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  • July 4th events begin Friday

    From crafts and cars to food and fireworks, this year's 35th annual Fourth of July Celebration has something to entertain those of all ages.

    And celebration chairman Allen Gaddis says organizers of the event have been working hard to make sure this year's is the best yet.

    Gaddis, who has served on the Fourth of July board for several years, says he was named chairman of this year's celebration based on a rotation of members to share the responsibilities involved. He said Jon Hawkins, who is this year's vice chair, will serve as next year's chair.

  • Man accused of enticing minor for sex

    A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged after he was found transmitting a pornographic photo of himself to a Taylor County Sheriff's deputy posing as a minor female in an online chat room.

    Frankie Hardin, 58, of 313 Sharon Drive was arrested Thursday at 2:25 p.m.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, deputies arrested Hardin after he came to a prearranged location to meet the girl from the chat room.

    A search warrant for Hardin's home revealed various electronic devices, computers and cameras.

  • TAXES: Taylor County Cooperative Extension Service

    It's the major reason the extension office provides so many free programs in the community.

    The Taylor County Extension Office has been a taxing district since the late 1980s, and Extension District Board President John Kessler says the tax is the major funding source for all the office's consumer, 4-H and agriculture programs.

    Kessler says he doubts there was any resistance toward the tax when it was levied for that very reason.

    "We couldn't have an extension service without it," he said.

  • TCMS Beta takes top talent honors at nationals

    They left home hopeful. They returned victorious. Taylor County Middle School's Junior Beta Club members are national champions.

    Greeted by a cheering crowd, Beta Club members returned home Tuesday via a police escort, carrying with them the national talent title as well as four individual first-place finishes.

    "We have never gone that far," said Taylor County Middle School Assistant Principal Tony Jewell. "We have come so close in past years. In Kentucky, the competition is so stiff."

  • Campbellsville couple charged with fraud

    A Taylor County Detention Center employee and her husband have been charged with committing fraud.

    Annie Macon, 48, and Leonard Macon, 50, were indicted Wednesday, June 23 in Boyle County Circuit Court on a charge of public assistance fraud.

    The indictments list the Macons' last known address as 1601 Parkview Drive in Campbellsville.

    According to the indictments, the Macons are accused of committing the crimes between January 2006 and September 2009 by allegedly failing to report a change in factors affecting their eligibility to receive public assistance.

  • Three charged with damaging mailboxes

    Three Campbellsville residents have been arrested and charged with more than 50 counts of damaging local mailboxes.

    Kayla Michelle Bland, 18, of 501 Hubbard Lane and James C. Holt, 19, of 209 University Drive were arrested Friday, June 18, and Tyler S. Edrington, 18, of 113 Taylors Chapel Road was arrested Monday, June 21.

    Warrants for Bland, Holt and Edrington's arrest were issued Tuesday, June 15 by a Taylor District Court judge.

  • Man accused of operating mobile meth lab

    An Elizabethtown man has been arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine after he was found with a meth lab in his vehicle.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, sheriff's deputies found the lab during a traffic stop Saturday at 5:45 p.m.

    The report states that a Kentucky State Police hazardous materials team was called to neutralize the lab. The materials were removed and disposed of properly.

    Taylor County Fire Department also responded.

  • TAXES: Taylor County Health Department

    It's an essential source of income, providing for nearly every penny required to keep the health department's doors open.

    The Taylor County Health Department established its taxing district in 1968, long before it became a part of the Lake Cumberland District Health Department in 1984, according to LCDHD Director of Administrative Services Randy Gooch.

    Gooch says the state mandated that health departments create taxing districts, which didn't give Taylor County's Board of Health any choice in whether to levy such a tax.

  • FSA reminds producers to file acreage reports by July 15

    The Kentucky Farm Service Agency is reminding producers to submit their annual acreage reports to their local FSA county office by July 15 to meet FSA program eligibility requirements.

    State FSA Director John McCauley says farmers must file their reports accurately and timely for all crops and land uses, including prevented and failed acreage, to ensure they receive the maximum FSA program benefits possible.

  • Campbellsville teen injured in Adair crash

    A Campbellsville teenager was injured in a single-car crash in Adair County on Tuesday morning.

    According to a Kentucky State Police report, Tara Trent, 17, was driving a 1993 Nissan Sentra south on Sano Road about 12 miles east of Columbia when her car dropped off the right shoulder. Trent overcorrected, struck an embankment and overturned.

    Trent, who was wearing a seat belt, was transported by private vehicle to Taylor Regional Hospital. She was treated and released.

    KSP Trooper Tracy Haynes investigated. Adair County EMS also responded.