Today's News

  • Motorists cautioned to watch for deer

    While trying to avoid a collision with a deer, his brakes locked up and the truck crashed, totaling the vehicle. If he had just hit the deer, it's likely that only the grill would have been damaged.

    State Farm Insurance Agent Ken Keltner said situations like this happen often, because it's hard for a driver not to react suddenly when a deer or other animal jumps out in front of them.

    But any time a vehicle veers into another lane or leaves the leaves the roadway, Keltner said the risk of personal injury is much higher.

  • Judge/executive returns to work after heart attack


    After suffering a heart attack two and a half weeks ago, he is back at work and feeling better.

    Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers had a heart attack on Oct. 2. Last Monday, he was back at the office.

    Rogers was walking in a neighborhood with his daughter, Natalie, and began to sweat and had chest pain. Thinking it was indigestion, Rogers wasn’t planning on going to the hospital. But after Natalie and his wife, Theresia, convinced him, he headed to Taylor Regional Hospital.

  • Kentucky’s black bear population growing

    They once covered most of North America and their presence was noted by explorers such as Daniel Boone. By the turn of the 1900s, bears had been eliminated from the state primarily because of habitat loss caused by wholesale logging practices of the time and unregulated hunting.

    But Chris Mason, a wildlife biologist with the Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources, said black bears are making a comeback and their population has increased significantly in the last 25 years. And that population appears to be growing.

  • Communications officer graduates from telecommunicator academy


    Campbellsville Police Department recently announced that Haley Rodgers of Campbellsville graduated from the Department of Criminal Justice Training Basic Telecommunicator Academy during a ceremony on Friday, Oct. 10 at Eastern Kentucky University.

    Rodgers, a police communications officer I, joined the staff at Campbellsville/Taylor County E-911 Center on June 30. She is one of 12 members of the communications center.

  • Olliges joins Century 21 Smith Realty Group


     Stephen Olliges has joined Century 21 Smith Realty Group as a sales associate. He will specialize in residential property sales in the Taylor County area.

    “We are thrilled to have Stephen join our team,” said April Smith of Century 21 Smith Realty Group. “It’s an exciting time to be with the Century 21 System as we increase our market presence in Taylor County.”

    Olliges has enrolled in CREATE 21, an extensive training program through Century 21 University.

  • Police department hosts shred day

    Campbellsville Police Department will host its first "shred day" on Tuesday, Oct. 21, beginning at 10 a.m., to allow residents the opportunity to use its new paper shredder.

    Shred day is part of the department's efforts to help residents prevent crime.

    The event is also scheduled as part of the department's public awareness events in October in recognition of National Crime Prevention Month.

  • Nickel tax passes for city schools


    It's now official.

    Those who own property within the Campbellsville School District will be paying an additional nickel tax, starting this year.

    Monday was the last of 45 days residents had to file their intentions to object to the tax, which members voted in August to levy.

    City school property tax bills are now being printed and will soon be mailed to residents. The deadline to pay the bills and receive a two-percent discount has been extended to Nov. 30.

  • Ground to be broken for new county schools


    Just a month after opening bids for construction of a new high school, Taylor County School District is planning to break ground for the facility within 10 days.

    At its regular meeting on Tuesday, the Board unanimously approved a $1,140,500 contract with Pyles Excavating of Columbia to clear and rough grade the site for the facility located on the district's KY 210 property.

  • Marcum, Benningfield square off for jailer


    Two people want to be Taylor County's jailer, and they have both served in the position before.

    Incumbent Eddie "Hack" Marcum, a Republican, and Rick Benningfield, a Democrat, both want the job.

    Marcum and Benningfield first battled opponents in the primary race to advance to the general election on Nov. 4. Marcum defeated Terry Lynn Skaggs and Benningfield defeated Nick Alsager.

    The battle between Marcum and Benningfield for the jailer's slot is a re-match.

  • Hosparus tea is Sunday

    The goal is to raise money for patients who can't afford the care they need.

    The annual Hosparus of Green River tea will be Sunday at Campbellsville University from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Student Activities Center.

    Tickets are on sale now at the local Hosparus office at Taylor County Courthouse for $20 each. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at the event.

    Chad Shively, who serves as chair of the Hosparus Green River Community Board, says the tea is the organization's largest fundraiser.