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  • Campbellsville University Homecoming 2008

    They came back to Campbellsville, this time to see their old classmates and the college campus.

    Campbellsville University's homecoming celebration last weekend offered a football game, car and motorcycle show, food, children's games and crafts, alumni reunions, a theater production and a parade.

    The theme for the celebration was "Back to the Future."

    Events began Friday with a barbecue, reunions, banquet, pep rally and performance of "43 Plays for 43 Presidents." The play was also performed Saturday and Sunday.

  • More than 100 register to vote since Sept. 15

    Taylor County's number of voters grew by more than 100 in the final month of the registration window.

    According to County Clerk Mark Carney, 120 new voters registered at his office since the last official voter count on Sept. 15, bringing the total to an estimated 17,163. This year's General Election will mark the first time the county has had more than 17,000 registered voters, Carney said.

  • Attorney General sues to stop state's inmate early release program

    Attorney General Jack Conway has filed suit in Franklin Circuit Court against the Kentucky Department of Corrections to block the agency from continuing to release prisoners, some of whom are dangerous felons.

    Conway is also seeking an injunction to prevent the Department of Corrections from retroactively granting "street time" credit to parolees so that they are released early from parole supervision.

  • Alcohol hearing expected soon

    Campbellsville voters' approval of limited alcohol sales should be allowed to stand, according to two documents filed in response to a suit challenging May's local option election.

    In May, Campbellsville voters approved a measure allowing restaurants in Campbellsville seating at least 50 people and deriving at least 70 percent of their revenue from food sales to serve alcohol by the drink. However, alcohol can only be served in conjunction with a meal.

  • Two indicted on sex crimes

    Two Campbellsville men have been indicted on charges alleging they had sexual contact with minors.

    Rocky Creed Kelly, 20, of 299 Campground Road and Michael J. James, 34, of 113 Fieldstone Estates were indicted Tuesday, Sept. 30 by a Taylor County grand jury in separate indictments.

    Kelly was charged with 10 counts of first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor.

    According to the indictment, Kelly is accused of assisting or causing the juvenile to engage in illegal sexual activity on 10 occasions between June and August.

  • Tax bills contain error

    Taylor County property tax bills sent out last week contained an error.

    According to Taylor County Sheriff's Office Manager Martha Cox, the due date is incorrect.

    Cox said the date by which people can pay their bills and receive a discount was listed incorrectly. Residents may pay their bills up to and including Nov. 1 and still receive a discount.

    For more information, call the sheriff's office at 465-4351.

  • Employment training program offers opportunities for older adults

    As the proportion of older Kentuckians continues to grow, some seniors may find that additional income is necessary to meet financial obligations and rising living expenses.

    Because of the work experience and skills needed in today's workforce, they may also discover it can be difficult for them to find good paying jobs.

    The Senior Community Service Employment Program offers employment and job training opportunities to low-income Kentuckians 55 and older. SCSEP participants receive training in a variety of job fields through placements in community service settings.

  • Two charged in sealed indictments

    Two Campbellsville residents have been charged with drug crimes in indictments recently unsealed by a Taylor Circuit Court judge.

    A grand jury may seal an indictment if there is a possibility that the accused will try to evade police.

    Steve A. "Boo" Pritchard, 34, of 630 Elmore Road was charged with selling marijuana within 1,000 yards of a school and being a second-degree persistent felony offender.

  • Drought causes problems for farmers

    Dry is the keyword when describing this season's harvest in Taylor County.

    According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, Taylor County is experiencing a severe drought, with virtually all of Kentucky's counties suffering some level of drought.

    The lack of rain, coupled with last year's drought, is having an affect on crops, according to Taylor County Agricultural Extension Agent Pat Hardesty.

  • 'Newspapers are a tool that provides the students with the opportunity

    It's a textbook updated twice a week and delivered straight to the class room. It informs students not of world history, but of current local events. They may read about their neighbors or even see a picture of themselves.

    This particular textbook is in the form of a newspaper, and each week it bridges the gap between what students learn and what they see.

    "[Newspapers] are a tool that provides the students with the opportunity to apply classroom skills to the real world," said Taylor County Elementary Teacher Patti Brockman.