Local News

  • Civil Rights Hall of Fame nominations sought

    The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights is seeking nominations for the 2010 Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame. Nominations are being accepted until June 15.

    Eighty-seven individuals have been inducted since the first Civil Rights Hall of Fame ceremony in 2000. The ceremony to honor new inductees will be in October in Louisville. Details will be announced later.

  • Nickel tax focus of meeting

    Educators past and present banded together Tuesday night to drum up support for Taylor County School District's recallable nickel tax.

    Taylor County School Board members unanimously approved the nickel tax during their regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 9.

    By that Friday, a petition opposing Taylor County School Board's approval of a recallable nickel tax began circulating door to door.

  • 'We're still making history.'

    Truth is power. Truth will set you free. That was the idea behind the Rev. Mac Pendleton's message at the Taylor County Civic League's 21st Annual Black History Program on Sunday night.

    Pendleton, pastor of Bethel AME Church, was the guest speaker.

    "To be free, you must know the truth," Pendleton said. "To know the truth, you must know Jesus."

    Pendleton said black people may be free but, "We have not taken the chains off our minds," referring to what he called "psychological slavery."

  • Tax rolls going online

    The Taylor County PVA office is going online.

    And, for those who use Taylor County's tax rolls regularly, that information will soon be available with a subscription and the click of a computer mouse.

    Deputy Property Valuation Administrator Chad Shively, who will oversee the site, says the PVA office's Web site, www.taylorpva.com, will go live on Monday and offer visitors lots of information about the office and its duties, as well as a subscription to view Taylor County's tax roll information.

  • Police warn of fraud attempts

    Bernie Cave knew it was too good to be true. A check for $4,000 just to shop at a local business and report back on customer service.

    Figuring the check would be no good, he deposited it just to make sure. A few days later it was returned, flagged by the bank as "fictitious."

    It's a common scenario, according to Campbellsville Police Chief Dennis Benningfield.

    "We actually get fraud complaints all the time," he said.

    It is best not to respond to suspect letters, e-mails or phone calls, Benningfield said.

  • Two charged in sealed indictments

    Two Campbellsville men have been charged with selling drugs in indictments recently unsealed by a Taylor Circuit Court judge.

    A grand jury may seal an indictment if there is a possibility that the accused will try to evade police.

    Indicted were:

    - Gary Paris, 46, of 475 Pembroke Lane was charged with first-degree selling oxycodone. Bond was set at $15,000 cash. If convicted, Paris could be sentenced to as much as 10 years in prison.

  • Priest returns from mission to Haiti

    After learning that an earthquake had struck the capital of Haiti and left thousands of casualties in its wake, Father James Bromwich says his reaction was simple. He had to help.

    "I knew I had to go," he said. "I took it in prayer and it was confirmed."

    The earthquake left more than 200,000 people dead with countless injured and more than a million displaced.

    Campbellsville residents have pitched in with relief efforts by hosting drives to collect money, peanut butter, clothing and other items.

  • Need for heating assistance is up.

    It has been a long, cold winter for some local residents.

    Need is up 50 percent this year for Lake Cumberland Community Action's Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program's crisis component.

    The crisis part of the program, which began Jan. 4, helps people who have received an electricity/natural gas disconnect notice or who are within four days of running out of coal, fuel oil, propane, kerosene, wood or coal.

    So far this year, there have been 712 applications approved for a total of $135,367 in aid, according to LeAnne Sutton, outreach specialist.

  • Attorneys general take on Topix

    Two attorneys general, including Kentucky's Jack Conway, are taking on what they call unfair policies of the Web site topix.com.

    According to a news release from Conway's office, Conway and Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal sent a joint letter to Topix CEO Chris Tolles on Thursday, Feb. 11 asking him to provide information regarding the Web site's policies dealing with abusive posts that violate the site's terms of service.

  • Orchestra of Sound

    Sounds of the 19th and 20th centuries filled Ransdell Chapel on Friday night.

    The third event of the 2009-2010 Central Kentucky Arts Series featured the music of the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin.

    Conductor Misha Rachlevsky created the group, which is based in Moscow. Rachlevsky began studying and playing the violin when he was 5 and continued in the Soviet Union until 1973. He lived and worked on three continents until arriving in the United States three years later where he became active in chamber music.