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  • Mullins withdraws from race

    Citing a battle with cancer, Democrat Doug Mullins has dropped out of the 51st District State Representative's race.

    Mullins, who currently serves on the Campbellsville City Council, ran unopposed in the May primary. He would have faced Republican John "Bam" Carney in the race to fill the position that incumbent Russ Mobley, R-Campbellsville, will vacate when his term ends this year.

    Mobley will not seek re-election. In a press release issued earlier this year, Mobley cited health issues as his reason for stepping down after eight years in office.

  • By the Numbers

    First week school enrollment numbers have provided few surprises for administrators this year.

    Attendance is up at both districts. Taylor County Schools' attendance rose 69 students from last year to 2,688. Campbellsville Independent gained 35 students for a total of 1,093.

    At Taylor County, the only school to increase individual enrollment so far is the elementary, which added 80 students, according to Angela Wheat, Taylor County director of pupil personnel. After the first week of classes, the school has 1,190 students.

  • Campbellsville man accused of selling cocaine

    A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged with selling cocaine and other charges after a traffic stop.

    Christopher R. Tungate, 26, of 807 N. Hoskins Ave. was arrested at 2:44 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 3.

    According to Tungate's arrest citation, he was stopped by Taylor County Constable Jamie Gaddis for failing to signal and having an expired license plate.

    After Campbellsville Police Officer Brian Morgan arrived at the scene, he observed that Tungate had glassy eyes and smelled of alcohol.

  • Homeownership protection initiative launched

    Seeking to stem the tide of home foreclosures, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear this week announced at a press conference in Owensboro the creation of the Kentucky Homeownership Protection Center.

    The Protection Center, created by the passage of HB 552 during the 2008 General Assembly, will help Kentuckians in financial trouble become more proactive in keeping their homes.

  • Task force seeks information on marijuana growers

    The Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas task force is seeking information on marijuana growers.

    The task force is seeking the names and addresses of suspected marijuana growers. The task force also asks for city/county and a description of the home or the location at which the marijuana is growing.

    Information can be submitted in writing to Appalachia HIDTA, P.O. Box 5070, London, Ky. 40745.

    Information can also be submitted to the toll-free anonymous tip line at (866) 424-4382.

  • Court says no to pre-pay ordinance

    Taylor County residents won't have to pay before they pump after all.

    Campbellsville Police Officer Travis Begley addressed Taylor Fiscal Court on Tuesday night about the rising gas drive-off problem.

    Begley, who represented the Campbellsville/Taylor County Retail Business Association, said the hot topic of rising gas prices will affect everyone.

    "This is only going to get worse," he said.

  • Drunk driving crackdown campaign begins tomorrow

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will be joining thousands of law enforcement and highway safety agencies across the nation from Aug. 15 through Labor Day to take part in the "Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest" crackdown on impaired driving.

    Drunken driving is one of America's deadliest crimes. Across the country, statistics show that in just one year, more than 13,000 people are killed in highway crashes involving a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher.

  • Tourism, EDA need to 'communicate'

    A committee formed to help build coordination between local economic development and tourism entities says the two simply need to communicate more with each other.

    Mark Johnson, chairman of the Taylor County Economic Development Authority, addressed magistrates at last month's regular Fiscal Court meeting about the relationship between the EDA and the Taylor County Tourist Commission.

    Johnson told magistrates that the EDA needs more input from the Tourist Commission, and the group asks that the Court help in creating a more cooperative spirit with the Commission.

  • Man sentenced to two years

    A Campbellsville man accused of raping and sodomizing a 13-year-old girl has violated the terms of his diversion and will spend two years in prison.

    David Michael Lowe, 20, of 401 Lula Ave. appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Allan Bertram on Tuesday, Aug. 5.

    In May 2006, Lowe pleaded guilty to 12 counts of first-degree wanton endangerment. He originally faced 12 counts of second-degree rape. Eight counts of second-degree sodomy were dismissed as part of his plea agreement.

  • Grand jury indicts man on assault charge

    A Campbellsville man has been indicted on charges alleging he assaulted and threatened another person.

    Brad D. Shofner, 27, of 106 1/2 W. Walnut St. was indicted Tuesday by a Taylor County grand jury.

    Shofner was charged with first-degree burglary, second- and fourth-degree assault, third-degree terroristic threatening, violating an emergency protective order and being a second-degree persistent felony offender.