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Today's News

  • Former 'Survivor' contestant speaks at library

     

    Even though she had never been so hungry in her life and didn't like being away from her family, Jefra Bland Hines said she would participate in the "Survivor" challenge again.

    Bland Hines spoke on Tuesday night at Taylor County Public Library about her experiences on the "Survivor" reality television show.

  • Central Kentucky Arts Series set for start of new season

     

    The goal is to expose residents to something they don't see every day. And the group believes, with what they have planned for this season, they will do that.

    Central Kentucky Arts Series members have been working this summer to plan their upcoming season. Dr. Tony Cunha, president, says this year's events are a mix that everyone can enjoy.

    "Our goal is to provide programs as diverse as possible that all bring the arts to our community," he said.

  • Trail Town becoming a reality

     

    It's been two years in the making, but soon, the dream will come true.

    Soon, passersby will see construction of a 2.2-mile trail to ultimately lead from City Lake to Taylor County Farmers' Market.

    On Tuesday, Campbellsville/Taylor County Trail Town committee members and its partners met to publicly unveil the project.

    Paul Osborne, chair of the trail town committee, told the crowd attending that the trail has been in the works for a while, but soon the fruit of that work will be seen by anyone passing through Miller Park.

  • Local church has world-wide reach

     

    It started small, with the congregation's children marching around carrying buckets while the adults sang hymns, hoping to fill them with coins and maybe a few dollar bills.

    They had learned about the tiny grass hut that served as a church for the village of Nassian on the Ivory Coast, and they wanted to raise money to provide the church with a floor.

    Six years later, Zion Separate Baptist Church in Taylor County now serves as primary sponsor for the construction of a new church in Nassian.

  • Fewer teens smoking, state report says

     

    Fewer high school students are smoking today, and local high school officials say they see that trend at their schools.

    Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear's office released a report recently stating that smoking among Kentucky high school students has dropped significantly.

    And, Kentucky now ranks sixth in the amount of high school students who smoke as opposed to first in 2011.

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  • General election ballot positions set

     

    The room of political candidates was silent as the names were drawn.

    In the end, some were pleased with the outcome, while others wished they had better luck.

    Last Thursday, many of those who will be on the ballot this General Election on Nov. 4 gathered as Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney, with help from Rhonda Taylor, a deputy who works in Carney's office, and Becky Benningfield, who is serving on the county's election board, drew ballot positions.

  • Taylor County Schools to pay $172,000 settlement

     

    After more than a year of intense negotiations, Taylor County Schools has approved a payment plan for the now-defunct Kentucky School Boards Insurance Trust.

    The Green River Regional Educational Cooperative represented 35 school districts, including Taylor, to reach a settlement with the trust, commonly known as KSBIT.

  • CU out of Baptist convention

     

    Campbellsville University is no longer a Kentucky Baptist Convention affiliate.

    But even though the two no longer work together as part of a covenant agreement, CU leaders say they want to form a new relationship with KBC, one that will allow the university and Kentucky Baptists to work together on future ministry and mission ventures.

    The decision for CU to remove itself from its covenant agreement with the KBC was made last Tuesday after a meeting of the CU Board of Trustees and KBC officials.

  • New groups to help with county emergencies

     

    Though their structure and missions are very different, their goals are quite similar.

    Two groups have formed in Taylor County, both with the goal of helping residents and their families prepare for emergency situations.

    Taylor County Community Watch formed about four weeks ago and had a public meeting on Saturday in hopes of garnering more members.

    Kentucky Family Protection Group formed a little more than a month ago and had its first public briefings two weekends ago to gauge community interest.