Local News

  • County to offer free electrical permits

    Residents wanting electrical work performed at their homes might not have to pay for a permit for the work after all.

    Coy Neat, the county's electrical inspector, currently charges $20 to issue an electrical permit and $55 for an inspection.

    But at last Tuesday's regular Taylor County Fiscal Court meeting, magistrates took the first step in making the permits free.

  • KSP investigating Columbia man's death

    According to a KSP news release, CVE Officer Derek Cundiff responded to a collision at 9:10 a.m. Friday, 10 miles south of Campbellsville on KY 55.

    Donnell York, 83, of Columbia, was driving a 2008 Chevy Impala north. A witness to the crash told KSP troopers that York pulled off the shoulder of the roadway, slumped over the steering wheel, briefly stopped before taking off again, crossed the center line and struck a guardrail before coming to a final rest in the ditch line.

  • Cook named to national '20 to Watch' list in education

    When he accepts the award in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, it will be on behalf of the district's teachers, faculty and staff.

    Taylor County Schools Superintendent Roger Cook has been named as a National School Boards Association's "20 to Watch" honoree for 2013-2014. Cook is the sixth Kentuckian to receive the distinction since the program's inception in 2006.

  • County fire department offered free land

    Though they have been offered the land for free, they say it's not the best place for a fire substation.

    Last October, Taylor County Fire & Rescue officials told county officials that they don't have enough room and asked for help to solve the problem. Since then, magistrates have discussed the possible purchase of land for a fire station or substation.

    On Tuesday, Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers told magistrates that the county has been offered - for free - five acres of land in Heartland Commerce and Technology Park.

  • Jail takes over recycling center


    He tosses the empty bottle in with the rest of them. A large box sits behind him, also waiting to be sorted. And in the back wait many, many more boxes.

    Many people might not want the job. But for him, it's a way out of his small cell for the day. And, it provides a service to Taylor Countians.

  • Sheriff's tax audit released

    State Auditor Adam Edelen recently released the annual audit of the 2012 financial statement of Taylor County Sheriff Allen Newton's office.

    State law requires two annual audits of each county sheriff's office, one on the sheriff's tax account and the other on the fee account used to operate the office.

    The audit found Newton's financial statement fairly represents the revenues, expenditures and excess fees for the period ending Dec. 31, 2012. The statement was also found in conformity with the regulatory basis of accounting.

  • Water line break leaves residents without service over weekend


    It's been fixed. And the city's top official says he believes the fix is a permanent one.

    After being without service for several hours on Friday night, and some into Saturday, residents who have Campbellsville Water Co. service once again see water flowing from their kitchen sinks and a nearly three-day water advisory was lifted on Monday, so residents can once again use their water without boiling it first.

  • Sexual assault victims have a place to turn for help

    It happens in larger cities, but also in smaller ones. And Campbellsville is no exception.

    In 2013, there were 27 criminal cases filed charging residents with committing sex crimes, including rape, sodomy, incest, sexual abuse and attempting to lure minors for sex via computers. In 2012, there were 11.

    One such case has been filed this year, accusing a man of committing both rape and sexual abuse.

    Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has signed a proclamation declaring March as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Kentucky.

  • Tax could cost taxing districts thousands


    If passed, residents could face higher taxes.

    But now, after many Kentucky residents and representatives from taxing districts complained, it looks as if it won't happen after all, though the decision is not final.

    In Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear's two-year budget proposal, he at first included a provision that would help PVA offices generate money, by charging special taxing districts to use their county's tax rolls.

  • Road crews busy repairing potholes


    County road foreman Brian Smothers said there are two guarantees to working for a road department.

    "Someone is going to steal the road signs and there's always going to be a pothole that needs filling," Smothers said.

    After using more than 600 tons of salt this winter to melt snow and ice on county roads, Smothers said several potholes have popped up and the problem will get worse.