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  • 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.

  • Company announces expansion

    Campbellsville has gained 25 jobs and a trip to Mars.

    Gov. Steve Beshear's office last week announced that Fluortubing USA will open a manufacturing facility in Campbellsville. The announcement coincided with news that the company will manufacture tubes to be used on NASA's Mars probe to be launched in 2010.

    Fluortubing USA, a manufacturer of Polytetrafluoraethylene (Teflon(r)) plastic tubing, will move part of its manufacturing operations to Campbellsville from its subsidiary company - Fluortubing B.V. of Utrecht, The Netherlands.

  • Hazard appointed by governor

    A local woman is among the several committee appointments made by Gov. Steve Beshear last week.

    LaWanda K. Hazard was appointed to serve on the Kentucky African-American Heritage Commission. Hazard is a social worker for the Jefferson County School District.

    She represents the public at large. The appointment replaces Earl Junior Jackson, whose term has expired. Hazard will serve for a term expiring Feb. 1, 2012.

  • Man sentenced to prison on theft charges

    A Campbellsville man has violated the terms of his probation and will spend seven years in prison on theft and other charges.

    Kyle Alan Mardis, 28, of 101 Grandview Drive appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Doughlas M. George on Tuesday, Aug. 5.

    In July 2007, Mardis pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking more than $300. A charge of being a first-degree persistent felony offender was dismissed.

    Two months later, Mardis was sentenced to four years' probation and ordered to pay $1,325 in restitution.

  • Russell Springs man charged with theft

    A Russell Springs man has been arrested and charged with theft by unlawful taking more than $300 after he was seen stealing construction materials.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's report, deputies received a complaint on Monday, July 28 that three people were loading I-beams onto a trailer at a lot on Heather Drive. The three left before deputies arrived, however.

    After an investigation, sheriff's deputies discovered that I-beams had been also been loaded on Thursday, July 24.

  • Mullins withdraws from race

    Citing a battle with cancer, Democrat Doug Mullins has dropped out of the 51st District State Representative's race.

    Mullins, who currently serves on the Campbellsville City Council, ran unopposed in the May primary. He would have faced Republican John "Bam" Carney in the race to fill the position that incumbent Russ Mobley, R-Campbellsville, will vacate when his term ends this year.

    Mobley will not seek re-election. In a press release issued earlier this year, Mobley cited health issues as his reason for stepping down after eight years in office.

  • By the Numbers

    First week school enrollment numbers have provided few surprises for administrators this year.

    Attendance is up at both districts. Taylor County Schools' attendance rose 69 students from last year to 2,688. Campbellsville Independent gained 35 students for a total of 1,093.

    At Taylor County, the only school to increase individual enrollment so far is the elementary, which added 80 students, according to Angela Wheat, Taylor County director of pupil personnel. After the first week of classes, the school has 1,190 students.

  • Campbellsville man accused of selling cocaine

    A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged with selling cocaine and other charges after a traffic stop.

    Christopher R. Tungate, 26, of 807 N. Hoskins Ave. was arrested at 2:44 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 3.

    According to Tungate's arrest citation, he was stopped by Taylor County Constable Jamie Gaddis for failing to signal and having an expired license plate.

    After Campbellsville Police Officer Brian Morgan arrived at the scene, he observed that Tungate had glassy eyes and smelled of alcohol.