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  • Cigarette taxes hit smokers early

    Attention smokers. That expensive habit will soon cost you even more.

    On April 1, two new cigarette taxes will go into effect, forcing smokers to pay nearly $1 more per pack, $10 per carton.

    House Bill 144, state legislators' response to Kentucky's revenue shortfall, will double the current state tax on cigarettes from 30 cents to 60 cents. In addition, retailers will pay a one-time stock tax to the state on the tobacco products they have in stock on April 1. On the same day, a federal tax of $1.01 per pack - an increase of 62 cents - also takes effect.

  • IRS has $1.3 billion for people who have not filed a 2005 tax return

    Unclaimed refunds totaling about $1.3 billion are awaiting more than a million people who did not file a federal income tax return for 2005, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

    However, to collect the money, a return for 2005 must be filed with the IRS no later than Wednesday, April 15.

    In Kentucky, an estimated 14,600 did not file a return for 2005, meaning a total estimated refund of $12.5 million remains unclaimed.

  • Man pleads guilty to selling drugs

    A Campbellsville man has pleaded guilty to selling drugs and could be sentenced to six years in prison for his crimes.

    Steve Lane Underwood, 53, of 206 S. Court St. appeared before Senior Status Judge Doughlas M. George on Tuesday, March 3 during regular motion hour proceedings.

    Underwood pleaded guilty in two separate cases to possession of drug supplies and four counts of selling controlled substances. Two of the controlled substance charges were first-degree offenses and two were second-degree. A charge of possessing less than 8 ounces of marijuana was dismissed.

  • Child endangerment charge dismissed

    A charge against a Campbellsville man accused of endangering the welfare of a minor has been dismissed.

    Nicholas Scott Galarza, 25, of 1123 Apache St. was arrested at 8:35 p.m. Tuesday, March 3.

    According to Galarza's arrest citation, Campbellsville Police received a call to respond to his home. Galarza had allegedly locked a woman and her 2-year-old child, his daughter, out of the home and would not open the door, according to court records.

    Campbellsville Police Officer Bryan Simpson's citation states that the temperature was 29 degrees.

  • Woman pleads guilty to embezzling from Campbellsville company

    A Glasgow woman has pleaded guilty in federal court to embezzling more than $200,000 from a Campbellsville company.

    Michelle Simmons, 34, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud, according to a press release from Acting U.S. Attorney Candace G. Hill of the Western District of Kentucky.

    The release states that Simmons admitted that between July 22, 2004, and Jan. 14, 2008, she embezzled about $218,000 from her employer, Blealand Campbellsville, Inc., while serving as the office manager.

  • City approves sidewalk, streetscape resolutions

    The City is one step closer to building two sidewalks.

    At a special City Council meeting Tuesday, Mayor Brenda Allen told Council members that blueprints for new sidewalks along Meader Street and Cherokee Drive are now being reviewed in Frankfort.

    At the meeting, Council members approved a resolution for the sidewalk projects that amended some language in the paperwork.

    On the original paperwork, a number read 09 when it should have been 06. The City must approve a new resolution with matching numbers before it can receive the money.

  • Statewide cleanup event set to begin

    Those who'd like to clean out their attics and garages this spring can also "spring clean" the community next week.

    The 11th annual Commonwealth Cleanup Week - a week-long event geared toward "spring cleaning" Kentucky's communities - begins Sunday, March 22 and ends Saturday, March 28.

    Taylor County Solid Waste Coordinator Debbie McNear said those interested in pitching in should contact her to make the arrangements.

  • Judge orders temporary condemnation

    A Taylor County judge has ordered three parcels of property be temporarily condemned for a road construction project.

    Three small parcels of land that are part of Green River Plaza, totaling less than an acre, will be condemned as a result of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's KY 210 widening project. The Transportation Cabinet will pay owner Centro Ga Apollo $28,000 for use of the land.

  • Man accused of DUI with children in vehicle

    A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged with wanton endangerment after he allegedly drove while intoxicated with two children in his vehicle.

    George A. Buck, 45, of 112 Roachville Ford Road was arrested at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 3.

    According to the arrest citation, the Taylor County Sheriff's Department received a call reporting someone driving while intoxicated leaving Tractor Supply.

    The citation states that Sheriff's Deputy Brian Pickard saw Buck in his vehicle at a traffic light and saw the children, who are 3 and 4 years old, inside his truck.

  • Sheriff's office receives grant

    The Taylor County Sheriff's Office has received a grant to upgrade its communications equipment.

    According to a sheriff's office press release, the office applied for a Kentucky Homeland Security grant last December and recently received word that it had been awarded $116,000.

    The release states that the grant will be used to purchase and install new and up-to-date digital/analog radios in sheriff's deputies' and Campbellsville Police officers' vehicles.