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  • Taylor Countians eligible for disaster unemployment assistance

    Officials from the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have announced that 46 additional Kentucky counties have qualified for disaster unemployment assistance, including Taylor. This brings the total to 61 counties.

    Kentuckians in these counties who have lost work or whose businesses were damaged due to severe weather on May 1 may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits.

  • Preacher faces rape, sex abuse charges

    A Columbia preacher has been accused of sexually abusing four women from Taylor and Adair counties.

    Carlos Mendez-Almendra, 42, of 2227 Cane Valley Road in Columbia was indicted by a Taylor County grand jury last Tuesday.

    He is charged with first-degree sexual abuse and intimidating a witness in the legal process.

    Kentucky State Police Detective B.J. Burton investigated.

  • Kentuckians warned of flood scams, fraud

    When floodwaters subside, one of the first things to float to the surface is the scam artist.

    The Kentucky Division of Emergency Management, Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Small Business Administration remind businesses and homeowners to be wary of individuals who may try to take advantage.

    The most common types of fraud after disaster strikes are scam artists, contractor fraud and identity theft.

  • Absentee voting deadlines for special election near

    Those who wish to vote in the upcoming special election but are unable to be at the polls on Election Day have two options, according to Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney.

    The election, set for June 22, will decide whether Taylor County School Board will receive an extra nickel on property tax. The money can only be used for construction. Only voters who live in the County School District may vote on the issue.

    Those who wish to vote by absentee paper ballot have until tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. to request their ballot.

  • Taylor County Fair

    The 2010 Taylor County Fair opened last Saturday with the annual horse shows.

    See more photos from the various fair events and competitions in upcoming issues and in a slideshow on today's home page.

  • Man accused of bringing drugs to jail

    A Campbellsville man has been accused of bringing drugs to the Taylor County Detention Center to sell.

    Nathaniel B. Sanders, 23, of 100 Todd St., Apt. #2, in Campbellsville was arrested Sunday, June 6 at about 9 p.m.

    According to Sanders' arrest citation, he was arrested on another warrant and searched at the detention center. Officers found 13 oxycodone pills in his wallet.

    Court records state that Sanders admitted to delivering the pills to the detention center and said he was told he would receive $5 per pill.

  • Man killed in Tuesday morning incident

    The Taylor County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a Campbellsville man on Tuesday morning after he jumped onto a moving vehicle.

    According to a sheriff's report, the office received a call reporting a domestic situation on Raikes Hill Road at 8:38 a.m.

    Upon arrival, the report states, officers found Raymond Dale Garrett, 44, not breathing.

  • KSP awards funds to prevent underage drinking

    Kentucky State Police has awarded $354,000 in federal grant funds to enforce underage drinking laws that prohibit the sale, purchase and consumption of alcoholic beverages by minors.

    Taylor County Fiscal Court is among the grant recipients and will use the $31,695 to facilitate the W.A.L.K. - Without Alcohol, Life's Kickin' - Project in colleges and high schools in the area. The project includes partners from the schools, college, law enforcement and the court system aligning together to prevent alcohol abuse among youth.

  • Group offers support to caregivers

    Betty Williams says she couldn't help but feel guilty. Williams is caring for her husband, Russell, who has been sick for the last two years. She said she felt guilty when she had to ask for help.

    "You go through a lot of feelings," Williams said. "You go through feelings of guilt."

    When caring for a sick loved one at home, she said, "you get exhausted. After you do everything, you're just too tired."

    Since she found help caring for her husband, Williams said, the couple have actually been able to spend more quality time together.

  • County says no to extra worker

    A request to hire a seasonal worker to help mow the county's roadsides has been voted down by magistrates.

    At last Tuesday's regular Fiscal Court meeting, Magistrate Ed Gorin told his fellow magistrates that the Court's Transportation Committee met last Monday to discuss hiring a worker to help the County Road Department get caught up in mowing the county's roads.

    He said the group decided to recommend that the Court advertise for a seasonal employee who has a commercial driver's license and experience working with heavy machinery and is willing to work flexible hours.