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  • Hello?

    Those who talk on their cell phones while driving might soon have to hang up.

    A bill filed last November in the Kentucky General Assembly could make talking on a cell phone while driving against the law.

    House Bill 56 seeks to make using a wireless communication device while driving on a public highway an offense that carries a fine of as much as $100.

    According to the bill, the use of cell phones while driving will be prohibited unless a driver safely moves out of the flow of traffic, exits to a safe area and comes to a complete stop.

  • Taylor Board gives initial OK to drug testing

    Taylor County School Board has taken the first step toward approving a random drug-testing policy.

    During its regular meeting last Tuesday, the Board heard from Taylor County High teacher Debbie Hinton on the cost and need for such a policy. Hinton is a member of a committee appointed to study the issue.

    If approved, students who participate in extracurricular activities or drive to school would be subject to random drug tests. Hinton said the test should be given four times a year.

  • Man gets first handicapped motorcycle

    He used to help keep us on time. Now he spends his time promoting wheelchair accessible motorcycles.

    Former Campbellsville resident Larry Curry moved to Dyersburg, Tenn. about 10 years ago. Before that, he had owned and operated Campbellsville Watch Repair downtown for about 20 years.

    When Fruit of the Loom closed its doors in 1998, Curry said, his business suffered greatly. He eventually had to close his doors, too.

    "Ninety percent of my customers were from Fruit of the Loom," he said.

  • Insulin pump makes man's life easier to manage

    At age 18, Bill Manners wasn't ready for the responsibility that comes with being a diabetic. A strict regimen of diet and insulin shots seemed impossible for the teenaged Manners.

    "That's not always easy to do, especially when you are younger. You have to watch what you eat and remember your shots. I didn't want to do it when I was 18."

    Today, at 42, Manners no longer has to schedule his life around his four insulin shots.

    Manners received an Accucheck insulin pump about two months ago. He was the first person to have the procedure done at TRH.

  • Court OKs fire grant

    Taylor County firefighters and rescue personnel will soon receive about $400,000 in new radio and satellite equipment. And it will only cost the County about $21,000.

    At their regular monthly meeting Tuesday night, magistrates agreed to pay a portion of a matching federal grant recently received by the Campbellsville Fire Department.

    The grant will provide nearly $800,000 in new equipment to Taylor and Green county firefighters and emergency service personnel. The money will be divided equally between counties.

  • Snow daze

    Taylor County residents saw nearly 5 inches of snow fall this weekend, more than in several years.

    Ronnie Dooley, Taylor County Emergency Management's public information coordinator, said the snow didn't cause any major problems, with reported accidents this weekend totaling only one or two.

    That figure, he said, is actually low for any typical day in Taylor County.

  • Gas spill forces road closure

    South Central Avenue was closed for about two hours Monday morning following a gas spill at Gas-N-Go.

    About 30 gallons of gasoline leaked onto the side of South Central Avenue, said Campbellsville Fire Chief Allen Johnson.

    According to Johnson, someone left a gas nozzle on the ground, locked in the "on" position. When an employee activated the pumps while opening the store Monday morning, gas pumped into the store lot and about 200 feet down the side of South Central Avenue.

  • Man gets 15 years for selling cocaine

    A Campbellsville man is going to prison for selling cocaine.

    Ryan O'Neal Johnson, 27, of 209 S. Court St. in Campbellsville appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Allan Bertram on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

    Court records from Johnson's appearance only recently became available at the Taylor Circuit Clerk's office.

    In November, Johnson pleaded guilty to four counts of first-degree selling cocaine, facilitation to commit criminal syndication and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

  • Main Street goes parallel

    Main Street traffic could soon be a little less cramped.

    During a special meeting Monday, Campbellsville City Council gave the OK to convert diagonal parking spaces along one side of Main Street to parallel spaces.

    "It's a huge problem," Mayor Brenda Allen said. "Every day someone calls and complains."

    Diagonal parking spaces between the old Merchants Hotel and South Central will be converted within the next two weeks, Allen said.

  • Man charged with assaulting officer

    A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged with assaulting a police officer.

    James Michael O'Banion, 54, of 810 Page St. was arrested at 12:51 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28.

    O'Banion's arrest citation states Campbellsville Police received a call that a man was laying in the road on Indian Trail.

    Upon arrival, Campbellsville Police Officer Sam Knopp found O'Banion lying in the street. The citation states O'Banion was intoxicated and couldn't stand up. Court records state O'Banion told Knopp that he had been drinking vodka and smoking crack.