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  • Turning wood into art

    Covered in sawdust, Greg Kirkland sets his sights on the bowl spinning on his lathe. With not even a moment's hesitation, he leans in with a gouge. Ribbons of wood and sawdust fill the air as patterns begin to emerge on the bowl.

    There's beauty in nature. And Kirkland's passion is finding that beauty. The key is not to make plans, Kirkland said. Instead, he follows the directions laid out in the wood's own design.

    "[The wood] kind of tells me what it wants," Kirkland said. "If you plan, it won't work. If you try to fight it, you'll lose."

  • Some choose alternative to high gas prices

    An increasing number of motorists are switching from four wheels to two in an effort to minimize the pain at the pump. And Wayne Wells says he's having fun on two wheels.

    Wells said he rode a motorcycle about 30 years ago and only recently became interested in a moped after he saw a local attorney, the late Jim Miller, riding his around Campbellsville.

    "I bought my moped mainly for camping, but it has turned out that I ride it almost every day," Wells said.

  • Chamber: Murakami named manufacturing business of the year

    In a slumping economy, when some manufacturers are plagued by dismal sales that result in worker lay-offs, one manufacturer in Campbellsville is happy to be adding additional equipment and new product lines.

    Murakami Manufacturing U.S.A. Inc., manufacturers of sideview mirrors for the automobile industry, was recently presented this year's Campbellsville/Taylor County Chamber of Commerce Manufacturing Business of the Year Award.

  • Local girl tries to make it big in Chicago

    Campbellsville residents traveling to take in a little theater might just find themselves watching a fellow Taylor Countian perform.

    Eva Swan, a former Taylor County High School student, has spent the past five years living in Chicago pursuing her dream of becoming an actress.

    Swan, 26, the daughter of Dr. Terry and Cinda Swan, was born in Bowling Green but spent the majority of her youth in Campbellsville, attending Taylor County schools. She was involved in dance team and chorus throughout middle and high school.

  • City receives Preserve America funds

    Campbellsville is among eight Preserve America communities in the Kentucky Crossroads Rural Heritage Development Initiative that will receive Preserve America grants to conduct cultural resource surveys, prepare nominations to the National Register of Historic Places and support heritage tourism projects.

    An umbrella grant totaling $80,000 was awarded to the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office to be made available to RHDI communities in an effort to raise awareness and promote historic assets in rural areas. Grant funds will be expended through July 2009.

  • Two charged in sealed indictments

    Two Campbellsville residents have been charged with selling cocaine 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.

    Robert Leo Sallee, 33, of 103 Anna Court was indicted on a charge of first-degree selling cocaine.

    Bond was set at 10 percent of $15,000. If convicted, Sallee could be sentenced to as much as 10 years in prison.

  • K-Country Showdown

    Kristen Autumn Willis was the winner of Thursday's K-Country 105.7/Colgate Country Showdown.

    Mary Beth Montgomery was first runner-up and Allie Shae Hash was named honorable mention. Sixteen competed for the opportunity to perform at the state level.

    State winners vie for a $1,000 cash prize and advance to a regional competition. The five regional winners are awarded an all-expense paid trip to the national final where they will compete for the $100,000 grand prize and the national title.

  • Trooper involved in crash

    A Kentucky State Trooper was involved in a crash Tuesday afternoon on KY 70.

    According to a news release from the Kentucky State Police, Trooper Nathan Rhodes, 26, was traveling east on KY 70 at about 4 p.m. when he swerved to avoid hitting the rear of a vehicle stopped to turn onto Old Elk Horn Road.

    The report states that Rhodes struck a 1993 Jeep operated by Kyle Long, 20, of Liberty.

    Rhodes, Long and Zackery Cochran, 18, also of Liberty and a passenger in the Long vehicle, were taken to Taylor Regional Hospital, treated and later released.

  • City receives $5,000 grant for Merchants Hotel work

    The City of Campbellsville has received a federal grant to pay for preparation of a historic structures report on the Merchants Hotel.

    The City will receive $5,000 from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The report, prepared by Donna Logsdon and Steve Flinchum, outlines the history of the building, measured drawings, photographs, a description of existing building materials and conditions and recommendations for future building renovation. A copy of the report is available at City Hall.

  • Somerset judge announces candidacy for Supreme Court seat

    Daniel J. Venters, a former chief circuit judge for the 28th Circuit, has announced his candidacy for the Kentucky Supreme Court's 3rd District.

    The 3rd District is comprised of 27 counties, including Taylor. The seat was recently vacated by Joseph Lambert, who resigned on June 27.

    The election to fill the vacant spot will be conducted during the November General Election.

    In a press release, Venters outlined his qualifications.