Local News

  • Technology aids student learning

    Norma Simpson's Taylor County Elementary fifth-grade classroom looks like the set of a game show.

    "How long did the French and Indian War last?" Simpson asks.

    Picking up ActivExpressions, handheld devices about the size of cell phones, the students enter their answers to the question. The results are immediate, appearing on the screen in bar graph form. The majority of the students get the answer right.

  • More weather spotters needed

    Local residents who like watching the clouds now have the option of putting their interests to good use.

    A free severe storm spotters class will take place tomorrow at 6 p.m. on the third floor of the Campbellsville Fire Department. A weather spotter is a person who observes significant weather situations and relays the information to the National Weather Service.

  • Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss

    There were no green eggs and ham, but plenty of rhyming, mustaches and smiles.

    In honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday on Tuesday, Kentucky Christian Academy's second-grade class opened a "Seuss Café" for students, family and friends.

    The students in Tammy Snyder's class have studied Seuss' books and widely-known rhyming abilities. As part of a week-long unit, Snyder's class wrote their own Seuss-inspired books, made menus of Seuss-inspired food and dressed the part with mustaches and "Seuss Café" T-shirts.

  • Cochran announces magistrate candidacy

    James E. Cochran has announced his candidacy for magistrate in the 3rd District, which consists of Old South, Acton, Speck, Mannsville and Merrimac precincts. He is running on the Republican ticket.

    "I will work hard for the people in the 3rd District," Cochran stated. "I will speak up and not be a 'yes' man. I will not go along with all the decisions that come through the court system."

    Cochran said his record speaks for itself. He served as 3rd District magistrate for eight years and as chief deputy sheriff for 12 years.

  • Tornado drill helps to prepare

    Students line the hallways, on their knees, heads down. No one talks. No one whispers. All 1,350 people are quiet. This is what Taylor County Elementary would be like in the event of a tornado.

    At 10:07 a.m. Tuesday, a statewide tornado drill went into effect. The National Weather Service conducts the tornado warning test, activating NOAA weather radios and broadcast media, allowing schools, businesses and residents across the state to participate in the annual tornado safety drill.

  • Family tells the story behind a familiar face

    Because of his appearance, some may believe he's homeless. His often loud, unintelligible mumbling might make some scared of him or believe he is dangerous.

    But Eric Hayes, who can often be seen walking along the streets of Taylor County in well-worn military attire, has an apartment where he can rest his head at night and money for food and clothes.

    Those who know Hayes, however, say they believe he is content with walking the streets and wearing his tattered clothes. And several people in the community, family and strangers, check on him regularly.

  • Interactive classrooms

    Walk into any classroom at any of Campbellsville Independent's three schools and you'll find state-of-the-art technology in use.

    All classrooms within the District are now equipped with Smart Boards, an interactive white board designed to engage students by offering them hands-on activities.

    Campbellsville High Spanish teacher Javier Lopez said the Smart Board offers a fun learning option.

    "They just think they are playing, but they are learning a lot," he said. "That is what counts for me."

  • One person injured in two-vehicle collision

    One person was injured in a two-vehicle collision Sunday in which one vehicle caught on fire.

    According to a Campbellsville Police report, at about 2 p.m., a 1999 Ford van, driven by Lawrence Vaughn of Jeffersontown, Ky. rear-ended a 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Teressa Germain of Campbellsville. The collision occurred on East Broadway, at the intersection with Durham Street.

    Vaughn's van, which was pulling a boat, caught fire following the collision. Campbellsville firefighters extinguished the fire.

  • Wetlands Reserve Program applications being accepted

    USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Kentucky is accepting applications for the Wetlands Reserve Program. Upcoming application ranking cut-off dates are March 15, May 1, June 15 and July 31.

    WRP applications are continually accepted and those applications received after the cut-off dates will be deferred until the next ranking cycle.

  • Co-op members ask for federal review of power plant financing

    Ratepayers from 11 rural electric cooperatives in Kentucky recently asked the Inspector General's office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to formally review the agency's decision to approve up to $900 million in liens to East Kentucky Power Cooperative, which generates the electricity their co-ops buy.

    EKPC is seeking permission from the Kentucky Public Service Commission to borrow $921 million to finance construction of a proposed coal-burning power plant in Clark County.