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  • New Rescue director hired

    Campbellsville/Taylor County Rescue has a new director.

    Mayor Brenda Allen and former Rescue Director Dan Durham announced Monday that part-time paramedic Allen Bottoms has been appointed to fill Durham's position.

    Monday was also Bottoms' first day on the job.

    Allen has sole authority to hire the Rescue director. She said there were 11 applicants for the position, several of whom were from out of state.

    She said she interviewed three people for the position, who were all from Campbellsville or the surrounding area.

  • Man charged with having concealed weapon

    A Campbellsville man has been charged with having a concealed weapon after police stopped him for driving off the road near Green River Lake.

    Ben D. Johnston, 18, of 295 Twin Meadows Road was cited at 10:06 p.m. on Friday, July 25.

    Johnston's citation states that Kentucky Fish and Wildlife officers saw him driving a motor vehicle off of a maintained roadway.

    The citation states officers cited Johnston for that offense but gave him a verbal warning that while driving he should be in possession of an operator's license.

  • Election deadline approaches

    Those who want to serve on the City or County school boards and the Soil and Water Conservation Board have about a week to file to run in the General Election on Nov. 4.

    The deadline for those candidates to file is Tuesday, Aug. 12 at 4:30 p.m. Candidates must file their papers at the Taylor County Clerk's office in the Taylor County Courthouse.

    On the Taylor County School Board ticket, Districts 2, 3 and 4 are up for election. So far, only incumbents Jim Cheatham, Tony Davis and Lillian Clark have filed to run.

  • Resident charged in sealed indictment

    A Campbellsville resident has been charged with selling cocaine in an indictment 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.

    Anthony O. Mitchell, 23, of 225 Vintage Lane was charged with first-degree selling cocaine.

    Bond was set at 10 percent of $20,000. If convicted, Mitchell could be sentenced to as much as 10 years in prison.

    - An indictment is a legal accusation only. It does not establish guilt.

  • Firefighters battle 'suspicious' blaze Friday morning

    Fourteen firefighters with two fire trucks responded to a house fire in the early morning hours Friday.

    According to a news release from the Campbellsville/Taylor County Fire Department, firefighters responded at 3:36 a.m. to the blaze at 112 1/2 Davis St.

    Assistant Chief Bill Hall stated that the fire started in a bathroom at the rear of the house. Doris Cundiff is the owner of the house, and the heaviest fire damage was in the kitchen and bathroom.

  • Two arrested on burglary charges

    Campbellsville Police have arrested two Elizabethtown men allegedly attempting to steal scrap metal from the former Fruit of the Loom building.

    According to a Campbellsville Police report, police responded to a call that someone was seen entering the building at 3 a.m. Wednesday.

    Sixfrido Mendez, 25, and Jared C. Fox, 20, were arrested and charged with theft by unlawful taking more than $300, possession of burglary tools and criminal trespassing. They were arrested at the scene and were lodged in the Marion County jail.

  • Road funds awarded to county

    Taylor County will receive $30,000 in County Road Aid emergency funds.

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced last week that Taylor County Fiscal Court will receive the money to replace the drainage structure on Wilson Creek Road.

    Taylor County Fiscal Court is responsible for administering the work.

  • How safe is your money?

    Due in part to the number of banks that have closed this year, customers are becoming increasingly concerned about the safety of the money they deposit.

    Local bank officials, however, say there is no reason to be alarmed.

    The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. reports that seven banks in the United States have closed since Jan. 1 and 90 more are listed on a quarterly watch list of troubled banks - those considered to be on shaky financial footing, according to the FDIC.gov Web site.

    In contrast, three banks failed in 2007 and four in 2004.

  • Two charged with selling drugs

    Two Campbellsville residents have been arrested and charged with selling drugs.

    Orvey C. Harris, 56, and Betty A. Harris, 54, both of 10331 Saloma Road, were arrested at 8:42 p.m. Saturday, July 26.

    According to court records, the Harrises are accused of selling a third-degree controlled substance.

    They pleaded not guilty to the charge in Taylor District Court on Monday, July 28.

    Bond for the Harrises was set at 10 percent of $5,000 each. Preliminary hearings were set for Monday, Aug. 11.

    Campbellsville Police Det. David Tucker investigated.

  • Making way for progress

    From the outside, the building may look empty. Inside, however, construction workers are building up a sweat.

    Construction work is continuing on the Taylor County Detention Center, slated to be completed by end of this month or middle of next.

    Taylor County Jailer Rick Benningfield said he's excited about the opening but didn't realize just how much work would be involved.

    Benningfield said more painting needs to be done, along with putting in some ceilings and doing other "little" jobs.

    "They're really working hard," he said. "I hope by October we'll be in."