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  • Principal interviews get under way at CES

    Campbellsville Elementary School could have a new principal by next Monday.

    Tomorrow, the school's site-based decision making council will begin interviewing five candidates for the job, according to SBDM councilwoman and CES teacher Laura Dicken. The council will conclude the interviews on Thursday.

    In all, nine people applied for the job, and all were qualified, according to SBDM chairwoman Lisa Wiseman. The position was posted on the Kentucky Department of Education's Kentucky Educator Placement Service Web site for 30 days beginning on May 1.

  • Gas drive-offs becoming a problem

    As gas prices inch toward $4 a gallon, an increasing number of drivers are willing to risk arrest by driving off after filling up.

    Convenience store owners and managers in Campbellsville say gas drive-offs are happening more frequently.

    Fuel theft isn't only a local problem; it has become a headache for retailers nationwide. The average convenience store operator lost slightly more than $1,000 in 2007, according to Ted Mason, executive director of the Kentucky Association of Convenience Stores.

  • Campbellsville man arrested, charged with drug crimes

    A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged with selling cocaine.

    Steve Underwood, 53, of 206 S. Court St. was arrested Wednesday, June 4.

    According to Underwood's arrest citation, Kentucky State Police officers searched his home and found crack cocaine, more than 50 Lortab pills, marijuana, a crack pipe, an empty Lortab prescription bottle and scales.

    Underwood was charged with first-degree selling cocaine, second-degree selling Lortab, possession of marijuana and possession of drug supplies.

  • 400-Mile Yard Sale

    Annette Givens of Campbellsville hit the U.S. 68 400-Mile Sale early Friday morning. The annual yard sale stretches from east to west across the state through 60 communities.

  • Lt. Governor is Chamber guest speaker

    Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo says Kentucky's future is bright.

    Mongiardo was the guest speaker at Thursday night's annual Campbellsville/Taylor County Chamber of Commerce banquet.

    In addition to the Chamber's annual awards (see related story), new Board members were announced. They are Mark Carney, Pieter De Grez, Renay England, Susie Skaggs and Dr. Heather Wise. Those members rotating off the Board were Larry Bowen, Dr. Ben Cox, Tommy Hughes, Sue Ellen Knifley and David Alan Newton.

  • Man arrested after firing shots near home

    A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged after he allegedly fired several shots with a firearm near his home.

    According to a report filed by Taylor County Sheriff's Deputy Lawrence Walsh, James C. Armstrong, 23, of 1214 Red Fern Road was arrested at 11:09 p.m. Saturday, May 31.

    The report states sheriff's deputies received a call reporting shots being fired from 1214 Red Fern Road. The caller told sheriff's deputies that the person firing the shots was coming out of the home, firing and then returning to the home.

  • Two local businesses to close their doors

    Two Campbellsville businesses, Friedman's Jewelers and Dawahares, will soon close their doors in Green River Plaza.

    Lexington-based clothing retailer Dawahares will close by the end of July, Dawahare's President Harding Dawahare said. Friedman's will close by June 21, according to store manager Allen McKibben.

    Dawahare said the family-owned firm filed for bankruptcy protection May 30 and plans to close nine of its 31 stores. About 100 employees of 500 will lose their jobs.

    The Campbellsville Dawahares' closing will affect between 10 and 12 employees.

  • Unlawful imprisonment, other charges dismissed

    Charges against a Campbellsville man arrested and charged with unlawful imprisonment in April after he allegedly held a 14-year-old juvenile at his home have been dismissed.

    According to a report filed by Taylor County Sheriff's Deputy Lawrence Walsh, Cody J. Welch, 25, of 11866 Hodgenville Road was arrested on Wednesday, April 2.

    The report states Welch was arrested as the result of a missing juvenile compaint. Further allegations, according to the report, state that Welch had been selling marijuana to the juvenile.

  • City sells Merchants Hotel for $1

    It could be the event that helps revitalize downtown Campbellsville, according to Campbellsville Mayor Brenda Allen.

    Following a brief executive session, Campbellsville City Council voted unanimously Monday to sell the Merchants Hotel building to Will and Karen Patton for $1.

    As part of the contract, the Pattons are required to spend at least $125,000 by Dec. 31, 2010 for the "rescue, renovation and revitalization" of the property.

    Allen said the restoration of the hotel could lead to the revitalization of the downtown area.

  • Police seek business input on security improvements

    Campbellsville Police officers are inviting retail business owners and managers to a meeting next week to discuss security.

    Campbellsville Police Chief Dennis Benningfield said the purpose of the meeting is to form a partnership between businesses and the police department. The meeting, he said, will result in the formation of a Campbellsville Retail Business Association.

    Following the initial meeting, Benningfield said topics of discussion will include forgery, gasoline drive-offs, scams, identity theft and more.