Local News

  • TC schools gets urgent needs money


    Taylor County Schools will get the money it needs to build new schools.

    In the two-year $20.3 billion budget approved last week by members of the Senate and House of Representatives, Taylor County and several other schools in Kentucky will receive urgent needs money to help them build new school buildings.

    Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has yet to sign the budget, and could veto parts or all of it, but State Rep. John "Bam" Carney, R-Campbellsville, said he believes Beshear won't take the urgent needs money away.

  • Anniversary stirs tornado memories


    The lime gold 1974 Ford Maverick had just 600 miles on it. It was the first - and last - new car Roy and Ginny Holt would ever buy.

    As the sinister black clouds moved closer to the Holts' mobile home on Liberty Road on April 3, 1974, Ginny rushed to gather a few essential items before they headed to a neighbor's house to seek shelter in their basement.

    "At that time, our daughter was just a year old and I was still using diapers and everything for her," Ginny said.

  • Vietnam veteran publishes memoir


    He is a husband, father, grandfather, musician and war veteran. And now, he can add one more title to the list - published author.

    Campbellsville resident Joe Fair has published a book, "Call Sign Dracula: My Tour with the Black Scarves, April 1969 to March 1970."

    The book, three years in the making, details the 12 months Fair spent as a soldier in the Vietnam war.

    After 27 years of serving in the United States Army and Campbellsville National Guard combined and working at Ingersoll Rand for 40 years, Fair retired in 2011.

  • Fruit of the Loom in Jamestown to close

    The Fruit of the Loom plant in Jamestown will close, it was announced on Thursday, and more than 600 people will lose their jobs. Several Campbellsville residents work at the factory.

    FOL officials have said the company will move its textile operations to Honduras to save on operational costs. The Jamestown plant will close in phases from June 8 through Dec. 31.

    Read more about this story, and how the closure will impact Campbellsville residents, in Thursday's issue.

  • Month focuses on preventing child abuse

    It can be an unexplained bruise that wasn't there the day before, or a withdrawn behavior from a normally happy child.

    Last year, there were 144 children abused or neglected in Taylor County. That is more than twice the amount in 2010, at 68.

    April is recognized each year as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and the topic is something local law enforcement and social services workers deal with on a daily basis.

  • Former deputy pleads guilty to drug crimes


    The former sheriff's deputy who broke the law he was hired to uphold has pleaded guilty to federal drug crimes. And, he now faces as much as 30 years in federal prison and a large fine.

    Former Taylor County Sheriff's Deputy William "Billy" Rice, 38, of Campbellsville, was charged in early October with committing federal drug crimes. He had initially pleaded not guilty.

  • Decades of living and service


    Walking into Lester Story's home, visitors immediately know he is a veteran. A proud United States Marine Corp. veteran, he says.

    From hard-earned medals framed and hung on his wall with care to slightly aged photos from when he joined at 17 to a clock with the Marine's motto telling him the time, Story's military story surrounds him.

    On Sunday, friends and family members surrounded Story at his church, Stewart's Creek Baptist in Lebanon, to celebrate his 90th birthday.

  • Residents healthier than others in Kentucky


    Taylor Countians are healthier than the majority of those who live in Kentucky, even though they aren't quite as healthy this year as last. And a report says their overall quality of life has decreased.

    An annual study that ranks Kentucky's 120 counties in terms of health has revealed that Taylor County comes in as the 42nd healthiest county in health outcomes and, for the second year in a row, the 28th state in terms of health factors.

  • Three accused murderers appear in court


    Dressed in sweats and scrubs, the three appear before the judge, one by one, to discuss their cases.

    All accused of murder, the three Campbellsville residents face as much as life in prison if found guilty.

    The cases against Dale Brucker, Brianna Brucker and Richard Riggs are all moving forward, with jury trials scheduled in a few months.

    The three appeared on Tuesday before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Allan Bertram to hear the status of their cases.

  • Farmers' market to open April 26


    They bring their best quality fruits, vegetables and homemade jams and jellies, hoping to convince customers of the importance of supporting local agriculture.

    But Taylor County Farmers' Market Vice President Jacky Pierce said making a profit isn't the only reason he is looking forward to the season opening of the farmers' market on Saturday, April 26.