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  • Leap Day babies get to celebrate tomorrow

    Though Davina Gupton will celebrate her 13th birthday tomorrow, she's been driving for a lot longer.

    Gupton was born on Feb. 29, 1956.

    "I say I'm just becoming a teenager," she says. "I'm just not getting too old."

    Though she said she was due to be born two weeks earlier, Gupton wasn't delivered until Leap Day nearly 52 years ago.

    At first, Gupton thought she might feel left out because she doesn't always get to celebrate her actual birthday.

    "I was actually born in February but [I was] not really here on the 28th."

  • One injured in U.S. 68 collision

    A Russell Springs man was injured Thursday, Feb. 21 after his vehicle slid off the roadway and struck a culvert.

    According to a report filed by Taylor County Sheriff's Deputy Lawrence Walsh, Irvin Arnet Jr., 41, was traveling westbound on U.S. 68 at 12:16 p.m.

    The report states Arnet was driving in rain that froze, causing the roadway to become slick.

    Arnet's 1996 Ford Crown Victoria slid off the roadway, down a deep gully and came to rest on a culvert.

  • Magistrates approve grant agreement

    Taylor County Magistrates approved an agreement last week to apply for federal grant money to purchase new voting machines.

    Magistrates met in a special called Fiscal Court meeting last Wednesday afternoon.

    According to Taylor County Treasurer Melissa Williams, the agreement was sent to the state board of elections to apply for $90,000 in grant money.

    Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney said this agreement does not mean the County will be purchasing new machines this year.

  • Campbellsville man acknowledges he set fire to a home on purpose

    A Campbellsville man has pleaded guilty to setting fire to a home.

    Robert Kevin Rhodes, 29, of 100 Arbor Lane appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Allan Bertram on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

    Rhodes pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal mischief. He originally faced a charge of second-degree arson.

    According to court records, Rhodes was working for a construction company that was building a new home. Records state Rhodes told police he was fired for no reason and set the home on fire because he was angry with his employer.

  • Three injured in crash in LaRue

    Three people were injured in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of KY 210 and KY 470 in LaRue County on Wednesday.

    Lindsay Burgess of Hodgenville was driving a 1999 Mercury Cougar north on KY 470, nearing the intersection with KY 210, according to LaRue County Chief Deputy Marcus Jackson.

    Burgess failed to see a 2005 Toyota Corolla westbound on KY 210 and pulled in front of it, Jackson said. The Toyota, driven by John Abell of Campbellsville, struck Burgess' car in the passenger side door.

  • Half a century in the business of smiles

    She went in for a routine dental appointment. She came out with a career that has spanned nearly a half-century.

    It was July 1957 and Mary Catherine Pruitt had just graduated from Green County High School. She was sitting in Dr. Herman Judd's dental office in Greensburg expecting a check-up. She wasn't expecting a job offer.

    "I went in for my appointment and he asked if I'd like to work there."

    It seemed like the perfect career for Pruitt, who'd already spent much of her life observing people's teeth.

  • Ice storm shuts down many offices

    The ice storm that prompted schools and several government offices to close early Thursday morning had faded into rain by that afternoon.

    "By 2 o'clock, the temperatures rose enough that most of the roads were OK," said Taylor County Emergency Management Public Information Coordinator Ronnie Dooley.

    With an ice storm warning issued by the National Weather Service at about 8:30 a.m., Taylor County Schools opted to dismiss students at 10 a.m., while Campbellsville Independent dismissed at 11:15 a.m. Kentucky Christian School also dismissed students early.

  • Law would toughen animal abuse laws

    Earlier this month, while most of LaRue County was focused on the 199th celebration of native son Abraham Lincoln's birth, animal ordinance officer Jill Gray journeyed to Frankfort to speak in favor of stricter laws for people who abuse animals.

    As part of the "Humane Day Rally" in the capitol rotunda, Gray spoke in support of House Bill 77, which would require the offender to pay "reasonable and necessary maintenance expenses for care of animals involved in cruelty and torture cases."

  • Forest fire hazard season under way

    With an increased amount of downed limbs and brush following recent storms, officials are reminding Kentucky that forest fire hazard season is now under way.

    One of the leading causes of forest fires in Kentucky is fire accidentally escaping when people burn trash or unwanted material.

    Leah MacSwords, director of the Kentucky Division of Forestry, urges Kentucky residents to be extremely careful this fire season if they burn storm debris and to follow state and local laws.

  • 'Shaving the way' to conquer kids' cancer

    Bald is beautiful. Beautiful might be debatable, but there is beauty when baldness can assist in finding a cure for children's cancer.

    Campbellsville University is teaming with the St. Baldrick's Foundation to host the first St. Baldrick event, scheduled for Saturday, March 15 at the university.