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  • 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.

  • ACT scores released

    Results from last year's round of ACTs for high school seniors were released last week, showing Campbellsville High students' scores remained steady, while Taylor County seniors' improved slightly.

    Campbellsville's 39 seniors scored a composite of 19, the same as the previous two years. Taylor County's 147 seniors scored a composite of 19.8, a notch above the previous 19.7. The test is optional for seniors (see sidebar).

    The statewide 2008 composite is 20.9, compared to 2007's composite of 20.7. Nationally, the 2008 composite score was 21.1, a drop of 0.1 percent from 2007.

  • UpdateNational Guard activated for hurricane relief

    About 350 Kentucky National Guard soldiers have been activated to help with Hurricane Gustav relief missions, including 51 from Campbellsville's unit.

    According to a press release, Gov. Steven L. Beshear and Adj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini have directed the deployment of more than 350 troops, five Kentucky Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk and three OH-58 Kiowa helicopters to Louisiana.

    Aircraft crews from the 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade left Sunday at the Army Aviation Support Facility located at Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort.

  • UpdateMan dies in motorcycle crash

    A Campbellsville man is dead from injuries he received after crashing his motorcycle into a tree Saturday night.

    According to a press release from the Taylor County Sheriff's Department, Richard Rawlings, 49, of 3386 Elk Horn Road was traveling north on KY 527 about a mile from Campbellsville just after 6 p.m.

    Sheriff's Deputy William Rice stated in his report that Rawlings lost control of his maroon 1981 Honda 900 motorcycle in a curve, drove off of the northbound lane and struck a tree. He was not wearing a helmet.

  • Man gets five years for violating diversion

    A Campbellsville man has been sentenced to five years in prison for violating the terms of his diversion.

    Robert Dale Burton Jr., 22, of 703 Cottage Court in Campbellsville appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Allan Bertram on Tuesday, Aug. 19.

    In November 2007, Burton pleaded guilty to receiving more than $300 in stolen property, public intoxication and second-degree fleeing or evading police.

    At that time, Burton was sentenced to a year's probation on the misdemeanor public intoxication and fleeing police charges and ordered to attend substance abuse treatment.

  • 4th District magistrate's race grabs attention

    In an election with little local flavor, some voters will have at least one additional county race to consider in November.

    A special election for 4th District magistrate will take place during the General Election on Nov. 4, Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney said.

    "This is a special election to fill the unexpired term of Marshall Caulk," Carney said.

    Caulk resigned in March, citing health concerns. His term expires in 2010.

    The 4th District is made up of the Elk Horn-Yuma, Ireland/Irene-Romine and New South areas.

  • After the crime ...

    It started when they were buying a new car. They went to the car dealership, traded their current vehicle and completed an application for a loan.

    They later found out that the loan officer kept their Social Security number, posed as the customers and purchased another vehicle.

    "It was a bad deal," Ron Wise, vice president and loan officer at United Citizens Bank, said.

    While the situation actually happened in another town, Wise said, the person involved was from Taylor County, one in a growing number of identity theft victims.

  • Man accused of engaging in sexual activity with minor

    A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged with four counts of first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor after he allegedly had sexual contact with a juvenile younger than 16.

    Rocky Creed Kelly, 20, of 299 Campground Road was arrested Friday, Aug. 22 at 9:15 a.m.

    According to Kelly's arrest warrant, he is accused of inducing, assisting or causing a juvenile to engage in sexual activity.

    Kelly pleaded not guilty to the crimes, which are B felonies punishable by as much as 20 years in prison each, in Taylor District Court on Monday, Aug. 25.