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  • Taylor Board sets superintendent schedule

    There could be a new Taylor County superintendent in town by May 15.

    During a work session prior to its regular meeting Tuesday night, Taylor County School Board members adopted a timeline for its superintendent search.

    Superintendent Gary Seaborne announced last month that he would retire effective June 30 after 27 years as Taylor County superintendent.

  • Taylor jail to begin housing Green County inmates

    The Taylor County Detention Center may soon become home to Green County's inmates.

    Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers told magistrates at last Tuesday's regular Fiscal Court meeting that he and Taylor County Jailer Rick Benningfield had discussed contracting to house inmates from Green and Metcalfe counties with officials from those counties. As of the meeting, Rogers said, no agreements had been officially reached.

  • Charges filed, then dismissed against deputy

    Charges accusing a Taylor County sheriff's deputy of fraudulently using a credit card in Russell Springs have been dismissed.

    Aaron Lee Walters, 35, was indicted in late November by a Russell County grand jury on charges of more than $100 in fraudulent use of a credit card and theft by deception more than $300.

    Last Tuesday, the charges were dismissed in Russell Circuit Court.

  • Annual essay contest winners announced

    Dozens of people participated in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. essay contest sponsored by Greater Campbellsville United and the Central Kentucky News-Journal in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is celebrated today.

    Winners of the "I Have a Dream" essay contest are: Blair Lamb, 9-year-olds; Diamond Thompson, 10-year-olds; and Ted Beam, adults.

    Each will receive various prizes and a year's subscription to the Central Kentucky News-Journal. The winning essays accompany this story.

  • Tracking the 'Campbellsville Comeback'

    The "Campbellsville Comeback" is alive and well. In the 10 years since the closure of Fruit of the Loom, which saw Taylor County's unemployment shoot up to 24 percent, several new industries brought new jobs to town and nearly all of them have stuck around.

    "We are a more diversified economy than we were when Fruit was operating," said Ron McMahan, Team Taylor County executive director. "Some of the major industries are manufacturing, but we also have several in the service business."

  • Charges dismissed against man with poisonous snakes

    Criminal charges against a Campbellsville man and his wife who were found with venomous snakes and alligators at their home last year have been dismissed.

    Amy Rae Stone, 38, and Freddie E. Stone Jr., 36, both of 552 Mt. Carmel Road appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Doughlas M. George on Tuesday, Jan. 6 during regular motion hour proceedings.

  • County receives FEMA funds for shelter, food programs

    Taylor County will receive $19,978 in FEMA funds to supplement emergency shelter and food programs in the area for 2009.

    Local groups may apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency funds. To apply, groups must be non-profit, have an accounting system and conduct audits annually, practice non-discrimination, have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food or shelter services and, if the group is a private voluntary organization, must have a voluntary board.

  • Police searching for missing teen

    The Kentucky State Police are searching for 15-year-old Dawn Hardin of Springfield. She is a white female with brown eyes and shoulder length black hair, weighs about 170 pounds and is 5 feet, 5 inches tall. She has lip and ear piercings.

    Hardin was last seen on Friday Jan. 9 wearing light blue jeans, a white thermal shirt decorated with light blue skulls and a black jacket.

    Anyone with any information as to Hardin's whereabouts is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police at (800) 222-5555. Trooper John Adams is investigating.

  • Three charged with selling cocaine

    Three men have been arrested and charged with selling cocaine after they were stopped by police and found with about a kilogram of the drug in their vehicle.

    Jose Dejesus Cortez Contreras, 40, of 3629 S. 61st Ave. in Cicero, Ill., Cruz Serrano Garcia, 60, no address given, and Eladio Pedroza Jr., 30, of 211 Chestnut St. in Campbellsville were arrested Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 4:16 p.m.

    According to their arrest citations, Contreras was driving the vehicle when Kentucky State Police stopped them on KY 210.

  • Inmate arrested, charged with assaulting jail staff

    A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged with assault after he allegedly fought with and injured Taylor County Detention Center staff.

    Mario Thompson, 21, of 418 Bowman St. was being questioned by probation and parole officers because he had failed to report a new arrest.

    The citation states that Thompson pulled away from the officers and fled on foot to Baptist Street, where Campbellsville Police Officer Ben Riggs and Detective Travis Begley chased and eventually arrested him.