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Today's News

  • Charges dismissed after man completes pre-trial diversion

    A Campbellsville man accused of raping a young girl has completed a diversion and the charges against him have been dismissed.

    Michael J. James, 40, of Fieldstone Estates, was indicted in September 2008 by a Taylor County grand jury. He was charged with two counts of first-degree rape.

    According to the indictment, James was accused of having sexual intercourse with a female younger than age 12 in 2006.

  • KSP to host 'Cram the Cruiser' food drive

    Kentucky State Police recently began its fifth annual "Cram the Cruiser" food drive.

    Food collection sites have been established at all 16 posts, including Post 15 in Columbia, which services Taylor County. Sites have also been established throughout the state and at the agency's headquarters in Frankfort. The campaign extends through Dec. 16 and is designed to collect non-perishable food items for needy families.

    KSP spokesman Sgt. Michael Webb said the agency collected more than 124,000 pounds of food during the 2013 campaign.

  • Taylor County named one of top child support offices

    The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services has announced the state's 20 top-performing child support collection partners, and recognized one that has made significant improvement during the past year.

    Taylor County was named to the Top 20 list.

    County Attorney John Bertram said he is very proud of the workers at the local child support office.

    The winners were announced recently at a conference in Covington hosted by the CHFS Child Support Enforcement program.

  • Dairy protection program deadline extended

    The deadline to participate in the Dairy Margin Protection Program has been extended to Friday, Dec. 5.

    Farmers can enroll in the voluntary program, which was established by the Farm Bill. The program provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin - the difference between the price of milk and feed costs - falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer.

    Producers are encouraged to the www.fsa.usda.gov/mpptool to calculate the best levels of coverage for their dairy operation.

  • Holocaust survivor speaks locally

     

    Fred Gross considers himself a lucky man.

    Having grown up during the Holocaust, Gross is likely one of few Jewish people who can say he and his entire family escaped death.

    Gross, who now lives in Louisville, spoke at Campbellsville High School on Monday and at the Taylor County Public Library on Tuesday afternoon.

    Andrea Lawler, the library's new director, met Gross before her employment there and arranged for him to speak.

    About 60 people came to the library to hear Gross speak and meet him afterward.

  • Caldwell's career really gets off the ground

     

    Anyone who has ever used a GPS device to get where they're going should thank Todd Caldwell.

    Caldwell, who grew up in Campbellsville, is a lieutenant colonel in the United States Air Force.

    He is chief of the Global Positioning System IIF Branch of the Space Vehicles Division at the Space and Missile Systems Center in Los Angeles, Calif.

    Caldwell spends his days working with his 35-member team to prepare GPS satellites for launch. His team is in midst of launching a block of 12 satellites. Eight have been launched so far.

  • University fined in connection with power line incident

     

    The investigation into Campbellsville University's actions on the day four firefighters were injured on campus is now complete.

    The Kentucky Labor Cabinet has fined CU for one of its employees not wearing a safety harness while he was in a bucket truck with a student who was filming the ALS challenge.

  • Taylor County School District gets additional money for new facilities

    In a year and a half, the Taylor County School District will be home to the first performance-based learning campus in Kentucky.

    And, at a price tag of just about $50 million, the District will only have to pay about half that cost. The state will foot the rest of the bill - including an additional $5 million awarded this week.

    At Tuesday's meeting of the Taylor County Board of Education, members awarded bids for the new Taylor County High School and primary center.

  • Air Evac celebrates 10 years in Taylor County

     

    He was 12, and just wanted to ride his ATV. But after a crash, he remained in a hospital for 50 days, in critical condition.

    In August 2005, John Stillwell was involved in a four-wheeler collision on Hickory Grove Road.

    He lost control of his ATV and struck the Hickory Grove Church sign and building.

    After being treated at the scene, he was air lifted by Air Evac personnel to Kosair's Children's Hospital in Louisville.

  • Brucker denied bond request again

     

    He has again been denied a chance at freedom.

    Dale Brucker, who is accused of murdering his infant stepson, has again been denied a request for bond.

    Brucker, 27, is incarcerated at the Taylor County Detention Center. His bond had been set at $125,000 cash.

    But in April, after several requests, Taylor Circuit Court Judge Allan Bertram agreed to lower the bond to $50,000 cash, with a $1,000 deposit required and an order for Brucker to stay at home in Casey County and wear an electronic monitor, among other conditions.