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Today's News

  • Bloom like an amaryllis

    My wife, Lori, and I are not good with houseplants. When she brings home a new plant, I shake my head, knowing the plant's likely demise. I want to pull it aside and whisper, "I'm so sorry she bought you. I promise I'll pray for you."

    If plants could muster a police force, they would charge Lori and me with negligent homicide.

    So last year, when some well-meaning friends gave us an amaryllis for Christmas, I thanked them kindly.

    And as soon as they left, I knelt by their gift and offered last rites for it.

  • Memorial Day a time to remember and appreciate freedoms we have been given

    One of our greatest presidents and Kentucky native, Abraham Lincoln, once said of our country, "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." That quote comes to mind as we gather in the coming days to honor those who have fought and died in wars foreign and domestic to continue to guarantee the freedom that makes us the envy of other nations and their people around the world.

  • Reflecting on Memorial Day

    Memorial Day is a significant holiday in the state of Kentucky in a variety of ways. Broadly, it is the unofficial kickoff to summer with the school year winding down, vacationers descending in droves to our lakes and rivers, and warm weather and sunshine becoming the norm. While many use this holiday as a time to travel back to their hometowns for reunions and family cookouts, others use it as a time to pay respect to their lost loved ones by taking flowers to their gravesites. 

  • Memorial Day events scheduled for Monday

    In what has become an annual tradition in the community, Taylor County residents will be honoring those who served their country on Monday in observance of Memorial Day.

    The service will be held at 2 p.m. at the war memorial, which is located at the Taylor County Courthouse Square.

    Rep. John “Bam” Carney, Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers and Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young will be among those speaking at the event.

  • Agee sentenced in sex crime case

    Christopher Agee was formally sentenced to five years on rape and sex abuse charges at a sentencing hearing on Tuesday.

    Taylor County Circuit Judge Samuel Spalding sentenced Agee to five years concurrently on each charge, meaning he'll serve those five-year sentences at the same time. He will also be under a conditional discharge for three years after his sentence, and he has to be registered as a sex offender.

  • GOP primary too close to call

     

    Who will represent the Republican party in the General Election this fall? We may not know for another week.

    The race for the Republican gubernatorial election went down to the wire and then some Tuesday night.

    After 214,187 votes were counted, Louisville businessman Matt Bevin held an 83-vote lead over Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer, but Comer said late Tuesday night that he owed it to his supporters to ask for a recanvass.

  • 'Dynamic Duo' opens local comic book store

     

    It was just a chance meeting at a comic book store in Danville, but like most origin stories, it was fate that brought Bobbie Hatfield and Blake Slone together last September.

    The two quickly developed a bond.

    Despite this, it would have still been difficult to project that less than a year later, they would co-own their own comic book store.

    Given their respective back stories, though, it’s easy to see how the two individuals would make the perfect duo.

     

  • Citizens upset about possible skate park closure

     

    The ramps at the Campbellsville Skate Park were removed Monday morning, and a group of local kids is unhappy about that.

    Joey Bagby said he came with his friends to the skate park – located at Miller Park – Monday morning, when they saw crews taking apart the ramps and other elements.

    “We’ve been skating for years,” Bagby said. “It’s something to keep us out of trouble. It just kind of sucks. I showed up to skate today, and there was a big tractor, a big bulldozer, tearing it down.”

  • McMahan recalls service at Panama Canal in WWII

    Even a small town like Campbellsville saw many people sent off to war during World War II in the 1940s.

    One of the men who was shipped overseas was Richard McMahan, now 95 years old. For two-and-a-half years, he was stationed at the Panama Canal; he was one of many whose task it was to defend the canal from the Axis Powers.

    McMahan described the Panama Canal Zone at the time as “the most defended small piece of ground that there was anywhere during World War II.”

  • School budget tentatively set at $27.8 million

    During last week’s Taylor County school board meeting, Marcie Close, finance director for the district, updated the board on the 2015-16 tentative budget.

    According to current projections, the school district will have approximately $3.5 million in carryover once the current fiscal year ends. This figure is a bit down from last year’s approximate beginning balance of $4.2 million.

    Close also anticipates new expenses next year to be around $416,152, with new revenue anticipated to be around $251,845.