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Today's News

  • Deadline to switch political party affiliation is Dec. 31

    Voters who want to change their political party affiliation before the May Primary have until Thursday, Dec. 31 to do so.

    However, the Taylor County Clerk's office will be closed that day. Voter registration cards may be submitted in person by Dec. 30. Registration cards that are mailed must be postmarked by Dec. 31.

    Voter Registration cards are available at county clerks' offices or on the Vote! Kentucky Web site, located at www.vote.ky.gov/register.

  • One year later: Taylor County jail

    The women, dressed in gray sweats and orange stripes, take turns reading verses from the Bible. Tonight, they're discussing the Christmas story.

    They sing together, hold hands and huddle in a circle to pray for each other and for the strength to make it home.

    There's a class or church service for inmates at the Taylor County Detention Center just about every day of the month, according to Taylor County Jailer Rick Benningfield.

  • Picture Perfect

    Taylor County residents who purchase a 2010 calendar of Kentucky scenery might see a site that's familiar to them. Green River Lake is featured in the Wild and Scenic Kentucky 2010 calendar.

    BrownTrout Publishers Inc., based in San Francisco, Calif., publishes the Wild and Scenic calendars each year.

    According to Barb Hales, an editor with BrownTrout Publishers, the majority of the United States are each featured in a calendar each year, with the exception of Vermont and Rhode Island.

  • Taylor gets OK for elementary and high school projects

    Taylor County School District is proceeding with plans to build a new high school and renovate the current elementary school.

    During a special meeting Tuesday night, Superintendent Roger Cook told School Board members that Kentucky Department of Education officials have given the District the OK to proceed with plans for a new high school and a renovated elementary school.

    This allows the District to amend its facilities plan, which currently calls for a new elementary school that could be modified into a new high school.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Winter weather advisory

    The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for snow effective from 7 p.m. Friday until 7 a.m. Sunday for several Kentucky counties, including Taylor.

    Precipitation will start out as rain on Friday and change over to snow Friday night. Light snow will continue throughout the day on Saturday and Saturday night with a total accumulation of 2 to 3 inches by Sunday morning.

    Taylor County Emergency Management suggests that motorists be prepared for hazardous driving conditions from snow-covered roads.

  • Flip-flopping speed limits don't make sense

    It's quite a humbling experience to get caught doing something wrong in front of one's children. But about four years ago, that's just what happened.

    The kids and I were traveling home from a soccer game when blue lights flashed in my rearview window. I glanced down. Uh oh. While we were laughing and talking about the game, the speedometer needle had crept upwards without my realizing it.

    The kids were shocked: Mom was getting pulled over by a police officer.

    Of course, they laughed about it later, and they still won't let me forget it.

  • Higdon preparing for senate

    Jimmy Higdon's phones rang almost constantly for days after his victory in the Dec. 8 special election to fill the 14th District state senate seat.

    His win over Democrat Jodie Haydon was even mentioned in The Wall Street Journal and by talk radio host Rush Limbaugh. Higdon, a Republican, was amused by the attention his victory received, but he said he wasn't going to try to analyze what his win might mean.

    "I'll let the experts pick it apart and digest it," he said. "I've got enough to do getting ready to be a senator."

  • CHS easily handles Adair

    Bryton Taylor had 18 points in the third frame and led Adair County 27-26 going to the final quarter as Campbellsville easily handled the home-standing Indians 67-43 on Tuesday night in Columbia.

    The Eagles (3-1) never trailed in the game and led by nine thrice in the first half.

    Taylor took over in the third period and expanded to 24 (50-26) on his left-wing trey with 11.8 left in the quarter.

    Eight other CHS players scored, but Taylor was the lone Eagle to reach double digits.

    Kyle Sandusky led Adair County with 21 points while Tristan Reece added 10.

  • Lady Cards improve to 7-2

    Taylor County hit 10 of 12 free throws down the stretch to clip Green County 49-46 in girls’ high school basketball on Friday night.

    The win broke a five-game losing streak to the Lady Dragons, all by double digits. The TCHS girls last beat Green County on Dec. 15, 2006, at home.

    The Lady Cardinals used a pair of 10-2 runs to offset Green County’s 6-3 start and 25-13 cushion in the first half.

  • Taylor trips up Green 55-50

    The Cardinals (4-3) used double-figure scoring from seniors Lloyd Stotts (16), Tyler Moss (13) and Matt McDonald (10) and junior Tevin Webster (10) to hold off the Dragons down the stretch.

    TCHS missed only one free throw out of 16 tries while Green County missed four in a row during the fourth quarter despite hitting 14-20 on the night.

    Skyler Shively led the Dragons (2-3 with a three-point home loss to Adair County) with 16 points while Dustin Curry contributed 14 and Brock Milby 12.