Local News

  • TCHS to have auditorium at new school


    The Taylor County High School construction project has a new addition in the works that was a welcomed surprise for the principal.

    Superintendent Roger Cook announced during Tuesday’s board meeting that extra money has been found to build an auditorium.

    “We have been frugal enough with taxpayers’ money that we are able to, we believe, build an auditorium. Which is going to make a lot of folks happy,” he said.

    The addition is contingent on KED approval and pending the board’s vote.

  • Trooper Johnny Edrington honored 28 years after his murder


    Another year has passed, but the memory of Kentucky State Police Trooper Johnny Edrington will never fade.

    Officers stood at attention as they remembered one of their own nearly 28 years since Edrington was killed in the line of duty. The search to find his killer continues.

  • Clinton edges Sanders in county


    Just as in the state as a whole, Hillary Clinton won in Taylor County in the Democratic primary for the race for the presidency.

    Of the county’s 17,878 registered voters, 3,853 voted on Tuesday — a voter turnout of 21.55 percent. Statewide, turnout was 20.65 percent. Of the state’s 3,243,078 registered voters, 669,850 voted.

    “It was a good election. We got all the votes counted by 7 p.m.,” said Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney. “It was very high turnout for a primary.”

  • Christian author publishes first novel

    A new book by a Christian author has local roots in Taylor County. This month marks the nationwide release of “The Taming of Evelyn Gracen,” a historical romantic novel by Sandy Arnold.

    Being an avid reader, writing has always been something Arnold tossed around in the back of her head.

    “It was just sort of on a dare for myself to see if I could do it,” she said.

    She had homeschooled her son, Charlie, from preschool through high school. Once he graduated in 2011, she decided to start writing.

  • Ag commissioner visits Campbellsville

    Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles says the Kentucky Proud brand can make Kentucky-made products as famous as Idaho potatoes or Florida oranges.

    “Kentucky can be known beyond our state’s borders for more than just bourbon, tobacco and Kentucky Fried Chicken,” said Quarles. “We can do more, and I hope to highlight some of the great, high-quality ... products we have, internationally and beyond our state’s borders, using Kentucky Proud as a model.”

  • Amazon donates Kindle Fire Kids Edition tablets to Campbellsville Elementary

    Representatives of the Campbellsville Amazon Fulfillment Center stopped by Campbellsville Elementary School Wednesday to help ignite the passion for reading in students. Amazon donated 25 Kindle Fire Kids Edition tablets to the kindergarten and first grade classrooms.  

    Five students from each kindergarten class were in attendance for the surprise donation. Smiles from ear to ear came across each face as the students tried out their new hand-held devices.

  • Liberty woman found dead in Taylor County following wreck, search

    A Liberty woman was found dead Wednesday evening after driving off Stoner Creek Road on Tuesday, according to the Kentucky State Police.

    A report by KSP Post 15 Spokesman Tpr. Billy Gregory said Carla Monday, 54, was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Monday, who wasn’t wearing a seat belt, was driving west on Stoner Creek Road when she ran off the road, over an embankment and hit several trees, according to the report.

  • County to sell park to Campbellsville University


    Campbellsville University will be the new owner of Veterans Memorial Park.

    At their meeting Tuesday night, magistrates of the Taylor County Fiscal Court unanimously approved a bid from CU, the only bid they received. CU will pay the county $10,000 a year for 10 years. The county recently declared the park as surplus property. The bid does not include the neighboring community center.

  • Wise, Carney host town hall


    While the state’s 2016/2017 fiscal year budget includes many cuts, work will still continue on the Heartland Parkway.

    That was the message at a town hall meeting Tuesday morning at Jeff’s Food Mart held by State Sen. Max Wise (R-Campbellsville) and State Rep. John “Bam” Carney (R-Campbellsville).

  • Grand jury indicts five


    A Taylor County Grand Jury indicted five people last week.

    • Christopher Johnson, 26, of A. Cox Road in Elk Horn, was charged with two counts of receiving stolen property - firearm, a Class D felony.

    The charges stem from reported incidents from Nov. 21-23, 2015. A CPD report states that Johnson stole a Mossberg 20-gauge shotgun and a Marlin 0.22-caliber rifle from the victim’s residence.