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  • Magistrates approve recycling agreement

    Magistrates have added an addendum to the interlocal agreement that spells out how debt will be paid on land in the Heartland Commerce and Technology Park.

    The addendum, which was discussed during Tuesday's regular meeting of the Taylor County Fiscal Court, reveals the details as to how the transfer of the recycling center from the city to the county will take place.

    Magistrate Richard Phillips, who serves as chair of the Court's Sanitation and Environmental Committee, said the addendum was discussed during the Committee's meeting on Monday.

  • City to build 1-million-gallon water tank near industrial park

    Work to build the city a new 1-million-gallon water tank near the new industrial park should begin this summer.
    At Monday night’s Campbellsville City Council meeting, Council members approved a resolution accepting a $1.6 million USDA loan and a $550,000 USDA grant, a resolution giving Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young authority to execute the necessary steps to build the tank and a resolution adopting environmental mitigation measures in relation to constructing the tank. The vote on all resolutions was unanimous. Councilwoman Patti Phillips did not attend the meeting.

  • Life is good for Yates despite Type 1 diabetes


    There was no reason to think that Chase Yates was a diabetic. There was no family history of the disease, and Chase, 9, was an active boy who preferred fruit over candy.
    But at age 6, Chase started to change. Something wasn’t right.
    “He was always thirsty, always had to go the bathroom,” said Shirley Yates, Chase’s mother. His father is Jimmy Yates.
    Yates first became aware that something might be wrong when she noticed Chase growing tired too quickly for a 6-year-old.

  • Mayes enters guilty plea in DUI death


    He answered the judge’s questions matter-of-factly, with either a yes or a no.

    “Do you know how this works,” the judge asked. “Yes,” the man, dressed in gray sweats, replied.

    “Do you want to plead guilty today,” the judge asked. Again, the man replied with a “yes.”

    And that answer could get him 20 years in prison.

    The Taylor County man accused of killing a local woman in a drunken driving crash has pleaded guilty to amended charges.

  • Will is an issue in murder case


    Defense attorneys will soon have access to a home where a local woman died to take photographs and measurements. But before that, a detective must open the woman’s will in court to determine who is to receive the house after her death.

    Jesse J. Durham, 20, of 102 Eads St. in Campbellsville, was in court on Tuesday before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Allan Bertram for a hearing in the case that charges him with the first-degree murder of his great-grandmother.

  • Local emergency personnel practice with mock disaster


  • Local dairy farmer joins dairy group

    The Southeast United Dairy Industry Association board of directors elected American Dairy Association of Kentucky Board President Jeff Deener to its board during its 2012 annual meeting, which took place in Atlanta, Ga., last month.
    Southeast United Dairy Industry Association works with schools, health professionals, retailers, dairy processors and the public to promote dairy foods.

  • Library cracking down on overdue books

    Have an overdue library book? If so, Taylor County Public Library staff will be in touch.
    At the library board’s regular meeting Monday, director Julia Turpin told Board members that overdue notices hadn’t been sent out for two years.
    As a result, she said, the library was owed $7,000 in late fees and 900 overdue books.
    Turpin said letters were recently sent to patrons with overdue books. As of Monday, she said, 31 percent of the overdue accounts have been resolved.

  • Campbellsville native receives statewide honor

    A Campbellsville native has received a statewide honor for her efforts to help small businesses.
    Deborah Gray of Henderson was named the 2012 Kentucky Financial Services Champion of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
    Gray, who works as economic development project manager for LGE-KU Energy LLC in Morganfield, serves on numerous boards and committees that work to assist small businesses.

  • Motorcycle crashes rise 69 percent

    Kentucky State Police reports that this year has already shown a spike in motorcycle-related crashes with a 69 percent increase from 2011 for the same time period.
    As a result, KSP has launched a social media blitz to help call attention to the growing problem.
    With more than 40,000 followers on Facebook, 2,900 followers on Twitter and active YouTube, Flickr and Blogger accounts, the agency plans to blast motorcycle safety messaging via these platforms.