Local News

  • TCES kindergarteners operate lost-and-found for their school


    Kindergarteners at Taylor County Elementary School are working together to make a significant impact on their school.

    With an elementary school packed with approximately 1,160 students, there is bound to be a hefty lost-and-found overload, and that is exactly what Andrea Smith's kindergarten class discovered last year.

    Smith started the year going over each of the seven habits with her students, the first being ‘Proactive.’

  • County, city prepared for winter weather on local roads

    Both city and county officials say they are prepared for possible winter snowstorms.

    Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young said the city had 20 tons of salt left over from last winter, and received a shipment of 80 more tons of salt early last month. This is roughly equivalent to how much salt the city had last year.

    The city, Young said, has also bought an additional salt spreader. And with a recent safety grant, the city was able to buy a new truck to act as a snow plow, in order to replace an aging truck, so the city has four usable snow plows, Young added.

  • Backpack program feeds hungry students


    As the holiday season approaches, different organizations are set up to make sure all families have a holiday meal, but there is a program in Taylor County that is helping feed hungry kids for longer than just the holidays.

    The Campbellsville and Taylor County family resource centers began a backpack food program in 2007.

    Students at Campbellsville and Taylor County schools and combined Campbellsville/Taylor County Head Start can be referred to the program and receive a bag of food to take home each weekend.

  • Heroin problem growing locally


    Heroin use is increasing on the state and local level.

    "The Drug Court program in Kentucky does not maintain statistics based on the type of drug(s) used by program participants," Leigh Anne Hiatt, public information officer for the Administrative Office of the Courts, said in a statement last week. "However, in the past year, Drug Court staff statewide have seen an increase in IV use with heroin based on statements provided by defendants during their assessment for eligibility to Drug Court."

  • Fire starts in TCHS gymnasium Monday


    Firefighters responded to the scene of a fire at the Taylor County High School gymnasium Monday morning.

    Taylor County School Superintendent Roger Cook said an emergency light at one of the gym exits overheated, causing an open flame for about 5 minutes.

    By the time the fire department arrived, the fire was already put out by school officials, but the school was evacuated for roughly 20 minutes, and the gym itself was evacuated for about 3 hours while ashes and fire extinguisher foam was cleaned up, Cook said.

  • Death penalty sought for Sizemore, Ratliff

    Madison County Commonwealth Attorney David Smith confirmed last week that the commonwealth is seeking the death penalty for Raleigh Sizemore and Gregory Ratliff.

    Sizemore, 34, was indicted earlier this month on charges of capital murder, two counts of attempted capital murder and other crimes in the case.

  • Campbellsville man arrested in alleged shooting incident

    A Campbellsville man remains in Taylor County Detention Center after allegedly shooting a man in the neck earlier this month.

    Deputy Ricky Underwood of the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jeffrey A. Jones, 53, of Maple Road, on Tuesday, Nov. 24, on charges of first-degree assault, three counts of probation violation and three counts of failure to appear, a TCSO report said.

    The assault charge is in connection with a reported incident that took place on Monday, Nov. 2, which TCSO Deputy Branden Wilson investigated.

  • This year’s Santa’s Helper has a heart for service

    The Campbellsville tradition of lighting Miller Park up with festive holiday lights can only be done with the help of one person ... Santa’s Helper.

    The Campbellsville/Taylor County Kiwanis Club look for someone each year who does just what the name says.

    “If I was a child, I look at Santa as a person who gives and we’re looking for someone who will help Santa give themselves, time, money and resources of all kinds,” Kiwanis member Randy Herron said.

  • TCHS food drive exceeds collection goals

    Taylor County High School gave a helping hand to people in the community this holiday season with their can food drive.

    “We’ve always had a can food drive back in the Ag department and we decided that we wanted to make it bigger and get the whole school involved and its been a hit,” Korri Briggs, FFA (Future Farmers of America) president, said.

    This is the second year the Taylor County FFA has sponsored the school wide food drive benefiting Green River Ministries food pantry.  

  • Fire Chief Kyle Smith resigns

    Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young announced the resignation of Campbellsville Fire Chief Kyle Smith Wednesday morning.

    Smith, who has served as chief of Campbellsville Fire & Rescue since Oct. 8, 2012, stated in a press release that his last day will be Thursday, Dec. 31, of this year.