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  • Tire amnesty is April 15-17

    A tire amnesty drop-off is scheduled for April 15-17 at the State Highway Garage on Bear Track Road from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

    The event is a collaboration between Taylor County and the Kentucky Division of Waste Management and allows residents — not retailers — to dispose of tires at no cost.

    Tire disposal is a precise process that requires fees, and a business must have a permit to dispose of tires. Unfortunately, many tires aren't disposed of properly, but are left on the ground, exposed to the elements — something that is against the law.

  • Grand jury charges man with attempted murder

    A Campbellsville man has been accused of attempting to kill a local woman.

    Preston Dean Pyles, 41, of 451 Quisenberry Road was indicted by a Taylor County grand jury on Tuesday, March 9.

    Pyles was charged in two separate indictments on charges of criminal attempt to commit murder, first-degree wanton endangerment, 20 counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and 10 counts of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.

    According to the indictments, Pyles is accused of shooting a firearm into and around the woman's residence on Nov. 21, 2008.

  • On a mission

    A whining saw, the smell of freshly cut lumber, hammers beating a rhythmic cadence. The wood structure taking shape gradually slopes at the back of the house, eventually ending at the ground. Ultimately, it will provide mobility and freedom.

    College students from Boone, N.C. traveled to Kentucky this week. Their destination: Campbellsville. Why so far from home? To participate in the Kentucky Heartland Outreach spring break mission program.

  • Council discusses yard sale limits

    Ongoing yard sales could soon be a thing of the past.

    During a special meeting of the City Council on Monday night, Campbellsville Mayor Brenda Allen said City Hall recently received a letter from a resident who was upset with a neighbor who has a yard sale every weekend.

    "There are a lot of people that have a yard sale every Saturday," Allen said. "We need to be fair, but a yard sale every weekend is too much."

    Councilman Mike Hall Jr. says that effectively amounts to people doing business in a residential area.

  • Court buys new incinerator for shelter

    The Taylor County Animal Shelter will soon get a new incinerator. And, according to Shelter Director John Harris, that will make the shelter's neighbors happy.

    Magistrates agreed Tuesday night to purchase the incinerator for $18,186. Harris told the Court that a new one would cost $27,900, but the County can purchase one used for demonstrations for the $18,186 cost. He said it has been used for only two actual burns.

    Half of the cost must be paid now, Harris said, and the rest will come from the shelter's 2010-2011 budget.

  • Woman charged in sealed indictment

    A Campbellsville woman has been charged with selling drugs in an indictment 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.

    Patricia Smothers, 51, of South Central Avenue was charged with second-degree selling a controlled substance, her second offense, and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

    Bond was set at $20,000 cash. If convicted, Smothers could be sentenced to as much as 10 years in prison.

  • Friends of Green River Lake

    Tyler Royse is looking for some friends.

    Royse, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers summer park ranger, is spearheading an effort to begin a Friends of Green River Lake group.

    He and fellow ranger Larry Lemmon hosted an informational meeting on Thursday at the Corps of Engineers' Visitors Center.

    And, if the size of the crowd is any indication, a Friends of Green River Lake group will be formed very soon.

  • Man accused of breaking into another's home

    A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged with burglary and other crimes after he allegedly broke into someone else's home.

    Jeffrey L. Bailey, 33, of 114 Ray St. was arrested at 10:23 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27.

    According to an arrest citation, Campbellsville Police received a complaint of a burglary in progress at a Taylor Boulevard home.

    The citation states that, upon arrival, Officer Andy Warren noticed a screen door open and spotted Bailey fleeing into some bushes.

  • Technology aids student learning

    Norma Simpson's Taylor County Elementary fifth-grade classroom looks like the set of a game show.

    "How long did the French and Indian War last?" Simpson asks.

    Picking up ActivExpressions, handheld devices about the size of cell phones, the students enter their answers to the question. The results are immediate, appearing on the screen in bar graph form. The majority of the students get the answer right.

  • More weather spotters needed

    Local residents who like watching the clouds now have the option of putting their interests to good use.

    A free severe storm spotters class will take place tomorrow at 6 p.m. on the third floor of the Campbellsville Fire Department. A weather spotter is a person who observes significant weather situations and relays the information to the National Weather Service.