Local News

  • Bob Clark sworn in as newest county school board member


    A seat on the Taylor County School Board will stay in the family.

    Bob Clark was sworn in as the newest member of the board Tuesday evening, filling a vacancy left by the passing of his mother, Lillian Clark, on Dec. 24 of last year.

    Bob Clark was one of two applicants for the vacant seat, according to Taylor County Superintendent Roger Cook, who said the position was filled by Kentucky Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt. Clark will serve the remainder of his mother’s term on the board, which ends in November.

  • Color to Conquer raises $2,500 for St. Baldrick's


    Approximately 73 people came out for the Color to Conquer 5K (3.1-mile) race Sunday afternoon.

    Proceeds from the race go to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity that raises money for pediatric cancer research.

    “It’s a beautiful day,” Erwin said after the race. “We had about 30 online pre-registers that showed up, and had several more come in today.”

  • County declares Veterans Memorial Park as surplus


    The Taylor County Fiscal Court intends to surplus Veterans Memorial Park, with the exception of the Community Center.

    After a special-called meeting Tuesday afternoon and an hour-long executive session, magistrates voted unanimously to have the park declared as surplus, with current contracts the Fiscal Court has with Campbellsville Baptist Church, Audience 1 Sports and Taylor County Public Schools honored.

    Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers said the park is costing the county between $40,000 and $60,000 a year.

  • Man charged with trying to kill officer


    A Campbellsville man was arrested Saturday after allegedly trying to hit a police officer with his vehicle.

    The Kentucky State Police arrested William B. Tompkins, 24, who was charged with attempted murder of a police officer, first-degree fleeing police in a motor vehicle and a probation violation, according to a Campbellsville Police Department report.

    The report stated that at about 10:30 p.m. on Friday, April 15, CPD officers tried to serve an outstanding felony warrant for probation violation on Tompkins on Gardner Street.

  • Eagles nesting in county

    A nest of bald eagles was spotted last week in a rural part of Taylor County. The exact location has been withheld to protect the eagles.

    “Bald eagles are sensitive to disturbance and nests that are visited too often can be ‘loved to death,’” said Kate Slankard, avian biologist for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife.

  • Homeplace to host first-ever Plow Days Saturday

    The Homeplace on Green River is looking to educate people on 19th century farming with its inaugural Plow Days and Spring Festival.

    The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST at the Homeplace, located at 5807 Old Columbia Road (KY 55) between Campbellsville and Columbia.

    “The day will feature a variety of displays and activities that were part of the Homeplace’s early days,” said Billy Fudge, who is helping to organize it. “It’s hard to know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been.”

  • Local woman battles rare immune system illness

    Living in a constant state of disinfectant and sanitization is a world that Candace Sapp and her family have learned to make their new normal. It includes a routine to quarantine the sick in their 6-member family if someone gets the simple sniffles, and even double- and triple-spraying door handles with disinfectant to catch anything, just in case.

    The behavior many would find obsessive and almost to the point of neurotic, but for Sapp it is a necessity for her life.

  • City bike trail nearly complete

    A hiking and biking trail in Campbellsville should have an official opening by the end of the school year, Campbellsville City Council member Paul Osborne, who also chairs the Trail Town Committee, said last week.

  • Fiscal court looks at security at Veterans Memorial Park


    Magistrates on the Taylor County Fiscal Court discussed Tuesday night how better to secure Veterans Memorial Park.

    But by the end of the discussion, the court made no decision.

  • City water rates to increase July 1


    The annual automatic 3-percent increase in the city’s water and sewer rates will go into effect on July 1.

    The increase comes as a result of an ordinance Campbellsville City Council members passed last year. At a council meeting Monday night, council members opted to take no action. The increase is automatic unless the city’s water committee recommends keeping the rates the same.

    At Monday night’s meeting, Council member David Nunery, who sits on the water committee, recommended the increase.