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Today's News

  • 'Teacher torture' helps raise money for needy in Haiti

     

    As the children at Campbellsville Middle School gathered for their morning minutes, fifth-grade math teacher Tammy Hash was being duct taped to the wall.

    A sense of excitement began to fill the auditorium as the time grew closer for students to start throwing pies in Hash's direction.

    They knew what was coming: It was finally time for her teacher torture.

  • Santa Claus comes to town

     

    Residents lined Main Street Saturday to watch the community's annual Christmas parade.

    Marching bands played Christmas songs, community members rode on floats and Santa made an appearance.

    After the parade ended, Santa met local boys and girls at a reception in the Campbellsville Civic Center.

    Those attending heard live Christmas music from Nancy Cox Kenny and the Beams family.

  • Sweets and Treats

     

    Sugar cookies, hot cocoa and chocolate on top of chocolate.

    About 25 residents made Christmas goodies at the Taylor County Extension Office on Saturday.

    Taylor County Public Library offered a sweets and treats event, with those attending working in teams to make easy no-roll sugar cookies, magic reindeer food, hot cocoa mix and chocolate pretzel treats.

    When finished, the teams made baskets and split their goodies to take home or give as Christmas gifts.

  • Tebbs Bend Bridge to be moved

     

    Tebbs Bend bridge will soon get a new home, and the state will help the county foot the cost.

    The bridge was closed in August and likely won't reopen until next summer.

    On Tuesday, Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers told magistrates at their regular meeting that state officials have said the county will receive $100,000 in state discretionary money to move the bridge.

    However, Rogers said, should the state award the county any discretionary funds next year, that $100,000 will be deducted from that amount.

  • McMahan says there are jobs in Taylor County for those who really want one

    Taylor County's top economic development official says there are jobs available in the community for people who want to work.

    Ron McMahan, executive director of the Campbellsville/Taylor County Economic Development Authority, told magistrates during their regular meeting Tuesday night that many businesses in Taylor County are looking for workers.

    Amazon recently completed its last round of hiring seasonal workers for the upcoming Christmas rush. Officials searched in Taylor and surrounding counties for hundreds of workers, McMahan said.

  • Restrooms at Veterans Memorial Park remain a concern

    The restrooms at Veterans Memorial Park will soon be locked during the day.

    On Tuesday, magistrates again discussed the county's contract with Campbellsville Baptist Church to operate the park.

    The church has operated the park on the county's behalf since 2009.

    Magistrates discussed the contract at their monthly meetings in October and November. But on Tuesday, they approved another change to the contract, which will now go to CBC officials for their final OK.

  • County changes park contract

    The restrooms at Veterans Memorial Park will soon be locked during the day.

    On Tuesday, magistrates again discussed the county's contract with Campbellsville Baptist Church to operate the park.

    The church has operated the park on the county's behalf since 2009.

    Magistrates discussed the contract at their monthly meetings in October and November. But on Tuesday, they approved another change to the contract, which will now go to CBC officials for their final OK.

  • 'Sensitive Santa' to visit children with special needs

     

    For many children, going to see Santa Claus at the mall or a department store is the highlight of the Christmas season.

    For others, it is a nightmare.

    When Kid Spot Center co-owners Brandy Close and Jennifer Houk started up their Sensitive Santa program three years ago, the idea was to cater to those who would not normally want to — or in some cases, not be able to — go and visit Santa Claus to tell him what they want under their Christmas trees.

  • Former foster parent indicted again

     

    The former foster parent who once cared for special needs children and is now a registered sex offender has been indicted again, this time alleging he sodomized a young boy.

    Gary W. Foster, 66, of 1167 Lone Valley Road, in Campbellsville, was indicted Tuesday by a Taylor County grand jury.

    Foster was charged with first-degree sodomy of a victim younger than 12.

    Bond was set at $40,000 cash and he was ordered to not have contact with his alleged victim. If convicted, he could be sentenced to as much as life in prison.

  • Buzzards a growing problem for farmers

     

    The protected status of the black buzzard isn’t flying with some Kentucky farmers who have lost cattle to the ominous scavengers. The problem is so prevalent, it’s being discussed at KFB meetings on the state and county levels.

    “Across the state we are seeing mounting livestock losses,” said KFB Director Danny Wilkinson of Adair County, who has lost calves and heifers. “It’s the worst predator I have; much worse than coyotes.”