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Today's News

  • Center to again be used for firefighter training

     

    The building, once bustling with activity, stands empty and among overgrown weeds and grass. But soon, its doors will once again be open, and the property will be used to help train those who put out fires and rescue residents.

    Earlier this month, magistrates voted to contract with the Kentucky Community & Technical College System to lease the state fire rescue training center to the county at $1 a year for 30 years.

  • CU turns 100-year-old oak tree into praying hands

     

    Joan C. McKinney

    Campbellsville University

    A 100-year-old oak tree on Campbellsville University's Stapp Lawn is now an 8-foot, 2,000- to 3,000-pound set of praying hands.

    Rob Peterson, a Louisville chainsaw artist, carved the praying hands for the university. It will be placed outside the pergola between the Administration Building and Stapp Lawn.

  • McConnell, Grimes face tough questions in first debate

     

    After 30 years in Washington, U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes says she no longer believes Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is the best candidate for Kentucky's farmers.

    "Never has a senator been paid so much for doing so little for the people in Kentucky," Grimes said at Kentucky Farm Bureau's "Measure the Candidates" forum, at the group's headquarters in Louisville on Wednesday.

  • An outpouring of love

    In the past few days, I've seen an outpouring of love, kindness and compassion. And it's wonderful to see. But I expected nothing less.

    If anyone needed proof that the Taylor County community is made up of some great people, they only need to read a story on the front page of today's issue. Various fundraisers have begun to help Tony Grider and Alex Quinn - and their fellow EMS, firefighter, dispatch and law enforcement co-workers.

    Usually it's these people who are there for us when we need help. Well now, we get to return that favor.

  • Local students are Governor's Scholars

     

    It helped them learn to be independent. They also made friends to last a lifetime and got a taste of what college life might really be like.

    This summer, 10 local high school students attended Governor's Scholars programs at Murray State University, Morehead State University and Bellarmine University.

  • Kids make music in youth orchestra

     

    The goal is to show young people just how much they can learn by playing music. And the group is open to students of all ages.

    Campbellsville Youth Orchestra will soon start its second season.

    Last year, about 25 students from Taylor and surrounding counties participated in the orchestra, which is conducted by Campbellsville University School of Music professors.

  • Supreme Court rules in Gaither murder case

    It's been almost 20 years since her fight began. And now, Virginia Gaither will finally be able to buy a gravestone for her grandson, LeBron.

    LeBron Gaither, 18, was tortured and murdered in 1996, after Kentucky State Police used him to make a drug buy, even though his identity was compromised.

    Last week, Kentucky Supreme Court justices ruled that the KSP was negligent in LeBron's death and she will be compensated as a result.

  • City police department adds five vehicles to its fleet

     

    As part of an ongoing effort to replenish an aging fleet, Campbellsville Police Department recently bought five police cruisers.

    The four 2013 and one 2014 rebuilt Ford Interceptors cost about $16,000 each for a total of $80,000, and were purchased from D.D.C. Auto Sales in Salyersville.

    Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young said the department purchased two similar vehicles two years ago that have proven to be cost effective with low maintenance costs.

  • Firefighters continue to recover from injuries

     

    They remain in a Louisville hospital receiving treatment, but reports are they are improving each day.

    Firefighter Tony Grider is still in critical condition and Alex Quinn is in stable condition after they were shocked last Thursday afternoon when they got too close to a power line after helping Campbellsville University students with an ALS ice bucket challenge.

    Grider and Quinn were two of four Campbellsville Fire & Rescue personnel injured. Captain Steve Marrs and firefighter Alex Johnson were the others.

  • Woman charged with burglarizing local home

     

    A Taylorsville woman has been arrested and charged with burglarizing a home in Taylor County.

    Felicia Irene Simpson, 46, of Bloomfield Road, was arrested on Thursday, Aug. 14, at 11:17 p.m.

    According to Simpson's arrest citation, she allegedly entered a home on Boca Noir Circle on July 6 and took about $10,000 worth of guns, jewelry and cash.

    The warrant was issued July 22 and personnel from the Jeffersontown Police Department arrested her after a search revealed the warrant was active.