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  • Man accused of threatening to kill woman

     

    A Campbellsville man has been charged with unlawful imprisonment after he allegedly threatened to kill a woman.

    William "Billy" J. Dicken, 36, of Social Band Road, was arrested at 3:08 a.m. Wednesday.

    According to Dicken's arrest citation, he allegedly assaulted a woman while inside her vehicle, which was parked in the Walmart parking lot.

    Dicken allegedly stole the woman's cell phone while they were inside the vehicle and refused to give it back to her.

  • Courthouse will close Aug. 28, 29

    Taylor County Courthouse will be closed this Thursday and Friday, Aug. 28 and 29, so workers can remove asbestos in the building.

    Magistrates voted recently to install a new heating and air conditioning system in the courthouse at a cost of about $620,000. But before that can be done, any asbestos in the building must be removed.

    Carrier officials, who will install the new system, told magistrates at a recent meeting that the process of removing asbestos is safe.

  • County, state ACT scores up

    ACT scores are up among Kentucky high school students, and the same is true for high school students in Taylor County.

    Campbellsville High School students have improved in English and science and Taylor County High School students received scores that are nearly the same as those from the 2011-2012 year.

    As required by state law, all Kentucky public school juniors 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.

  • Tebbs Bend Bridge closed until next year

     

    Tebbs Bend Bridge is closed, and will be until next spring or summer.

    Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers said Kentucky officials have condemned the bridge and closed it. There are alternative routes for those who live in the Tebbs Bend area.

    The bridge will be replaced and plans are in the works to restore the old one.

    Rogers said in June that the county has received $1.2 million to replace the bridge and work was to start in August.

  • Adoptions up, euthanasia down under new shelter leadership

     

    The majority of the animals that come to the local animal shelter become someone's new pet. That wasn't always the case.

    Two years ago, the euthanasia rate stood between 80 and 90 percent. Now, it's at about 5.

    Taylor County Animal Shelter can house about 60 animals. On average, there are about 40 to 50 in the cages. That's significantly less than when the shelter housed animals from surrounding counties.

  • One firefighter critical, other in stable condition

     

    They are two of the many who respond when Taylor County residents need help. Thursday, they were the ones in need.

    Firefighter Tony Grider is still in critical condition and Alex Quinn was in stable condition after they were shocked Thursday afternoon when they got too close to a power line after helping Campbellsville University students with an ALS cold water challenge.

  • Two injured in U.S. 68 crash

     

    Two people were injured Tuesday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 68.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, Robin Wood, 25, of Greensburg Road in Campbellsville, was traveling east on U.S. 68, five miles east of Campbellsville, at about 3 p.m.

    Susan J. Chaney, 58, of Heather Drive in Campbellsville, was stopped in a 2000 Mitsubishi Galant to make a left turn onto KY 744 when Wood's 2007 GMC Yukon struck her in the rear.

  • One injured in moped crash

     

    A Campbellsville woman was injured Monday afternoon after she crashed the moped she was driving.

    According to a Campbellsville Police report, officers responded at 2:35 p.m. to the report of an injury crash on South Central Avenue.

    Shelly Perkins, 50, was driving a 2008 moped north on KY 70, near its intersection with Kerr Street.

  • Central Kentucky Arts Series set for start of new season

     

    The goal is to expose residents to something they don't see every day. And the group believes, with what they have planned for this season, they will do that.

    Central Kentucky Arts Series members have been working this summer to plan their upcoming season. Dr. Tony Cunha, president, says this year's events are a mix that everyone can enjoy.

    "Our goal is to provide programs as diverse as possible that all bring the arts to our community," he said.

  • Former 'Survivor' contestant speaks at library

     

    Even though she had never been so hungry in her life and didn't like being away from her family, Jefra Bland Hines said she would participate in the "Survivor" challenge again.

    Bland Hines spoke on Tuesday night at Taylor County Public Library about her experiences on the "Survivor" reality television show.