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  • Leadership class seeks students

    A community's wealth relies a great deal on its entrepreneurs, according to Ron Hustedde, extension professor in the Department of Community and Leadership Development in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.

    Hustedde is the director of Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaches Institute, which is recruiting in 22 south central Kentucky counties for its next class of fellows.

    The institute is looking for 30 people who are interested in building entrepreneurial-friendly communities and coaching individual entrepreneurs.

  • Rainfall has both good and bad effects on local crops

    Local farmers have mixed feelings about the large amounts of rainfall the area has received this year.

    Rainfall in Taylor County is 4.45 inches above normal for this time of year, according to Pat Hardesty, Taylor County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources. That's both good and bad news for farmers, particularly those growing corn and tobacco.

  • Magistrates table City's request for help

    The County has tabled a request from the City of Campbellsville to help pay for a new ladder truck for local firefighters.

    At Tuesday's regular Fiscal Court meeting, Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers discussed a letter he received earlier this month from Campbellsville Mayor Brenda Allen.

    In the letter, Allen states that the City has received a $731,975 federal grant to purchase a ladder truck for the Campbellsville Fire Department.

  • Man arrested after police chase

    A Lexington man was arrested and charged with DUI and other crimes after he allegedly fled from police.

    Alvin Uzale Smith, 45, of 1186 Merewood Drive was arrested at 10:25 p.m. Sunday, July 5.

    According to Smith's arrest citation, Campbellsville Police Officer Shannon Wilson attempted to stop him for driving without an operator's license and driving on the center line of the road.

    When Wilson attempted to stop Smith, the citation states, he continued driving. Records state Smith allegedly sped up when Wilson activated his police lights and siren.

  • Residents charged in sealed indictments

    Four Campbellsville residents have been charged with selling drugs in indictments recently unsealed by a Taylor Circuit Court judge.

    A grand jury may seal an indictment if there is a possibility that the accused will try to evade police.

    Indicted were:

    - Danny Cox, 37, of 151 Gray Court was charged with selling diazepam in or near a school. Bond was set at 10 percent of $20,000. If convicted, Cox could be sentenced to as much as five years in prison.

  • Jessie off to "Flying Start" in thoroughbred career

    John Jessie is enjoying the warm, dry Kentucky weather.

    Jessie is spending the summer back home in Campbellsville. But for the past six months, he has been in Ireland as part of the Irish National Stud horse program. There, he and 26 other students from around the world got an inside look at the breeding of thoroughbreds.

    "You hear about Ireland getting a lot of rain and being damp," Jessie said. "It was definitely that."

    But it was also a beautiful country, Jessie said, with its lush green countryside.

  • Fourth celebration has largest crowd ever

    This year's Fourth of July celebration was a success, with more people estimated to have attended than ever before.

    According to Greg Gribbins, who served as chair of the celebration, said all events went smoothly, with only one being canceled due to rain, a patriotic musical by Campbellsville Christian Church at the Miller Park Amphitheater.

    "We got in every event and we were on schedule," Gribbins said.

  • Money expertise garners Bright annual "Spirit' award

    For some, keeping a checkbook balanced - and in the black - might prove difficult. But to Shirley Bright, it's just a part of life.

    Bright, who is branch manager of Citizens Bank and Trust Co.'s Campbellsville Bypass location, has actually kept up with four checkbooks - her personal one, her family's farm account, the Campbellsville Fourth of July Celebration's and the Campbellsville Kiwanis Club's.

    And her work keeping the books balanced is part of the reason Bright was chosen to receive this year's Spirit of the Fourth award.

  • Man pleads guilty to child sex abuse

    A Campbellsville man accused of sexually abusing two young children has pleaded guilty to amended charges and may spend a year in prison for his crimes.

    In January 2008, Darrin Leonard Watson, 44, of 209 McNary St. was indicted on two counts of first-degree sodomy and two counts of first-degree sex abuse.

    Watson pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and two counts of second-degree sex abuse on Tuesday, June 16 before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Allan Bertram. Records from Bertram's hearings that day became available only last week.

  • Board of Education denies discrimination

    The Campbellsville Independent School System has filed an answer to a claim that one of its former students was subjected to discrimination at the middle school because of his race.

    The lawsuit was filed last month at the Taylor Circuit Clerk's office.

    The plaintiffs - identified only by their initials - are A.R.G.R., a minor, and his parents, R.G.R. and B.J.R.

    The suit names the Campbellsville Board of Education, CMS Principal Chris Kidwell, CMS Dean of Students Tim Bailey and CMS teacher Angela Brasser as defendants.