Local News

  • County budget nearly balanced

    Officials are nearly finished drafting the County's 2010-2011 budget, which includes a 3 percent raise for all full-time employees. Magistrates, however, have agreed to not give themselves a raise.

    In the budget, though, there could be less money than anticipated for blacktopping.

    Last Tuesday, Taylor Fiscal Court's Budgets, Audits and Personnel Committee met to discuss the budget.

    At the group's previous meeting on April 6, members said the budget stood at virtually the same as this fiscal year's $8.4 million.

  • ELECTION: Taylor County Judge/Executive

    Three candidates want the County's top leadership position this election year, and two of them will face off in the May Primary Election.

    Republicans Greg Gribbins and Gary Osborne will battle next month to represent their party in the Taylor County Judge/Executive race on the General Election ballot this November.

    Incumbent Eddie Rogers was the lone Democrat to file for the office. He advances directly to the November election and will face the winner of the race between Gribbins and Osborne.

  • Earth Day 2010

    Campbellsville was home to two Earth Day celebrations Thursday.

    A swamp oak tree was planted on the 40th anniversary of Earth Day on the lawn of Ransdell Chapel at Campbellsville University. Local officials, CU faculty, staff and trustees and second and third-grade students from Angie Russell and Laura Dicken's Campbellsville Elementary School classes shoveled dirt at the site.

  • Beard pleads guilty on day of trial

    "Do you understand what you're doing here today?" the judge asked.

    In shackles and orange and white stripes, he replied, "Yes, sir."

    Gary Lynn Beard pleaded guilty on Wednesday morning to shooting and killing David Brad Williams in June 2008.

    Beard, 26, of 160 Happy Hill Drive in Campbellsville, had been scheduled to face a jury of his peers just two hours before entering the plea. He appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Dan Kelly.

    The courtroom was silent as Beard answered Kelly's questions.

  • A Search for Family

    Linda Brockman knew she had a redheaded half-sister. But that was all she knew. She didn't know where she lived or anything else that would be necessary to find her. But after more than 30 years of searching, Brockman's family has grown not by one but three.

    In 1975, Brockman decided to begin her search by researching her father - Leo "Steve" Wilson Rayner. She knew he had been adopted as a child and had a previous marriage. Brockman was just a child when her father died in a car crash in 1953.

    Despite her digging, she couldn't find any clues to her sister.

  • Three injured in KY 210 crash

    Three people were injured Sunday in a two-vehicle crash on KY 210.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, William Russell, 42, of 953 Goss Ave. #3 in Louisville pulled his 1993 Ford Ranger truck from KY 744 onto KY 210 at 1:32 a.m. into the path of a 1991 Ford Probe driven by Kevin Grumbles, 24, of 1387 Palestine Road in Campbellsville.

    Russell, Grumbles and his passenger Lindsey Robinson, 20, also of 1387 Palestine Road in Campbellsville, were transported by Campbellsville/Taylor County Rescue personnel to Taylor Regional Hospital.

  • Equipment available for conservation use

    The Taylor County Conservation District has four pieces of equipment to lease to landowners to help them implement conservation practices.


    The 2010 Haybuster grass and grain drill is ideal for pasture renovations, small grain seeding, solid stand beans, alfalfa, clovers, grasses and wildlife habitat establishments.

  • Taylor County Farmers' Market

    The Taylor County Farmers' Market had its opening day Saturday.

    The market, located on Animal Shelter Road, so far has bedding plants, blueberry bushes, eggs, hanging baskets, chicken, beef and pork.

    There are eight farm families who are members of the market this year. Cathy Bunnell, one of the eight, said in the coming weeks there will be strawberries, sweet corn and more, with different vegetables and fruits ripening through the summer months.

    The Farmers' Market will be open each Saturday until October from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Nickel tax petition a go

    Voters will get to decide whether Taylor County Schools can collect an extra nickel tax.

    According to Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney, a count of signatures on a petition seeking to bring the issue before voters was completed Tuesday. Using voter records, 1,575 of 1,773 signatures were validated, Carney said. In all, 819 signatures were required to get the issue on the ballot.

    For more on this story, see Thursday's print edition.


  • National Guard soldier dies in Afghanistan

    Sgt. Randolph A. Sigley Jr., a 2000 Marion County High School graduate, died Sunday morning at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan.

    Sigley was 28 years old. He was serving in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan with a Kentucky National Guard Unit based in Richmond, Ky., according to his stepfather, Alton A. Hardin of Lebanon.

    Sigley is also survived by his mother, Rhonda L. Hardin, and his sister, Kristin Mattingly.