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  • Campbellsville native hopes to take story from kids book to TV series

    A Campbellsville native author is hoping to take his book to television.

    Deronte’ L. Smith recently stopped in his hometown on his latest book tour for “The Fantastical Adventures of Sleepy Steve: Reuniting the Stone.”

    The tween book first came out in 2005 under his publishing company, Infinity One Publisher.

    He first toured with Sleepy Steve for three years. Then the market changed from paper to digital.

  • License, registration, and a gift card

    The Campbellsville Police Department was out in full force the Friday before Christmas. Only this time, when officers pulled residents over they weren’t getting tickets, but gift cards.

    An anonymous secret Santa and Mrs. Claus donated 10 Visa gift cards valued at $20 each to be handed out at random in the community.

    The “Claus couple” donates money each year to a different charity, and this year they wanted to pay it forward through the hands of the police department.

  • Armed robbery suspect sought

    Police are still looking for an unknown man accused of robbing a check-cashing business on Christmas Eve.

    According to a Campbellsville Police Department press release, on the morning of Saturday, Dec. 24, a tall male with an unknown type of handgun approached a Check Into Cash employee at 729 Campbellsville Bypass while they were on duty inside the business, took money at gunpoint and fled on foot with an unknown amount of cash.

  • Man pleads not guilty in murder case

    A murder suspect pleaded not guilty Tuesday at his third arraignment hearing.

    Jorge Serrano Gavarrete, 20, remains lodged in Taylor County Detention Center on a $1,000,000 bond. He’s been housed there since Sept. 19.

    At Tuesday’s arraignment hearing, Taylor County Circuit Judge Allan Bertram appointed public defender Shanda West-Stiles from the Department of Public Advocacy to represent him.

  • KSP restarting ‘Trooper Teddy’ program

    The Kentucky State Police are restarting the Trooper Teddy program.

    Trooper Teddy is an agency program that provides teddy bears to children in distress. Bears are given to children involved in situations such as exposure to dangerous drugs, being present when parents are arrested, involvement in a crash or in any kind of crisis.

    The program is designed to establish trust between the Trooper and child, while reducing stress to a child during a traumatic incident.

  • Residents delve into Elk Horn’s history

    The Taylor County Historical Society and Taylor County Museum are looking for historical documents detailing the histories of some of Taylor County’s communities.

    “If people would call us and tell us that they would like us to come to their areas, we’d be happy to,” said local historian Betty Jane Gorin-Smith. “This is kind of a once-in-a-lifetime thing.”

  • With love from Santa

    Hundreds of local children had a merry Christmas, thanks to gifts delivered Saturday morning by the local Toys for Tots and Toys for Kids programs.

    Toys for Tots has been operated locally by Campbellsville/Taylor County EMS since the 1960s, according to event coordinator Denise Gupton. The Toys for Kids program has been  operated by Campbellsville Fire & Rescue since the 1970s, according to Lisa Harris, who serves as director of the program.

    While they are two separate programs, the two departments do work together.

  • Wise, Carney to host town hall on education issues

    State Sen. Max Wise (R-Campbellsville) and State Rep. Bam Carney (R-Campbellsville) announced a town hall discussion regarding upcoming legislative issues as it relates to educational policy legislation for the 2017 session of the Kentucky General Assembly. 

    This event is intended for any current or former Kentucky educator or anyone who has a vested interest in Kentucky’s educational system.

    Topics of discussion will include charter schools and education reform under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) among other pressing education priorities.

  • ‘Murakami Model’ to benefit local students

    Two students from Taylor County High School will soon be named Murakami Scholars, thanks to a new agreement between Eastern Kentucky University, Murakami Manufacturing and Taylor County Schools.

    The program will forge an alliance between Murakami Manufacturing, a Tier 1 automotive supplier, Taylor County Schools and EKU to provide a $1,000 annual scholarship and paid internship to help two graduates from Taylor County Schools attend and graduate from EKU’s applied engineering management program.

  • Death penalty to be sought against Ashby in Lamer murder case

    Taylor County Commonwealth’s Attorney Shelly Miller announced earlier this month that they are seeking the death penalty in the Rocky Ashby murder case.

    Ashby, 36, faces charges of murder – domestic violence, a Class A felony; second-degree burglary, a Class C felony; and first-degree wanton endangerment, a Class D felony, charges that date back to a reported murder on July 16 of this year.