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  • Medicare assistance available

    The Lake Cumberland Area Development District's Department of Aging and Independent Living is teaming with the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging to help Medicare recipients apply for a low-income subsidy.

    The program, which runs through June 30, will provide group events at area senior centers, as well as one-on-one sessions.

    If you have Medicare, but do not have the low-income subsidy, known as Extra Help, call (800) 916-7092 or (270) 866-4011 for more information.

  • Campbellsville receives USDA grant for water service

    The City of Campbellsville will receive a $364,000 grant through a U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development program, U.S. Representative Ron Lewis announced last week. The grant, combined with a $582,000 pre-approved loan, will be used to replace about 10 miles of water lines, install new flush hydrants and meter reconnects and make improvements to the water treatment plant.

  • Are you prepared for digital TV?

    A change may be looming in the TV airwaves, but Taylor Countians will notice little when over-the-air signals switch from analog to digital next year.

    On Feb. 17, 2009, television stations will cease to provide analog programming, switching over to all-digital broadcasts. Digital TV, also known as DTV, enables broadcasters to offer better picture and sound quality as well as interactive capabilities.

  • Schools could face major cuts

    Seven percent or 12 percent. Neither option bodes well for public education.

    Preparing his budget with what he says is a major shortfall, Gov. Steve Beshear has requested that Education Commissioner Jon Draud submit proposals to cut 12 percent of the Kentucky Department of Education's general budget for fiscal year 2009 or 7 percent from the Support Education Excellence in Kentucky fund.

    SEEK funding is based on a formula that treats school districts equally, taking into account local revenues, student demographics and other variables.

  • Man involved in one-vehicle collision charged with DUI

    A Campbellsville man was involved in a one-vehicle collision on Saturday and later arrested and charged with DUI.

    According to a report filed by Taylor County Sheriff's Deputy Lawrence Walsh, David W. Brewer, 34, of 557 Warren Road was involved in an injury collision on Cave Road.

    The report states Brewer passed out while driving his 2001 Ford Explorer around a curve. Brewer then struck a mailbox, vaulted and then came to a rest on the left side of the vehicle.

  • Tribute to a hero

    The words echoed down Main Street for all to hear. "We shall overcome, we shall overcome someday," sang the crowd of about 50 who marched from Campbellsville Middle School to the Campbellsville University campus.

    This weekend's annual events were aimed at keeping the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. alive. A pivotal figure in the Civil Rights Movement, King was shot and killed in Memphis, Tenn. on April 4, 1968.

  • Animal shelter expansion complete

    If the shrill chorus of barks reveals anything, it's that the Taylor County Animal Shelter is now home to nearly four times the number of animals it once was.

    A recently completed expansion at the Taylor County Animal Shelter has given shelter employees 98 cages in which to house stray animals. Shelter cages used to total 28.

    The shelter received a $51,000 grant last year to expand its facility, which is located off KY 210, just past Wal-Mart and behind the Taylor County Farmers' Market.

  • Farmers continue push for new tobacco contracts

    Tobacco farmers representing 13 counties met last week to express their displeasure with the 2008 contract offered by Philip Morris.

    The meeting Jan. 16 was a follow-up to a December meeting, during which farmers said they wanted to know if tobacco growers in other areas felt the same way. The answer that came back was a definitive yes.

    "We've all got the same concerns," said Forrest Stevens, a farmer from Anderson County who sells his tobacco in Lebanon.

  • Man charged after allegedly assaulting his father

    A Campbellsville man was arrested Saturday after allegedly assaulting his father.

    According to a Campbellsville Police report, officers responded to a domestic call at about 9:30 p.m. on East First Street, where they discovered Mathew Close had allegedly assaulted his father, Joseph Close, also of Campbellsville.

    Joseph Close was taken to Taylor Regional Hospital and later transported to University of Louisville Hospital by Campbellsville/Taylor Rescue. He was released the following day.

  • Homelessness count to be conducted Thursday

    On Jan. 24, Adanta, Green River Ministries, the Kentucky Housing Authority and Housing and Urban Development will conduct a survey to determine the number of homeless people in Kentucky. Local efforts will concentrate on Taylor, Adair and Green counties.

    The number of homeless people will determine funding received next year for homeless services and housing.