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  • Agency offers programs that help

    Maxine Hitch has found herself in tough spots before.

    Disabled and unable to work, Hitch said times are often tight. Though her four children are now grown and living on their own, Hitch has been raising her great-great-grandson Jonathan, 4, since he was 5 months old.

    "I got in hard spots, but I always try to pay my bills first."

    It could be a struggle, Hitch said, but, thanks to Lake Cumberland Community Action, she gets by.

  • Man gets prison time for attempted rape

    A Michigan man accused of attempting to rape a Campbellsville woman is going to prison for his crimes.

    Anthony "Tony" Michael Politi, 36, appeared before Taylor Circuit Judge Allan Bertram on Tuesday, April 22. Bertram sentenced him to seven years in prison.

    In February, Politi pleaded guilty to first-degree wanton endangerment and being a second-degree persistent felony offender. He was originally charged with first-degree attempted rape.

    According to Politi's arrest warrant, he was accused of attempting to force a Campbellsville woman to have sex with him last year.

  • Fire damages Cardinal Lane house

    Cathy Pike was home with her youngest son, Devin, 8, when the alarm sounded. Her other son, 17-year-old Tyler, was not at home.

    "I was sitting in the living room and the smoke detector went off," Pike said.

    She got up to investigate, saw one of the rooms on fire, grabbed her son and left the house. She didn't have time to attempt to rescue any of her family's belongings.

    "We lost everything."

    Without an alarm, Campbellsville Fire Chief Allen Johnson said, it could have been worse.

    "It definitely did alert them and help them get out," Johnson said.

  • Council considers security at meetings

    It's a scenario they hope would never happen. A resident, angry with City Council members, pulls out a weapon during a public meeting.

    "It happens," Campbellsville Mayor Brenda Allen said. "Someone gets angry at the Council members or the mayor because they didn't do what they wanted."

    The concern prompted a discussion of security during Campbellsville City Council's regular meeting Monday.

  • A Blessing of the Hands

    It was a day that changed his life forever. He walked into Taylor Regional Hospital's emergency room suffering chest pains, nausea and other telltale signs of a heart attack.

    Frightened and in pain, Dan Durham admits he may not have been the best patient the morning of June 6, 2005. That didn't stop hospital staff from giving him the best of care.

  • Finley man gets 18 years for manslaughter

    Russell Lee Wood Jr. pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter last month, and he has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for that crime.

    Wood, 51, of 7765 St. Joe Road in Finley, was indicted for murder after he shot his mother, Ida Wood, in June of 2006.

    Wood pleaded guilty to the manslaughter charge with a note that he was mentally ill.

    Marion Circuit Judge Doughlas George sentenced Wood to 18 years at the Kentucky State Reformatory. Wood will be sent to the nursing wing of the prison because of his physical and mental condition, George wrote.

  • Wording changes on alcohol question

    Voters within the City limits will see a slightly different alcohol question when they go to the polls on May 20.

    A portion of the question requiring that any alcohol sold be served in conjunction with a meal was omitted from circulated petitions and news reports on the issue.

    Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney said he was unaware of the stipulation until he spoke with County Attorney Craig Cox recently.

    "This was the first time this question was asked in Kentucky and we all missed it," Carney said.

  • Garage destroyed by fire

    A late-night fire destroyed a garage Monday in Black Gnat just at the Taylor/Green county line.

    According to a press release from the Greensburg/Green County Fire & Rescue, firefighters responded to a garage fire at 400 Black Gnat Road at 8:53 p.m. Firefighters discovered a fire in the attic of Andy Perkins' two-car garage. The garage was not attached to a home. The attic suffered extensive damage.

    Firefighters believe that the fire may have started outside and spread to the garage.

  • Central Kentucky Arts Series

    A crowd of about 40 came out Saturday evening to hear renowned saxophonist Ashu perform for the Central Kentucky Art Series' final event of the season.

    Ashu has toured as a concert soloist with symphony orchestras throughout the world.

    "Everyone I spoke with afterward was very pleased with Ashu and they were also disappointed with the small turnout," said CKAS member Carole Krieter.

    "Ashu said it didn't bother him that there were so few people as long as the crowd enjoyed him, that was all that mattered."

  • And ... they're off!

    Taylor County was home to its own Derby race Friday afternoon - at Taylor County Elementary School.

    Students in Shana Crabtree's, Michelle Murphy's and Brandi Graham's third-grade classes at TCES raced Friday afternoon on stick horses.

    The classes spent the week making their stick horses as well as Derby hats.