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  • Book to honor 100 years of fire department


    The Taylor County Historical Society is honoring the Campbellsville Fire Department with a commemorative book as the department celebrated its 100th year of service in 2014.

    The rich history and service runs deep within Campbellsville as the fire department formed in 1914.

    "Really what we're trying to do is honor the contributions of their time and skill of these people who have kept the fire department going," Joe DeSpain, historical society vice president, said.

  • Fundraiser benefits homeless shelter


    All donations from Saturday night╒s third annual Hearts to Help concert will go to help the Green River Ministries homeless shelter. The event was held at Lowell Avenue Baptist Church.

    "It was very successful. We had about 200 people there," GRM Executive Director Shirley Cheatham said. "We were really pleased at the crowd."

    As in previous years, there was no admission fee, but people were encouraged to make a love offering to GRM's homeless shelter.

  • Community salutes its veterans

    “Thank you, veterans, very much, for all you went through and what you still do,” Phil Davis, senior vice commander for the American Legion, Department of Kentucky, said during the Wednesday afternoon ceremony at the city’s War Memorial.

    Vietnam War veteran Bill Perkins said it was as large a crowd as there’s ever been during a Veterans Day service.

    Perkins also announced that there will be a parade on Memorial Day next year.

  • Officials, business leaders to be ‘arrested’ for charity Dec. 1

    A number of public officials and business leaders will be “arrested” and “jailed” from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

    But the “bail” money will go toward the Senior Services Endowment Fund, which helps the Taylor County Senior Center.

    “I am looking forward to an exciting day as we arrest some of our finest citizens and raise money to support a worthy cause during this holiday season,” said Taylor County Senior Center Director Mitzi Hay.

    Hay is asking for people to volunteer.

  • Gorin-Smith receives history award

    The Kentucky Historical Society presented its 2015 Award of Distinction to Betty Jane Gorin-Smith, of Campbellsville, on Friday, Nov. 6, in Frankfort during its annual membership meeting and history awards presentation.

    Gorin-Smith received the award for her efforts to preserve and promote Kentucky history. On Saturday, Oct. 10, Gorin-Smith also received the Edith S. Bingham Excellence in Preservation Education Award.

  • OCC project to help needy children around the world

    Campbellsville University will once again serve as the community’s relay station for the Operation Christmas Child effort.

    OCC is a nationwide effort, coordinated through Samaritan’s Purse, to give packed shoeboxes of gifts, toiletries and school supplies to impoverished children in several countries around the globe and to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world. The CU collection station opens today, Monday, and will stay open through next Monday, Nov. 23.

  • Officer Ellis laid to rest

    A week after Richmond police officer Daniel Ellis was shot, many residents and colleagues from around the country gathered at Eastern Kentucky University’s Alumni Coliseum in Richmond Wednesday for his funeral.

    Ellis, 33, was shot while investigating a robbery last Wednesday. He died at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital Friday.

    “When Daniel sank his teeth into something he just wouldn’t let it go. That’s what he was doing last week,” Richmond Police Chief Larry Brock said during the funeral Friday.

  • Grand jury indicts 26 on various charges

    A man accused of raping a child is among 26 people that a Taylor County Grand Jury indicted last week.

    Edward J. Summers, 22, of Hodgenville Road in Greensburg, Ky., was charged with first-degree rape of a victim under 12 years of age, a Class A felony; and second-degree persistent felony offender.

    The charges stem from a reported incident on July 10, 2014. The Kentucky State Police is investigating the case.

  • Fallen officer laid to rest Wednesday


    A week after Richmond police officer Daniel Ellis was shot, many residents and colleagues from around the country gathered at Eastern Kentucky University's Alumni Coliseum in Richmond Wednesday for his funeral.

    After the service ended around noon, bagpipes were played and officers saluted when Ellis' flag-draped coffin was brought outside the coliseum.

    Officers then headed back to a parking lot full of cruisers to begin the 100-mile procession to an Adair County cemetery for Ellis' burial.

  • Taylor County schools to create new principal position at elementary

    The Taylor County School Board of Education approved creating a new principal position for the elementary school beginning Jan. 4, 2016, Monday night during the regular board meeting.

    Superintendent Roger Cook wants to reconfigure the elementary by separating it from the primary to fifth grade structure to two separate entities, being a primary to second grade and third to fifth grade school. For test score reasons and “for every reason I can think of that’s really what needs to be done,” Cook said.