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  • Food Pantry receives $3,895 from fundraiser

    The Taylor County Food Pantry has received nearly a month's worth of operating expenses from Sunday's fundraiser at Colton's Steak House & Grill.

    According to Taylor County Ministerial Association Treasurer Ted Beam, the fundraiser brought in $3,895. On average, the pantry spends about $5,000 a month feeding those in need.

  • Residents build community spirit by pitching cornhole

    The community that plays together, stays together. That's the philosophy at work during Mannsville's Thursday night cornhole gatherings.

    "It's good for the community," says Blake Penn, whose Penn's Store and Restaurant hosts the gatherings. "It keeps us close."

    It all began about three years ago, Terri Gabehart said, when six people, including herself, started getting together sporadically to pitch. About two years ago, others started asking when the group played.

    "We decided to start getting together on Thursday," Gabehart said

  • Bridge to Faith

    The roar of 60 motorcycles fills the Green River Plaza parking lot. Following a police escort, one by one, they drive away.

    The Bridge To Faith motorcycle club poker run Saturday raised $700 to support the group's upcoming fundraisers, including a St. Jude Children's Research Hospital benefit run.

    Members of the club are recovered alcoholics and drug addicts, said President Bobby Gupton. He said about 60 people participated in the run, which wound through Hodgenville, Greensburg and then back to Campbellsville.

  • Under Construction

    Work to widen a portion of KY 210 and KY 55 is about 45 percent complete.

    While work is progressing, the project, which will widen KY 210 to five lanes from U.S. 68 to KY 3183 and widen KY 55 to five lanes from KY 1625 to U.S. 68, has experienced some delays.

    "The specified completion date is still uncertain due to the initial utility delays that plagued the project," said Becky Judson, public information officer for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet in Elizabethtown.

  • Man’s appeal denied, months after prison release

    One of the two men who escaped from prison and shot at local police officers two decades ago has lost an appeal of his sentence, though he was released from prison more than three months ago.

    Ronnie Hudson, 50, filed a motion on his own behalf in May 2008 asking that his 25-year prison sentence be voided. Senior Status Circuit Court Judge Doughlas M. George denied that motion.

    In August 2008, Hudson appealed George's ruling to the Kentucky Court of Appeals. In an opinion issued last week, the Court of Appeals denied the request, even though Hudson is no longer in prison.

  • First jail inspection goes well

    Days at the Taylor County Detention Center are busy and full of paperwork.

    Jail staff members spend a large part of their day completing the necessary forms to house state inmates. And, so far, the detention center has been able to house more state inmates than Jailer Rick Benningfield originally thought.

    That's not a bad problem to have, he says, because it means more money in the County's pocket.

  • Mural brings back memories of downtown

    Main Street in Campbellsville, 1970. Shively's, Scott's, Lerman Bros. and other stores line the street. That era may be long gone, but now you can stop in Druther's Restaurant and let the memories come flooding back.

    As part of a planned remodeling of Druther's, local artist Trena Corbin has painted a 28- by 6-foot conversation piece that is truly a blast from downtown Campbellsville's past. The mural features Main Street as it appeared in 1970, the year Druther's first opened its doors.

  • Man charged with child sex abuse

    A Campbellsville man has been indicted on charges alleging he sexually abused three children younger than 12.

    Oliver L. Schmitz, 23, of 134 Coppock St. was indicted last Tuesday by a Taylor County grand jury.

    Schmitz was charged with seven counts of first-degree sexual abuse.

    According to the indictment, he is accused of committing the acts between April 1 and May 14.

    Campbellsville Police Detective Sgt. Patricia Thompson, who is investigating the allegations, said the alleged crimes were reported after a child told a parent about the incidents.

  • Winds leave minor damage

    The high winds that preceded Tuesday's heavy rain left scattered minor damage throughout the county Tuesday.

    According to Ronnie Dooley, Taylor County Emergency Management's public information coordinator, reports were minimal.

    "We had some trees reported down throughout the county," he said.

    There were two significant incidents of damage.

    A wind gust tore away a portion of the metal roof at Shoe Sensation at Green River Plaza.

  • Lebanon man charged with second DUI

    A Lebanon man has been arrested and charged with DUI after being stopped at a traffic safety checkpoint.

    James M. Sandusky, 20, of 990 Hundley Lane was arrested at 11:23 p.m. Friday, July 31.

    According to Sandusky's arrest citation, he was stopped during the checkpoint and Kentucky State Police troopers smelled alcohol on him.

    The citation states that Sandusky told the troopers that he had drunk five or more beers. Alcohol was also found in his vehicle, records state.