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Today's News

  • Cutoff period announced for EQIP program

     The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service in Kentucky is encouraging landowners, farmers and producers to visit their local NRCS office now to receive information and apply for conservation technical assistance and possible financial funding opportunities.

    The application process for NRCS’s conservation programs is continuous, but funding selections for specific programs are made throughout the year. 

  • New library director seeks public input

     Though she doesn’t officially start for a few more weeks, Andrea Lawler has already begun transitioning from high school teacher to library director.

    Lawler was hired last week to replace Julia Turpin as director of the Taylor County Public Library.

    Turpin, the library’s second director in its history, left her position to work at a library in North Carolina. Turpin replaced Elaine Munday, who was the library’s first director, after she stepped down from the position about three years ago.

  • Twenty-one want 12 city council seats

     

    In the largest race on the ballot, 21 people want to serve on Campbellsville City Council. But on Tuesday, Nov. 4, nine people will learn they won't get that opportunity.

    Though more candidates filed for office this year than in past elections, there weren't enough for the race to be on the primary ballot in May. Twenty-five candidates would have had to file to see that happen.

    Central Kentucky News-Journal staff members sent questionnaires to candidates in the contested races on the Nov. 4 ballot.

  • Former rescue chief helps plan funerals

     

    The most important part is to honor them.

    For decades, Charlie Shaw has helped fire departments and families say goodbye to their loved ones.

    Throughout his nearly 50-year career in firefighting and rescue training, Shaw has helped arrange 500 to 600 funerals for firefighters.

    As funeral assistance coordinator for the Kentucky Firefighters Association, Shaw often gets phone calls about deaths of firefighters across the state. He is asked advice on how to plan the service, and sometimes to help with it.

  • TC schools granted 'cyber snow days'

    Seeking to avoid a repeat of last winter that caused students to miss 15 days of school, Taylor County School District has applied and been approved for a non-traditional instruction waiver that will allow students to continue learning when school isn't in session.

    Dubbed "cyber snow days," Taylor County was one of 13 districts approved by the Kentucky Department of Education to pilot the program that permits districts to use online or other alternative means of instruction when school is canceled because of weather or another emergency.

  • YMCA effort still under way

    The effort began three years ago. And even though it's not happened yet, they still have hope it will.

    In 2011, Taylor Regional Hospital began researching the possibility of building a YMCA in Campbellsville.

    Since then, community surveys have shown that residents would like to use such a facility. And people are still asking how the project is going.

  • Club solicits Santa's Helper award nominations

     

    Santa Claus has helpers around the world, and many of them live right here in Taylor County.

    There are also people in Taylor County who strive to keep the spirit of giving alive all through the year, not just during the holiday season.

    Santa has said he needs helpers like these people, and Campbellsville Kiwanis Club wants to honor them for their work. As such, the club is searching for nominations for someone to receive this year's Santa's Helper Award.

  • High in the Sky

     

    It started nearly 2,000 miles away, but it ended in Campbellsville.

    The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta attracts hot air balloon enthusiasts from all over the world.

    Event director Don Edwards said the festival brings together nearly a million people each year. And now, some of those attending have a connection to Campbellsville.

    "Albuquerque International Fiesta is the largest hot air balloon festival in the world," he said.

  • 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.