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  • Cook honored by state board

     

    The Kentucky Board of Education recently presented the sixth annual Dr. Johnnie Grissom Award to Taylor County Superintendent Roger Cook.

    The award recognizes those who exhibit leadership, commitment and service to promote high student achievement through instructional equity and in closing the achievement gap for all children.

    Cook was nominated by Charles Higdon, assistant superintendent for the Taylor County School District.

  • GOP treasurer primary heats up

     

    Eight candidates - five Democrats and three Republicans - are running for state treasurer in the May 19 primary. This article introduces the three Republicans - Allison Ball, Kenny Imes and Jon Larson.

    Democratic primary candidates are Neville Blakemore, Jim Glenn, Daniel Grossberg, Richard Henderson and Rick Nelson.

    The Kentucky Treasurer election will take place on Nov. 3, 2015.

     

    Jon Larson

  • Sewer project bids revealed

     

    Campbellsville City Council members will have two bids each from five different contractors to choose from for the water and sewer expansion for the new Taylor County High School building on Ky. 210.

    There were bids on both 10-inch pipes and 12-inch pipes connecting the new TCHS campus to the sewer plant. Stotts Construction of Columbia had the lowest bid on 10-inch pipes and Cumberland Pipeline of Russell Springs had the lowest bid on 12-inch pipes. The project will cost a minimum of about $450,000.

  • Report ranks rural hospitals on financial well being

    As many as one-third of Kentucky’s rural hospitals are in poor financial shape, and the survival of some will likely depend on their willingness to adopt new business models, state Auditor Adam Edelen said last week.

    Unveiling a nine-month study, Edelen said 15 of the 44 hospitals examined were in “poor financial health,” and warned, “Closure may be an unfortunate reality for some.”

  • Grand jury returns indictments against 16

    Five people allegedly connected to trailer, hay baler and car part thefts last fall were among those indicted by a Taylor County Grand Jury on Tuesday.

    Brandon Edelen, 27, of Osage Avenue in Campbellsville, Jessie T. Edelen, 20, of Spurlington Road in Campbellsville, Shelby D. Roberts, 22, of Crescent Hill Manor in Campbellsville, Davie L. Tungate, 31, of East Broadway in Campbellsville, and Steven Whitley, 18, of Mt. Gilboa Road in Campbellsville, were all indicted last week.

  • Water, sewer rates may increase

    Campbellsville Water and Sewer Committee officials are looking at increases in water, sewer and sanitation rates.

    Engineer David Bowles of Monarch Engineering said the proposed increases are to help pay for current expenses and projects, as well as for future projects. Those projects are often paid for via bonds, which include debt payments. “A water system like this is like your home. You’ll never stop doing things to keep it going,” Bowles said.

  • Former resident helping the less fortunate

    Like her T-shirt, the bracelet Emily Fox wore and the earrings she carried in her purse were not, she explained, simply clothes or accessories.

    This Easter, as in previous years, Fox knows people around the country will join her and her family in wearing T-shirts which read “Forget the Frock.”

    All three items represent efforts to feed orphans in a third world country or help widows or families in need or assist women rescued from the sex trade.

  • Ms. Gupton's Opus

    It was the first of many lasts for Lisa Gupton.

    After more than 30 years of teaching music — and 27 years of teaching it in Taylor County — Gupton is retiring at the end of this school year.

    And on Saturday, March 28, Gupton’s unofficial farewell tour began with her final Show Choir production.

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  • Two state reps seek ag commissioner office

     

    With the 2015 General Assembly concluded, at least two state legislators hope they won’t be back for the 2016 session.

    State Rep. Richard Heath (R-Mayfield) and State Rep. Ryan Quarles (R-Georgetown) are hoping to succeed outgoing Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer, who is running for governor.

    The winner of the Republican primary between Heath and Quarles will face the lone Democrat in the race, Jean-Marie Lawson Spann, in November.

  • After 25 years, Bratcher bows out of banking

     

    As Leroy Bratcher circulated the room, every guest received a handshake, a hug and a smile.

    Some guests shared pictures of old times with him, while others simply brought stories from the days of old.

    After 25 years as president of Forcht Bank in Campbellsville, one chapter of Bratcher’s life was closing as another began.

    This was his day.

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