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  • Two injured in Christmas day collision

    Two people suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Meader and Coakley streets on Christmas day.

    According to a Campbellsville Police report, Connie Houk, 56, of Campbellsville was crossing Meader Street in a 1999 Plymouth van when she pulled into the path of a 1996 Volkswagen, driven by Danielle Jeffries, 24, of Greensburg. The collision occurred at 2:18 p.m.

  • USDA to conduct request for referendum on Pork Checkoff Program

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service recently announced that it will conduct a request for referendum month among eligible producers and importers of hogs, pigs, pork and pork products.

    The event will determine if they want a referendum on the Pork Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Order, commonly known as the Pork Checkoff Program.

    Participation is voluntary, and only individuals who desire a referendum on the Pork Checkoff Program should participate.

  • 'Countdown to the Crown'

    Taylor Countians can soon turn on their televisions and watch one of their own participate in a reality show.

    Emily Cox, the reigning Miss Kentucky and a Campbellsville native, will participate in the reality show "Countdown to the Crown," airing in four episodes beginning Jan. 2.

    According to a TLC network press release, TLC and Miss America first gave Miss America pageant contestants a "Reality Check" during last year's reality show and to teach them what it really takes to become Miss America.

  • Man gets 10 years on burglary charges

    A Campbellsville man has been sentenced to serve 10 years in prison on burglary and other charges.

    Brandon Phillip Edelen, 21, of Anna Court, Apt. 14 appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Doughlas M. George on Tuesday, Dec. 16 during regular motion hour proceedings.

    Edelen pleaded guilty in four separate cases to second-degree burglary and 28 counts of second-degree possession of forged checks. He originally faced a charge of first-degree burglary.

    He was ordered to pay $2,785.34 in restitution.

  • Schools react to proposed budget cuts

    It wasn't as bad as many had feared. Though it leaves SEEK funding intact, Gov. Steve Beshear's 2008-2009 budget proposal still doles out cuts in education.

    Initial rumors predicted a 4 percent reduction in Support Education Excellence in Kentucky, the main funding source for public schools.

    "The conversations concerning SEEK made me very anxious," said Campbellsville Independent Superintendent Diane Woods-Ayers. "The big question was how [the Kentucky Department of Education] was going to make this reduction."

  • Man pleads guilty to sexual misconduct

    A Campbellsville man has pleaded guilty to having sexual contact with a teenage girl and will spend 77 days in jail for his crimes.

    Rocky Creed Kelly, 21, of 200 Campground Road appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Allan Bertram on Tuesday, Dec. 16 during regular motion hour proceedings.

    Kelly was indicted earlier this year on 10 counts of first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor. On Tuesday, the charges were amended to sexual misconduct.

  • Two more charged in crime ring

    A Taylor Circuit Court judge has unsealed two more of the indictments against eight people charged with operating a crime ring.

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

    Indicted were Andre Gurley, 24, and Amy Watson, 20, both of 816 N. Columbia Ave.

    Gurley and Watson were each charged with being part of a criminal syndicate from July 1 to Aug. 28, which, according to the indictment, was formed to distribute controlled substances.

  • Schools begin searching

    Taylor County Schools has started its search for a new superintendent, while Campbellsville Independent will begin discussions at its next regular meeting.

    At a special meeting on Wednesday, Taylor County Board members unanimously agreed to contract with the Kentucky School Board Association at a cost of $8,500 to help with their search to replace Gary Seaborne, who will retire at the end of the year after 27 years as superintendent.

    Meanwhile, Campbellsville Independent’s School Board plans to meet with KSBA representatives at its regular meeting on Jan. 12.

  • Whooping cough cases rise

    State health officials are urging Kentuckians to get a pertussis, or whooping cough, booster vaccine due to an increase in the highly contagious disease.

    Older children and teens especially should get the booster vaccine, Kentucky Department for Public Health officials announced last week.

  • Holiday need is up

    Requests to the Holiday Helpline are up 40 percent, rising from 342 last year to 488 this year.

    "It's up considerably," said Connie Wooley, who helps organize the program.

    In all, Wooley said 1,465 people will be served through the Helpline this year.

    The Helpline is for families who would not otherwise have Christmas and is a joint effort by agencies in the community to coordinate holiday giving so those in need receive help and all needs are met.