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Local superintendents Roger Cook and Kirby Smith weigh in on Gov. Matt Bevin's proposed budget

Local schools could suffer from Governor's budget proposal

By Zac Oakes


Last week, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin presented his proposed budget during the State of the Commonwealth address.

A few parts of that proposed budget were concerning to local school district administrators.

Particularly the changes that Bevin is proposing in regard to school transportation funding are concerning for superintendents Roger Cook and Kirby Smith, of the Taylor County and Campbellsville Independent School Districts, respectively.

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State Sen. Max Wise is a co-sponsor of the bill

Proposed Senate Bill 4 aims to move state elections to even years

By The Staff



A proposed bill making its way through the Kentucky Legislature could cause a major shakeup in the state’s election calendar.

Senate Bill 4 was one of the first bills introduced in the Kentucky Senate this year. The bill, sponsored by 14 Senate Republicans including Sen. Max Wise (R-Campbellsville), aims to amend Section 95 of the Kentucky Constitution to hold elections for state officials—such as governor and attorney general—on even-numbered years to coincide with presidential election years.

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Former substitute teacher had inappropriate contact with students

Harris sentenced to six years

By The Staff


A Taylor County High School substitue teacher charged with sending and soliciting explicit photographs to students, as well as having sexual contact with the students, was sentenced to six years in jail Wednesday in Taylor County Circuit Court.

Lawrence Harris, 47, was arrested in March 2017 after an investigation by the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office. Harris was a substitute teacher at Taylor County High School and also was a local photographer.

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To take place at halftime of Cards' game

Basketball legend Clem Haskins to be honored with court dedication Saturday

By The Staff


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Basketball legend Clem Haskins to be honored with court dedication Saturday at TCHS

By The Staff

A local legend will be honored Saturday night at a tournament named for him.


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Christopher Phyfe was arrested Tuesday evening by Kentucky State Police

Campbellsville man arrested on child sexual exploitation offenses

By Zac Oakes


A Campbellsville man was arrested by Kentucky State Police Tuesday evening and faces charges of 20 counts of possession of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor and 20 counts of distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, according to a KSP release. 

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Hall is chair once again, Wilson named vice-chair

City schools name board officers for 2018

By Zac Oakes

The Campbellsville Independent Schools Board of Education started their first meeting of the year with the election of board officers.

Current board chair Pat Hall was selected to once again be chair of the board, while Suzanne Wilson was selected to be the board’s vice chair. Superintendent Kirby Smith was selected to be the board’s secretary, and assistant superintendent/financial director Chris Kidwell was selected to be the board’s treasurer.

Board elections are held in January of each year.

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Draft budget comes in at $27.3 million for school district

Hall, Hunt named chair, vice chair of Taylor School Board

By Zac Oakes


With the beginning of a new year, elections for board officers with the Taylor County Board of Education took place at last Tuesday evening’s regular meeting.

The board voted unanimously to name current chair David Hall to another term as chair of the board. Current board vice-chair DeAnna Hunt was also re-elected to her current position, also by a unanimous vote.

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Ground-breaking ceremony set for Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 1:30 p.m.

CU plans to start on new fieldhouse in February

Story by Jordan Alves, CU Sports Information

The Campbellsville University athletics department received blue prints and construction approval on a new fieldhouse, Vice President for Athletics Rusty Hollingsworth announced on Monday.

Construction on the CU Tiger Fieldhouse is scheduled to begin with a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 1:30 p.m. EST. The project is expected to take 10-12 months, meaning the fieldhouse will open in the spring of 2019.

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Snow storm dumps 5-7 inches on county

By Moreland Jeff

Mother Nature hit Central Kentucky hard earlier this week, and in the process, she dumped plenty of snow on Taylor County.

Ronnie Dooley, public information coordinator for Taylor County Emergency Management, said the storm brought snow ranging from 5 to 7 inches.

“Some got more, some got less, but just about everybody had 5 inches, and we had areas in the county with as much as 7 inches of snow,” Dooley said Tuesday.

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