Local News

  • Nature at its Best

    Richard and Sandy Simpson have had a little excitement in their backyard lately.

    A hawk built a nest at the top of a pine tree behind their house in Holly Brook subdivision. And over the past several months, the Simpsons - and many visitors - have watched as the eggs hatched and the babies grew.

    "Sometimes in the evening," Richard said, "all four are standing on the edge of the nest."

  • Update: Nickel tax defeated

    Taylor County School District will not collect an extra nickel tax for school construction after all.

    Voters said no to the tax in Tuesday's special election with 2,276 voting "Against" the tax and 2,144 voting "For" the tax.

    As the votes were tallied Tuesday night at the Taylor County Courthouse, the margin of victory was slim, often by just a handful of votes. Results from the first few precincts showed the "For" votes pulling ahead. But as the final precincts came in, the "Against" votes steadily took over.

  • Suit filed against retired doctor

    A former Campbellsville pediatrician is being accused of causing permanent injury to a newborn baby.

    Columbia resident Telissa Moore has filed suit against Dr. Winit Chartisathian and Taylor County Hospital District Health Facilities Corp.

    Moore's attorney, Gail Wilson of Jamestown, filed the suit in Taylor Circuit Court on Tuesday, May 25. An answer by the defendants was filed at the courthouse last week.

    In the complaint, Moore alleges that Chartisathian delivered her son, Brent Owen Moore, on May 29, 2009.

  • TAXES: Taylor Regional Hospital

    It had to be done, she said, or Taylor County may not have had a hospital.

    The County's hospital taxing district was established Nov. 8, 1968, according to Taylor Regional Hospital CEO Jane Wheatley.

    She said representatives from Rosary Hospital, which was run by the Dominican Order of St. Catharine, went to Taylor Fiscal Court that year and said they could no longer afford to keep the hospital's doors open. They asked to let voters consider creating a taxing district to fund the hospital.

  • Greensburg man injured in crash Friday

    A Greensburg man was injured in a two-vehicle crash in Taylor County Friday.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Department, at about 5 p.m., Laurie Vandyke, 48, of Campbellsville was turning from U.S. 68 into her driveway when her 2007 Jeep was struck from behind by a 1995 Toyota driven by Oris Bingham, 78, of Greensburg.

    Bingham was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital for head injuries. His condition was unavailable.

    Vandyke was not injured.

  • EDA seeks budget increase

    The Campbellsville/Taylor County Economic Development Authority will seek slightly more funding from the Taylor Fiscal Court.

    At a special meeting last week, the EDA Board reviewed its proposed 2010-2011 budget. The $330,647 budget includes $225,000 from the County, an increase of $25,000. It also includes $100,000 from the City to be paid on the land on which the new industrial park sits.

    Though the EDA hasn't formally requested an increase from the County yet, Chairman Mark Johnson said he has talked with several magistrates who seem to be in favor of the increase.

  • Local woman struck by vehicle's mirror

    A Campbellsville woman was treated for injuries after being struck by an SUV Sunday.

    According to a Campbellsville Police Department news release, at 4:16 p.m. Nicole Paige, 26, was struck on the elbow by the mirror of a 2008 Ford Expedition driven by Paul Scott, 63, of Louisville. The incident occurred in the Green River Plaza parking lot, near Kroger.

    Paige was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by Campbellsville/Taylor County Rescue Squad. She was treated and released.

    Officer Travis Begley investigated.

  • Ethics charges against PVAs re-instated

    Charges dismissed a year ago against PVAs in 11 Kentucky counties have been re-instated by the Kentucky Court of Appeals.

    The property valuation administrators, including Taylor County PVA Julie Shields, were originally charged in October 2008 with ethics violations for promoting or hiring family members. In June 2009, all were cleared of any wrongdoing.

    However, with the appellate court's ruling on Friday, those charges are once again active and the case will continue.

  • Council gives final approval of 2010-2011 budget

    At a special meeting Monday night, Campbellsville City Council members gave final approval to the City's 2010-2011 budget.

    The vote was unanimous. Council members Richard Jeter, Paul Harmon, Mike Hall Jr., Terry Keltner and Vangie Ford were absent.

    At $15.6 million, the budget is smaller than the current budget by about $1.5 million because fewer grants were received.

    The budget includes 3 percent raises for City employees, the first since 2008.

  • Disaster aid climbs to $14.7 million

    One month after May's severe storms thundered through the bluegrass state, more than $14.7 million is in the hands of disaster survivors who registered for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The registration deadline is July 12.

    Disaster officials from the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management and FEMA urge people to register now, before it's too late.