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  • 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.

  • Woman charged with assaulting police officer

    A Columbia woman has been arrested and charged with assault after she struck a police officer with her vehicle.

    According to a Campbellsville Police report, Tia Lawanda Watt, 29, was arrested Tuesday, March 25 at 2:15 p.m.

    The report states Campbellsville Police were investigating a shoplifting complaint at Green River Plaza when Officer Ben Riggs made contact with Watt in the parking lot.

    While speaking with Riggs, the report states, Watt attempted to flee and struck Riggs with her vehicle, knocking him to the ground.

  • Economic development secretary will address chamber

    John Hindman, Secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, will speak at the April Chamber luncheon Thursday, April 10.

    The luncheon will be at Living Grace Church on Old Hodgenville Road.

    Reservations can be made by calling 465-8601 or by e-mailing chamber@teamtaylorcounty.com. Cost for investors is $8 and $10 for non-investors.

  • EDA ... IDA What's the difference

    The name may have changed, but the focus remains the same.

    The Campbellsville/Taylor County Industrial Development Authority has been rechristened the Economic Development Authority. However, the switch is really nothing more than a name change, says Team Taylor County Executive Director Ron McMahan.

  • Trip is a dream come true for four women

    Working with children often instills great amounts of patience. Four Campbellsville Elementary School employees recently found that this persistence pays off.

    After three years of daily phone calls and e-mails to Oprah's audience department, Lisa Cowherd, Sharon Mills, Gloria Smith and Becky Wood obtained tickets to be members of the studio audience of the Oprah Winfrey show.

    "I had the number programmed into my phone and would repeatedly press it all day," said Sharon Mills, who explained that the line for tickets was always busy.

  • Man charged after officers find poisonous snakes

    A Campbellsville man is facing 25 criminal charges after Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources officers found several venomous snakes and alligators at his home.

    According to a Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife press release, Freddie Stone, 36, of 552 Mt. Carmel Road was charged after the animals were found last Friday at 10 a.m. at his Campbellsville home.

    Stone was charged with 15 counts of transporting protected wildlife into Kentucky without a transportation permit and 10 counts of possessing inherently dangerous animals.