Local News

  • County budget is complete

    Taylor County will operate with about $300,000 more this fiscal year than last, though two officials say this year's budget basically mirrors last year's.

    The County's 2010-2011 budget of nearly $8.7 million was unanimously given second reading last Monday at noon during a special meeting.

    Magistrates had first reading of the budget in May. The budget approved Monday afternoon is unchanged.

    Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers says this year's budget is virtually the same as last year's. A breakdown of the budget is listed in a sidebar to this story.

  • Celebrating the 4th

    See Monday's newspaper for a series of photos from the Fourth of July Celebration in Campbellsville.

    More photos will appear in Thursday's issue as well as in a slideshow on the News-Journal's home page.

  • Taylor now eligible for USDA disaster assistance

    Congressman Brett Guthrie announced last week that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared 15 counties in the Second Congressional District eligible for agriculture emergency assistance for damage caused by the storms that hit the area starting May 1. Taylor County is among those included.

    Guthrie sent a letter in early May to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack requesting a review for agriculture emergency assistance given the widespread damage to Kentucky's farmers and agriculture industries.

  • July 4th events begin Friday

    From crafts and cars to food and fireworks, this year's 35th annual Fourth of July Celebration has something to entertain those of all ages.

    And celebration chairman Allen Gaddis says organizers of the event have been working hard to make sure this year's is the best yet.

    Gaddis, who has served on the Fourth of July board for several years, says he was named chairman of this year's celebration based on a rotation of members to share the responsibilities involved. He said Jon Hawkins, who is this year's vice chair, will serve as next year's chair.

  • Man accused of enticing minor for sex

    A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged after he was found transmitting a pornographic photo of himself to a Taylor County Sheriff's deputy posing as a minor female in an online chat room.

    Frankie Hardin, 58, of 313 Sharon Drive was arrested Thursday at 2:25 p.m.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, deputies arrested Hardin after he came to a prearranged location to meet the girl from the chat room.

    A search warrant for Hardin's home revealed various electronic devices, computers and cameras.

  • TAXES: Taylor County Cooperative Extension Service

    It's the major reason the extension office provides so many free programs in the community.

    The Taylor County Extension Office has been a taxing district since the late 1980s, and Extension District Board President John Kessler says the tax is the major funding source for all the office's consumer, 4-H and agriculture programs.

    Kessler says he doubts there was any resistance toward the tax when it was levied for that very reason.

    "We couldn't have an extension service without it," he said.

  • TCMS Beta takes top talent honors at nationals

    They left home hopeful. They returned victorious. Taylor County Middle School's Junior Beta Club members are national champions.

    Greeted by a cheering crowd, Beta Club members returned home Tuesday via a police escort, carrying with them the national talent title as well as four individual first-place finishes.

    "We have never gone that far," said Taylor County Middle School Assistant Principal Tony Jewell. "We have come so close in past years. In Kentucky, the competition is so stiff."

  • Campbellsville couple charged with fraud

    A Taylor County Detention Center employee and her husband have been charged with committing fraud.

    Annie Macon, 48, and Leonard Macon, 50, were indicted Wednesday, June 23 in Boyle County Circuit Court on a charge of public assistance fraud.

    The indictments list the Macons' last known address as 1601 Parkview Drive in Campbellsville.

    According to the indictments, the Macons are accused of committing the crimes between January 2006 and September 2009 by allegedly failing to report a change in factors affecting their eligibility to receive public assistance.

  • Three charged with damaging mailboxes

    Three Campbellsville residents have been arrested and charged with more than 50 counts of damaging local mailboxes.

    Kayla Michelle Bland, 18, of 501 Hubbard Lane and James C. Holt, 19, of 209 University Drive were arrested Friday, June 18, and Tyler S. Edrington, 18, of 113 Taylors Chapel Road was arrested Monday, June 21.

    Warrants for Bland, Holt and Edrington's arrest were issued Tuesday, June 15 by a Taylor District Court judge.

  • Man accused of operating mobile meth lab

    An Elizabethtown man has been arrested and charged with manufacturing methamphetamine after he was found with a meth lab in his vehicle.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, sheriff's deputies found the lab during a traffic stop Saturday at 5:45 p.m.

    The report states that a Kentucky State Police hazardous materials team was called to neutralize the lab. The materials were removed and disposed of properly.

    Taylor County Fire Department also responded.