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  • Reeling 'em in

    Jacob Wilson was thrilled with his first catch of the day. He was not so thrilled at the prospect having to unhook the tiny bluegill and toss it back into Green River Lake. So, with his brother Joshua looking on, Jacob turns to his mother, Wilma, for the dirty work.

    Jacob and Joshua were two of about 25 kids who participated in the Green River Lake Kids' Fishing Derby Saturday at Green River Lake State Park.

    The turnout, 34 total, including adults, is about the norm, Park Ranger Larry Lemmon said. On average, about 35 to 40 people attend the annual event.

  • CU hosts state legislators' meeting

    Campbellsville University and its hometown were in the spotlight Monday as CU played host to a Kentucky General Assembly Interim Joint Committee on Education meeting.

    To continue the legislature's work between sessions, interim joint committees are formed from the standing committees of both houses. Interim committees draft and approve bills for prefiling at the next regular session.

  • Campbellsville family injured in Marion

    A family from Campbellsville was injured in a single-car crash in Marion County on Sunday.

    According to a Kentucky State Police report, at around 4:57 p.m., David Williams, 40, of Campbellsville, was driving a 2000 Toyota pickup east on U.S. 68. Williams was attempting to pass another vehicle, when a vehicle that had been in the emergency lane pulled back on to the westbound lane. Williams attempted to avoid the vehicle, overcorrected, lost control and overturned without striking the other vehicle.

  • Court sets jail inmate fees

    Inmates at Taylor County's new detention center will have to pay $15 a day, among other fees.

    Jail fees and medical and food contracts were discussed at Tuesday night's regular Fiscal Court meeting.

    Jailer Rick Benningfield told magistrates that Taylor County currently pays Marion County $27 a day to house each of Taylor County's inmates. In return, he said, those inmates pay nothing.

    According to Kentucky Law, Benningfield said, inmates are supposed to reimburse counties for their incarceration costs and medical expenses.

  • City tax rates finalized

    City residents will see a lower tax rate this year.

    Campbellsville City Council members gave final approval to tax rates for 2008-2009 during a special meeting Monday night.

    The rate for real property will be .191 per $100 assessed value. Last year's rate was .192.

    Personal property will be taxed at a rate of .181. Last year's rate was .185.

    The rates are expected to produce $875,359.76 in revenue, an increase of $44,230.30 over last year.

  • Annual flea market has good turnout

    Raindrops didn't keep them from shopping for bargains.

    The 12th annual Tebbs Bend Flea Market, hosted by the Tebbs Bend-Green River Bridge Battlefield Association, was Saturday.

    Anita Brown, president of the association, said attendance was a bit down because of Friday's rain, but she estimates anywhere from 1,200 to 1,500 people attended. Past attendance totals, she said, had counted as many as 2,500.

    "We did OK," she said. "We appreciate everyone's participation. I think the vendors were happy. Everyone I spoke with seemed pleased.

  • Man appeals judge's ruling

    One of the two men who escaped from prison and shot at local police officers two decades ago has appealed a judge's latest denial to void his prison sentence.

    Ronnie Leslie Hudson, 49, of Eddyville filed his latest motion on his own behalf at the Taylor Circuit Clerk's Office last month.

    Hudson originally filed a motion asking for his sentence to be voided in May. Two months later, he filed a notice requesting that Taylor Circuit Court Judge Doughlas M. George issue a ruling in his case. George denied Hudson's motion on July 14.

  • 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.