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  • New felony expungement law could aid economy

    A law that will take effect in July will allow those convicted of low-level felonies to request that their records are expunged.

    Under House Bill 40, sponsored by House Judiciary Chair Darryl Owens (D-Louisville) and Rep. David Floyd (R-Bardstown), people who were convicted of Class D felonies can ask the court to permanently seal – or expunge – their records.

    “House Bill 40 is about redemption,” Owens said about HB 40 when it passed the House in January. “It’s about second chances.”

  • Amy Grant performs at Campbellsville University

    Contemporary Christian artist Amy Grant, along with Ellie Holcomb and Nichole Nordeman performed Friday night on their Live Life Together Tour in the Ransdell Chapel at Campbellsville University after the annual Derby Rose Gala.

    The Derby Rose Gala is a fundraiser that raises funds for scholarships to help individuals attend CU. Since 2009, the Derby Rose Gala has raised over $250,000 for the general scholarship fund.

    Each year, 50-75 students can’t attend CU due to a lack of financial support, and the scholarship fund helps them attend.

  • County's unemployment rate drops slightly

     

    Taylor County’s unemployment rate dropped half a percentage point, from 6.4 percent in February to 5.9 percent in March, according to numbers the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet released last week.

    Of the county’s 11,694-strong workforce, 11,008 were employed and 686 were unemployed.

  • Community celebrates Earth Week

     

    Earth Week activities have been happening at Campbellsville University’s Stapp Lawn and at the Turner Log Cabin all this week.

    On Monday, Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers and Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young read an Earth Day proclamation. That proclamation says everyone has a “right to a healthy, sustainable environment with economic growth,” and implores people to take action to create a “green economy.”

    Campbellsville University President Michael Carter read a passage from Leviticus 19:9-10.

  • Innaugural 'Plow Days' a success, organizers say

     

    Several hundred people attended the inaugural Plow Days and Spring Festival held at The Homeplace on Green River.

    “We’re absolutely thrilled that so many people attended,” said organizer Billy Fudge. “We couldn’t have asked for better weather.”

    The event took place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, at The Homeplace, located at 5807 Old Columbia Road (KY 55) between Campbellsville and Columbia.

    Since admission was free, Fudge could only estimate how many people were on hand.

  • County holds off on park improvements

     

    The Taylor County Fiscal Court will add a water spigot and key to the outside of a building at Veterans Memorial Park, and will also fix a water leak.

    Otherwise, magistrates tabled any park improvements until after they receive bids to surplus the park and decide what to do about them.

    Those bids are due by May 9. Magistrates will look at those bids at their regular meeting on May 10. They want to wait to see if the park sells before acting on the fence or any other improvements.

  • Chamber honors several community members

    A man who’s worked at Wal-Mart and Big K for more than four decades was among those honored at the 67th annual Campbellsville/Taylor County Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner.

    Marshall Johnson was given the Everette Lee Citizen of the Year Award, named for the former chamber leader and given to people who have “given substantially” to the community, in the words of presenter Carol Sullivan. David Nunery and Dr. Ray Roberts were also nominated.

  • Newspapers aren’t dying, says KPA director

    To paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of the newspaper industry’s death have been greatly exaggerated.

    That was the message from David T. Thompson, Executive Director of the Kentucky Press Association, who spoke at a media appreciation brunch at Campbellsville University on Thursday morning.

    Thompson said the newspaper’s death has been predicted several times, but that this hasn’t occurred because newspapers are resilient.

  • Man arrested for alleged theft of Fish and Wildlife property

    Joshua A. Grisso, 33, was arrested on Wednesday, April 20, for receiving stolen property more than $500 but less than $10,000.

    The alleged stolen goods involved Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife property as well as power equipment, according to Fish and Wildlife Fourth District Lt. Jeremy McQueary of Green County.

    Conservation officer Jared Ervin made the arrest in Taylor County.

    Bond was set at $10,000, full cash, and Grisso remains lodged in Taylor County Detention Center. The investigation is ongoing.

  • County looks to surplus VMP

    The county is going forward with a plan to declare Veterans Memorial Park as surplus property.

    At a special-called meeting Thursday afternoon, magistrates voted unanimously for an invitation to bids on the property.

    Taylor County Attorney John Bertram said, however, that the surplussing may still not happen.

    “It may very well be that the court will wind up deciding this is not the thing to do, based upon the bids we’ve received,” said Bertram.