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  • Local juniors’ ACT scores see slight drop

    While statewide ACT scores are up, Campbellsville and Taylor County juniors have fallen a little short, increasing slightly in a few subjects but decreasing in overall scores.

    Results of the ACT by Kentucky's public school juniors in the 2009-2010 school year show improvements in English, math, reading and science, forming a statewide composite of 18.5. The 2008-2009 composite was 18.2.

  • Fans of ‘Star Wars’ celebrate

    She says she has loved it since she was just a little girl. Her childhood memories include playing with the toys with her brother and going to see the movies at Cozy Theater.

    "I've been a 'Star Wars' fan since 1977," she said.

    Jeannie Clark is a production specialist at Campbellsville University's WLCU television station. She has worked in television producing, editing and video for more than 20 years.

  • Deaton declines raise

    Campbellsville School Superintendent Mike Deaton turned down a 1 percent raise on Monday.

    "I appreciate the offer," Deaton told the Board. "But at this time, I don't think it's wise nor is it sending the right message when we can't afford to extend to others the same pay increase.

    "So I will respectfully decline."

    A 1 percent raise would have added nearly $1,000 to Deaton's annual salary. Deaton himself voluntarily released the terms of his contract last May.

  • Learning all about 4-H

    Saturday was the “4-H For All” event at the Taylor County Extension Office.

    Area children visited 18 booths, at each learning a little about the various 4-H activities that are available.

    They were able to plant a flower, make a craft and even practice their sewing and fishing skills.

    There were also games, prizes and a petting zoo that include goats, miniature horses and other animals. Hot dogs, chips and drinks were also provided.

    Along with 132 children, there were an additional 92 adults who attended as well as 50 volunteers.

  • Man accused of attempting to steal identities

    A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged with attempting to steal several people's identities.

    Campbellsville Police Sgt. Shannon Wilson arrested Paul R. Bailey III, 30, of 25 Cheryl Drive on Saturday, Aug. 7 at 4:20 p.m.

    According to Bailey's arrest warrant, he is accused of taking personal data of three Colorama customers while he was employed at the business to establish credit card accounts in their names. He is also accused of attempting to create accounts in nine other customers' names. He allegedly committed the offenses from June 1 through the present.

  • Defendant accused of growing marijuana

    A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged with growing marijuana.

    Ricky D. Cox, 50, of 478 N. Garnett Road was arrested at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5.

    According to Cox's arrest citation, he has been charged with growing more than five marijuana plants and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

    Cox pleaded not guilty to the charges in Taylor District Court on Friday, Aug. 6. Bond was set at $10,000 cash and he was ordered to have no weapons and to consume no alcohol or drugs. He was appointed a public defender.

  • Enrollment up at local schools

    Enrollment is up at both public school systems and officials expect those numbers to grow even more.

    Campbellsville Independent had 1,091 students enrolled as of Friday, up 13 from this time last year, according to Jeff Richardson, director of pupil personnel and food service.

    At Taylor County Schools, there were 2,716 last week, up 68 students from this time last year, according to Angela Loy, director of pupil personnel.

    Enrollment will continue for a few more weeks, Campbellsville Independent Superintendent Mike Deaton said, leveling off as late as Labor Day.

  • Candidate faces lawsuit

    A Campbellsville City Councilman is alleging that one of his fellow candidates doesn't live in the city.

    As such, the councilman has filed a lawsuit asking that a judge decide.

    Steven C. Call of Nunery & Bennett PLLC in Campbellsville filed the suit Thursday at Taylor Circuit Clerk Rodney Burress' office on behalf of attorney and Councilman David A. Nunery.

    According to Nunery's claim, Walter Ray Rafferty, who has filed as a candidate for election to the City Council on the November general election ballot, does not live in the city of Campbellsville.

  • Man accused of carrying deadly weapon

    A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged with carrying a concealed weapon and resisting arrest.

    William Houston Gaddie, 25, of 26 Anna Court was arrested at 5:43 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 7 after he allegedly resisted being arrested by a Campbellsville Police officer.

    According to Gaddie's arrest citation, police received a complaint that someone was outside of a building on Anna Court with a gun. Officers Andy Warren and Ryan Jewell responded. Upon arrival, Warren saw Gaddie beating on the door of a building.

  • Deputies investigate stolen four-wheeler

    Taylor County Sheriff's deputies are investigating the theft of a four-wheeler.

    According to a sheriff's office report, a red and black 2007 or 2008 Polaris four-wheeler was taken during the late evening hours on Tuesday or the morning hours on Wednesday at Bobby Burress' residence on Speck Ridge Road.

    Sheriff's deputies ask that anyone with information about the stolen four-wheeler call them at 465-4351.