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  • Charges dismissed against PVAs

    PVAs in 11 counties, including Taylor County Property Valuation Administrator Julie Shields, who were charged with ethics violations for promoting or hiring family members, have been cleared of any wrongdoing.

    In October 2008, the PVAs were charged with ethics violations by state officials. Locally, Shields was being investigated for promoting her husband, Marty, to chief deputy PVA.

    PVAs are elected officials living in the county in which they serve who assess property in their respective counties.

  • Four injured in two-vehicle collision at Broadway/Lebanon intersection

    Four people were transported to Taylor Regional Hospital following a two-vehicle collision Saturday.

    According to a Campbellsville Police report, at about 4:47 p.m., Jacquelyn Babbs, 32, of Campbellsville was driving a 1990 Chevrolet Corsica west on Broadway when she failed to stop at a red light and pulled into the path of a 2001 GMC Yukon being driven north on Lebanon Avenue by Amy South, 34, of Campbellsville.

  • Carney appointed to National Legislative Committee

    State Rep. John "Bam" Carney, R-Campbellsville, will serve on a national committee after completing just one session as a legislator.

    Carney has been named as a member of the National Conference of State Legislatures' Health Committee.

    "Undoubtedly, the best part of my job is serving the people of Taylor and Adair counties," Carney stated, "but I am extremely honored by my appointment to this national committee, especially as a freshman legislator."

  • Russell Springs man drowns at lake

    The body of a Russell Springs man who died Saturday after drowning in Green River Lake will be transported to Mexico, his home country.

    According to Fish and Wildlife Conservation Officer Gabe Welch, who investigated the incident, the man had been missing in the water for four hours.

    Welch said the man, Jorge Rojas Ayala, 34, was one in a group of five people from Russell Springs who came to the lake on Saturday at about 3 p.m. to swim.

  • Taylor Board amends school calendar

    The school week for Taylor County students will now end at 1 p.m. on Fridays.

    During a special meeting Tuesday, the Taylor County School Board approved an amended 2009-2010 calendar proposed by incoming superintendent Roger Cook.

    Cook said weekly, two-hour professional development sessions are needed to implement performance-based learning. This allows students who already know the material they are being presented to move on if they pass an exam.

  • Three injured in two-car collision Sunday

    Three people were injured as the result of a two-car collision Sunday.

    According to a Campbellsville Police report, Morris Horn of Campbellsville was driving north on Lebanon Avenue in a 2001 Buick when he was struck by a 1993 Chevrolet driven by Teresa Schweickert at the intersection of Lebanon and Broadway. The collision occurred at 11:54 a.m.

    Read more on this story and others in Thursday's print edition.

  • Man sentenced to 10 years on robbery charges

    The Campbellsville man who robbed a local convenient store twice last year has been sentenced to serve 10 years in prison for his crimes.

    Anthony W. Hamilton Sr., 43, of 104 Roberta Court appeared before Senior Status Judge Doughlas M. George last Tuesday for sentencing.

    Hamilton pleaded guilty last month to two counts of second-degree robbery. One of the counts was originally a first-degree charge.

    According to court records, Hamilton robbed Minit Mart on Lebanon Avenue twice last year - one time with a knife.

  • Rehab facility could open this year

    The Taylor County Community Hope could begin accepting clients as early as this winter.

    According to Cindy Lanham, public information officer at the Kentucky Department for Local Government, work on the alcohol and drug rehabilitation facility is about 25 percent complete. Lanham said the facility could start accepting clients by late winter or early spring.

    There is no construction completion date set, Lanham said.

      Read more on this story and others in Monday's print edition.

  • McFarland remembered as honest, fun-loving man

    Friends and colleagues are remembering J.W. McFarland as a man faithful to his friends and his community.

    "He's one of the most honest men I've ever known," said Taylor County Magistrate James Jones. "You always knew where you stood with J.W."

    McFarland died at his home at 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday night. He was 77. He was Taylor County's 6th District magistrate for more than 20 years.

    Former Taylor County Judge/Executive Paul Patton remembers McFarland as a true gentleman.

  • Local man accused of tampering with drug test

    A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged with tampering with physical evidence after he allegedly tried to use another person's urine for a drug test.

    Bobby Alvin Farmer Jr., 23, of 126 Davis St. was arrested at 8:35 a.m. Tuesday, June 16.

    According to Farmer's arrest citation, he is accused of transporting another person's urine into the probation and parole office to falsify a urine drug screening.