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Local News

  • Dairy farmers celebrate survival

    June's Dairy Month has arrived and, this year, dairy farmers are celebrating their farms' survival.

    For decades, dairy farms have had a major impact on the local community. But over the past year, they've taken a hit, feeling the brunt of an economic recession. As a result there has been a significant drop in the number of operating dairy farms in Taylor County.

  • Oil spill takes its toll on local family's business

    Steve and Teressa Germain are glued to the television. Sitting in their Campbellsville home, they are watching their future fall apart at the hands of the largest environmental disaster to ever strike the U.S. - the BP oil spill.

    Steve was looking forward to an early retirement. A truck driver by trade, the long hours on the road were getting to him, so he started looking at his options.

  • Wild, Wild West

    About 160 people attended a performance of Madcap Puppets, a puppet theatre company from Cincinnati, Ohio.

    Part of Taylor County Public Library's summer reading program, the performance, "Annie Oakley's Wild West Show," featured several different stories and characters, as well as audience interaction.

  • Higdon to meet with Taylor Countians

    State Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, will be visiting county offices in several communities on Wednesday, June 30 to meet with residents and take any questions or comments about the recent legislative session or any other concern they may have.

    Higdon will be at the Taylor County Courthouse from 3 until 5 p.m.

     

  • County receives $26,100 recycling grant

    Taylor County has received a $26,100 Kentucky Pride Fund grant.

    On Friday, Gov. Steve Beshear announced 38 recycling and 10 household hazardous waste grants totaling more than $3.5 million to expand recycling in Kentucky, reduce the amount of solid waste going into landfills, and sustain the environmental management of hazardous waste from homes.

  • Department for Public Health issues safety guidelines for warm temperatures

    With the summer heat at its peak, issues like overexertion, heat stroke and dehydration have become important public health concerns.

    "Summer weather is inviting and encourages many of us to spend more time outdoors, but the rising temperatures also present serious health concerns," stated Department for Public Health Commissioner William Hacker, M.D in a press release. "Everyone should follow simple precautions that keep us safe from heat-related illness and injury."

  • Free dead animal removal no longer available

    Beginning July 1, Griffin Industries will no longer pick up dead animals. The Taylor County Conservation District, Taylor County Fiscal Court, and the Kentucky Division of Conservation have a new agreement with A&S Livestock and Feed for dead animal removal.

    A&S will come to the farm site, pick up the dead animal and take it to an incinerator in Russell County.

  • 2010 Master Conservationist announced

    Mike Elmore has been selected by the Taylor County Soil and Water Conservation District as the 2010 Master Conservationist.

    Elmore owns and operates more than 150 acres of farm and pastureland in Taylor County, incorporating numerous conservation practices into his farm management.

    He also operates his father's 40-acre farm.

  • 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.