Local News

  • Can one person run county’s park?

    The Taylor County Fiscal Court will advertise for a parks director to oversee Veterans Memorial Park, the adjacent Community Center and other county properties.

    At a special-called meeting Monday evening, magistrates voted unanimously to advertise for the position. That advertisement appears in today’s paper on page A13. All applications will be due by the end of the day on Monday, Jan. 30.

  • Backpack program feeds hungry kids

    With the chilly season still looming, it makes it hard for some children to get a warm meal. But there is a program in Campbellsville and Taylor County that is helping feed hungry kids.

    The Campbellsville and Taylor County family resource centers began a Backpack Food Program in 2007.

    Students at both districts and at the combined Campbellsville/Taylor County Head Start can be referred to the program, and receive a bag of food to take home each weekend.

  • Comer meets with local industry leaders

    U.S. Rep. James Comer (R-First District) is going back to work today in Washington, D.C., but last week he met with industry leaders in Taylor and Marion counties.

    Comer said they plan to get a lot done in the first 200 days of President Donald Trump’s (R) term of office alongside the Republican-dominated 115th Congress, including a repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act.

  • Learning to square dance

    Those wanting to put on their dancing shoes will soon have that chance as a square dancing club is trying to start up in Campbellsville.

    A beginner’s square dance course will be offered.

    “This is a way to give people something to do,” said avid square dancer Mike Wilson.

    The nearest square dance clubs are in Somerset, Park City and Elizabethtown.

    “You’re going to meet some of the best people,” said square dance caller Kristy Williams. “It is the biggest family.”

  • Juvenile arrested in shootings

    An unnamed juvenile was arrested Wednesday night in connection with three shooting incidents, a Campbellsville Police Department report said.

    The CPD arrested a 15-year-old juvenile on Crescent Hill Drive on 11 counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, and that juvenile is lodged in the Adair County Juvenile Detention Center, the report stated.

    And for one Campbellsville family, the actions of that juvenile will have a lasting effect.

    Michelle and Timmy Dickens’ home on Coakley Street was one of the houses that were shot at.

  • Miss Taylor County Fair wins state title

    Molly Matney was crowned Miss Kentucky County Fair 2017 this weekend in Louisville by the Kentucky Association of Fairs and Horse Shows.

    The KAFHS website stated that the “pride of Kentucky” was on display. The pageantry presented was “some of the most attractive young ladies that the commonwealth of Kentucky can provide.”

    More than 80 young women competed in this pageant, all winners from the member fairs from across Kentucky. Matney, of Metcalfe County, won the Miss Taylor County Fair pageant in June.

  • Legislators share views in town halls

    Both State Sen. Max Wise (R-Campbellsville) and State Rep. John “Bam” Carney (R-Campbellsville) are unsure if charter schools are a good fit for rural areas like Campbellsville.

    “My personal view on charter schools has always been, I think charter schools are great in urban areas,” Wise said. “But out in the rural part of Kentucky, I’m not sure charter schools are the absolute answer … I’m not sold on statewide charter schools.”

  • Lamb excels at state DYW

    Campbellsville High School senior Blair Lamb was named fourth runner-up at the Kentucky Distinguished Young Women program.

    Lamb was named Taylor County’s DYW last June, and represented Taylor County and her school at state competition on Friday, Jan. 13, and Saturday, Jan. 14, in Lexington.

    The preparation for the competition, Lamb said, was long and hard.

    “We’d work 12-hour days,” she said. “But it was all necessary” and worth it. 

  • Accidental shooting claims woman’s life

    A Campbellsville woman died Friday afternoon at a Bell Avenue residence from a gunshot wound the Campbellsville Police Department says was probably accidental.

    Taylor County Coroner Daniel Cook pronounced Mindi Keith, 33, dead at the scene of the shooting on 212 Bell Ave., according to a Campbellsville Police Department report.

  • Legal drama around Jones Creek continues

    A new bridge was completed on Jones Creek Road more than a year ago, but there is still litigation regarding whether the road is private or public.

    At a Taylor County Fiscal Court meeting on Tuesday evening, Jones Creek Road resident Scotty Hedgespeth said he didn’t want taxpayer dollars to be spent on a road that he considers being private.

    The bridge in question is on Jones Creek Road, near KY 1252. Taylor County Attorney John Bertram called the old bridge “dilapidated.”

    The new bridge was completed around November 2015.