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  • Company announces expansion

    Campbellsville has gained 25 jobs and a trip to Mars.

    Gov. Steve Beshear's office last week announced that Fluortubing USA will open a manufacturing facility in Campbellsville. The announcement coincided with news that the company will manufacture tubes to be used on NASA's Mars probe to be launched in 2010.

    Fluortubing USA, a manufacturer of Polytetrafluoraethylene (Teflon(r)) plastic tubing, will move part of its manufacturing operations to Campbellsville from its subsidiary company - Fluortubing B.V. of Utrecht, The Netherlands.

  • Hazard appointed by governor

    A local woman is among the several committee appointments made by Gov. Steve Beshear last week.

    LaWanda K. Hazard was appointed to serve on the Kentucky African-American Heritage Commission. Hazard is a social worker for the Jefferson County School District.

    She represents the public at large. The appointment replaces Earl Junior Jackson, whose term has expired. Hazard will serve for a term expiring Feb. 1, 2012.

  • Man sentenced to prison on theft charges

    A Campbellsville man has violated the terms of his probation and will spend seven years in prison on theft and other charges.

    Kyle Alan Mardis, 28, of 101 Grandview Drive appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Doughlas M. George on Tuesday, Aug. 5.

    In July 2007, Mardis pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking more than $300. A charge of being a first-degree persistent felony offender was dismissed.

    Two months later, Mardis was sentenced to four years' probation and ordered to pay $1,325 in restitution.

  • Russell Springs man charged with theft

    A Russell Springs man has been arrested and charged with theft by unlawful taking more than $300 after he was seen stealing construction materials.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's report, deputies received a complaint on Monday, July 28 that three people were loading I-beams onto a trailer at a lot on Heather Drive. The three left before deputies arrived, however.

    After an investigation, sheriff's deputies discovered that I-beams had been also been loaded on Thursday, July 24.

  • Mullins withdraws from race

    Citing a battle with cancer, Democrat Doug Mullins has dropped out of the 51st District State Representative's race.

    Mullins, who currently serves on the Campbellsville City Council, ran unopposed in the May primary. He would have faced Republican John "Bam" Carney in the race to fill the position that incumbent Russ Mobley, R-Campbellsville, will vacate when his term ends this year.

    Mobley will not seek re-election. In a press release issued earlier this year, Mobley cited health issues as his reason for stepping down after eight years in office.

  • By the Numbers

    First week school enrollment numbers have provided few surprises for administrators this year.

    Attendance is up at both districts. Taylor County Schools' attendance rose 69 students from last year to 2,688. Campbellsville Independent gained 35 students for a total of 1,093.

    At Taylor County, the only school to increase individual enrollment so far is the elementary, which added 80 students, according to Angela Wheat, Taylor County director of pupil personnel. After the first week of classes, the school has 1,190 students.

  • Campbellsville man accused of selling cocaine

    A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged with selling cocaine and other charges after a traffic stop.

    Christopher R. Tungate, 26, of 807 N. Hoskins Ave. was arrested at 2:44 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 3.

    According to Tungate's arrest citation, he was stopped by Taylor County Constable Jamie Gaddis for failing to signal and having an expired license plate.

    After Campbellsville Police Officer Brian Morgan arrived at the scene, he observed that Tungate had glassy eyes and smelled of alcohol.

  • Homeownership protection initiative launched

    Seeking to stem the tide of home foreclosures, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear this week announced at a press conference in Owensboro the creation of the Kentucky Homeownership Protection Center.

    The Protection Center, created by the passage of HB 552 during the 2008 General Assembly, will help Kentuckians in financial trouble become more proactive in keeping their homes.

  • Task force seeks information on marijuana growers

    The Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas task force is seeking information on marijuana growers.

    The task force is seeking the names and addresses of suspected marijuana growers. The task force also asks for city/county and a description of the home or the location at which the marijuana is growing.

    Information can be submitted in writing to Appalachia HIDTA, P.O. Box 5070, London, Ky. 40745.

    Information can also be submitted to the toll-free anonymous tip line at (866) 424-4382.

  • Court says no to pre-pay ordinance

    Taylor County residents won't have to pay before they pump after all.

    Campbellsville Police Officer Travis Begley addressed Taylor Fiscal Court on Tuesday night about the rising gas drive-off problem.

    Begley, who represented the Campbellsville/Taylor County Retail Business Association, said the hot topic of rising gas prices will affect everyone.

    "This is only going to get worse," he said.