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Today's News

  • Safety committee meets

    They want everyone to be safe, and are taking steps to ensure that happens.

    Taylor County Fiscal Court members have formed a safety committee, after receiving a recommendation to do so by the Kentucky Association of Counties, to which Taylor County belongs.

    Dwayne Litton, safety and loss control representative at KACO, said to magistrates at the committee's first meeting on Tuesday afternoon, that the county is very fortunate to not have experienced many workplace injuries.

  • County could maintain gravel roads

    Magistrates are moving forward with once again accepting gravel roads into the county road system.

    On Tuesday, Taylor County Fiscal Court members agreed to draft an amendment to its current subdivision ordinance that states the requirements for a road to be added to the county's road maintenance system.

    Now, residents wanting the county to maintain their roads must submit a request and then abide by several requirements, one being that the road is blacktopped.

  • Work progressing on Habitat for Humanity House

     

    Measure twice, cut once was the motto of the day as volunteers for Campbellsville/Taylor County Habitat for Humanity worked to frame the walls of the house they are building on Wickliffe Avenue on Tuesday.

    Ricky Malone, co-founder of the local chapter, said the group started framing on Monday and are planning to work on the house again today if the weather cooperates. He said the foundation for the house was poured a few weeks ago.

  • Teen starts child swimming program

     

    Two weeks ago, he didn't know how. But now, he squeals as he dives and hits the water with a splash.

    Trenton Lawson is one of four local children who participated in First Strokes, a two-week program begun this year at city pool.

    Kathryn Doss, 16, said she wanted to start the program because she knew some children might not be able to afford private swimming lessons. And, she said, it's very important for children to know how to swim.

  • Recycling growing in popularity with residents

     

    It's working well, and the community seems to be embracing it more and more.

    In March, the county turned over operation of the Taylor County Recycling Center to the Taylor County Detention Center.

    The decision came more than a year and a half after the county took over operation of the center from the city as part of an agreement to fund Campbellsville/Taylor County Economic Development Authority.

    As a result of the jail operating the recycling center, there are no longer any paid personnel working there.

  • Police investigating burglary at pharmacy

    Campbellsville Police are investigating a burglary at a local pharmacy.

    According to a Campbellsville Police report, officers received a report of the burglary at Eastridge-Phelps Pharmacy when owners were opening the business at 7:25 a.m. on Friday.

    The report states that the perpetrators entered the business through a rear door of an adjacent business and then cut their way through a wall to get inside the pharmacy. The alarm system was disabled, preventing notification to police.

    Narcotics and cash were taken.

  • State child care funding restored

    More than a year after cuts to the Kentucky Child Care Assistance Program that caused thousands of low-income families to lose their eligibility for child care subsidies, Gov. Steve Beshear announced that funding will now be restored.

    In an effort to save Kentucky's Department for Community Based Services an estimated $57.8 million during the 2014 fiscal year, a freeze on CCAP applications went into effect in April 2013 and continued until the fiscal year ended June 30.

  • Future still uncertain for drug coalition

     

    One of the community's weapons in its battle against drug addiction lost its funding nearly a year ago. Today, its future is still uncertain.

    Campbellsville/Taylor County Anti-Drug Coalition members learned last September they weren't approved for the annual grant they had depended on to operate.

    The office had once employed half a dozen employees, but, as grant funding was depleted, it was down to two last year. And when the $125,000 grant was lost, they feared it could be down to none.

  • Ticks plentiful, officials say

    They apparently hibernated well last winter.

    Tick season begins in April with the spring season and ends around the first frost of the fall season, in late September or early October.

    And typically, when there is a cold winter, like the last one, the tick population dies off a bit and residents don't see as many the following season.

    But that isn't the case this year, according to Pat Hardesty, Taylor County Extension agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources.

  • Man sentenced to prison in sex abuse case

     

    A Campbellsville man has been sentenced to serve 12 years in prison for sodomizing and sexually abusing an 11-year-old girl.

    James A. Loy, 25, of 341 Ebenezer Road, was indicted by a Taylor County grand jury in April 2013 and charged with first-degree sodomy and first-degree sexual abuse, both of a victim younger than 12.

    Last September, Loy appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Allan Bertram and pleaded guilty to first-degree sexual abuse of a child younger than 12 and an amended charge of first-degree sodomy.