Local News

  • Thompson in top 12 at state DYW

    Taylor County’s Distinguished Young Woman for 2016 came home from the state DYW program with a well-deserved top 12 finish.

    Taylor County High School senior Taylor LeAnn Thompson finished in the top 12 and was runner-up in the Empowering Tomorrow’s Future essay portion.

    “It was a lot of fun,” Thompson said. “I gained some great memories and some even greater friends.”

    Thompson was in Lexington for a busy week of rehearsals and preparation before the competition.

  • Man arrested, charged in Tennessee car theft, drug possession

    A Campbellsville man was arrested Thursday afternoon on charges related to a reported theft and drug use, a Taylor County Sheriff’s Office report said.

    TCSO Deputy Branden Wilson arrested William Tylor Kendall, 29, of Fairview Road, on charges of theft by unlawful taking or disposition - auto, first-degree possession of controlled substance - heroin - first offense, and possession of drug paraphernalia, the TCSO report said.

  • Liquor store fighting wet-dry vote

    An area liquor store donated $15,000 to an anti-alcohol campaign in Russell County.

    The Russell County Clerk’s Office confirmed earlier this week that Simms Liquors donated money to the group Citizens to Keep Russell County Safe, a group fighting efforts to turn Russell County into a wet county. The donation was apparently made on Jan. 5. A countywide wet/dry vote is set for Tuesday, Jan. 19. A similar vote in November 2009 was unsuccessful.

    The group contends that making Russell County wet would make the county less safe.

  • Cooking up some fun

    Things are heating up at the Taylor County Public Library with the start of a new monthly Teen Cooking Club.

    It will be offered the second Thursday of each month though March. If there is enough participation, they plan to continue the club.

    Everything the teens will be preparing is simple. All projects can be done with basic cooking supplies and can be done in under and hour.

  • Local officer profiled in law enforcement publication

    This article, written by Kelly Foreman of Kentucky Law Enforcement Magazine, is printed with their permission.

    Humble and unpretentious, Campbellsville Police Officer Dexter Colvin doesn’t brag much about his accomplishments. When he was named the department’s 2014 officer of the year, Colvin attributed the award to just doing his job. But this homegrown officer with about three years experience on the road cares about his community and helping others — and it shows.

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  • Agriculture receipts could see slight drop

    Gross agricultural income in Taylor County likely decreased 10 percent from 2014 to 2015, Pat Hardesty, Taylor County Extension Agent for Agriculture & Natural Resources said last week.

    “We’re in a whole new environment, where things are very different,” Kenny Burdine, agricultural economist for the University of Kentucky, said at a Taylor County Agriculture Council meeting Tuesday morning.

  • State road cuts could impact local resurfacing

    Local road resurfacing could suffer as a result of a $112.5 million cut from the state’s road fund.

    Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers said they’re generally unsure of what specific cuts will be required as a result of a recent reduction order.

    “I don’t know how it’s going to affect us,” Rogers said. “Basically, our money comes from the gas tax. Now, is some of this cut going to be coming out of the gas tax money? I don’t know yet. But if it is, that’s what we run our road department off of.”