduct. The charge of using a minor in a sexual performance is a Class B felony, punishable by as much as 20 years in prison.

  • Two suspects wanted in pharmacy burglary

    Campbellsville Police are searching for two people suspected of burglarizing Eastridge and Phelps Pharmacy early Wednesday morning.

    According to a Campbellsville Police report, officers responded to an alarm at the pharmacy, located on Winston Way, at 5:34 a.m. Upon arrival, it was discovered that glass in a door had been broken and the business had been entered. As of press time, it is undetermined what was taken.

  • Get to know your ‘Neighbors’

    The Central Kentucky News-Journal wants to help readers get to know their neighbors.

    The News-Journal will soon begin publishing a new feature series called "Neighbors."

    The series will feature one person in Taylor County each week and will include information about their neighborhood, hobbies, roots and current issues, as well as a photo of the person.

    To be featured, or to recommend someone to be featured, contact James Roberts at 465-8111 or by e-mail at writer@cknj.com.

  • Men charged with sex crimes

    Two Campbellsville men have been charged with sex crimes in indictments handed down by a Taylor County grand jury last Tuesday.

    Brian R. Rutledge

    Brian R. Rutledge, 36, of 98 Earthborne Lane was charged in separate indictments with first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree sodomizing two children younger than 12.

    He was first arrested on the sodomy charges on June 12.