Local News

  • Governor puts $82.5 million in 'rainy day' fund

    Gov. Steve Beshear Tuesday gave Kentuckians another boost of confidence in the state’s ongoing economic progress by placing $82.5 million of surplus into the “rainy day fund,” increasing the fund balance to $209.4 million.

    The $82.5 million surplus is the product of a 5.3 percent increase in general fund revenues for Fiscal Year 2015 from growth in individual income and sales taxes and business tax receipts.

  • Library presents 'Chopped' program


    Taylor County Public Library's local version of  the TV show "Chopped!" was an unqualified success, library officials said.

    Kathy Harden and Sami Hollingsworth won Saturday's competition with their tapas.

    TCPL Adult Programming Librarian Jessie Harden said the library is going to do this again next year. She also said they'll likely put on a version for young adults and/or children next month or in the fall.

  • McDonald's closing July 30 for rebuild


    The McDonald's on Broadway will close at 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 30, and is scheduled to re-open on Thursday, Oct. 29.

    That is according to Willie Vaughn of the local McDonald's, who confirmed earlier this week that the restaurant will undergo renovations to bring it up to date with newer McDonald's locations.

    The renovation will entail a complete rebuild of the restaurant; the new McDonald's building will face a different direction.

  • Boy injured in tractor accident


    A 12-year-old boy was hospitalized after a tractor accident that happened Friday evening.

    According to the Taylor County Sheriff's Office, Ethan Reliford was traveling north on Lemons Bend Road on a John Deere tractor at about 5:15 p.m., when a tire dropped off the right shoulder of the road.

    He pulled back onto the road, overcorrected, left the right side of the road and overturned as the tractor went over an embankment into a field, a TCSO report said.

  • Organization helps local homeowners


    Despite precarious weather condition, volunteers with Kentucky Heartland Outreach were able to help homeowners throughout Taylor and Green County last week.

    Formed as a result of a dream of the current president of Campbellsville University, Dr. Michael V. Carter, Kentucky Heartland Outreach seeks to provide safe, warm and dry homes to homeowners throughout south central Kentucky who could otherwise not afford such needed home repairs.

  • Campbellsville Baptist going back to two morning services


    After a few years of having one worship service on Sunday mornings, Campbellsville Baptist Church is moving back to two such services on Sunday, Aug. 2.

    CBC Pastor Dr. Mike O'Neal said last week that the church is adjusting its Sunday morning schedule to make it "more user friendly."

    "We're calling it, '9, 10, 11,'" O'Neal said. "Not only is that an easy thing to share with people, but it also summarizes exactly what this is ... We've decided to go with a very simple approach."

  • Grand jury returns 17 indictments


    New charges have been filed against a Campbellsville man accused of burning his 2-year-old son with extremely hot water.

    Kevin Jones, 27, of Bell Court in Campbellsville, is one of 17 people indicted by a Taylor County Grand Jury last week. He was charged with first-degree criminal abuse - victim under 12 - a Class C felony; and first-degree assault, a Class B felony.

  • Taylor Regional Hospital awarded state grant for $50,000

    Taylor Regional Hospital (TRH) has been awarded a grant from the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development's Bluegrass State Skills Corporation (BSSC) in the amount of $50,000.

    The grant will reimburse the hospital for training eligible employees of the hospital (including physicians) from May 27, 2015 to May 26, 2016.

    All training sessions will ensure that hospital staff is equipped with the most current medical knowledge available to treat and serve the region.

  • Judge will no longer perform marriages


    Taylor County Judge-Executive Eddie Rogers is one of many judge-executives in Kentucky who has ceased to officiate any weddings after a recent U.S. Supreme Court case that made recognition of same-sex marriage the law across the country.

    "I've quit doing ceremonies. I'm not doing any ceremonies," Rogers said. "I respect everybody's beliefs, and whatever they want to do in their lives ... I want to treat everybody fairly."

  • Fire chief wants to sell truck from fatal accident


    Campbellsville Fire Chief Kyle Smith wants to sell the ladder truck that was involved with the electrocution accident from last summer.

    "Our department has been without a ladder truck for nearly one year, and it appears it will still be quite some time before that truck is repaired and returned," said Smith.

    The fire chief's proposal is to sell that ladder truck, which the city purchased in 2009, for about $400,000, and use that to purchase a pumper truck and finance a new ladder truck.