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  • Program shows teens the seriousness of drunk driving

    They watched in silence as the graphic scenes flashed before their eyes. For the entire 12 minutes, only a gasp was heard as a particularly grim photo was displayed, showing them just how dangerous drinking and driving can be.

    Campbellsville and Taylor County high school students heard a first-hand account Thursday morning about how alcohol can impair drivers.

    Taylor County's seniors and Campbellsville's juniors and seniors participated in the national Save a Life Tour's alcohol awareness program.

  • Lawmakers consider early release for prisoners

    A House state budget plan to release up to 2,000 non-violent felons has jailers across the state concerned about community safety and their budgets.

    "It's not the fact that we want to keep people in jail," said Taylor County Jailer Rick Benningfield. "It's letting people out that don't need to be. It's time to start thinking about safety instead of about budget."

  • One injured in crash

    One person was injured in a crash on U.S. 68 Tuesday afternoon. No further information was available  at press time.

  • Early detection can save lives

    Early detection can be the key to surviving cancer. Just ask Chris Naylor.

    "If we hadn't caught it early, and without God's help, I wouldn't be here to talk about it," she says.

    That's why each March is designated as Colon Cancer Prevention Month.

    Campbellsville surgeon Eugene H. Shively says no one knows what causes colon cancer, but it's one of the most deadly cancers. However, if it is caught in the early stages, it can be treated.

  • Residents' health improving

    Taylor County is among the healthiest Kentucky counties, according to a recent report from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

    The report ranks counties in two overall areas - health outcomes and health factors. Health outcomes describe the current health status, while health factors include health care quality and behaviors.

    Taylor County is ranked 26th of the state's 120 counties under the health outcomes report. Boone County is first and Wolfe County is last.

  • Hospital bomb threat a false alarm

    A false bomb threat sent emergency services personnel to Taylor Regional Hospital just after midnight Monday.

    According to Campbellsville Police Chief Dennis Benningfield, at 12:20 a.m., a patient at the hospital called E-911 to report that he had a bomb. Police, Campbellsville/Taylor County Rescue and Campbellsville Fire Department personnel were dispatched.

    Upon arriving, Campbellsville Police Officers Robert Gribbins and Andy Warren found the patient did not have a bomb. The telephone and a cell phone were taken from his room to prevent any further false reports.

  • St. Baldrick's

    With several donations yet to be reported, Saturday's St. Baldrick's event raised a little more than $30,000, bringing the three-year total to nearly $125,000.

    "I thought we had a great crowd," said Donna Wise, event coordinator. "We were able to honor six children who have fought or are now fighting cancer."

    The St. Baldrick's Foundation funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. Every dollar raised at the local level goes directly to cancer research.

  • Man charged with assault, DUI

    A Campbellsville man has pleaded not guilty to charges alleging he struck another man while driving under the influence of drugs.

    Joshua A. Cochran, 21, of 310 Salem Church Road was arrested at about midnight Sunday after law enforcement received a report of a suspicious vehicle.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, Deputy Robert VanCleave saw a vehicle leaving an empty parking lot on Old Lebanon Road.

  • Barnes announces magistrate candidacy

    Lifelong Taylor Countian Larry Barnes has announced his candidacy for 3rd District magistrate.

    Barnes, 58, says he has lived most of his life in the 3rd District. He grew up in South Campbellsville, lived in Mannsville for 31 years and now resides on Elk Horn Road. He graduated from Campbellsville High School in 1970 and attended Green County Vocational School.

    After graduation, Barnes enlisted in the Kentucky National Guard, serving six years.

    Barnes said his work has afforded him plenty of experience with the public.

  • Spring Clean Week begins March 21

    Volunteers will be out in force next week to spring clean Kentucky highways. The Transportation Cabinet has announced that Adopt-a-Highway Spring Clean Week will take place March 21-27.

    "The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet appreciates the efforts of our Adopt-a-Highway volunteers who help keep our highways and communities beautiful and litter-free," Acting Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock stated in a press release.