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  • Ingersoll Rand lays off 21

    In what the company hopes is only a temporary move, Ingersoll Rand has laid off 21 employees. The announcement came Friday and was effective on Monday."Hopefully, it is going to be short lived," said Joe Fair, human resources manager. "It could change. We just don't know."

    The 21 employees amount to 10 percent of the air compressor manufacturer's local workforce and brings the number of current employees to 175.

    Fair said the slowing economy led to the layoffs.

  • County accepts proposals for park operation

    Those interested in operating Veterans Memorial Park have a little more than a week to submit a proposal for running the park this summer.

    The future of Veterans Memorial Park has been the topic of several recent governmental meetings.

    The discussion began at the October Fiscal Court meeting when magistrates discussed budget cuts recommended by Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers.

    At that meeting, Rogers asked magistrates if changing the operation of Veterans Memorial Park could save the County any money.

  • Locals to get streets named in their honor

    Two Campbellsville natives may soon have streets named after them.

    Magistrates agreed during last week's regular Fiscal Court meeting that Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers should pursue naming streets in honor of Emily Cox and Jefra Bland.

    Cox, a Campbellsville native who is the reigning Miss Kentucky, will compete for the Miss America crown on Saturday. Bland won the Miss Kentucky Teen USA crown last month.

    Also at the meeting:

  • 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.