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  • Council could consider gas pre-pay rule

    If business owners agree, Campbellsville City Council members may soon consider an ordinance requiring customers to pay before they pump.

    Gas drive-offs are on the rise, Campbellsville Police Chief Dennis Benningfield told the Council during its regular meeting last week.

    As a result, Benningfield said police are surveying gas station owners to see if the majority would be in favor of an ordinance mandating pre-payment of gas purchases.

    "That would eliminate a lot of the problems," he said.

  • Giddy-up!

    Greg O'Dell participated in the bareback bronc riding competition, part of the second annual World Championship IPRA rodeo, hosted by the Taylor County Band Boosters last Saturday at the Taylor County Fairgrounds.

  • EDA asks for cooperation from tourism group

    A committee has been formed to help build coordination between local economic development and tourism entities.

    Mark Johnson, chair of the Taylor County Economic Development Authority, addressed magistrates at Tuesday night's regular Fiscal Court meeting about the relationship between the Economic Development Authority and the Taylor County Tourist Commission.

    Johnson told magistrates that the EDA works well with the Campbellsville/Taylor County Chamber of Commerce, Fiscal Court and the members of the Campbellsville County Council.

  • Rescue director resigns after four years

    After more than 10 years, including the last four years as director, Dan Durham is leaving Campbellsville/Taylor County Rescue.

    Durham turned in his resignation to Mayor Brenda Allen last Thursday. He announced his intentions publicly on Monday.

    Durham is stepping down to accept a job as Campbellsville program director for Air Evac Lifeteam. His final day with Rescue is Aug. 8.

    Air Evac's Campbellsville office serves Taylor and surrounding counties, Durham said. His duties there will be essentially the same as his duties at Rescue.

  • Construction equipment stolen

    Campbellsville Police are investigating the theft of some building equipment from the Taylor County Detention Center construction site.

    According to a police report, between July 3 and July 7, someone took a yellow and black Caterpillar multi-terrain skid loader from the site on South Central Avenue.

    Police are asking anyone with information about the theft to contact them at 465-4122. Officer Bart Gilpin is investigating.

  • Clerk's office closed Saturday

    Taylor Circuit Clerk Rodney Burress' office will not be open this Saturday because of computer maintenance.

    According to Burress, maintenance will be performed in the Commonwealth Office of Technology that will create a complete power outage in the office, resulting in all mainframe computer systems being down, including the driver's licensing system.

    The office is normally open the second Saturday of every month from 8 a.m. to noon. It will be open again on Saturday, Aug. 9.

  • CHS band director resigns for LaRue post

    Superintendent Diane Woods-Ayers says Campbellsville Schools is very much committed to a marching and concert band program, despite the fact there is no band director and only $3,500 has been budgeted for the 2008-2009 school year.

    Jaime Smith, band director at Campbellsville High School since 2005, recently accepted the band director's position at LaRue County High School.

    On Monday, Woods-Ayers said that her office has posted the band director's job description and several letters of inquiry have already been received.

  • Council gives first OK to alcohol ordinance

    Restaurants that plan to serve alcohol in Campbellsville will be charged an 8 percent regulatory fee and will not be permitted to sell alcohol on Sundays.

    During its regular meeting Monday evening, Campbellsville City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance defining alcohol fees, establishing a local Alcoholic Beverage Control board and setting hours during which alcoholic beverages can be sold.

  • Man arrested on trailer theft charges

    Police have arrested a Campbellsville man in connection with the theft of a flatbed trailer on July 9.

    According to a Campbellsville Police report, police responded to a report of the stolen trailer at 2:20 a.m. The 16-foot flatbed trailer was stolen from Fluortubing USA on Industrial Drive.

    Four minutes after responding to the call, police stopped a Jeep pulling the trailer on Vine Street. Police arrested the driver, Christopher G. Thompson, 33, of 314 Clem Haskins Blvd., and charged him with theft by unlawful taking more than $300. He was lodged in the Marion County jail.

  • Turning wood into art

    Covered in sawdust, Greg Kirkland sets his sights on the bowl spinning on his lathe. With not even a moment's hesitation, he leans in with a gouge. Ribbons of wood and sawdust fill the air as patterns begin to emerge on the bowl.

    There's beauty in nature. And Kirkland's passion is finding that beauty. The key is not to make plans, Kirkland said. Instead, he follows the directions laid out in the wood's own design.

    "[The wood] kind of tells me what it wants," Kirkland said. "If you plan, it won't work. If you try to fight it, you'll lose."