Local News

  • Lawmakers pass state budget Friday night

    Following some concessions, lawmakers agreed on a two-year, $17.1 billion spending plan last Friday evening, halting a potential shutdown of much of state government on July 1.

    The main difference between the House and Senate was funding for the state's schools most in need of replacement. That problem was solved early Friday as the final bill would allow state matches for category five schools that levy a nickel tax. Category five schools are considered to be in the worst shape.

  • Committee to recommend tax abatement guidelines

    Taylor Fiscal Court's Occupational Tax Rebate Committee met last Wednesday to discuss creating guidelines for granting abatements of the county's 1 percent occupational tax.

    Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers, Magistrates James Jones, Richard Phillips, Milford Lowe and Matt Pendleton, Occupational Tax Clerk Sherry Kerr, County Attorney Craig Cox and Team Taylor County Executive Director Ron McMahan attended.

  • Bank is Chamber's Outstanding Chamber Investor

    Without Taylor County, there would be no Taylor County Bank.

    And so, to that end, the bank and its employees give back to the community as much as possible.

    "As Ben Franklin said, 'it's doing well by doing good,'" said Bank President Henry Lee.

    It's that philosophy that earned Taylor County Bank this year's Campbellsville/Taylor County Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Chamber Investor award.

    The award recognizes Chamber investors who sacrifice time and resources in an effort to better the community alongside the Chamber of Commerce.

  • Man charged with stealing cattle

    A Horse Cave man has been charged with stealing cattle after he was found with four calves stolen from nearby counties.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, Michael Slyfield, 21, of 162 Spradlin Lane was arrested at noon Saturday, May 22.

    The report states that the sheriff's office received a report that some stolen Holstein calves were at Blue Grass Stock Yards on Airport Road.

  • It's a family thing

    Forget television. Put away the video games. Mark Hillard wanted to find something to keep his family active.

    "I've got 10 kids and wanted to find something to do that was productive and get them out of the house."

    Hillard said his grandfather used to grow strawberries in Michigan, so he thought he'd give that a try.

  • Court backs up on constable limits

    A committee won't be recommending that constables complete an 18-week training course after all. And, with the group choosing not to make a recommendation in response to recent constable complaints, nothing has changed.

    Taylor Fiscal Court's Law Enforcement Committee met with five of the County's six constables last week to reiterate that constables are required to pay the County $10 for each court document they serve and can only use emergency lights with proper Fiscal Court permission.

  • Movie Gallery stores to close for good

    Movie Gallery customers have rented their last DVDs and video games.

    After filing for bankruptcy in February, Movie Gallery has sold its assets and will soon close all of its stores, including Campbellsville's.

    Great American Group Inc., a company specializing in asset disposition, valuation and appraisal services, announced recently in a news release that it will purchase Movie Gallery Inc.'s store inventory, fixtures, leases and properties for $74.2 million and is conducting going-out-of-business sales.

  • Man sentenced to nine years in prison

    One of the 19 people charged last year with operating a crime ring formed to sell drugs in Taylor and surrounding counties has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to prison.

    Grant William Odegard, 44, of 3192 James Lane in Campbellsville appeared before Taylor Circuit Judge Allan Bertram on April 30, though records from the appearance were not given to the Taylor Circuit Clerk's office until May 21.

  • State budget still up in the air

    Lawmakers are still trying to reach a compromise on a state budget that funds essential services while shrinking a projected $1 billion budget shortfall.

    Legislators were called back to Frankfort last week for a special session to pass a state budget plan.

    On Wednesday, the House passed a bare bones $17 billion budget bill, $1.2 billion less than the last time lawmakers passed a state budget in 2009.

  • Students get taste of history at Tebbs Bend Day

    The cannon blast echoes across Tebbs Bend. Smoke fills the air. Stunned silence is gradually followed by rounds of laughter and applause.

    "Do it again!" someone yells.

    Re-enactor Leonard Lay happily grabs another canister of powder as Mike Devlin cleans out the cannon with a wet sponge. Within moments, another blast roars across the field as students cover their ears.

    The cannon was the biggest hit of Tebbs Bend Education Day on Wednesday morning.