Local News

  • Animal shelter construction halts

    The Taylor County Animal Shelter will get a new building this year, just not where it was originally planned.

    The shelter received a $150,000 Department of Agriculture grant last year for a new building on land near the current shelter. The land was donated to the county by the city of Campbellsville. However, it was announced at last week's Taylor Fiscal Court meeting that the building would not be constructed on that land.

  • Defendant appeals jury's decision

    A Bradfordsville man is appealing the five-year prison sentence jurors recommended after they found him guilty of sexually abusing a young girl.

    However, the judge in the case hasn't yet filed the court records formally sentencing him.

    James R. Bagby, 44, of 623 Lucian Sallee Road was indicted in December 2009 on a charge of first-degree rape stemming from an incident in November 2007. Taylor County Sheriff's Deputy Tom Finck investigated.

  • e-Books soon available at Taylor Public Library.

    Log in. Check out. Thousands of e-books and digital videos and music files will soon be available to Taylor County Public Library patrons.

    The library's web-based Overdrive service, which will offer e-books, videos and music, is expected to launch in early September, along with a newly redesigned main website at www.taylorcountypubliclibrary.org.

    Library patrons may check out the digital media via the website and have access to them for 21 days. After that time, the media simply expires and the user would no longer have access to it.

  • Group in favor of government merger

    A group of local residents says it will soon ask the city and county to form a committee to study merger.

    The only merged governments in Kentucky are Louisville and Lexington. However, several other communities are currently engaged in discussion about the issue, including Garrard County/Lancaster, Estill County/Ravenna/Irvine, Anderson County/Lawrenceburg, and Hardin County and its six incorporated cities.

    Taylor County has considered the issue before. In the November 2002 General Election, a merger proposal was defeated 4,166 to 2,156.

  • Officials say sex crimes reported more than in past years

    Though sex crimes may be in the news more than in past years, local officials say they don't believe more are being committed. However, they do believe more residents are reporting the crimes.

    The actual number of sex crime arrests in Taylor County so far this year is the same as last year's total - 15.

  • CU dean of School of Music serves as guest conductor in Taiwan


    Joan C. McKinney

    Campbellsville University

    Dr. J. Robert Gaddis, dean of the School of Music at Campbellsville University, was invited as guest conductor of the symphonic band at the Tainan University of Technology International Youth Music Festival in Tainan, Taiwan.

    The festival began on July 31 and ended with a concert presented by the 75-member ensemble on Aug. 5 in the Municipal Auditorium of Tainan.

  • CU social work professor receives promotion


    Christina Kern

    Campbellsville University

    Dr. Candace Hansford, assistant professor of social work at Campbellsville University, has been promoted to associate professor, according to an announcement made by Dr. Michael V. Carter, president of Campbellsville University.

    Hansford received her bachelor of arts from Cumberland College in Williamsburg, Ky. in 1994.

  • School menus for Aug. 22-26

    Campbellsville Independent

    Aug. 22-26

    Monday - Corn dog, hash brown, buttered peas, strawberry cup and milk with choice of chuckwagon.

    Tuesday - Grilled cheese, tater tots, applesauce, Scooby cookies and milk with choice of corn dog.

    Wednesday - Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes with gravy, baked apples, biscuits and milk with choice of pork chop.

    Thursday - Lasagna, tossed salad, buttered corn, French toast, sherbet and milk with choice of chicken fried steak.

  • Board discusses state's new testing system

    Rebecca Cassell


    The acronym "K-PREP" may soon be as recognizable as "CATS" when it comes to education.

    K-PREP - or Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress - is the name of the state's new testing system for students. This will take the place of the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System, better known as CATS, this school year.

  • School Board gives initial approval to tobacco ban


    James Roberts


    Tobacco use on Taylor County School property could soon be prohibited.

    At its regular meeting Tuesday Aug. 9, Taylor County School Board members had first reading of a tobacco policy, which, according to Superintendent Roger Cook, bans all tobacco use on all school property and in all school vehicles.

    The policy, he said, establishes "a 24/7 tobacco-free environment" at Taylor County Schools.