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  • Kevin Rafferty shares weight-loss journey

    Up until five months ago, Kevin Rafferty had never taken working out seriously.

    “I had never worked out one day in my life,” Rafferty said. “I drove to the mailbox on my way home. I would walk around the neighborhood a little bit to walk the dogs but that was about it.”

    But after multiple doctors told Rafferty, a math teacher at Campbellsville High School, that he needed to lose weight, he faced his fears and reached out to one of his former students.

  • Local industrial site certified ‘Build Ready’

    A tract at the local Heartland Commerce and Technology Park recently received the state’s Build-Ready certification.

    The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development announced last week that a 10-acre tract at the park earned the certification, and is the 13th location to receive it. The tract is expandable to 173 acres and includes a 108,000-square-foot building pad.

    Ron McMahan of the Campbellsville/Taylor County Economic Development Authority said there’s considerable interest in the park as a whole.

  • CMS and CHS principals selected

    Campbellsville Middle School and Campbellsville High School held special-called Site Base Decision Making Council meetings on Friday morning to select new principals for each of the schools.

    Each school’s SBDM council has spent the last month following the principal selection process before announcing their selections at Friday’s meetings.

    Zach Lewis was selected as the new principal of Campbellsville Middle School.

  • Porter arrested in May shooting

    The Campbellsville Police Department has arrested Cimorone Porter, also known as “P.”

    With assistance from the Elizabethtown Police Department, CPD was able to arrest Porter, who was wanted in connection to a shooting incident that occurred on Lowell Avenue on May 28, according to a CPD report.

    Porter was arrested on Thursday and lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center on a Taylor County warrant. He is charged with first-degree assault. As of press time, Porter is still being held in the Hardin County Detention Center on a $50,000 bond.

  • Same-sex couple hold local book signing

    Paul Campion, Randy Johnson, their daughter Mackenzie Johnson-Campion and Johnson’s sister Violet Johnson were at Dog-Eared Books Saturday at a book signing for their book “Higher Love: The Miraculous Story of a Family.”

    Dog-Eared Books owner T.J. Rayhill said he, local group Love Wins United – which is organized by Ashley Bell – and others invited Campion and Johnson to be there Saturday.

  • County approves new budget

    At roughly $11 million, the county’s 2017/2018 budget will be about $1 million more than the current budget.

    At a special-called meeting on Tuesday evening, magistrates on the Taylor County Fiscal Court unanimously approved the new budget. Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers said the budget will be “almost identical” to the current budget.

    “We’re up a little bit, and the jail’s up a little bit, (but) the general fund is about the same,” said Rogers.

  • City has big plans for Fourth of July weekend

    One of the largest Fourth of July celebrations in the state of Kentucky is set to kick off in just over a week.

    The Campbellsville Fourth of July celebration is the largest in south central Kentucky and one of the largest in the state, according to Campbellsville Fourth of July Committee Chair Allen Gaddis.

    This year’s Fourth of July festivities begin on Friday, June 30 and will run through Tuesday, July 4.

    “This will be our longest event, in terms of days,” Gaddis said. “This year, we are running a full five days.”

  • New police station opens

    The Campbellsville Police Department officially has a new home.

    After months of moving, remodeling, and transition, the CPD welcomed the community into their new police station Monday morning with a ceremony and open house.

  • City awaiting news on marketplace project

    City officials are still waiting on news about the Campbellsville Marketplace from developers Hogan Real Estate, but they are optimistic.

    That was the message Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young delivered when he spoke to the Campbellsville/Taylor County Chamber of Commerce during their monthly luncheon Thursday.

    “We’re excited about that,” said Young. “We’re still hoping, we’re still waiting. We feel good about this situation, even if it’s not happening as quick as we want it to.”

  • Regional archive center set to open

    The Taylor Regional Archive Center is set to open in the next two months, and when it does it will be a centralized location for local and area historical data.

    That is what local historian Betty Jane Gorin-Smith said earlier this week. She and others are excited about the prospect of moving their historical documents to the new center.

    “We have received shelving for one half of the room,” said Gorin-Smith. “We are ordering shelving for the other half of the room.”