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  • Local interest in genealogy grows, residents fill class


    Debbie Gilpin was simply looking for something to do. The year was 1990 and Gilpin was recovering from gallbladder surgery.

    Thinking back to her grandmother and the stories she used to tell about family, Gilpin decided that researching her family tree would be a perfect project to see her to recovery.

    She says starting her research was easy.

    "I was very fortunate in that my grandmother had written down a few things," Gilpin said. "I started with that and then talked to other family members."

  • Schoolhouse will be repaired


    A nearly 100-year-old piece of Taylor County's education history will soon get the facelift it needs.

    Taylor County Superintendent Roger Cook said the District will move forward with plans to repair Friendship Schoolhouse, which sits behind Taylor County High School and serves as a museum.

    Over the past couple of years, the schoolhouse has fallen into a state of disrepair. Paint is peeling from the outer walls and boards are damaged from termites. Cook said the schoolhouse has now been treated for the termites.

  • Help available to kick smoking

    For those looking to quit smoking, Wednesday is a good day to stop.

    Wednesday is national Kick Butts Day, a day health departments and schools will be advocating against tobacco use.

    Students in local schools will get that message loud and clear. And those who want to quit smoking have lots of resources in Taylor County to help.

  • Reality Town


    Nearly 300 eighth-grade students from Taylor County and Campbellsville middle schools took a trip to Reality Town on Thursday at TCMS.

    The event shows students what life is like as adults, assigning them jobs and wages.

    Students then visit various booths where they must pay for housing, health care, insurances, groceries and other necessities.

  • County to help find 'lost' money

    Magistrates have agreed to help residents find some "lost" money.

    At last Tuesday's regular Taylor County Fiscal Court meeting, magistrates voted to participate in Kentucky State Treasurer Todd Hollenbach's unclaimed property Treasure Finders program.

    According to www.kytreasury.com, the program began as a way to help residents find their unclaimed property, including financial assets such as abandoned savings and checking accounts, non-cashed checks and travelers checks turned over to the state after a period of time.

  • In the Jungle

    There were monkeys, snakes and a bear. And some elephants and a tiger joined the jungle, too.

    Cardinal Station, the 21st Community Learning Center at Taylor County Elementary School, and the TCES Chorus presented Disney's "The Jungle Book Kids" last weekend to packed audiences.

    Performances were at Russ Mobley Theater on the Campbellsville University campus.

  • TCHS to offer wrestling program

    James Roberts


    Taylor County High School will offer a wrestling program next school year.

    At its regular meeting Tuesday, Taylor County School Board gave unanimous approval to starting the program immediately, as well as paying the program's coach, Ian Hoskins, $1,900 - one-half of the annual salary.

    TCHS Principal Charles Higdon Jr. said there is a lot of work to be done before the season starts this fall, which is why he asked the Board for its blessing to start early.

  • CES celebrates Music in Our Schools Month


    Campbellsville Elementary School students and staff celebrated national Music in Our Schools Month last week with a week of days celebrating different styles of music.

    Students and staff also dressed the part, from showing their country and beach fashions to dressing for the styles of 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s music.


  • Winners of grandparent essay contest announced


    Karen Vaughn, president of The Taylor County Retired Teachers Association, recently announced the winner of this year's "AARP Kentucky Grandparent of the Year" Essay Contest.

    Myles Murrell was selected as the Campbellsville Independent School winner and Caleb Spencer was the winner from Taylor County Elementary School, and was also named the county winner.

    Murrell's grandmother, retired teacher Marjorie Bale, and Spencer's grandmother, Beverly Davis, a retired children's librarian, were the subjects of their essays.

  • Visiting artist works with TCES students


    Patricia Ritter was a visiting artist in Jeff Walker's class at Taylor County Elementary School on March 12-16.

    Ritter is a member of The Kentucky Arts Council and her work has been exhibited at The Speed Museum in Louisville and The Headley-Whitney Museum in Lexington, among others.

    Ritter specializes in watercolors, pastels, acrylics, collage, photography and creates murals.

    She worked with students at TCES on creating a "Jungle Safari" using clay figures and water colors.