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  • Youth pleads guilty but won't go to jail

    A Springfield teenager who was charged after a one-vehicle crash left his passenger dead has pleaded guilty to reckless homicide but won't spend any time in jail.

    Michael A. Barnett, 20, of 111 Mayes Ave. in Springfield appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Senior Status Judge Doughlas M. George on Tuesday, Aug. 18. Records from Barnett's appearance were only recently made available at the Taylor County Courthouse.

    Barnett was indicted by a Taylor County grand jury twice on different charges, each stemming from the crash.

  • City goes green with sidewalk project

    Campbellsville is about to get a little more green.

    As part of the Meader Street sidewalk project currently underway, a portion of the sidewalk will be constructed with pervious concrete.

    Pervious concrete is a porous type of pavement, meaning water runs through the surface, reducing runoff and pollution.

    In a presentation to City workers on Wednesday, Greg Smith of the Kentucky Concrete Pavement Association, said pervious concrete is becoming the application of choice for parking lots, sidewalks, park trails and residential streets.

  • Former inmate files lawsuit against jail

    A former inmate at the Taylor County Detention Center is suing four jail employees, accusing them of losing his family photos.

    Steven Carmicle filed suit against Taylor County Jailer Rick Benningfield, Captain Kevin Wilson, Sgt. Jon Hawkins and Class D Coordinator Mary Cox in Taylor Circuit Court on Thursday, Sept. 3.

    In his handwritten complaint, Carmicle alleges that Hawkins placed him in solitary confinement. While in confinement, Carmicle states, Hawkins allegedly took his personal property to a jail property room.

  • Family says it's time to 'give back'

    Without March of Dimes' research, Anne Gibbs says her twin baby girls - who were born 16 weeks early on Feb. 22 - would not have survived.

    And now, Gibbs and her husband, Chris, are doing their part to give back to the organization, which strives to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality through research, community services, education and advocacy.

    The Gibbs babies, Julie and Maddie, have been named the ambassador babies for this year's local March of Dimes' March for Babies event.

  • Jail gets federal money for security cameras

    The Taylor County Detention Center will receive federal dollars to buy security cameras.

    The jail will receive a $6,898 Justice Assistance Grant award, according to the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet.

    The grant is part of nearly $5 million in federal and state funds awarded to police departments, sheriff's departments and other criminal justice agencies across the commonwealth last week

    Though the money was initially earmarked for extra beds, Taylor County Jailer Rick Benningfield said, the money will now be used to purchase 11 security cameras.

  • Judge vacancy posted

    The Kentucky Court of Justice posted a notice recently that the judge's seat currently filled by Senior Status Judge Doughlas M. George in the 11th Judicial Circuit, Division One, is now vacant.

    George officially resigned his seat Jan. 31 when he entered the Senior Status program. He has been appointed a special judge each month since and will continue to serve the 11th Judicial Circuit, which includes Taylor, Green, Marion and Washington counties, until a replacement is named.

  • Playing it Safe

    All it takes is a split second for a simple job on the farm to turn deadly. Russell Skaggs knows this all too well.

    Skaggs' father, Calvin, was killed on Aug. 7, 1992, in a farm incident.

    The skies that day were overcast, Skaggs said. Rain was on the way and Skaggs' father was trying to finish up.

    But his tractor couldn't handle the heavy load he was pulling. It jackknifed and the load pushed it over a hill. The tractor overturned, pinning Calvin underneath. He was pronounced dead shortly after.

  • Taylor native featured on travel Web site

    Usually, when people talk about travel, they are typically referring to either a need (work) or a desire (play). But for Taylor County native and traveling mom Vickie Cox, it's neither. And both. It's a calling.

    For the past six years, Cox has traveled to volunteer in countries ravaged by poverty where she works as a medical missionary.

    "The bulk of my service has occurred in Haiti," says Cox. "I've traveled to various other nations all over the world, but Haiti is where I feel I need to be."

  • Man accused of damaging property, threatening woman

    A Lebanon man has been arrested and charged with wanton endangerment and criminal mischief after he allegedly caused thousands of dollars in damage and threatened a woman.

    George Edward Sullivan, 51, of 1115 Ed Sullivan Road was arrested Monday, Sept. 14 at 3:10 p.m.

  • Avon reps warned of fake check scams

    The Better Business Bureau is warning Avon representatives to be on the lookout for fake check scams.

    A woman who sells Avon contacted the BBB after she received an e-mail for a large order and a check totaling more than the actual cost of the Avon products. The products totaled $600 and the check totaled $2,500. The representative was instructed to deposit the check and wire the difference, via Western Union, to an orphanage that was supposedly expecting a donation from the individual.