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  • Purple martins return year after year

    Bill Hudgins is a landlord. But he doesn't have to worry about his tenants not paying their rent each month.

    They only come around for a few months each year, are purple and eat dragonflies, mosquitoes and other insects.

    Hudgins, who has lived in Campbellsville since 1993, has nearly two dozen gourds and other "homes" for purple martin birds.

    "They're all full," he said. "Last year, I hatched 185 birds."

    He says the birds first came to his home in 1995, and the same birds have been coming back each spring since.

  • Comfort and Grief: Kentucky chaplain seeks to give comfort in Iraq

    Editor's Note: This story is reprinted with permission of the Lexington Herald-Leader.

    CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - In a place where everyone is armed, all he carries is a camouflage Bible.

    Five years into the war, this is Maj. Charles "Ed" Hamlin's first tour in Iraq.

    At 44, Hamlin is old enough to be the father of many of the soldiers he ministers to. The lanky man wears oval glasses and his black hair is high and tight.

    Hamlin is in Baghdad, part of the 101st Airborne Division out of Fort Campbell, attached to the 716th Battalion, 18th Military Police Brigade.

  • Council could consider building code

    Dilapidated, dangerous homes could become a thing of the past in Campbellsville.

    During their regular meeting Monday, Campbellsville City Council members discussed adopting the International Property Maintenance Code. The code would give the City more authority concerning homes that are unsafe, according to Campbellsville Mayor Brenda Allen.

    "A lot of what we have on the books has no teeth," said City Attorney John Bertram.

  • Students break tradition at Campbellsville University

    Julia "Judy" Poore and Debbie Holcomb aren't the typical college students.

    At 62, Poore is taking classes in subjects she has always wanted to study, rhythmic movement and rhythmic aerobic exercise.

    At 41, Holcomb has gone back to school after graduating from high school several years ago and is working toward a degree in business administration.

    Both are considered "non-traditional" college students at Campbellsville University.

  • Man charged with unlawful imprisonment

    A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged with unlawful imprisonment after he allegedly held a 14-year-old juvenile at his home.

    According to a report filed by Taylor County Sheriff's Deputy Lawrence Walsh, Cody J. Welch, 25, of 11866 Hodgenville Road was arrested at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 2.

    The report states Welch was arrested as the result of a missing juvenile report.

    On Friday, Walsh said Welch had taken the juvenile for a ride on a three-wheeler and the juvenile was injured after the two crashed.

  • Lawmakers approve budget

    Following a weeklong House/Senate conference, the General Assembly passed a $19 billion state budget Wednesday, which lawmakers say will suffice in times of belt-tightening.

    "We went into this session with a lot of anxiety over declining revenue," Senator Dan Kelly, R-Springfield said. "It looks like we presented a budget that will keep things going for the next two years."

    Though he wasn't pleased with the process, Rep. Russ Mobley, R-Campbellsville, said it did produce a decent spending plan.

  • Child abuse: A problem all too real in today's world

    To some, they might be just blue ribbons hanging on trees. To others, they mean so much more.

    Local social services workers hung 228 blue ribbons on trees near the Miller Park gazebo Wednesday morning in recognition of April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

    The ribbons stand for children in Taylor County who suffered some form of child abuse in 2005 and 2006.

  • Man charged with assault, terroristic threatening

    A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged with fourth-degree assault and terroristic threatening after he allegedly pulled a gun on two people.

    Ronald Shaw, 48, of 109 1/2 W. Walnut St. was arrested Tuesday, April 1 at 3 p.m.

    According to Shaw's arrest warrant, he is accused of throwing a vodka bottle at another person, cutting the person, and pulling a gun on two people.

    Bond was set at 10 percent of $5,000. Shaw was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victims.

    He is scheduled to appear in Taylor District Court Monday, April 21.

  • Man charged with attempted murder

    The Campbellsville man shot by police after allegedly firing a handgun at them has been arrested and charged with attempted murder.

    Adam D. Powell, 22, was arrested by Kentucky State Police officers Wednesday and charged with criminal attempt to commit murder and two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.

    Powell remains hospitalized in fair condition at University of Louisville Hospital.

    Powell was shot in an altercation with Campbellsville Police officers at his Woodlawn Avenue home on Saturday, March 29.

  • Campbellsville native named KSP special operations trooper of the year

    Trooper First Class Ricky Underwood, a Campbellsville native, was named Trooper of the Year for the special operations section of the Kentucky State Police recently.

    Underwood joined the KSP in July 1989 and was assigned to the Columbia post for several years both as a trooper and a detective. The Columbia post covers several counties including Taylor.

    Underwood is currently assigned to the Kentucky State Police canine section.