Local News

  • Committee discusses County budget

    Taylor Fiscal Court's Budgets, Audits and Personnel Committee met last Monday to discuss the status of this fiscal year's budget.

    Taylor County Treasurer Melissa Williams presented the Committee with a copy of what has been spent so far this quarter, with accounts circled in which more than 25 percent has been spent.

    Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers, Sheriff John Shipp, Jailer Rick Benningfield, Solid Waste Coordinator Debbie McNear and all magistrates except for Milford Lowe attended the meeting.

  • First emergency shelter training session canceled

    The first of two emergency shelter training sessions has been canceled.

    The session scheduled for Wednesday at Campbellsville Baptist Church's Life Center has been canceled, but will be rescheduled at a later date.

    The second class is set for Saturday, Nov. 14 at 9 a.m. at Living Grace Church.

    The training is open to those interested in volunteering at emergency shelters and those who have facilities that could be used as an emergency shelter such as churches, life centers, schools and government buildings.

  • 2nd Sunday: Focus on healthy living

    Taylor County residents focused on healthy living at the second annual "2nd Sunday" event this past weekend at the Green River Lake Tailwater area and The Homeplace on Green River.

    Guests at the event were treated to a trolley ride through The Homeplace and Toll House property.

    2nd Sunday is an annual event coordinated by the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service through a partnership with UK HealthCare, local governments and other community partners.

    See more photos in Thursday's print edition.


  • School attendance still below norm

    The flu hasn't loosened its grip on Taylor County just yet.

    Though attendance rates are back up at local schools, they are not as strong as school officials had hoped.

    Campbellsville Independent recorded a 93 percent attendance rate Monday, while Taylor County saw a 93.4 percent attendance rate.

    "We are really 4 percent down from where we normally run," said Taylor County Superintentendent Roger Cook. "As long as we don't drop below 88 percent it's not costing us money."

  • One injured after striking tree with vehicle

    A New Haven man was injured Saturday after he struck a tree with his vehicle.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, Floyd L. Vittitow, 73, of 1510 Monks Road was traveling east on KY 70 at about 1:30 p.m. in a green 1985 Buick.

    The report states that Vittitow ran off the right shoulder of the road and struck a tree.

    He was flown to University of Louisville Hospital by Air Evac personnel and, according to the report, was listed in serious condition at the time of the collision.

    He remained in serious condition as of Tuesday morning.

  • KSP seeks help identifying bank robber

    Kentucky State Police are seeking the public's help in finding the man who robbed a Monroe County bank on Jan. 6.

    KSP have provided a photo of the suspect and are asking for help identifying the man. The photo is from a robbery that occurred at Hermitage Springs Bank in Tennessee. Police believe the same man robbed South Central Bank of Gamaliel in Monroe County.

    Those who have any information should contact the Kentucky State Police at (800) 222-5555 or (270) 384-4796.

  • Grayson RECC offers linemen license plate

    Grayson County Rural Electric Cooperative is organizing a petition for a license plate honoring the work of Kentucky's linemen.

    In order to have the plate produced, Grayson RECC must collect 900 signatures with 900 paid orders. The plate costs $25.

    In addition, $5 of each order will be donated to Kentucky's three Kentucky and Technical College System linemen schools, which are located in Ashland, Florence and Somerset.

  • Man gets a year for child sex abuse

    A Campbellsville man accused of sexually abusing two young children has been sentenced to serve a year in jail and register as a sex offender for 20 years.

    In January 2008, Darrin Leonard Watson, 44, of 209 McNary St. was indicted on two counts of first-degree sodomy and two counts of first-degree sex abuse.

    In June 2009, Watson pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and two counts of second-degree sex abuse before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Allan Bertram.

  • Downtown street will be one way

    It appears that the new street beside the Taylor County Judicial Center will be one way after all.

    At Tuesday's regular Fiscal Court meeting, magistrates voted to keep the street as a County road and have its employees maintain it.

    They also agreed that parking spaces will be created on the right side of the street and the entire length of the street will become one way with drivers accessing it from Main Street.

  • Alcohol sales provide little revenue in first year

    It's been one year since the first alcoholic beverage was served at a Campbellsville restaurant following the moist vote. And from the standpoint of City revenue and alcohol-related crime, little has changed.

    Last May, voters living within the City approved the sale of alcohol in restaurants seating at least 50 people as long as the drinks are served in conjunction with a meal. Restaurants must derive at least 70 percent of their income from the sale of food.

    The measure passed by 74 votes.