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  • Sentencing in former deputy's case delayed


    The former sheriff's deputy who broke the law he was hired to uphold hasn't been sentenced in federal court just yet.

    But when he does in three weeks, Billy Rice faces as much as 30 years in federal prison and a large fine.

    Rice, a former Taylor County Sheriff's Deputy, of Campbellsville, was charged in early October with committing federal drug crimes. He had initially pleaded not guilty, but has since entered a guilty plea to the charges.

  • City, county parks attract residents, tourists


    While climbing higher and higher, she insists she isn't afraid of heights.

    "I'm the queen of the world," she says, while atop the playground equipment at Robert L. and Bernice Miller Park.

    Lydia Warren wasn't the only child who came to Miller Park for some fun on Tuesday afternoon. Despite 90-degree and higher temperatures, children still came to play on the slides, swings and monkey bars.

    In addition to Green River Lake State Park, the community is home to two public parks that residents flock to each summer.

  • County signs contract to buy land on U.S. 68

     It's official, the county now owns six acres of land for future development.

    But even though magistrates agreed to the purchase nearly two months ago, it still hasn't been made public what will be done with the property.

    In May, magistrates agreed to buy land on U.S. 68, identified as the Bobby Roots property, for $80,000.

    Roots served as 5th District magistrate for more than 30 years.

  • Bee Awareness Day is July 12


    She said beekeepers are likely to have their eyes stuck up close to the observation hive, as if they've never seen a honeybee before.

    But local beekeeper Linda Collins said members of the Green River Beekeepers will also be delighted to talk bees with anyone interested in raising a hive of their own on Bee Awareness Day on Saturday, July 12, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Taylor County Extension Office.

  • Man to spend 15 years in prison for rape, sodomy and sex abuse


    A Campbellsville man, already a convicted sex offender, will spend 15 years in prison for rape, sodomy, assault and sexual abuse.

    David L. Taylor, 53, of 408 Walling St., was indicted three times by a Taylor County grand jury last year.

  • TCHS principal resigns


    When they go back to school next month, a new face will greet Taylor County High School students.

    Taylor County High School Principal Charles Higdon Jr. has resigned from his principal post, and the search has begun to find his replacement.

    Higdon is now director of district-wide programs, which he says is an assistant superintendent post alongside Taylor County Superintendent Roger Cook.

  • Into the Wild


    "Did you know deer could swim?" she asks, which is followed by a chorus of "no" from the audience. "Want me to prove it?" she said, and plays a video of a deer swimming in Green River Lake.

    Taylor County Public Library hosted a field trip to the Green River Lake Visitor Center on Thursday, in which park rangers Larry Lemmon, Jessica Grinnell and David Goode spoke to those attending about wildlife people can see at GRL.

  • Mail carrier retires after 31 years of deliveries


    She didn't know there would be cake, donuts and pie.

    "I'm sorry to leave such company, but I've got mail to sort," she says, after spending some time talking with her co-workers.

    For the last 31 years, Phyllis Franklin has worked as a mail carrier at the United States Post Office in Campbellsville. But on Saturday, she delivered her last piece of mail.

    Over the years, Franklin has delivered mail in snow, rain and mud, and seen her fair share of spiders, wasps and dogs, but says it's been worth it.

  • July Fourth celebration continues Thursday


    Thousands of people will come to Taylor County this week to celebrate freedom.

    Campbellsville/Taylor County's Fourth of July celebration kicked off on Saturday and will continue Thursday and through the weekend.

    Darrin Price has led his fellow 20 to 25 committee members in planning this year's celebration - the 39th in Taylor County's history.

    "We'll plan year round for this," he said. "We might take August off, but we'll get right in [come] September."

  • Officials urge residents to use fireworks safely


    With their loud boom and colorful bursts that light up the night sky, fireworks are often the pinnacle of Fourth of July celebrations. But along with the brilliant display comes the responsibility of handling fireworks safely.

    Campbellsville Fire & Rescue Chief Kyle Smith said there are nearly 10,000 fireworks related injuries each year that require medical treatment.

    "Quite honestly, the safest way to enjoy fireworks is to watch a professional display," Smith said.