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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Enrollment up at local schools, officials say

    It's been more than a week since local children went back to school, and officials say this year is off to a good start.

    Enrollment figures at local schools are also up, though the numbers likely won't be final until around Labor Day.

    School personnel say students have adjusted well to their new school routines and no major problems have been reported.

    Following is information about enrollment at each of the schools that responded to a request before press time.

    Campbellsville Middle School

  • Former deputy gets probation, no jail time

     

    The former sheriff's deputy who broke the law he was hired to uphold has been sentenced to a year's probation for federal drug crimes.

    He faced as much as three decades in federal prison and a large fine.

    Billy Rice, a former Taylor County Sheriff's Deputy, of Campbellsville, was charged in early October with committing federal drug crimes. He had initially pleaded not guilty, but, in April, appeared before Chief Judge Joseph H. McKinley Jr. and pleaded guilty to three counts of distributing anabolic steroids.

  • U.S. Sen. Rand Paul speaks to chamber

     

    When he ran for office in 2010, he said he was worried about the national debt.

    Four years later, with the nation's debt increasing by about $1 million every minute, he said that worry continues.

    United States Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., told a packed crowd at Campbellsville/Taylor County Chamber of Commerce's monthly luncheon on Monday that the United States borrows nearly $1 trillion a year, and the nation's debt has spiraled out of control to $17.5 trillion.

  • Courthouse HVAC system to cost $620,000

    It's going to cost about $620,000, but before all is said and done, it might cost even more.

    The company that will install the new heating and air conditioning system at the Taylor County Courthouse has recommended that magistrates consider installing some additional equipment at the courthouse. The extra cost could total as much as $60,000.

    Arthur Bottorff, an area service sales manager for Carrier, said the project to replace the HVAC system is under way.

  • State treasurer visits TRH to hear health care concerns

     

    State Treasurer Adam Edelen is on a mission.

    He wants to know the problems with rural health care today, and last Tuesday, he came to Taylor Regional Hospital to meet with officials to talk about just that.

    In a public forum, Edelen heard from TRH CEO Jane Wheatley and CEOs of hospitals in Russell, Green and Casey counties. Edelen said the forum, which was attended by about 40 people, was the ninth of 10 he will host across the state.

  • Sex offender charged with violating registration terms

     

    A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged with violating the terms of his sex offender registration.

    Roy Mace, 31, was arrested last Monday at about 5:30 p.m.

    According to Mace's arrest citation, Campbellsville Police Officer Bart Gilpin responded to the report of a man at City Hall causing a disturbance.

    Records state that Mace told Gilpin that he is homeless and not in compliance with the terms of his sex offender registration.

  • Man charged with sex crimes

     

    A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged with having sex with a juvenile.

    Dustin L. Janes, 31, of Ethan Lane, was arrested last Monday at 5:20 p.m.

    According to court records, Janes allegedly admitted to Kentucky State Police troopers that he had sex with an underage juvenile three times. He also allegedly said he had oral sex with the juvenile once.

    Janes was charged with second-degree sodomy and three counts of second-degree rape.