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  • Haunting at Green River Lake


    There were scarecrows, sounds of wild animals lurking nearby, a man with a chainsaw and lots of ghoulish figures.

    Taylor County High School FFA students haunted Green River Lake's corn maze on Saturday, Oct. 18, to raise money for their programs. Admission was $5 per person, and in all, $405.50 was raised.

    The corn maze, which is located at the entrance to GRL State Park, is open daily from 8 a.m. to dark through the end of October. There is no admission to tour the maze at times other than the haunting events.

  • CPD Shred Day


    Several residents took advantage of the Campbellsville Police Department's first shred day, part of the department╒s crime prevention efforts. Watch the News-Journal calendar of events to find out about the next scheduled shred day. 

  • Antique auction stirs memories


    From the bright red sleigh to the various farm tools, local collector Don Bishop said there’s a story behind every piece that he and his late friend, Jerry Bennett, accumulated over the years.

    “You never forget the people you meet and friends you make along the way,” Bishop said.

  • Cutoff period announced for EQIP program

     The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service in Kentucky is encouraging landowners, farmers and producers to visit their local NRCS office now to receive information and apply for conservation technical assistance and possible financial funding opportunities.

    The application process for NRCS’s conservation programs is continuous, but funding selections for specific programs are made throughout the year. 

  • Abell retires from road department


    Some people wouldn’t like getting out at all hours of the day and night, scraping away ice and snow and hauling load after load of gravel. But he says he looked forward to it every day.

    Jessie Abell retired recently after working nearly 25 years at the county’s road department.

    Over the years, Abell, 64, has scraped many icy roads, mowed a lot of roadsides and helped residents travel down their gravel roads more safely.

  • New library director seeks public input

     Though she doesn’t officially start for a few more weeks, Andrea Lawler has already begun transitioning from high school teacher to library director.

    Lawler was hired last week to replace Julia Turpin as director of the Taylor County Public Library.

    Turpin, the library’s second director in its history, left her position to work at a library in North Carolina. Turpin replaced Elaine Munday, who was the library’s first director, after she stepped down from the position about three years ago.

  • Candidates speak at public forum

    Candidates for Taylor County judge/executive and Campbellsville mayor were invited to speak at a political forum hosted by Campbellsville University’s political science and history clubs on Tuesday night. County judge/executive candidates Eddie Rogers and Greg Gribbins, and mayor candidates Tony Young and Brenda Allen participated in the forum.


    Eddie Rogers

  • Twelve seek county magistrate seats


    Twelve people want to serve as Taylor County's magistrates. On Tuesday, Nov. 4, the pool will be narrowed to half that amount.

    All six of the county's current magistrates have filed for re-election, and some who used to serve in the positions have filed for them back.

    Dr. James Jones, John Gaines, Tommy Corbin, Matt Pendleton, Ed Gorin and Richard Phillips currently serve as the county's first through sixth district magistrates, respectively.

  • Durham pleads guilty to murder


    He has admitted he did it, and could spend 40 years in prison as a result.

    Jesse Durham has pleaded guilty to murdering his great-grandmother with a hammer. And in exchange for his guilty plea, the prosecutor in the case has recommended he be sentenced to serve four decades in prison for his crime.

    Durham, 23, appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Allan Bertram on Tuesday.

    Durham was scheduled to face jurors on Monday and was appearing for a hearing to discuss whether his case was ready for trial.

  • Judge/executive returns to work after heart attack


    After suffering a heart attack two and a half weeks ago, he is back at work and feeling better.

    Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers had a heart attack on Oct. 2. Last Monday, he was back at the office.

    Rogers was walking in a neighborhood with his daughter, Natalie, and began to sweat and had chest pain. Thinking it was indigestion, Rogers wasn’t planning on going to the hospital. But after Natalie and his wife, Theresia, convinced him, he headed to Taylor Regional Hospital.