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  • Tobacco not as high quality as usual

    Yields are up, but quality is down. That's the story for Taylor County's latest tobacco crop, according to Pat Hardesty, Taylor County Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources.

    "This is probably the worst quality we've had in 30 years due to the curing season," Hardesty said. "This year we had a dry, low humidity, so tobacco dried rather than cured."

    The result was a yellowish color, Hardesty said, a symptom seen statewide. Manufacturers prefer a darker, chocolate color.

    "The manufacturers say they smoke and burn better," Hardesty said.

  • Police briefs

    Willisburg man arrested in Campbellsville on car theft charges

    A Willisburg man was arrested and charged with auto theft after the car he allegedly stole was found in Campbellsville.

    According to LaRue County Deputy Russell McCoy, a Jericho Road resident reported her 1999 Dodge Intrepid missing on Dec. 11. Her cell phone, some cash and cigarettes were inside.

  • Campbellsville University sets new enrollment record

    Ashley Sidebottom

    Campbellsville University

    For the first time, Campbellsville University has exceeded 2,400 students, with a final head count of 2,405 for the fall 2007 semester.

    Dr. Michael V. Carter, president, announced that the fall 2007 semester set yet another enrollment record, up from 2,181 total students in the spring.

    The total number of students in fall 2006 was 2,374.

    "Each semester more and more students are finding their calling here," Carter said.

  • TCHS cheerleaders for 2007-2008

    Taylor County High School cheerleading squad members for 2007-2008 are, from left, front: Jessica Seaborne and Sarah Newcome, seniors and co-captains. Middle: Cecily Walters, Maci Christie, Cigi Farmer, Rachelle Wooley and Lisa Dinsmore. Back: Brittany Mills, Tara Wallace, Chloe Tucker, Rachel Ralls and Rachel Clements. Loria Christie is the coach.

  • You'd better watch out ...

    Community children who participated in the Letters to Santa and CKNJ Coloring contests were invited to have cookies and milk with Santa at the newspaper office on Wednesday.

    Winners of the contests and all letters to Santa will be featured in a special section in Thursday's issue.

  • KCS students hear from fire chief

    Kentucky Christian School first graders recently heard a presentation by Taylor County Fire Department Assistant Chief Bill Hall and saw the fire prevention trailer.

  • Road crews prepare for winter

    The threat of snow and icy roads may be over for now, but road crews are ready.

    On Friday, the County road crew was getting ready for the winter storm that was expected to hit the area over the weekend.

    "We're putting our salters on, and we've got 300 tons of salt," said County Road Foreman Brian Smothers.

    On average, the road crew uses 200 to 300 tons of salt a year, he said.

  • Track complex still in the works

    Efforts to build a track at Campbellsville Middle School are moving along on schedule.

    "Much of the preliminary work to prepare the site has been completed," said Rosalind Strong, Campbellsville Schools' administrative assistant. "This includes the lowering of drain lines, replacing sewer lines, removal of fence and submitting soil samples."

    Last year, a group of Campbellsville residents formed Durham Memorial Track Foundation to raise funds to build a track, with the ultimate goal being a $500,000-plus Durham Memorial Track and Field Complex at Campbellsville Middle School.

  • Local briefs

    Sheriff's Department to close during holidays

    Taylor County Sheriff's Department will be closed on Dec. 24 and Dec. 25 and Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. The department will accept walk-ins to pay property tax bills on Jan. 2 and Jan. 3. Mailed payments must be postmarked by Dec. 31.

    Library Board meeting rescheduled

    Taylor County Public Library's Board of Trustees will meet on Thursday, Jan. 3, at noon at the Library. The meeting had been scheduled for Jan. 1.

  • Police brief

    Campbellsville woman injured in three-vehicle crash

    A Campbellsville woman was treated at and released from Taylor Regional Hospital on Saturday following a three-vehicle crash.