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  • Budget will dominate General Assembly


    The state’s budget and gaming will take center stage during the 2012 General Assembly.

    State Rep. John “Bam” Carney, R-Campbellsville, and State Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, were both hard at work last week during the opening days of the 60-day session, which kicks into high gear this week.

    Both say the major issues for the 2012 session will be the budget, redistricting, gaming and fighting pill mills.

    Of course, they say, the budget is the top priority.

  • Number of fatal crashes rises in 2011

    A bit tattered, the ribbon hung with care on the small wooden cross sways in the breeze as a car passes. Though the colors are a bit faded, the memory of the person the cross represents likely hasn’t.

    Wooden crosses can be seen throughout Taylor County on the sides of roads as makeshift memorials for loved ones lost in motor vehicle crashes.

    Ten people died last year in Taylor County as the result of injuries from motor vehicle collisions, up exponentially from the two who died in 2010 and in 2009.

  • EDA committee approves debt plan

    The committee charged with resolving the Economic Development Authority’s land debt has approved a plan.

  • Underwood is county's new advocate for crime victims


    From working at a clothing store, day care and hospital to now advocating for the victims of crimes, Andrea Underwood says she wants to help people.

    Underwood is Taylor County’s new victims’ advocate. Working in the Taylor County Attorney’s office, she replaces Leticia Salinas-Newton.

    In October, Salinas-Newton, who had served in the position since 2008, said she was giving up the title to take a break from the job. She is now working at the Bertram, Cox & Miller law firm.

  • Police seek public’s help in property damage investigation

    Campbellsville Police Department is asking for information regarding a rash of property damage incidents that began on Dec. 20.
    According to a news release, several businesses and vehicles have suffered damage to windows from what police believe to be an air-powered pellet gun. Many of the incidents have been reported in the South Campbellsville area.
    Police believe those responsible are shooting the air-powered gun from a vehicle and then fleeing the scene.

  • LaRue murder suspect arrested in Louisville

    A Radcliff resident wanted in connection with a LaRue County homicide last weekend was found Wednesday night at a Louisville motel on Preston Highway, according to Kentucky State Police.
    Abdullah R. White, 35, was reportedly seen fleeing the murder scene in the victim’s vehicle that was later found in Taylor County.
    Kentucky State Police and the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force developed information leading to White’s arrest.

  • City operating under budget

    With 42 percent of the budget cycle completed, the city has spent 41.3 percent of its budget, according to a report presented by Mayor Tony Young at last week’s regular council meeting.

    Total revenue for November was $991,412.10, while expenses were $892,944.47. Year-to-date revenue is $4.2 million and year-to-date expenses are $3.6 million.

    Campbellsville Water Co. has spent about 39 percent of its budget so far.

    November revenues totaled $352,431 and expenses were $392,285.

  • Two charged with government benefits fraud

    Two Campbellsville residents have been charged with government benefits fraud.
    April D. Smith, 32, of 6 Purcell Court, and Mandrel V. Smith, 20, no specific address given, were indicted Tuesday by a Taylor County grand jury.

    The two were charged with fraudulently using an identification card or electronic code to receive benefits to which they weren’t entitled.

    According to the indictment, the two are accused of unauthorized use of a food stamp card.

  • Guthrie to host listening sessions in Campbellsville

    Congressman Brett Guthrie, KY-02, will host listening sessions in each of the 21 counties in the Second District this month.
    During the listening sessions, individuals will be able to ask questions or offer ideas on what Congress should be doing. A constituent services representative will also be available to assist with any specific questions individuals may have about a federal government agency or service.

  • Higdon releases 2012 general assembly survey

    In order to find out what issues are important to his constituents, 14th District Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, has released a survey.
    Legislators return to Frankfort this month for a 60-day session.
    “My colleagues and I will be developing a two-year budget for state government as well as looking at other important issues, such as jobs and economic development, education, and Kentucky’s roads and highway planning,” Higdon wrote in an introduction to the survey.