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  • Petett goes back to CMS

    Former Campbellsville Elementary School Principal David Petett will take the reigns as principal at Campbellsville Middle School when school begins this year. But he is certainly no stranger to CMS.

    Petett taught at CMS before leaving his position to become principal at CES two years ago. Now, he said, he's going back where he started.

    He says Chris Kidwell, former principal at CMS, has moved to the district's central office as finance officer, which leaves a spot open at CES.

  • Warning issued on lead-tainted jewelry

    Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway and the Kentucky Department for Public Health have issued a warning to consumers after an investigation by the Attorney General's office confirmed high levels of lead in jewelry sold in Kentucky.

    The brightly colored jewelry sold at Rainbow stores in Lexington and Louisville could be attractive to children and could present a danger to a child's health. An investigation into whether the products have been sold elsewhere in Kentucky is ongoing.

  • Unclaimed funds for appliance rebates up for grabs

    Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear announced last week that nearly $1.7 million in unclaimed funds remain in the Kentucky Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program.


    During phase one of the program, residents could "reserve" rebates. However, nearly half of Kentuckians who reserved a rebate have not purchased an appliance, making those unclaimed funds now available. Kentuckians are encouraged to quickly get in line for the unclaimed rebate funds, which will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Campbellsville police terminate K-9 patrol

    Campbellsville Police Department has stopped its K-9 patrol program, at least for now.

    "We are in need of patrol officers due to scheduling, training, vacations, etc.," according to Campbellsville Police Chief Dennis Benningfield.

    "Our calls for K-9 are so little that we need to concentrate more on community policing. Our officers do a great job in drug detection and investigations that we just do not need a K-9. This will also reduce our expenses for the Department."

    The department had one K-9 unit.


  • Council says no to golf carts on City streets

    Golf carts will not be allowed on City streets any time soon.

    The Campbellsville City Council opted not to pursue a request to allow residents to drive golf carts on City streets.

    At Monday night's meeting, Campbellsville Mayor Brenda Allen said a resident called City Hall and asked that the Council consider it.

    Campbellsville Police Chief Dennis Benningfield said he is opposed to it, citing safety issues.

    The Council agreed to revisit the issue at another time if there is more community support.

    Also on the agenda:

  • New program for alcohol offenders available

    Judges now have another tool to help those struggling with alcohol abuse. And Taylor is the first of Kentucky's counties to offer it.

    The Campbellsville office of Premier Integrity Solutions, a drug and alcohol testing company based in Russell Springs, now has monitors with the technology to determine whether a defendant has consumed alcohol.

  • Woman charged with credit card fraud

    A Campbellsville woman has been arrested and charged with fraudulently using another person's credit/debit card.

    Deidra J. "D.J." Brady, 24, of 110 Twin Creek Drive was arrested Friday, July 9 at 1:25 p.m.

    According to Brady's arrest warrant, she is accused of taking another person's card and making seven purchases on May 26 and 27.

    Brady was charged with receipt of a stolen credit/debit card and seven counts of less then $500 fraudulent use of the card within a six-month period.

  • Tebbs Bend Battlefield receives $35,000 grant

    The Tebbs Bend Battlefield Association has received a $35,000 grant from the National Park Service's American Battlefield Protection Program.

    The grant will be used to conduct an archeological survey of the battlefield to locate core battlefield features.

    The grant is among 25 recently awarded National Park Service grants totaling $1.2 million. The grants will help to preserve and protect significant battle sites from all wars fought on U.S. soil.

  • CES search on for new principal

    Campbellsville Elementary School needs a new principal.

    CES Principal David Petett has been chosen to lead Campbellsville Middle School, while CMS Principal Chris Kidwell has been transferred to the Campbellsville Independent District office as financial officer.

    The CES site-based council will have a special meeting at 5 p.m. Friday to begin training on principal selection.

  • The Heat of Summer

    Those struggling to pay their cooling bills this summer may now have some help.

    Last Friday, Gov. Steve Beshear announced that $4 million in federal funding will be made available for summer cooling assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

    Signups for the program began Monday at Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency, located at 110B N. Jackson St. Applications will be accepted Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. until funds are gone.