Local News

  • Committee close to solving debt

    The committee charged with finding a plan to pay the Heartland Commerce and Technology Park debt is close to making a recommendation to the Campbellsville City Council and Taylor County Fiscal Court.

    The Committee met for a third time Friday morning, laying the groundwork toward making a final recommendation later this week.

  • EMS service names EMT, Paramedic of the Year: Flores


    A residential treatment facility. A nursing home. An ambulance service.

    Ray Flores has spent his life working to help others. And, this year, Flores was given an award for his work.

    Flores, an EMT with Campbellsville/Taylor County EMS, is this year's recipient of the EMT of the Year Award.

    Campbellsville/Taylor County EMS Director Allen Bottoms said EMS staff members vote on the winners of the EMT and Paramedic of the Year awards.

    He said Flores is very hard working and dedicated to his job.

  • EMS service names EMT, Paramedic of the Year: Goodwin


    She says it's a team effort. But her efforts have garnered her the Paramedic of the Year award.

    "I could not do what I do without the paramedics and the people backing me up."

    Karla Goodwin has worked for Campbellsville/Taylor County EMS for about eight years.

    Campbellsville/Taylor County EMS Director Allen Bottoms said EMS staff members vote on the winners of the EMT and Paramedic of the Year awards.

    He said Goodwin is pleasant to work with and always gives 100 percent of herself to her position.

  • The 2011 Year in Review


    Taylor Countians saw both tragedies and triumphs last year.

    From the death of several prominent residents to new officials taking office, a merger of local rescue and fire services, land purchases, allegations of abuse at the Taylor County Animal Shelter and more, the year 2011 was one of headlines.

    Following are some of the biggest local news stories of 2011, in no particular order.

    In memory

    Taylor County lost more than a half a dozen prominent residents in 2011.

  • Two injured in South Columbia crash


    Two people were injured in a one-vehicle crash at about 9 p.m. on Saturday night on South Columbia Avenue.

    Campbellsville Police, Campbellsville/Taylor County Fire and Rescue and Campbellsville/Taylor County EMS personnel responded and worked to free the two trapped passengers.

    A Kentucky Utilities pole was struck in the collision and traffic was blocked.

    For more on this story, see the Thursday, Jan. 5 issue.

  • Board creates Campbellsville Virtual School

    Calen McKinney


    Students at Campbellsville School District will soon have another option to help them learn.

    At the Campbellsville Board of Education meeting on Dec. 19, a Campbellsville Virtual School was approved to become part of the Eagle Academy.

  • Clark selected as agriculture ambassador


    Samantha Clark was recently selected as a Teach Agriculture Ambassador by the National Association of Agriculture Educators. She was one of 10 chosen throughout the country.

    Clark's duties throughout the year include helping high school students make the decision to teach agriculture and working with other ambassadors to promote agriculture literacy.

    This past October, Clark and other ambassadors traveled to the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind. to promote agriculture education as a career among FFA members.

  • CU graduates 238 students during two winter ceremonies

    Joan C. McKinney

    Campbellsville University

    Campbellsville University bestowed degrees to 238 students in two ceremonies Friday, Dec. 16, in Ransdell Chapel as the students were told to "Give generously of yourself, for a person wrapped up in himself makes a very small package" by Andre Jamal Morton.

    Morton, a senior from Vine Grove, was one of two students who responded to the charge given by Dr. Michael V. Carter, president of the university.

  • TCES meets reading milestone


    Taylor County Elementary School recently completed 500,000 reading minutes in its goal to read a million minutes cumulatively by March.

    As part of the Million Minute March challenge, which was made possible through a Dollar General Back to School literacy grant, students are motivated by school administrators to complete their reading minutes.

    TCES Principal Brian Clifford told the students that as a reward for meeting the 500,000-minute goal, he would dress as Captain America and get "mummified."

  • School menus for Jan. 2-6

    Campbellsville Independent

    Jan. 2-6

    Monday - Pizza, buttered corn, apple, Chips Ahoy cookie and milk with choice of chuckwagon.

    Tuesday - Cheeseburger, french fries, pickles, onions, baked beans, peaches and milk with choice of corn dog.

    Wednesday - Soft chicken tacos, lettuce, cheese, refried beans, pears and milk with choice of pork chop.

    Thursday - Chili, crackers, cheese slice, baby carrots, strawberry cups, oatmeal square and milk with choice of chicken fried steak.