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  • Lawler is new library director

     

    She says she has always loved libraries, and now, she gets to lead one.

    Andrea Lawler will become the third library director in Taylor County's history.

    Taylor County Public Library Board members met in special session on Monday to vote on hiring a new director after Julia Turpin left the position earlier this month. Turpin replaced Elaine Munday, who was the library's first director, about three years ago.

  • Baptist church will continue to operate Veterans Memorial Park

    Campbellsville Baptist Church will continue to operate the county's park.

    During Tuesday night's regular Taylor County Fiscal Court meeting, magistrates agreed to again contract with the church to operate Veterans Memorial Park.

    Chris Ambers, representing the church, said he believes the agreement is working well from the church's perspective.

    The church has operated the park on the county's behalf since 2009.

    According to the lease agreement, the church will operate the park for four more years, through Oct. 31, 2018.

  • Campbellsville native debuts movie

     

    Soon, the nation will see a Campbellsville native's name on the movie screen. But Campbellsville residents saw it first.

    Last Friday, Campbellsville native Deronte' Smith debuted his first feature film, "Prosper," at Campbellsville's Green River Cinema 6.

    And after showing the movie publicly for the first time, Smith answered questions about making the film.

    Smith, 41, now lives in Atlanta, Ga. He graduated from Taylor County High School in 1991.

  • Marcum, Benningfield square off for jailer

     

    Two people want to be Taylor County's jailer, and they have both served in the position before.

    Incumbent Eddie "Hack" Marcum, a Republican, and Rick Benningfield, a Democrat, both want the job.

    Marcum and Benningfield first battled opponents in the primary race to advance to the general election on Nov. 4. Marcum defeated Terry Lynn Skaggs and Benningfield defeated Nick Alsager.

    The battle between Marcum and Benningfield for the jailer's slot is a re-match.

  • Ground to be broken for new county schools

     

    Just a month after opening bids for construction of a new high school, Taylor County School District is planning to break ground for the facility within 10 days.

    At its regular meeting on Tuesday, the Board unanimously approved a $1,140,500 contract with Pyles Excavating of Columbia to clear and rough grade the site for the facility located on the district's KY 210 property.

  • Nickel tax passes for city schools

     

    It's now official.

    Those who own property within the Campbellsville School District will be paying an additional nickel tax, starting this year.

    Monday was the last of 45 days residents had to file their intentions to object to the tax, which members voted in August to levy.

    City school property tax bills are now being printed and will soon be mailed to residents. The deadline to pay the bills and receive a two-percent discount has been extended to Nov. 30.

  • Hosparus tea is Sunday

    The goal is to raise money for patients who can't afford the care they need.

    The annual Hosparus of Green River tea will be Sunday at Campbellsville University from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Student Activities Center.

    Tickets are on sale now at the local Hosparus office at Taylor County Courthouse for $20 each. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at the event.

    Chad Shively, who serves as chair of the Hosparus Green River Community Board, says the tea is the organization's largest fundraiser.

  • Flash flood watch issued through Tuesday evening

     

    A flash flood watch has been issued for Taylor County, lasting through Tuesday evening at about 8 p.m.

    Ronnie Dooley, public information coordinator for Taylor County Emergency Management, issued the following statement Monday afternoon.

  • Thompson joins Reed Brothers

     

    Jay Thompson has joined Reed Brothers Insurance as an agent.

    Reed Bro-thers offers multiple types of insurance including  life, individual and group health, Medicare supplements and prescriptions, long-term care, home, auto and farm insurance.

    Thompson can be contacted at (270) 465-2717 or jason.thompson@rbi-ins.com.

  • Ashley Portraits opens

     

    Photographer and artist Kent Ashley recently opened Ashley Portraits in Campbellsville. Specializing in weddings, senior portraits, commercial fashion and family portraits, Ashley Portraits opened in 2007 in Lexington. Private art lessons and portrait art are also available.

    He is a graduate of Bryan College in Dayton, Tenn. Ashley and his wife, Stacey, have a daughter, Kathryn.

    To schedule an appointment, call (859) 227-4751.