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  • Green County man indicted on rape charges

    A Green County native has been indicted on charges alleging he raped a child younger than 14.

    Jonathan Puckett, 27, who is currently incarcerated, was indicted Tuesday by a Taylor County grand jury.

    Puckett was charged with second-degree rape and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

    According to Campbellsville Police Detective Sgt. Patricia Thompson, Puckett is accused of engaging in sexual activity with a female younger than 14. Thompson said Puckett, who is originally from Green County, is a friend of the victim's family.

  • Design plans ready for square

    A decorative, cobblestone-like walkway leads to a small park area resting before a 40-foot wide stage, itself sitting below a Civil War mural. Benches and fiberglass horse sculptures complete the square.

    This is the downtown Campbellsville of the future. And the future is just around the corner.

    The project came about last year when the City opted to use a Renaissance grant to design and build a courthouse square as well as develop and implement a streetscape plan for downtown Campbellsville.

  • Marching for Babies

    Like many expectant parents, Daniel and Cyndi Leathers were amazed at how large Cyndi's belly had grown.

    But during a routine prenatal check-up at seven months, the doctor told the couple that her belly was measuring too small. He immediately ordered a non-stress test and later did an ultrasound, during which he discovered there wasn't enough amniotic fluid.

    Until that point, Cyndi had enjoyed a normal pregnancy.

    She was admitted to the hospital the following day and began having contractions on her own, though she later had to be induced.

  • Man charged with third DUI offense

    A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged with his third DUI offense.

    William A. Johnson III, 26, of 600 McVay Road was arrested at about 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28.

    According to Johnson's arrest citation, he failed several field sobriety tests and had a blood alcohol level of .1, higher than the legal limit of .08.

    Johnson was also charged with driving on a suspended operator's license, possession of less than 8 ounces of marijuana and possession of drug supplies.

    According to court records, Johnson was found with rolling papers and he smelled of alcohol.

  • BBB reports Americans' trust in business has dropped

    The Better Business Bureau announced findings from its second BBB/Gallup Trust in Business Index survey, noting American consumers say in a seven-month period their trust in businesses has fallen in 13 of 15 industries measured, with an overall composite index decline in consumer trust of 14 percent.

    And nearly half (47 percent) of those surveyed say they have only "some, very little or no trust at all" in companies they do business with in everyday life.

  • City Council

    Those planning large construction projects will soon have to seek out another permit.

    Campbellsville City Council members heard first reading of an erosion prevention ordinance during their regular meeting Tuesday.

    Under the federal Clean Water Act, cities with a population greater than 10,000 are required to have a storm water permit. Part of the process requires an erosion prevention ordinance. If the City doesn't adopt an ordinance, Mayor Brenda Allen said, it could be fined up to $25,000 a day.

  • Campbellsville man arrested on stolen property charges

    A Campbellsville man has been arrested in connection with the theft of equipment from the Taylor County Detention Center construction site as well as vehicles and other items.

    On Monday, Campbellsville Police arrested Preston Dean Pyles, 39, on five counts of receiving stolen property more than $300. More charges are pending.

    According to a press release, officers received a tip that a Caterpillar skid steer taken from the detention center construction site was on Pyles' Quisenberry Road property.

  • Student attends Democratic convention

    His political science textbooks came to life last week when he heard speeches by famous politicians, Kentucky lawmakers and a presidential hopeful.

    He was also the youngest person to serve as a Kentucky delegate at the Democratic National Convention.

    Micah Spicer, 19, is a sophomore working on degrees in political science and pastoral ministries at Campbellsville University.

  • Man pleads guilty in federal court

    A Campbellsville man has pleaded guilty to possession of 3.5 grams of cocaine in U.S. District Court and could spend 30 years in prison for his crimes.

    According to a press release from U.S. Attorney David L. Huber's office, Christopher Howard Tucker, 35, of McMahan Road, pleaded guilty last Friday to possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

    Tucker admitted that on Aug. 15, 2007, he had and intended to sell 3.5 grams of cocaine, with a street value of $350.

  • Two injured in crash Friday

    Two people were injured in a crash at the intersection of Lebanon and Osage avenues Friday night.

    According to a Campbellsville Police report, Freda Lawson, 44, of Campbellsville was attempting to make a left turn on to Lebanon Avenue when she pulled her 2002 Ford Mustang into the path of a 1995 Eagle Vision, driven by Willie Hunt, 66, of Campbellsville. The collision occurred at 7:30 p.m.

    Both drivers were transported to Taylor Regional Hospital, where they were treated and released.