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  • Consumers choosing local meat products

    With prices on the rise, more consumers are looking directly to farms for their meat purchases.

    Taylor County farmer Jeff Arnold said he sells about 25 cows a year directly to consumers. Some buy half a cow, while others buy a quarter.

    That number can increase when retail meat prices rise, he said.

    "When the price goes up at the grocery store, they kind of look at other options," Arnold said. "We also slaughter one every eight to 10 months for our own use."

    Buying directly is cheaper, Arnold said, with beef prices ranging from $1.50 to $1.60 per pound.

  • Hola, Farmers

    Tabaco. Granero. Cosecha. These are words that local tobacco farmers may hear often when harvesting tobacco, but many may not know what they mean.

    These words are Spanish for tobacco, barn and harvest. Area farmers will get a chance to learn those and other farming-related words next month when Campbellsville University Technology Training Center offers a three-night "Spanish for Farmers" class.

  • Voters to decide alcohol issue

    In May, Campbellsville voters will decide whether some local restaurants can serve alcohol or not.

    According to Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney, the group circulating a petition seeking to allow the sale of alcohol by the drink in Campbellsville turned in the final petition on Wednesday.

    As of Thursday afternoon, which was the petition deadline, 603 signatures had been verified, Carney said - 44 more than needed. Carney said petitioners started bringing in petitions a week ahead of the deadline.

  • Man indicted on drug charges

    A Campbellsville man has been indicted on charges accusing him of selling cocaine and marijuana.

    Travis D. Owens, 28, of 404 Clem Haskins Blvd. was indicted Tuesday by a Taylor County grand jury. Owens was charged with first-degree selling cocaine, selling less than 8 ounces of marijuana, both second offenses, possession of drug supplies and being a second-degree persistent felony offender.

    Bond was set at 10 percent of $25,000 cash.

  • Attorney general announces Medicaid fraud settlement with CVS Pharmacy

    Attorney General Jack Conway announced last week that Kentucky will receive a $1.36 million settlement from CVS Caremark Corp. for defrauding the state Medicaid program.

    CVS overcharged the Kentucky Medicaid program by systematically switching Medicaid recipients whose physicians had prescribed ranitidine, the generic form of the popular antacid drug Zantac, tablets to the higher-priced capsule form of the drug.

  • Campbellsville officer among recent police training graduates

    Campbellsville Police Officer Andrew R. Warren is among 25 officers to graduate recently from basic training at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training.

    The officers of Class 390 completed 18 weeks of training, which consisted of more than 750 hours, recruit-level officer academy instruction. Major training areas included homeland security, law offenses and procedures, vehicle operations, firearms, investigations, first aid/CPR, patrol procedures, orientation for new law enforcement families, and mechanics of arrest, restraint and control.

  • TCES hires new principal

    A familiar face will greet Taylor County Elementary students next school year.

    Brian Clifford, who started his education career at Taylor County Middle School a decade ago, has been named the new principal at TCES.

    Karen Bruce, elementary teacher and vice chairwoman of the school's site-based decision making council, said the council offered Clifford the job on Tuesday.

    Clifford, who is currently curriculum coordinator at Barren County Schools, said he looks forward to returning to Taylor County.

    "Campbellsville seems like home to my family and I," Clifford said.

  • Cleanup week begins Monday

    Those wanting to clean out their attics and garages in honor of the arrival of spring can also "spring clean" the community next week.

    The 10th annual Commonwealth Cleanup Week - a week-long event geared toward "spring cleaning" Kentucky's communities - begins Sunday.

    Taylor County Solid Waste Coordinator Debbie McNear said those interested in pitching in should contact her to make the arrangements.

    As of Tuesday, however, no groups had signed up to participate though she said she sent information to several local church and school groups.

  • Man pleads not guilty to federal charges

    The former Campbellsville man who police say used his Myspace page to lure an underage girl into sexual activity has pleaded not guilty in federal court.

    Timothy Scott Richerson, 39, of Greensburg entered his plea in United States District Court on Friday. He was taken into custody following his hearing before United States District Court Senior Judge Karl S. Forester.

    Richerson was indicted on charges of using a computer to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity earlier this month.

  • Hobby turns into potential future for teen

    With just a pencil, Kim Parker can make a blank page come to life.

    "They are so real," says Taylor County High School Guidance Counselor Dana Young, while looking at a portrait Parker did of Young's three children.

    She said she was overwhelmed when Parker brought her the finished portraits.

    "It just gave me cold chills, to be honest. I was proud of her."