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Today's News

  • Ominous start to 2008

    As Ross Perot would say (paraphrased): "That giant sucking sound you hear is the $300 million shortfall in Kentucky's finances."

    The sabers are being rattled early, I presume to put legislators on notice prior to the Jan. 8 General Assembly. Sabers make a distinctive clanking noise and are about as irritating as the sound of money being sucked out of the state budget.

    If form holds true, the next six months will be lean ones - with potential spending cuts and a hiring freeze.

  • Public record for Dec. 31

    District Civil Filed

    07-C-027, filed 1/12/07; Capital One Bank v. Walter Murphy of Pine Church Grove in Elk Horn. Plaintiff alleges defendant owes on account, $3,516.73, interest, court costs and $527.51 in attorney's fees. The defendant was served 12/8/07.

    07-C-479, filed 10/29/07; Spring View Hospital v. William Edward Berry of Calvary Road in Campbellsville. Plaintiff alleges defendant owes for services rendered, $3,799, interest and court costs. The defendant was served 12/8/07.

  • Officials make New Year's resolutions

    From losing weight to improving Taylor County's prosperity, local officials are offering up their own New Year's resolutions as 2007 rolls into 2008.

    The origins of the tradition of making New Year's resolutions vary, according to the Kansas City Public Library.

    The Babylonians began celebrating the New Year 4,000 years ago. For the Babylonians, the New Year began on March 23, and they marked the occasion by making resolutions. The most common resolution was to return something borrowed.

  • Chappell-Smith

    Bobby and Janice Chappell of Campbellsville announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Robin Renee, to Kyle David Smith, son of David and Julie Smith of Campbellsville.

    Chappell is the granddaughter of G.L. and Phyllis Wise and Margaret Chappell, all of Campbellsville, and the late Bobby Chappell Sr.

    She is a 2006 graduate of Taylor County High School and will graduate from Campbellsville University in May with a degree in business administration. Chappell is employed at Taylor Regional Hospital as a patient registration clerk.

  • Christmas Eve fire destroys mobile home

    Their home was gone, along with almost all of the belongings and memories. But the thing that seemed to hurt Miranda Gadberry the most was the fire that consumed her home on Christmas Eve also destroyed her daughter's Christmas gifts.

    Gadberry, her husband, David Newcomb, and the couple's 2-year-old daughter, Breanna Newcomb, were visiting Gadberry's father, John on Christmas Eve. At about 8 p.m., a family member called and told them their Long Branch Road mobile home was on fire.

    Gadberry's initial thought was that she was glad her husband was with her.

  • Kentucky Bluegrass event is Jan. 4-5

    Gary "Biscuit" Davis, Kevin Moore and Phil Leadbetter will headline the Kentucky Bluegrass Music Kickoff on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 4-5 in Lebanon and gives the state's official music a rollicking start for 2008.

    In March 2007, House Bill 71 was signed into law, designating bluegrass music as the official state music of Kentucky. Leadbetter will bring his new super group, Grasstowne, to Lebanon to help christen this exciting moment in Kentucky history.

  • Firefighters of the Year

    It's something he says he loves to do, especially when he helps people.

    The vote for this year's Firefighter of the Year award ended in a tie, according to Campbellsville Fire Department Chief A.J. Johnson.

    Taylor County Fire Volunteer Lt. Howard Dobson Jr. and Campbellsville Fire Department Engineer Steve Marrs both received the honor.

    Fire personnel vote on the award, Marrs said, and it is presented at the department's annual Christmas banquet.

    Dobson has won the award 14 times. This is the first for Marrs.

  • Home foreclosures on the rise

    For some, home is indeed where the heart is. However, across the U.S., homeownership has led to heartache for many as foreclosure rates rise.

    In November, online foreclosure marketplace RealtyTrac, reported that 635,159 foreclosures had been filed in the third quarter of 2007. That's an increase of 30 percent over the previous quarter and nearly 100 percent from the third quarter of 2006.

    However, the foreclosure rate dipped 10 percent in November, RealtyTrac reported, the first double-digit drop since April 2006.

  • Taylor High SBDM meets today

    Taylor County High School's site-based decision making council will meet today [Thursday] at 4 o'clock in the school's library. The meeting is open to the public. The only items on the agenda are hiring of a teacher and a coach.

  • Commission collecting World War II veteran stories

    America loses hundreds of World War II veterans every day. With them go invaluable eyewitness accounts of a pivotal time in history. The Kentucky Historical Society is working to preserve stories of the WWII years, both from combat and from the homefront.

    "Through the work of the Kentucky Oral History Commission, a network of trained oral historians has been talking with Kentucky veterans and recording their stories," says Sarah Milligan, the Kentucky Oral History Commission program coordinator at the Kentucky Historical Society.