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  • School Board gives initial approval to tobacco ban


    James Roberts


    Tobacco use on Taylor County School property could soon be prohibited.

    At its regular meeting Tuesday Aug. 9, Taylor County School Board members had first reading of a tobacco policy, which, according to Superintendent Roger Cook, bans all tobacco use on all school property and in all school vehicles.

    The policy, he said, establishes "a 24/7 tobacco-free environment" at Taylor County Schools.

  • P’Pool makes campaign stop in Campbellsville

    J. Todd P’Pool, left, Republican candidate for Kentucky Attorney General, was in Campbellsville on Thursday. He stopped by Campbellsville University in the morning, attended the Campbellsville/Taylor County Chamber of Commerce luncheon and then visited with staff at Cox Interior. P’Pool, of Madisonville, is currently Hopkins County Attorney where he earned a 96 percent conviction rate. He is also founder of Western Kentucky Teen Challenge, a faith-based drug recovery program with an 86 percent success rate.

  • KSP accepting applications for teen driving academy

    The Kentucky State Police is now accepting applications for the ninth annual “Drive To Stay Alive” teen driving academy planned for Sept. 7-11 at KSP Headquarters in Frankfort.
    “Drive to Stay Alive” is program targeted directly at teenage drivers.

  • KMA Launches "MD ID" service

    The Kentucky Medical Association launched "MD ID — Know Who's Treating You," a public relations campaign designed to educate Kentucky patients about the importance of care provided by physicians.

  • 4-H for All

    About 300 people attended the annual "4-H 4 All" event Saturday at the Taylor County Extension Office. Click on the photo for a slideshow.

  • ACT scores up at high schools

    Overall ACT scores are up at both local high schools.

    Campbellsville High saw improvements in three out of the four areas tested, while Taylor County High improved in all four categories.

    As required by state law, all of Kentucky's public school juniors now take the ACT, which assesses English, reading, mathematics and science and is scored on a scale of 1 to 36. The cost of the exam is paid for with state funds.

  • Two plead not guilty in separate murder cases

    The two Campbellsville residents indicted earlier this month on murder charges in separate cases have formally pleaded not guilty to the crimes.

    The cases stem from an incident in which a man died from a morphine overdose, while the other involved a drunk-driving crash in which a woman died.

    Kathleen H. Wise, 60, of 4203 Bengal Road and William Howard Mayes, 29, of 1350 Liberty Road in Elk Horn were indicted last month by a Taylor County grand jury.

  • Gas prices drop in a week’s time

    Gas prices are dropping and are likely to remain low, at least for the short term.

    The average pump price in Campbellsville was $3.49 on Tuesday, a drop of about 6 cents in a 24-hour period and more than 10 cents since last week.

    "Basically, what you're seeing is the result of the price per barrel, which has been dropping since the stock market drop last week," said Roger Boyd, director of public affairs for AAA's East Central Kentucky Region.

  • Ford murder trial delayed

    The trial for the Campbellsville woman accused of killing her husband, a Lebanon police officer, won't begin Monday after all.

    Greensburg attorney Danny Butler filed a motion last week to postpone the trial for Tonya Ford because he says the prosecution has a new witness who will testify that Ford had confessed to killing her husband.

    Ford is accused of shooting David M. Ford on Feb. 10, 2009. She pleaded not guilty in November.

  • Reaction mixed to fire/rescue plans

    Reaction to Mayor Tony Young's plan to reorganize Rescue, Fire and E-911 has been mixed, according to local officials.

    On Sept. 5, the Campbellsville Fire Department will become Campbellsville Fire and Rescue, and what used to be Campbellsville/Taylor County Rescue will become an emergency medical services operation.

    Some say they are pleased with the plan and believe it will make local emergency response more efficient.