Local News

  • It's the Balloon Man!

    All that could be heard were children's squeals of joy followed by an occasional pop ... and then silence.

    Balloon animal maker Leland Pike of Brandenburg made penguins, cats, Viking hats and more for area children Thursday night at the Taylor County Public Library.

    Dozens of children attended the event, which was hosted by the Friends of the Library group. The Friends' group hosts an event each month at the TCPL. Next month, the group will host grandparents' night.

  • Guthrie's Traveling Help Desk to visit Taylor County

    Congressman Brett Guthrie's Traveling Help Desk will visit Taylor County on Thursday, Aug. 27 from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Taylor County District Courtroom in Campbellsville. 

    Field Representative Phyllis Causey will be available to meet with constituents personally and help with concerns. No appointments are necessary. 

  • Youth get a taste of work in summer program

    It helped dozens of local teens and young adults get a taste of the working life. It also gave businesses some free help for the summer.

    More than 50 young people worked at numerous community businesses in Kentucky's Summer Youth Employment Program.

  • Court to advise constables of fee

    Constables will soon receive a letter about an ordinance that requires anyone who serves civil papers to pay a $10 fee to the County.

    At Tuesday's regular Fiscal Court meeting, Magistrate John Gaines told the Court about a discussion at an Aug. 4 meeting of the Court's Law Enforcement Committee.

  • Food Pantry receives $3,895 from fundraiser

    The Taylor County Food Pantry has received nearly a month's worth of operating expenses from Sunday's fundraiser at Colton's Steak House & Grill.

    According to Taylor County Ministerial Association Treasurer Ted Beam, the fundraiser brought in $3,895. On average, the pantry spends about $5,000 a month feeding those in need.

  • Residents build community spirit by pitching cornhole

    The community that plays together, stays together. That's the philosophy at work during Mannsville's Thursday night cornhole gatherings.

    "It's good for the community," says Blake Penn, whose Penn's Store and Restaurant hosts the gatherings. "It keeps us close."

    It all began about three years ago, Terri Gabehart said, when six people, including herself, started getting together sporadically to pitch. About two years ago, others started asking when the group played.

    "We decided to start getting together on Thursday," Gabehart said

  • Bridge to Faith

    The roar of 60 motorcycles fills the Green River Plaza parking lot. Following a police escort, one by one, they drive away.

    The Bridge To Faith motorcycle club poker run Saturday raised $700 to support the group's upcoming fundraisers, including a St. Jude Children's Research Hospital benefit run.

    Members of the club are recovered alcoholics and drug addicts, said President Bobby Gupton. He said about 60 people participated in the run, which wound through Hodgenville, Greensburg and then back to Campbellsville.

  • Under Construction

    Work to widen a portion of KY 210 and KY 55 is about 45 percent complete.

    While work is progressing, the project, which will widen KY 210 to five lanes from U.S. 68 to KY 3183 and widen KY 55 to five lanes from KY 1625 to U.S. 68, has experienced some delays.

    "The specified completion date is still uncertain due to the initial utility delays that plagued the project," said Becky Judson, public information officer for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet in Elizabethtown.

  • Man’s appeal denied, months after prison release

    One of the two men who escaped from prison and shot at local police officers two decades ago has lost an appeal of his sentence, though he was released from prison more than three months ago.

    Ronnie Hudson, 50, filed a motion on his own behalf in May 2008 asking that his 25-year prison sentence be voided. Senior Status Circuit Court Judge Doughlas M. George denied that motion.

    In August 2008, Hudson appealed George's ruling to the Kentucky Court of Appeals. In an opinion issued last week, the Court of Appeals denied the request, even though Hudson is no longer in prison.

  • First jail inspection goes well

    Days at the Taylor County Detention Center are busy and full of paperwork.

    Jail staff members spend a large part of their day completing the necessary forms to house state inmates. And, so far, the detention center has been able to house more state inmates than Jailer Rick Benningfield originally thought.

    That's not a bad problem to have, he says, because it means more money in the County's pocket.