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  • Relay for Life tops $38,500 with new format

    The annual Relay for Life event in Campbellsville raised approximately $38,500 for cancer research via the American Cancer Society.

    That is what local Relay organizer Drew Underwood said after the event.

    This was the first year that the local Relay For Life event only went on from 4 p.m. to midnight on Saturday. It was also the first time it took place at Campbellsville Elementary School.

    Their goal is $55,000, but Underwood thinks they can easily raise that much by the end of the fundraising season Aug. 31.

  • Attendance good for county fair

    The annual Taylor County Fair was well attended, Taylor County Fair Association President Mike Litchfield said.

    “It went well, I think,” Litchfield said. “People seemed to like the old events and the new events.”

    While overall attendance hasn’t been calculated yet, paid attendance was around 13,000, said Litchfield. Overall attendance last year was between 13,000 and 15,000.

    Attendance would have probably been up from last year, but two nights of rain meant canceled events, according to Litchfield.

  • Memorial highway dedicated

    The families of Tony Grider and Charles “Sparky” Sparks and state and local officials honored the two fallen firefighters at a ceremony at a Saturday morning ceremony at the Columbia Fire Department.

    “These families here today are here with the understanding that they are never forgotten,” said Adair County Circuit Court Clerk Dennis Loy. “They will always be present in our minds.”

  • Fiscal court approves budget, votes to help fund fishing tournament

    The county’s 2016/2017 budget is down more than $900,000 from last year’s.

    At a special-called Taylor County Fiscal Court meeting Friday afternoon, magistrates unanimously approved, on second reading, a $10,447,773 budget. There was no discussion of the budget.

    Last year’s budget was $11,377,958, so the new budget, which takes effect July 1, is approximately $930,000 less.

    “We cut as much as we can,” said Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers. “We have some people pulling double or triple duty.”

  • Fiscal court approves budget, votes to help fund fishing tournament

    The county’s 2016/2017 budget is down more than $900,000 from last year’s.

    At a special-called Taylor County Fiscal Court meeting Friday afternoon, magistrates unanimously approved, on second reading, a $10,447,773 budget. There was no discussion of the budget.

    Last year’s budget was $11,377,958, so the new budget, which takes effect July 1, is approximately $930,000 less.

    “We cut as much as we can,” said Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers. “We have some people pulling double or triple duty.”

  • Sharps named Finest Farm Family

    It’s a long-standing tradition in the Sharp family, and that tradition is part of what earned the family the Taylor County Fair’s Finest Family Farm Award this year.

    Taylor County resident Kenneth Sharp has been a farmer for as long as he can remember, going out to set tobacco at the age of 6, and mowing hay by himself at 8.

    He and his wife, Emma, have been farming together since 1968, and the tradition lives on as all three of their children are involved with farming.

  • Grand jury indicts 13

    A man accused of trying to purposefully run over a police officer is one of 13 people a Taylor County Grand Jury has indicted.

    William B. Tompkins, Jr., 24, of Gardner Street in Campbellsville, is charged with attempted murder of a police officer, a Class B felony; first-degree fleeing/evading police, a Class D felony; and four counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, a Class D felony.

    The charges stem from a reported incident on April 15 of this year.

  • Mayor shares city plans, projects

    During a speech to the Campbellsville/Taylor County Chamber of Commerce Thursday, Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young said the city is “going wide open” with regard to infrastructure projects.

    “We’re doing more and more with our own people,” said Young.

    At the monthly Chamber luncheon, held at the Campbellsville Civic Center, Young talked about a number of projects the city has in store.

  • Hansford referred to drug court

    A Campbellsville City Council member accused of writing bad checks could find himself in drug court.

    At a Tuesday morning hearing, Taylor County Circuit Judge Todd Spalding said he will refer Rufus “Frankie” Hansford, 54, to drug court.

    Hansford arrived in court in prison attire; he’s been lodged in Taylor County Detention Center since May 19 for reportedly violating the terms of his pretrial diversion.

  • Relay for Life set for Saturday evening

    Taylor County’s 19th annual Relay for Life event will take place this weekend, and there will be some noticeable changes this year, including the event taking place on Saturday.

    Relay will take place at the track behind Campbellsville Elementary School, and will run from 4 p.m. until midnight.

    “We’ve been working to make an event that really resonates and is more accommodating to our community,” said Drew Underwood, community manager for Relay for Life’s Mid-South Division based in Louisville.