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‘I just thought, how cool would that be, to be able to fly like that.’

Local man building an airplane in his basement

By Zac Oakes

 

David Banahan was 16 years old, traveling on a school bus through the mountains, when something piqued his interest. The birds flying overhead caught his eye.

“I just thought, how cool would that be, to be able to fly like that,” Banahan said.

And from there, Banahan’s love of aviation was born. He went on to begin taking lessons, working at the local airport and earning his pilot license, and his passion for flying is still with him today.

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The board also approved an agreement with Adidas for the district's athletics programs

Campbellsville School Board presents awards at meeting

By Zac Oakes

 

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The Campbellsville Board of Education met in regular session Monday night in a relatively short meeting to finish a few items of business before Christmas and New Year holidays.

The board voted to renew its contract with Adidas for athletic apparel through 2023. CIS athletics have partnered with Adidas for several years, according to CIS Superintendent Kirby Smith, so he recommended that they continue that partnership for another contract.

The board also recognized individuals for this month’s Change Awards.

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Senate Bill 156 was approved during the 2017 Kentucky General Assembly

Taylor County School Board approves state-mandated civics exam

By Zac Oakes

 

The main topic of Tuesday night’s meeting of the Taylor County Board of Education centered on the announcement that Superintendent Roger Cook will retire at the end of June.

However, that was not the only topic discussed. The board approved several items of business before Cook’s announcement.

In other news from the meeting:

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County agrees on final payment to fire department architect

By Bobby Brockman

 

Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney showed an amended budget of $49,850 at Tuesday night’s regularly scheduled meeting of Taylor County Fiscal Court.

Carney said some things could still change in the two weeks left in the calendar year, and he did plan to replace a 39-year, 11-month old desk that he and other county clerks have been using.

“We are lucky to have Mark on our side,” praised 6th District Magistrate Richard Phillips of Carney and his employees’ work.

In other business:

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Families share memories of children who have passed away

Remembering the children

By Moreland Jeff

 

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When a child dies, at any age, the family suffers intense pain and may feel hopeless and isolated. The Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope, and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or a sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family.

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‘I’m so thankful that they came in and got us out. It’s scary to think of how bad it could have been...’

Firefighters rescue mother, child from house fire

By Zac Oakes

 

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A tragedy was averted Monday morning when firefighters with Campbellsville Fire-Rescue forced their way into a home on Candace Street and evacuated a sleeping mother and small child from a house fire.

Amber Duncan, a mother of four, said she had just taken her two oldest children to school when she came back home and decided to take a nap with her youngest child. She was startled awake when several firefighters with Campbellsville Fire-Rescue surrounded her in her home and told her that she needed to get out of the house.

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Taylor superintendent says his plan is to work until June 30

Cook to retire at school year’s end

By Zac Oakes

 

Roger Cook wanted to come back to his hometown and be a school superintendent.

Eight years ago, he did just that, taking over the position for the Taylor County School District.

But on Tuesday night, Cook said it is time for him to step aside and retire.

Cook made the announcement during Tuesday night’s Taylor County Board of Education meeting. He will retire at the end of June, finishing out this school year.

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Taylor County family has 53 inflatable Christmas decorations

Now that's Christmas spirit!

By Moreland Jeff

 

Jeff Richardson can never be accused of being a Grinch or a Scrooge during the Christmas season.

In fact, Richardson and his wife, Jennifer, are the opposite. They show their Christmas cheer for everyone who cares to take a peek at their front yard.

What’s in that yard? How about 53 inflatable Christmas decorations?

Yep, you read that correctly. Richardson’s home features a Christmas landscape rivaled only by the North Pole, and he loves every minute of it.

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Marion County expected to use 250,000 to 400,000 gallons of water each day from here

City to sell water to Marion County

By Bobby Brockman

 

Water should be flowing into Marion County by the end of the year according to news from Monday’s Campbellsville City Council meeting.

Campbellsville Water Company distribution supervisor Griffin Hash made the announcement at the meeting, saying a couple of leaks in Marion County had been or would be fixed in the next couple of weeks.

Hash said he expected Marion County to use 250,000 to 400,000 gallons of water daily from the Spurlington tank.

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Cochran indicted after leading police on three-day manhunt

Nine indicted by Taylor County Grand Jury

By The Staff

 

Nine individuals were indicted by a Taylor County Grand Jury last week. Among those was 35-year-old Shawn A. Cochran. 

Cochran had two separate indictments that were released last Wednesday. In the first indictment, Cochran faces charges of theft of identity, giving an officer false identifying information, and a persistent felony offender charge. The theft of identity charge is a Class D Felony—punishable by one to five years—and the false identifying information charge is a Class B misdemeanor. 

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