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  • Tourism dollars on the rise

    Tourism dollars spent in Taylor County increased more than any other county in the Southern Lakes and Rivers region last year.

    According to the Kentucky Tourism Department, tourists visiting Taylor County spent $42.8 million in 2007, a 10.6 increase from the $38.7 million spent in 2006.

    The increase was enough to give the county the largest jump in the 10-county region it shares with Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, McCreary, Pulaski, Russell and Wayne counties. Pulaski saw the second largest jump with a 7.5 percent increase to $97.2 million.

  • City receives state funds for E-911 Center

    Campbellsville will receive $35,214.23 for E-911 improvements.

    Gov. Steve Beshear announced last week that $1.4 million in grant funds was awarded to 15 communities.

    The Commercial Mobile Radio Service grant will update the Campbellsville/Taylor County E-911 system.

    According to Ronnie Dooley, E-911 dispatcher and Taylor County Emergency Management's public information coordinator, the grant will be used to replace several outdated computers.

  • Two injured in U.S. 68 collision

    Two people were injured Sunday in a one-vehicle collision on U.S. 68.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Department report, Shawn Davis, 28, of 302 E. Paige St. in Tompkinsville was traveling on U.S. 68 about six miles east of Campbellsville at 1:45 a.m. when he lost control of his 2008 Chevrolet.

    The report states that Davis' vehicle left the road and overturned.

  • Judge appointed to regional post

    Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. has appointed Circuit Court Judge Doughlas M. George of Springfield to the post of chief regional circuit judge for the Cumberland Region, which is comprised of 23 counties in southeastern Kentucky.

    George, whose appointment is effective immediately, succeeds Roderick Messer. Messer retired on June 30 to become a senior judge.

    As chief regional circuit judge, George's responsibilities include assigning special judges to serve in cases when presiding judges certify that a special judge is needed.

  • Back on Campus

    Campbellsville University students went back to class yesterday but not before getting to know each other and having a little fun first.

    CU is hosting Welcome Week through Sunday with several events planned for new and returning students to have some fun before hitting the books.

    Dave Walters, vice president for admissions and student services, says the events are an opportunity to help students get involved in campus life.

  • Library of the future

    While construction of a new $3 million Taylor County Public Library is at least two years away, drawings of the building are complete.

    With a building and floor plan designed by Lexington-based Murphy + Graves Architects, Taylor County Public Library Director Elaine Munday said the Library Board is now searching for funding.

    "In order to apply for any type of grant or money, we needed a blueprint."

  • CU professor appointed to state conservation board

    Richard K. Kessler, a Campbellsville University professor, has been appointed to the Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund Board by Gov. Steve Beshear.

    Kessler will represent the Kentucky Academy of Science. He will serve for a term expiring July 15, 2011.

    Established in 1994, the Heritage Land Conservation Fund provides money for preserving and conserving natural areas that possess unique features such as habitats for rate and endangered species, areas important to migratory birds and areas preserved for public or educational use.

  • Jail will hire more than 20

    More than 20 employees will soon be hired and begin training to prepare for the opening of the Taylor County Detention Center.

    Jailer Rick Benningfield addressed magistrates at last week's Fiscal Court meeting about the need to begin training jail employees.

    Benningfield said the jail is expected to be finished by the end of next month, and Department of Corrections officials have told him that officers need to begin training as soon as possible.

  • 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.

    Glenn Burchett, 60, of 736 Buckner St. was charged with second- and third-degree selling a controlled substance.

    Bond was set at $15,000 cash. If convicted, Burchett could be sentenced to as much as five years in prison.

  • Rebuilding history

    The Jacob Hiestand House Foundation spent last week preparing for the past.

    Workers dug holes and poured concrete, laying the foundation for a log cabin that will be placed in that location next month. The cabin, which will be rebuilt by Springfield-based American Antique Cabin Co., will represent an 1820s-era plantation slave quarters.

    The cabin will be a dogtrot-style structure. Popular in the south, a dogtrot is essentially two cabins joined by a shared roof.