Local News

  • Nickel tax election plans on hold

    The Taylor County School Board isn't expected to ask for a special nickel tax election this year.

    According to a letter from Gregory C. Dunbar, manager of the Department of Education's District Facilities Branch, Taylor County Elementary School is now a category five school. Category five schools are considered to be in the worst state of repair and in need of renovation or replacement.

    And that means a nickel tax election may not be necessary.

  • Trick or treating

    Children will have plenty of opportunities to collect goodies Saturday with a number of trick-or-treat events taking place. And it all kicks off at noon in downtown Campbellsville.

    From noon until 2 p.m., various downtown businesses will hand out candy to trick-or-treaters. Participating businesses will display a jack-o-lantern in their windows. There will also be Halloween music.

    This is the second year for the downtown event, which, according to organizer Karen Patton, will become an annual event.

  • Strong turnout expected at polls Tuesday

    A strong turnout is expected at the polls tomorrow.

    Based on past elections, Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney predicts at least 9,600 voters will hit the polls tomorrow, a turnout of about 57 percent.

    Carney bases his prediction on the 2006 general election, which had a similar ballot to tomorrow's slate. In 2006, 9,400 voters turned out.

    There are 16,947 registered voters in the county. Of those, 8,203 are Democrats, 7,992 are Republicans and 752 are registered as Other.

  • Sweet Treats

    Two-year-old Reece Swafford collects candy during trick or treating at the Green River Lake Campground last weekend.

    He is the son of Walt and Wanda Swafford of Campbellsville. His mom took the photo.

    If you have a photo you’d like to share of local Halloween events, send it to editor@cknj.com and it may be included in an upcoming issue.


  • Raising campaign money

    Candidates for election often raise and spend quite a bit of money in their bid for office.

    Many reports for campaign funds for local candidates have yet to be processed by the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance, but those that have been show a few candidates have raised several thousand dollars.

  • Domestic violence still a concern

    They had been dating for about a year and the relationship was good. But after they got married, everything changed.

    "She quickly learned he was abusive," Leticia Salinas, Taylor County Victim's Advocate, said.

    The woman suffered some abuse but eventually got out of the relationship by filing for divorce.

    Salinas is here to help those who have been the victim of domestic violence.

  • Heating assistance signups begin Monday

    For those who struggle to pay their heating bills, help is on the way.

    Signups for the subsidy portion of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program begin today.

    The program is made up of two components - subsidy and crisis.

  • Marching Cardinals third in state

    The Taylor County Marching Cardinals are the third best AAA band in Kentucky.

    The Cardinals ended their marching band season in Saturday night’s Kentucky Music Educators Association State Marching Band Finals.

    Earlier in the day on Saturday, the band won fourth place out of 16 bands in the semi-final competition at Meade County High School in Brandenburg to earn the right to travel to Papa John’s Stadium in Louisville for the finals Saturday night.

  • Healthy Babies

    Approximately 40 walkers from Marion and Taylor counties participated in the first Green River Walk at Graham Memorial Park in Lebanon on Oct. 23.

    The walk is a fundraiser for the March of Dimes, which works to prevent birth defects, premature births and infant mortality.

    "Our mission is that one day every baby is going to be born healthy," said Mandy Kucela, director of the March of Dimes Barren River District.

  • Storm blows through community

    While a tornado warning was issued for Taylor County on Tuesday, wind gusts were the worst the county received as far as severe weather.

    According to Ronnie Dooley, assistant E-911 supervisor and public information coordinator for Taylor County Emergency Management, strong wind gusts caused only minor problems Tuesday morning before heavy rain and scattered thundershowers rolled in shortly after noon.

    Dooley said E-911 dispatchers fielded about 30 calls reporting trees down, a few power outages and even funnel cloud sightings.