Local News

  • 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.

  • Council members approve grant applications

    The City of Campbellsville will apply for two grants worth up to nearly $245,000 for downtown beautification projects.

    During a special meeting Thursday, Council members gave their approval to proceed with applications for Community Initiative and Tourism for You, or C.I.T.Y., and "Let's Paint the Town" grants.

    The C.I.T.Y. grant seeks $236,842 to continue the streetscape beautification project. If received, the money would be used for sidewalk replacement, streetlights, three horse sculptures, landscaping, benches, trashcans and planters.

  • EDA director to address chamber

    Team Taylor County Executive Director Ron McMahan will be guest speaker at the Campbellsville/Taylor County Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon, which is set for noon Thursday, March 11 at Campbellsville Christian Church. Downtown Campbellsville will sponsor the event.

    The cost is $8 for Chamber investors and $10 for non-investors. Reservations must be made at the Chamber office by noon on Tuesday, March 9.

    Any cancellations after March 9 will be billed and any reservations made after the deadline will be $1 more.

  • Natural Resources Conservation Service announces signup to Grassland Reserve Program

    The Natural Resources Conservation Service in Kentucky is accepting applications for the Grassland Reserve Program.

    Although GRP applications are continually accepted, the application-ranking cutoff dates for 2010 are March 15 and June 1. Applications received after June 1 will be deferred until the next ranking cycle.

    The Grassland Reserve Program is a voluntary program offering landowners and operators the opportunity to protect grazing uses and related conservation values by conserving and restoring grassland resources.

  • New credit card rules seek to protect consumers

    The Federal Reserve has imposed new regulations on credit card companies, and that translates into more protection for consumers, local experts say.

    Approved by the Federal Reserve Board in January, the new rules went into effect on Feb. 22.

    In short, the new requirements means credit card companies will be forced to provide more information to customers such as advance warning of rate or fee increases and just how long it will take to pay off balances.