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  • Wet-dry petitions now available

     

    Petitions for a special alcohol referendum in Campbellsville appeared last week at Harden Coffee on Main Street and Phillips Lanes, a bowling alley at 164 Bambi Dr.

    Pat Keefe is behind the petition.

    “I’ll be visiting voters door-to-door in a week or two,” said Keefe. To hold a wet/dry election, a person or group has to collect signatures on a petition; the number of signatures has to be at least 25 percent of the voter turnout from the last election.

  • Near-death experience helps change outlook for local woman battling drug abuse

     

    Stormy Colvin is a daughter, sister, mother, friend, girlfriend, an ex-addict and most recently a fighter. Colvin has been addicted and using IV drugs for the past two years and it wasn’t until last month that a close call with death would be enough to scare her to get clean.  

    “I’ve never been so close to death in my life,” she said. “I was terrified.”

    She was taking a mix of Subutex and methamphetamine on a daily basis, putting a needle in her arm up to 20 times a day to just get that high.

  • Grand jury indicts 15

    A Campbellsville man accused of sexually abusing a child three-and-a-half years ago is one of 15 people a Taylor County Grand Jury indicted last week.

    Brian E. Gaudinier, 30, of Browns Court, was charged with first-degree sexual abuse — victim less than 12 years old — a Class C felony; and first-degree sexual abuse, a Class D felony.

    The first charge stemmed from reported incidents from Sept. 1-Oct. 4 of 2012. The second charge stemmed from reported incidents on Nov. 1-30 of last year.

  • Ground broken for new TRH rehab center

    Taylor Regional Hospital held a groundbreaking for the new 15,375 square foot rehab services facility that will be built over the next nine months. The building design will also accommodate the Taylor Regional Orthopedic Group practice.

    “We are very excited,” Jane Wheatley, TRH Chief Executive Officer, said.

    An aquatic therapy pool will also be one of the features in the new facility.

    “This building just gives us another opportunity to be a regional hub,” John Miller, TRH board chairman, said.

  • Remembering Brooklyn

    It was a beautiful sight Wednesday afternoon as red balloons drifted into the sky in memory of Brooklyn Carothers.

    Brooklyn, a 9-year-old Taylor County Elementary School fourth grader, and her mother, Ashley Moore, passed away last week as a result of injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident. Her classmates wrote messages to Brooklyn on the balloons and shouted “We love you Brooklyn” as they were released into the air.

  • Convicted bank robber files appeal

    A Lexington man convicted of a bank robbery in Campbellsville filed a notice last week that he intends to appeal.

    Thomas E. Riley, 54, also filed a motion to proceed in forma pauperis on appeal, meaning the defendant declared himself a pauper.

    Taylor County Circuit Judge Todd Spalding granted that motion and appointed a public defender to represent him on appeal. Public defender C.B. Bates represented him during his February 2016 trial.

  • Local charities receive grants to help them operate

    Four local groups each received $250 from the Campbellsville/Taylor County Community Development Fund Monday night.

    Those $250 grants will be given to Green River Ministries, the Taylor County Food Pantry, Clay Hill Memorial Forest and the Campbellsville/Taylor County Drug Coalition.

    Shirley Cheatham of Green River Ministries, a homeless shelter, talked about what GRM does in the community.

  • Amnesty recycling day is a huge success

    There were scores of people who came out to the Taylor County Extension Office Saturday for the Amnesty Day for Household Hazardous Waste and Recyclables.

    "We started at 8:30, and we had folks lined up at 8," said Lindsay Wayne, an agriculture teacher at Taylor County High School. "It's been a big event today."

    From 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., the group accepted household chemicals such as herbicides, pesticides, cleaners and the like, as well as household paper, plastic, aluminum, tin, cardboard and old electronic waste.

  • Pembleton changes mind again, enters guilty plea

    Cary Pembleton will face as much as 18 years for charges related to possession of child pornography.

    At a sentencing hearing Tuesday morning, Taylor County Circuit Judge Todd Spalding accepted Pembleton’s guilty plea, just two weeks after Pembleton had filed a motion to withdraw his plea.

    At the Tuesday, March 29, hearing, public defender C.B. Bates told the judge that Pembleton changed his mind after researching federal sentencing guidelines for such charges.

  • Saving lives

    Firefighters with the Campbellsville/Taylor County Fire Department responded to a report of smoke coming from a residence at 11:54 a.m. Tuesday that was called in by a neighbor.

    Upon arrival to 304 Peterson St., heavy smoke was found and fire was located in the rear of the house. Firefighters extinguished the fire and performed a primary search and found two dogs in respiratory distress, according to a statement released by Campbellsville/Taylor County Fire Chief Chris Taylor.