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  • 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.

  • Fatal Highways

    He was simply driving home from work that night, and that's all his wife says she knows about the car crash that took her husband's life.

    Richard "Ricky" Rakes, 56, died on Friday, Dec. 12 after a two-vehicle collision on U.S. 68.

    Rakes' wife Camilla says she and her husband had a farm in Bradfordsville, and he was coming home when his vehicle collided with another.

    Living the past month without her husband, she said, has been difficult.

  • Two injured in five-vehicle crash Friday

    Two Campbellsville men were injured Friday afternoon when they were involved in a five-vehicle collision on KY 210.

    According to a police report, Manley Gene Atwood, 64, and Johnny Atwood, 40, were both treated at the scene by Campbellsville/Taylor County Rescue before being taken to Taylor Regional Hospital.

    Manley Atwood was later flown to University of Louisville Hospital.

    No information was available about Manley Atwood or Johnny Atwood as of press time.

  • UPDATECampbellsville School Board says no to merger

    Campbellsville Independent School Board members agreed unanimously at their meeting Monday night that they have no desire to merge with the Taylor County School District.

    The Board also voted against seeking a contract with the Kentucky School Board Association to assist with a superintendent search.

    There was no discussion following either vote.

    Merger has been a hot topic in the community in recent weeks, ever since both public school superintendents announced last month - within a day of each other - that this would be their last year.

  • Grand jury charges man with twice robbing convenient store

    A Campbellsville man has been indicted on charges that accuse him of robbing Minit Mart on Lebanon Avenue twice last year.

    Just hours after he allegedly robbed the Minit Mart on Monday, Nov. 24, police arrested Anthony W. Hamilton Sr., 42, of 104 Roberta Court, charging him with the recent robbery as well as the robbery of the same store in October.