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  • Lewis papers donated to CU

    Campbellsville University accepted the congressional papers of Dr. Ron Lewis, R-Cecilia, who is retiring in January 2009, in an announcement at the Chowning Executive Dining Room on Dec. 5.

    Lewis, who has served as United States Representative for the 2nd District of Kentucky for 14 years, said it was an honor for CU to want his papers. He said it had been an "honor and a privilege" to serve his constituents.

    Lewis said, "I can't thank you enough for allowing me to share my papers with you."

  • Mannsville man celebrates 50 years of haircuts and tall tales

    Sit in Johnnie Pennington's barber chair and he'll tell you stories about Phillip "Snake Man" Tungate's misadventures on the family farm, tales about Asby Cox being purposely buried alive by his brothers or even a few yarns about himself. Some are true, some aren't.

    But Pennington has plenty of stories to tell those who visit the Mannsville Barber Shop, a business he has owned and operated for 50 years.

    "I've heard a lot of good stories," Pennington said with a laugh. "There are a lot of tales told in here."

  • Breaking NewsCounty superintendent to retire

    After 43 years as an educator, including 27 years as Taylor County superintendent, Gary Seaborne will step down at the end of the current school year.

    During the regular Taylor County Board of Education meeting Tuesday night, Seaborne announced that he would retire as superintendent effective June 30.

    On Wednesday morning, Seaborne, who was on his way to Disney World with the Taylor County High School Show Choir, said the decision to retire wasn't easy.

  • Eight charged in crime ring

    Four Campbellsville residents have been charged with operating a crime ring in indictments unsealed Tuesday 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:

    - Jeffrey Gurley, 22, of 816 N. Columbia Ave.

    - Duane L. Thompson, 23, of 132 Ray Court.

    - Claude B. Huckaby, 56, also of 132 Ray Court.

    - Abraham Gurley, 21, of 370 Ray Court.

  • County to seek bids for park operation

    The operation of Veterans Memorial Park could soon be in new hands.

    Magistrates discussed the future of the park at Tuesday night's regular Fiscal Court meeting.

    On behalf of the Court's Planning, Parks and Recreation Committee, which met Monday night, Magistrate Ed Gorin told the Court about the Committee's discussion of the park's operation and budget.

    The meeting stemmed from a County budget discussion in October. During that discussion, Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers recommended several cuts to the County's budget to save money.

  • UpdateCity School superintendent resigns

    December must be the month for goodbyes.

    Four years ago at the Campbellsville Independent School Board meeting, then superintendent Chuck Vaughn announced his retirement. At Monday night's meeting, current superintendent Diane Woods-Ayers announced her resignation as well.

    At the end of the 45-minute meeting, Woods-Ayers said she had decided, after much consideration, many prayers and discussions with her husband, not to pursue the renewal of her contract as superintendent.

  • A 'Spectacular' Christmas

    Students from all three schools in the Campbellsville Independent School District gathered for a Christmas Spectacular performance at Hamilton Auditorium on Monday evening.

    Top photos, from left, are Katy Lambert (eighth grade), Heather Bailey and Corey Marshall (fifth grade) and Kayla Atkinson (CES).

    Above are members of the CMS choir, from left, front: Cassidy Blair. Middle: Amber Hughes, Sydney Jeffries, Jasmine Dowell, Sydney Lamer and Taylor Agathen. Back: Emily Haley, Taniesha Garth, Marti Clark and Breanna Underwood.

  • Man gets prison for growing pot

    A Campbellsville man will spend three years in prison for growing marijuana.

    Brandon Lee Skaggs, 29, of 600 Underwood St., Apt. C3, in Campbellsville appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Allan Bertram on Tuesday, Dec. 2 for sentencing.

    In September 2006, Skaggs pleaded guilty to growing more than five marijuana plants and possession of less than 8 ounces of marijuana.

  • Shopping with 'the good guys'

    Talon Walker is having trouble making up his mind. There are simply too many Star Wars figures to consider. He picks one up, studies it and then grabs another. Luckily, he has a little help from Kentucky State Police Trooper David Smith and his wife, Stephanie.

    Walker, who is from Washington County, is one 13 kids who participated in KSP Post 15's "Shop With a Trooper" program last week.

  • Take me home?

    He jumps on the couch and curls up in a ball. The fuzzy black and white dog is oblivious to the sounds around him, even though the barks and meows are bound to disrupt his nap.

    So begins another day at the Taylor County Animal Shelter.

    Those wanting to adopt a stray animal have been able to do so for just a $20 donation for nearly a year. As a result, Director John Harris says, the shelter's adoption rates have just about doubled.

    And with the Christmas holiday quickly approaching, Harris said, that rate is about to increase even more.