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  • Man charged with raping 14-year-old

    A Campbellsville man was arrested Thursday for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl.

    The Taylor County Sheriff’s Office arrested William Wooley, 37, on Thursday on charges of third-degree rape and first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor — illegal sex act, a TCSO report said.

    According to the report, TCSO deputies Brian Pickard and Robbie VanCleave investigated the reported rape of a 14-year-old girl.

  • Balloon release held to share memory of deceased children

     

    The cloudy overcast skies on Monday were brightened by colorful balloons and warm memories of children that have passed away.

    The Compassionate Friends of Central Kentucky hosted its annual balloon release in Miller Park .

    The program joins hearts and hands together to decorate the world with balloons.

    “It’s like sending kisses on the wind to our children,” Judy Dabney said.

    “A symbolic way of sending a message to them and show that we still miss and remember them.”

  • TCHS to have auditorium at new school

     

    The Taylor County High School construction project has a new addition in the works that was a welcomed surprise for the principal.

    Superintendent Roger Cook announced during Tuesday’s board meeting that extra money has been found to build an auditorium.

    “We have been frugal enough with taxpayers’ money that we are able to, we believe, build an auditorium. Which is going to make a lot of folks happy,” he said.

    The addition is contingent on KED approval and pending the board’s vote.

  • Trooper Johnny Edrington honored 28 years after his murder

     

    Another year has passed, but the memory of Kentucky State Police Trooper Johnny Edrington will never fade.

    Officers stood at attention as they remembered one of their own nearly 28 years since Edrington was killed in the line of duty. The search to find his killer continues.

  • Clinton edges Sanders in county

     

    Just as in the state as a whole, Hillary Clinton won in Taylor County in the Democratic primary for the race for the presidency.

    Of the county’s 17,878 registered voters, 3,853 voted on Tuesday — a voter turnout of 21.55 percent. Statewide, turnout was 20.65 percent. Of the state’s 3,243,078 registered voters, 669,850 voted.

    “It was a good election. We got all the votes counted by 7 p.m.,” said Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney. “It was very high turnout for a primary.”

  • Christian author publishes first novel

    A new book by a Christian author has local roots in Taylor County. This month marks the nationwide release of “The Taming of Evelyn Gracen,” a historical romantic novel by Sandy Arnold.

    Being an avid reader, writing has always been something Arnold tossed around in the back of her head.

    “It was just sort of on a dare for myself to see if I could do it,” she said.

    She had homeschooled her son, Charlie, from preschool through high school. Once he graduated in 2011, she decided to start writing.

  • Ag commissioner visits Campbellsville

    Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles says the Kentucky Proud brand can make Kentucky-made products as famous as Idaho potatoes or Florida oranges.

    “Kentucky can be known beyond our state’s borders for more than just bourbon, tobacco and Kentucky Fried Chicken,” said Quarles. “We can do more, and I hope to highlight some of the great, high-quality ... products we have, internationally and beyond our state’s borders, using Kentucky Proud as a model.”

  • Amazon donates Kindle Fire Kids Edition tablets to Campbellsville Elementary

    Representatives of the Campbellsville Amazon Fulfillment Center stopped by Campbellsville Elementary School Wednesday to help ignite the passion for reading in students. Amazon donated 25 Kindle Fire Kids Edition tablets to the kindergarten and first grade classrooms.  

    Five students from each kindergarten class were in attendance for the surprise donation. Smiles from ear to ear came across each face as the students tried out their new hand-held devices.

  • Liberty woman found dead in Taylor County following wreck, search

    A Liberty woman was found dead Wednesday evening after driving off Stoner Creek Road on Tuesday, according to the Kentucky State Police.

    A report by KSP Post 15 Spokesman Tpr. Billy Gregory said Carla Monday, 54, was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Monday, who wasn’t wearing a seat belt, was driving west on Stoner Creek Road when she ran off the road, over an embankment and hit several trees, according to the report.

  • County to sell park to Campbellsville University

     

    Campbellsville University will be the new owner of Veterans Memorial Park.

    At their meeting Tuesday night, magistrates of the Taylor County Fiscal Court unanimously approved a bid from CU, the only bid they received. CU will pay the county $10,000 a year for 10 years. The county recently declared the park as surplus property. The bid does not include the neighboring community center.