Local News

  • Residents' health improving

    Taylor County is among the healthiest Kentucky counties, according to a recent report from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

    The report ranks counties in two overall areas - health outcomes and health factors. Health outcomes describe the current health status, while health factors include health care quality and behaviors.

    Taylor County is ranked 26th of the state's 120 counties under the health outcomes report. Boone County is first and Wolfe County is last.

  • Hospital bomb threat a false alarm

    A false bomb threat sent emergency services personnel to Taylor Regional Hospital just after midnight Monday.

    According to Campbellsville Police Chief Dennis Benningfield, at 12:20 a.m., a patient at the hospital called E-911 to report that he had a bomb. Police, Campbellsville/Taylor County Rescue and Campbellsville Fire Department personnel were dispatched.

    Upon arriving, Campbellsville Police Officers Robert Gribbins and Andy Warren found the patient did not have a bomb. The telephone and a cell phone were taken from his room to prevent any further false reports.

  • St. Baldrick's

    With several donations yet to be reported, Saturday's St. Baldrick's event raised a little more than $30,000, bringing the three-year total to nearly $125,000.

    "I thought we had a great crowd," said Donna Wise, event coordinator. "We were able to honor six children who have fought or are now fighting cancer."

    The St. Baldrick's Foundation funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. Every dollar raised at the local level goes directly to cancer research.

  • Man charged with assault, DUI

    A Campbellsville man has pleaded not guilty to charges alleging he struck another man while driving under the influence of drugs.

    Joshua A. Cochran, 21, of 310 Salem Church Road was arrested at about midnight Sunday after law enforcement received a report of a suspicious vehicle.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, Deputy Robert VanCleave saw a vehicle leaving an empty parking lot on Old Lebanon Road.

  • Barnes announces magistrate candidacy

    Lifelong Taylor Countian Larry Barnes has announced his candidacy for 3rd District magistrate.

    Barnes, 58, says he has lived most of his life in the 3rd District. He grew up in South Campbellsville, lived in Mannsville for 31 years and now resides on Elk Horn Road. He graduated from Campbellsville High School in 1970 and attended Green County Vocational School.

    After graduation, Barnes enlisted in the Kentucky National Guard, serving six years.

    Barnes said his work has afforded him plenty of experience with the public.

  • Spring Clean Week begins March 21

    Volunteers will be out in force next week to spring clean Kentucky highways. The Transportation Cabinet has announced that Adopt-a-Highway Spring Clean Week will take place March 21-27.

    "The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet appreciates the efforts of our Adopt-a-Highway volunteers who help keep our highways and communities beautiful and litter-free," Acting Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock stated in a press release.

  • Schools have their own report cards

    Students may dread getting them or show them off when the bottom line looks good.

    And the bottom line on local school and district report cards says that the majority of students are finding success after graduating from high school.

    Not to be confused with student report cards, district and school report cards were released recently to show what schools are doing and just how successful they are doing it.

    Issued each year by the Kentucky Department of Education, parents will receive the report cards for each school their children attend.

  • C&S Mission Store helping others since 1982

    Bedridden for three months with rheumatic fever, Chester Wise was ready to make a deal.

    "I told the Lord that if he'd help me, I'd help others if I could."

    So when his health returned, Wise found himself at C&S Mission Store.

    Staffed entirely by volunteers, many of them retirees like Wise, the store sells items for next to nothing.

    "I enjoy it," says Wise, who works three days a week. "I enjoy helping."

  • City audit shows $160,760 operating loss

    Jeffrey Sprowles of Wise, Buckner & Sprowles presented the 2008-2009 audit of the City's finances at Monday night's City Council meeting.

    Sprowles said the audit shows a $160,760 operating loss, meaning the City spent more than it took in. The City's revenue stream was steady, he said, except for state and federal grant funds, which dropped.

    Expenses were down about $218,000 across all City departments, Sprowles said.

  • Smoke on the Mountain

    Campbellsville University's theater department will take a trip back in time to the year 1938 when it performs "Smoke on the Mountain" on March 27-29.

    Performances are at 7 p.m. on March 27 and 29 and 3 p.m. on March 28 in the University Theater.

    Travel to Mount Pleasant, N.C., and join the Sanders family and the Rev. Mervin Oglethorpe for an "upliftin' good time."