Local News

  • Making It Count

    Residents will soon receive mail from an unfamiliar address. But this piece of mail isn't junk. It's the key to determining how $435 billion in funding is spread throughout the United States.

    According to Althea Francis, manager of the Somerset Census office, the U.S. Census Bureau will mail 2010 Census forms to Taylor County residents in March.

    There are seven Census offices in Kentucky, according to Francis, and Taylor County is one of 24 counties the Somerset office covers.

  • Snow Days: School district plans makeup days

    So far this year, Campbellsville Independent students have missed four days of school for illness and snow.

    As a result, their last day of school has been pushed back to May 24.

    At Thursday night’s Campbellsville School Board meeting, Board members approved an amendment to the school calendar to make up those days.

    Pupil Personnel Director Jeff Richardson recommended that the District change Feb. 10 and April 21, which were scheduled as early-release days, to full instructional days. He also recommended adding a day to the end of the school year.

  • Loretto man charged with DUI after crash

    A Loretto man was charged with DUI after a crash on KY 210 Thursday.

    According to a Campbellsville Police report, James R. Mattingly, 43, drove his 2003 Chevy S-10 pickup from the Walmart parking lot on to KY 210, pulling into the path of a 2000 International semi-truck driven by Dennis R. Davis, 39, of Campbellsville. The collision occurred at 2:07 a.m.

  • Man found guilty of assault, other charges

    A Taylor County jury found Anthony McMahan, 52, of 7812 Saloma Road in Campbellsville guilty last week of DUI, wanton endangerment and assault charges, stemming from a two-vehicle crash in March 2008.

    According to Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney John Miller, the prosecutor in the case, a family of four from Kansas was injured in the collision. Miller said McMahan's blood alcohol level at the time of the crash was two and a half times the legal limit of .08.

    The jury has recommended that McMahan serve 20 years in prison.

  • TCES gym re-opens after several days

    The morning of Tuesday, Jan. 5 started like any other at Taylor County Elementary School. But the day turned sour quickly.

    "I was told there was some backup under the stage," said Principal Brian Clifford.

    A drain was blocked and raw sewage had seeped into the school's gymnasium and into two storage rooms - one housing instructional materials and the other PTA materials. Clifford said there was 6 inches of raw sewage standing in the drain.

    The Taylor County Health Department was called.

  • Deadline to file for candidacy is Tuesday

    Those who want to toss their hat into the political arena have less than a week to do so.

    The deadline to file for office is 4 p.m. Tuesday at Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney's office. The filing fee is $50.

    The 2010 Primary Election on May 18 will likely be the second largest election Taylor County voters could likely see, Carney said, because virtually every office is up for grabs.

    With that in mind, Carney is surprised that only 54 candidates have filed so far.

  • Medicare assistance available Thursday

    Lake Cumberland Area Agency on Aging workers will be available at the Senior Citizens Center Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Workers will be on hand to assist with Medicare Extra Help applications.

    Extra Help pays for the monthly premiums, annual deductibles and prescription co-payments related to Medicare prescription drug plans.

    To qualify for Extra Help, workers must have an annual gross income of $16,245 or less for an individual or $21,855 or less for a married couple living together.

  • KSP searching for escaped inmates

    The Kentucky State Police are attempting to locate two inmates who walked away from the Marion Adjustment Center in Marion County on Sunday, Jan. 17 sometime after 4 p.m.

    John K. Francis is a 41-year-old white male, 5 feet 7 inches, 170 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. He was being held for first-degree selling a controlled substance and bailjumping.

    Brian L. Wyatt is a 38-year-old white male, 6 feet 4 inches, 260 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He was being held for engaging in organized crime and first-degree selling a controlled substance.

  • Taylor's Junior Miss wins Empower Tomorrow's Future Award at state

    Taylor County Junior Miss MeLeigha Pollock won the Empower Tomorrow's Future Award on Saturday evening at the state Junior Miss program.

    For more photos from the event, see Thursday's print edition or visit the Web at carpe-imago.smugmug.com.


  • Community pitches in to help victims of earthquake in Haiti

    After an earthquake struck the capital of Haiti last week and left an estimated 200,000 people dead and even more injured, Campbellsville residents are pitching in to help with relief efforts. The damage became even more severe after an aftershock yesterday morning.

    One Campbellsville man has gone to Haiti to offer his help with the relief efforts in person.