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  • Detention Center employees to get pay raise

    Some Taylor County Detention Center employees will soon get a raise.

    At Taylor Fiscal Court's regular meeting Tuesday, Nov. 10, Taylor County Jailer Rick Benningfield told magistrates that the detention center has now been open for a year.

    When it first opened, he told the Court, he asked magistrates to consider giving some employees a raise when reaching the one-year mark. Benningfield asked that the employees who began working at $9 an hour, and have since received a raise to $9.27 an hour, now receive $10 an hour.

  • Honoring our veterans

    About 60 people gathered at the Taylor County War Memorial on Wednesday afternoon to pay tribute to local veterans.

    Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers said the new green space on which the ceremony took place was in honor of veterans.

    "This is your park," he said.

    Rogers remarked on the crowd gathered for the ceremony. He said the crowd was excellent but that it should be overflowing.

    "All of us need to be reminded of the freedom we all share."

  • U.S. Senator in town Friday

    U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., discussed the health care issue, taxes and unemployment at a reception and book signing for him at Campbellsville University on Friday.

    He autographed copies of the John David Dyche book titled "Republican Leader: Political Biography of Senator Mitch McConnell."

    The longest serving U.S. Senator from Kentucky, McConnell said Campbellsville University has improved Taylor County, the area and the state. He praised Dr. Michael V. Carter, CU's president, for his leadership.

  • Tough Times: With families facing financial crisis, many turn to helping agencies

    The number of people asking for help from the food pantry, crisis relief center and homeless shelter is up, but officials say another number is a bit more important. According to officials, many are asking for that help who have never asked before.

    According to Taylor County Ministerial Food Pantry volunteer Marietta Moyers, the number of families receiving free food last year was about 220 each month. This year, she says, that number has risen to about 300.

    And a lot of those people, Moyers said, are those who are now unemployed.

  • Parkway meeting is Tuesday

    Local residents will have another chance to provide their input on the proposed plans for the Heartland Parkway next week.

    On Tuesday, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials will present the final conceptual alternatives for the Heartland Parkway. The meeting is from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Taylor County High School cafeteria. A meeting also took place in Columbia on Tuesday.

  • Racetrack slot machines hot topic at debate

    While the two candidates started the debate by stating their mutual friendship, clear differences emerged between the Democrat and Republican running for the vacated senate seat of Dan Kelly.

    The hour-and-a-half debate between Jodie Haydon, D-Bardstown, and Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, was hosted by PLG-TV 13 and featured questions from a panel of area newspaper representatives.

  • Council names street near Judicial Center

    A committee appointed to recommend a name for the street running alongside the Taylor County Judicial Center has suggested Justice Center Drive.

    At last Monday's regular Campbellsville City Council meeting, the Council approved the suggestion, with Councilwoman Patti Phillips casting the lone "No" vote. Phillips said she voted no because former Councilwoman Frances Clinkscales was one of the suggestions discussed at previous Council meetings. Mayor Brenda Allen said the City is looking for another street to name in honor of the late councilwoman.

  • Honoring their Service ... two centuries later

    More than two centuries later, five men who fought in the Revolutionary War were honored Saturday at a ceremony. All of the men either lived or died in Taylor County.

    The 43 names of other men in Taylor County who also fought in the war from 1775-1783 were honored at a similar ceremony in 1978 when a bronze plaque was erected at the Taylor County Courthouse.

    The newest names have now been added to that plaque.

    Saturday's ceremony was sponsored by the David Allen Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution and the Taylor County Historical Society.

  • Taylor among counties eligible for disaster assistance

    Residents who were affected by the tornado that struck the western part of Casey County on Oct. 9 can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

    In addition to Casey County, the declaration covers Adair, Boyle, Lincoln, Marion, Pulaski, Russell and Taylor counties.

    For homeowners, loans up to $200,000 are available to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Additionally, homeowners and renters can apply for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

  • Changes made to voting precincts

    Residents in four precincts will cast their votes at different locations in the upcoming special election to fill the State Senate seat recently vacated by newly-appointed Taylor Circuit Judge Dan Kelly.

    At Tuesday's regular Taylor County Fiscal Court meeting, magistrates gave their approval to the changes and the use of 80 election officers to man the County's precincts.