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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Lawler is new library director

     

    She says she has always loved libraries, and now, she gets to lead one.

    Andrea Lawler will become the third library director in Taylor County's history.

    Taylor County Public Library Board members met in special session on Monday to vote on hiring a new director after Julia Turpin left the position earlier this month. Turpin replaced Elaine Munday, who was the library's first director, about three years ago.

  • Campbellsville native debuts movie

     

    Soon, the nation will see a Campbellsville native's name on the movie screen. But Campbellsville residents saw it first.

    Last Friday, Campbellsville native Deronte' Smith debuted his first feature film, "Prosper," at Campbellsville's Green River Cinema 6.

    And after showing the movie publicly for the first time, Smith answered questions about making the film.

    Smith, 41, now lives in Atlanta, Ga. He graduated from Taylor County High School in 1991.