Local News

  • 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.

  • CES students recognized during assembly


    Campbellsville Elementary School students were recently recognized during an assembly.

  • CU School of Nursing graduates recognized at pinning ceremony


    Christina L. Kern

    Campbellsville University

    "It's amazing to look out and see our cheerleaders," Melissa Netherland, class speaker for Campbellsville University's School of Nursing class of December 2011.

    "We couldn't have done it without you," she said to the audience at CU's School of Nursing pinning ceremony.

  • CU School of Education has first pinning ceremony


    Joan C. McKinney

    Campbellsville University

    Dr. Frank Cheatham quoted John Maxwell at the Campbellsville University School of Education's first pinning ceremony recently. He quoted: "People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care."

    Cheatham, vice president for academic affairs, told the students and educators present that it is "important to care for students."