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  • New fiscal year begins

    Taylor Countians pay many taxes to keep local services operating. And, in turn, those in charge of the services say they work to ensure tax money is spent wisely.

    Tuesday marked the first day of the new fiscal year, the day the local city and county governments, along with law enforcement and state offices, begin their new budget cycles.

    The city will operate on a nearly $19.6 million budget for the 2014-2015 year. That budget includes funds for general government, police, fire and rescue, 911, emergency medical services, streets, the water company and more.

  • 'Fiddler on the Roof' performed July 3-6

     

    "Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match. Find me a find, catch me a catch," they sing in harmony. But just a few bars later, they say they aren't so sure they want to be matched with husbands after all.

    Campbellsville University and Town Hall Productions will present "Fiddler on the Roof" starting today, Thursday, July 3, and continuing through Sunday at Russ Mobley Theater on the CU campus.

  • Sentencing in former deputy's case delayed

     

    The former sheriff's deputy who broke the law he was hired to uphold hasn't been sentenced in federal court just yet.

    But when he does in three weeks, Billy Rice faces as much as 30 years in federal prison and a large fine.

    Rice, a former Taylor County Sheriff's Deputy, of Campbellsville, was charged in early October with committing federal drug crimes. He had initially pleaded not guilty, but has since entered a guilty plea to the charges.

  • City, county parks attract residents, tourists

     

    While climbing higher and higher, she insists she isn't afraid of heights.

    "I'm the queen of the world," she says, while atop the playground equipment at Robert L. and Bernice Miller Park.

    Lydia Warren wasn't the only child who came to Miller Park for some fun on Tuesday afternoon. Despite 90-degree and higher temperatures, children still came to play on the slides, swings and monkey bars.

    In addition to Green River Lake State Park, the community is home to two public parks that residents flock to each summer.

  • County signs contract to buy land on U.S. 68

     It's official, the county now owns six acres of land for future development.

    But even though magistrates agreed to the purchase nearly two months ago, it still hasn't been made public what will be done with the property.

    In May, magistrates agreed to buy land on U.S. 68, identified as the Bobby Roots property, for $80,000.

    Roots served as 5th District magistrate for more than 30 years.

  • Bee Awareness Day is July 12

     

    She said beekeepers are likely to have their eyes stuck up close to the observation hive, as if they've never seen a honeybee before.

    But local beekeeper Linda Collins said members of the Green River Beekeepers will also be delighted to talk bees with anyone interested in raising a hive of their own on Bee Awareness Day on Saturday, July 12, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Taylor County Extension Office.

  • Man to spend 15 years in prison for rape, sodomy and sex abuse

     

    A Campbellsville man, already a convicted sex offender, will spend 15 years in prison for rape, sodomy, assault and sexual abuse.

    David L. Taylor, 53, of 408 Walling St., was indicted three times by a Taylor County grand jury last year.

  • TCHS principal resigns

     

    When they go back to school next month, a new face will greet Taylor County High School students.

    Taylor County High School Principal Charles Higdon Jr. has resigned from his principal post, and the search has begun to find his replacement.

    Higdon is now director of district-wide programs, which he says is an assistant superintendent post alongside Taylor County Superintendent Roger Cook.

  • Into the Wild

     

    "Did you know deer could swim?" she asks, which is followed by a chorus of "no" from the audience. "Want me to prove it?" she said, and plays a video of a deer swimming in Green River Lake.

    Taylor County Public Library hosted a field trip to the Green River Lake Visitor Center on Thursday, in which park rangers Larry Lemmon, Jessica Grinnell and David Goode spoke to those attending about wildlife people can see at GRL.

  • Mail carrier retires after 31 years of deliveries

     

    She didn't know there would be cake, donuts and pie.

    "I'm sorry to leave such company, but I've got mail to sort," she says, after spending some time talking with her co-workers.

    For the last 31 years, Phyllis Franklin has worked as a mail carrier at the United States Post Office in Campbellsville. But on Saturday, she delivered her last piece of mail.

    Over the years, Franklin has delivered mail in snow, rain and mud, and seen her fair share of spiders, wasps and dogs, but says it's been worth it.