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  • Christmas Eve fire destroys mobile home

    Their home was gone, along with almost all of the belongings and memories. But the thing that seemed to hurt Miranda Gadberry the most was the fire that consumed her home on Christmas Eve also destroyed her daughter's Christmas gifts.

    Gadberry, her husband, David Newcomb, and the couple's 2-year-old daughter, Breanna Newcomb, were visiting Gadberry's father, John on Christmas Eve. At about 8 p.m., a family member called and told them their Long Branch Road mobile home was on fire.

    Gadberry's initial thought was that she was glad her husband was with her.

  • Firefighters of the Year

    It's something he says he loves to do, especially when he helps people.

    The vote for this year's Firefighter of the Year award ended in a tie, according to Campbellsville Fire Department Chief A.J. Johnson.

    Taylor County Fire Volunteer Lt. Howard Dobson Jr. and Campbellsville Fire Department Engineer Steve Marrs both received the honor.

    Fire personnel vote on the award, Marrs said, and it is presented at the department's annual Christmas banquet.

    Dobson has won the award 14 times. This is the first for Marrs.

  • Home foreclosures on the rise

    For some, home is indeed where the heart is. However, across the U.S., homeownership has led to heartache for many as foreclosure rates rise.

    In November, online foreclosure marketplace RealtyTrac, reported that 635,159 foreclosures had been filed in the third quarter of 2007. That's an increase of 30 percent over the previous quarter and nearly 100 percent from the third quarter of 2006.

    However, the foreclosure rate dipped 10 percent in November, RealtyTrac reported, the first double-digit drop since April 2006.

  • Taylor High SBDM meets today

    Taylor County High School's site-based decision making council will meet today [Thursday] at 4 o'clock in the school's library. The meeting is open to the public. The only items on the agenda are hiring of a teacher and a coach.

  • Lincoln Heritage Education Grant deadline is Dec. 31

    The application deadline for Lincoln Heritage Education Minigrants is Monday, Dec. 31. These grants are available during the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial period to public or private schools. They are intended to support field trips to Kentucky Lincoln sites in April, May and June 2008.

  • Mr. Molecule visits TCMS

    Taylor County Middle School sixth and seventh grade science students viewed a performance by Mr. Molecule on Friday, Dec. 7.

    Mr. Molecule is a core curriculum science show that reviews concepts in the science areas of astronomy, ecology, the human body, physical science and life science.

    The show included colorful scenes and props, and engaged students with the giant "Wheel of Science." The show was planned for science students by the teachers of the Taylor County Middle School science department.

  • Court postpones taking actions on subdivision regulations

    Taylor County residents who own property outside the City limits won't have to abide by subdivision regulations just yet.

    Magistrates considered having first reading of an ordinance placing regulations on dividing land at the special Fiscal Court meeting last week. But they ultimately decided to send the issue back to a Committee for further discussion.

    The discussion stemmed from several months of debate on the cost and maintenance of gravel roads in Taylor County.

  • Rescuer of the Year

    Those who work behind the scenes are just as important to the success of an organization as those on the front lines, and Gary Hadley is proof of that.

    A dispatcher at Campbellsville/Taylor County Rescue, Hadleys co-workers have named him Rescuer of the Year. The award is given to someone who exhibits the qualities of a good Rescuer qualities that include dedication, knowledge and resourcefulness.

    Hadley has been with Rescue since 1989.

    Well, I needed a job and I like helping people. I thought this would be a good way to do both.

  • Locals earn degrees at WKU

    Two Campbellsville students and two Greensburg students were among the more than 1,000 graduates to earn degrees from Western Kentucky University on Saturday, Dec. 15 during its 162nd commencement at Diddle Arena.

    Degrees were conferred to 1,071 students (81 associate's, 778 baccalaureate, 211 master's and one specialist) who completed their programs this fall as well as five students who completed a cooperative doctoral degree in educational administration offered by WKU and the University of Louisville.

    About 800 students participated in the ceremony at Diddle Arena.

  • College-bound high school students should register for the ACT by Jan. 4

    The next ACT exam will be administered on Feb. 9 in all states except New York. Students who wish to take the college admission and placement exam on this date must register by Jan. 4, which is the deadline for having their registration postmarked.

    There is a late registration postmark deadline of Jan. 18; though an extra fee is charged for late registrations. Students can register online at www.actstudent.org, or registration forms can be picked up at high school counseling offices.