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  • Sen. Higdon working on legislation to regulate ‘pill-mills’

    Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, says he is working in a bipartisan way with officials from the Executive Branch as well as other fellow senators and representatives to develop legislation to regulate the licensing of pain-management clinics.
    Higdon represents the 14th District, which includes Taylor, Marion, Mercer, Nelson and Washington counties.

  • Guthrie field representative Phyllis Causey retiring

    Phyllis Causey, field representative for Congressman Brett Guthrie, will retire at the end of January.
    “While traveling as a candidate for Congress, I met so many individuals whose first question to me was, ‘Are you going to keep Phyllis if you are elected,’” Guthrie said. “Their question was a testament to Phyllis’ compassion, hard work and dedication to the individuals in the counties she served. She was, and still is, irreplaceable.

  • Rescue, E-911 budgets on track, mayor says

    With a third of the fiscal year gone, the budgets for rescue and E-911 are right on track.
    The joint city and county Rescue/E-911 Committee met on Tuesday night to discuss the status of the budget, vehicle maintenance and overtime.
    The Committee is made up of Magistrates Ed Gorin and Richard Phillips, who serves as chair of the committee, and City Council Members Mike Hall Jr. and Greg Rice.

  • Thanksgiving is peak day for cooking fires

    The number of home cooking fires on Thanksgiving Day was three times the national average of fires per day in 2009, according the National Fire Protection Association. NFPA is urging the public to keep fire safety in mind when preparing holiday meals.

  • First flu case confirmed in Kentucky

    Kentucky Department for Public Health officials are urging Kentuckians to get a flu vaccination after the season’s first lab-confirmed case of influenza was reported last week. The case was from Jessamine County.

    DPH is reporting the results to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as part of statewide flu surveillance efforts. Kentucky’s flu activity is currently classified as “sporadic,” the lowest level of flu activity.

  • KSP urges caution to avoid deer-car collisions

    With autumn’s arrival and deer hunting season pending, motorists will see increased movement of wildlife throughout the Commonwealth.

    November is traditionally the heart of deer migration and mating season, creating greater potential for deer vs. vehicle crashes.

    Lt. David Jude, spokesperson for Kentucky State Police, says motorists need to take extra precautions when driving in the fall.

  • November is National Adoption Month

    “Religion that God our father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
    -James 1:27 (NIV)

    Will they fit in? Will they be healthy? Can we afford this?
    Can we actually handle this many kids?

    Dr. DeWayne and Sarah Frazier say they had some concerns before adopting three orphans from the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Africa, but they always knew they would give children in need a home.

  • Inmate alleges animal cruelty

    County officials are denying an inmate’s claims that animals at Taylor County Animal Shelter were buried alive in mass graves.

  • Man killed in Tuesday morning crash on KY 55

    Those who knew him say he was a hard worker who always smiled.
    A Campbellsville man is dead following a three-vehicle crash on KY 55 on Tuesday morning.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff’s Office report, Stephen “Steve” Wayne Smith, 29, who had just moved to Taylor County from Russell Springs, was traveling south on KY 55 at 6:16 a.m.
    The report states that Smith lost control of his 2003 Chevrolet Impala, possibly because of slick road conditions, and began to spin.

  • Library move expected to be completed in six months

    Six months from now, Taylor County Public Library will finally have a new home.
    The Library Board had a special meeting Monday to hire Elizabethtown-based ICON Engineering & Inspection Services. In its bid for the project, the company provided a timeline.

    Board member Eddie Hazelwood said ICON has promised a six-month timeline. He said the design phase and the bid proposal process would each take one month. Actual construction would take four months.
    ICON will be paid $48,700 for its services.