Local News

  • Cutoff period announced for EQIP program

     The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service in Kentucky is encouraging landowners, farmers and producers to visit their local NRCS office now to receive information and apply for conservation technical assistance and possible financial funding opportunities.

    The application process for NRCS’s conservation programs is continuous, but funding selections for specific programs are made throughout the year. 

  • Abell retires from road department


    Some people wouldn’t like getting out at all hours of the day and night, scraping away ice and snow and hauling load after load of gravel. But he says he looked forward to it every day.

    Jessie Abell retired recently after working nearly 25 years at the county’s road department.

    Over the years, Abell, 64, has scraped many icy roads, mowed a lot of roadsides and helped residents travel down their gravel roads more safely.

  • New library director seeks public input

     Though she doesn’t officially start for a few more weeks, Andrea Lawler has already begun transitioning from high school teacher to library director.

    Lawler was hired last week to replace Julia Turpin as director of the Taylor County Public Library.

    Turpin, the library’s second director in its history, left her position to work at a library in North Carolina. Turpin replaced Elaine Munday, who was the library’s first director, after she stepped down from the position about three years ago.

  • Candidates speak at public forum

    Candidates for Taylor County judge/executive and Campbellsville mayor were invited to speak at a political forum hosted by Campbellsville University’s political science and history clubs on Tuesday night. County judge/executive candidates Eddie Rogers and Greg Gribbins, and mayor candidates Tony Young and Brenda Allen participated in the forum.


    Eddie Rogers

  • Twelve seek county magistrate seats


    Twelve people want to serve as Taylor County's magistrates. On Tuesday, Nov. 4, the pool will be narrowed to half that amount.

    All six of the county's current magistrates have filed for re-election, and some who used to serve in the positions have filed for them back.

    Dr. James Jones, John Gaines, Tommy Corbin, Matt Pendleton, Ed Gorin and Richard Phillips currently serve as the county's first through sixth district magistrates, respectively.

  • Durham pleads guilty to murder


    He has admitted he did it, and could spend 40 years in prison as a result.

    Jesse Durham has pleaded guilty to murdering his great-grandmother with a hammer. And in exchange for his guilty plea, the prosecutor in the case has recommended he be sentenced to serve four decades in prison for his crime.

    Durham, 23, appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Allan Bertram on Tuesday.

    Durham was scheduled to face jurors on Monday and was appearing for a hearing to discuss whether his case was ready for trial.

  • Judge/executive returns to work after heart attack


    After suffering a heart attack two and a half weeks ago, he is back at work and feeling better.

    Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers had a heart attack on Oct. 2. Last Monday, he was back at the office.

    Rogers was walking in a neighborhood with his daughter, Natalie, and began to sweat and had chest pain. Thinking it was indigestion, Rogers wasn’t planning on going to the hospital. But after Natalie and his wife, Theresia, convinced him, he headed to Taylor Regional Hospital.

  • Olliges joins Century 21 Smith Realty Group


     Stephen Olliges has joined Century 21 Smith Realty Group as a sales associate. He will specialize in residential property sales in the Taylor County area.

    “We are thrilled to have Stephen join our team,” said April Smith of Century 21 Smith Realty Group. “It’s an exciting time to be with the Century 21 System as we increase our market presence in Taylor County.”

    Olliges has enrolled in CREATE 21, an extensive training program through Century 21 University.

  • Communications officer graduates from telecommunicator academy


    Campbellsville Police Department recently announced that Haley Rodgers of Campbellsville graduated from the Department of Criminal Justice Training Basic Telecommunicator Academy during a ceremony on Friday, Oct. 10 at Eastern Kentucky University.

    Rodgers, a police communications officer I, joined the staff at Campbellsville/Taylor County E-911 Center on June 30. She is one of 12 members of the communications center.

  • Kentucky’s black bear population growing

    They once covered most of North America and their presence was noted by explorers such as Daniel Boone. By the turn of the 1900s, bears had been eliminated from the state primarily because of habitat loss caused by wholesale logging practices of the time and unregulated hunting.

    But Chris Mason, a wildlife biologist with the Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources, said black bears are making a comeback and their population has increased significantly in the last 25 years. And that population appears to be growing.