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Today's News

  • Now that's Christmas spirit!

     

    Jeff Richardson can never be accused of being a Grinch or a Scrooge during the Christmas season.

    In fact, Richardson and his wife, Jennifer, are the opposite. They show their Christmas cheer for everyone who cares to take a peek at their front yard.

    What’s in that yard? How about 53 inflatable Christmas decorations?

    Yep, you read that correctly. Richardson’s home features a Christmas landscape rivaled only by the North Pole, and he loves every minute of it.

  • Cook to retire at school year’s end

     

    Roger Cook wanted to come back to his hometown and be a school superintendent.

    Eight years ago, he did just that, taking over the position for the Taylor County School District.

    But on Tuesday night, Cook said it is time for him to step aside and retire.

    Cook made the announcement during Tuesday night’s Taylor County Board of Education meeting. He will retire at the end of June, finishing out this school year.

  • Firefighters rescue mother, child from house fire

     

    A tragedy was averted Monday morning when firefighters with Campbellsville Fire-Rescue forced their way into a home on Candace Street and evacuated a sleeping mother and small child from a house fire.

    Amber Duncan, a mother of four, said she had just taken her two oldest children to school when she came back home and decided to take a nap with her youngest child. She was startled awake when several firefighters with Campbellsville Fire-Rescue surrounded her in her home and told her that she needed to get out of the house.

  • Remembering the children

     

    When a child dies, at any age, the family suffers intense pain and may feel hopeless and isolated. The Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope, and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or a sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family.

  • Local man building an airplane in his basement

     

    David Banahan was 16 years old, traveling on a school bus through the mountains, when something piqued his interest. The birds flying overhead caught his eye.

    “I just thought, how cool would that be, to be able to fly like that,” Banahan said.

    And from there, Banahan’s love of aviation was born. He went on to begin taking lessons, working at the local airport and earning his pilot license, and his passion for flying is still with him today.

  • Campbellsville School Board presents awards at meeting

     

    The Campbellsville Board of Education met in regular session Monday night in a relatively short meeting to finish a few items of business before Christmas and New Year holidays.

    The board voted to renew its contract with Adidas for athletic apparel through 2023. CIS athletics have partnered with Adidas for several years, according to CIS Superintendent Kirby Smith, so he recommended that they continue that partnership for another contract.

    The board also recognized individuals for this month’s Change Awards.

  • Taylor County School Board approves state-mandated civics exam

     

    The main topic of Tuesday night’s meeting of the Taylor County Board of Education centered on the announcement that Superintendent Roger Cook will retire at the end of June.

    However, that was not the only topic discussed. The board approved several items of business before Cook’s announcement.

    In other news from the meeting:

  • County agrees on final payment to fire department architect

     

    Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney showed an amended budget of $49,850 at Tuesday night’s regularly scheduled meeting of Taylor County Fiscal Court.

    Carney said some things could still change in the two weeks left in the calendar year, and he did plan to replace a 39-year, 11-month old desk that he and other county clerks have been using.

    “We are lucky to have Mark on our side,” praised 6th District Magistrate Richard Phillips of Carney and his employees’ work.

    In other business:

  • 2018 Election Filings

     

    Filing for the 2018 election has begun, and several incumbents have filed paperwork for re-election. A few challengers have also filed to run.

    Below is the latest list of candidates the Central Kentucky News-Journal has received from Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney’s office. Those running as Republicans are marked with an “R” and those running as a Democrat are marked with a “D”.

  • Nine indicted by Taylor County Grand Jury

     

    Nine individuals were indicted by a Taylor County Grand Jury last week. Among those was 35-year-old Shawn A. Cochran. 

    Cochran had two separate indictments that were released last Wednesday. In the first indictment, Cochran faces charges of theft of identity, giving an officer false identifying information, and a persistent felony offender charge. The theft of identity charge is a Class D Felony—punishable by one to five years—and the false identifying information charge is a Class B misdemeanor.