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Today's News

  • Fisher is 'Firefighter of the Year'

    Tom Fisher came to Taylor County to retire. What he found was a new career.

    Fisher was born in California, grew up in Florida and spent much of his career working for telephone company Qwest in Denver, Colo. before moving to Taylor County a few years ago.

    He had no family or friends here, he said, and was simply looking for a place in which he could "live on my retirement money."

    Upon arriving here, he found he had more free time than he had expected and was looking for something to do.

  • A giving community

    Hundreds of children received Christmas presents this year thanks to the efforts of volunteers for Toys for Tots and Toys for Kids.

    Ours is a giving community. However, all the giving in the world does not necessarily compute to a good project, especially when the needs seem to increase each year.

    Up this year to 640 children, the Toys projects sponsored by our local emergency services agencies are second to none.

    Without great organization - in other words Sharon Dobson and Denise Gupton - no project of this scope would ever see the light of day.

  • New Year's Resolutions

    From spending more time with family to solving their constituent's problems, local officials are sharing their New Year's resolutions as 2008 comes to a close and a new year begins.

    The origins of the tradition of making New Year's resolutions vary, according to the Kansas City Public Library.

    The Babylonians began celebrating the New Year 4,000 years ago. For the Babylonians, the New Year began on March 23, and they marked the occasion by making resolutions. The most common resolution was to return something borrowed.

  • Something to smile about

    It's often the most difficult part of being a reporter - finagling someone into allowing me to photograph them.

    And I can understand the feeling of not wanting some stranger to take a photograph of me. After all, isn't one of the best parts of being a reporter that you are the one taking the photos and not in them?

    I read recently that the Bureau of Motor Vehicles in Indiana is changing its rules for driver's license photos, and people will no longer be allowed to smile when getting or renewing their licenses. They also won't be able to wear a hat, scarf or even glasses.

  • Sharing the magic of Christmas

    Fire and Rescue personnel spent much of Monday morning buying and sorting through the last of the Toys for Tots and Toys for Kids requests.

    There were 640 requests for toys this year, which are served by Campbellsville/Taylor County Rescue or the Campbellsville/Taylor County Fire Departments.

    Rescue oversees the Toys for Tots program, which will serve 256 kids this year. The fire departments oversee Toys for Kids, which will serve 384 kids.

    The toys were delivered to local children on Christmas Eve.

  • Above and Beyond

    Campbellsville University freshman Alexander Nima Violet frequently seeks the quiet of Green River Lake State Park as a place to study.

    On the night of Sept. 25, he was on his way back to campus at around 9 p.m. when he became the first on the scene of a collision between a car and van.

    "The car caught on fire," Violet said, "and I immediately pulled into a safe zone and got the first aid kit from the trunk."

  • Foreign agricultural landowners must submit FSA form

    The Taylor County Farm Service Agency is reminding foreign agricultural landowners of the Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act of 1978.

    The act requires any foreign person who:

    - Acquires or transfers any interest other than a security interest in agricultural land to submit a completed FSA-153 to the Secretary of Agriculture not later than 90 calendar days after the date of acquisition or transfer.

  • Public record for Dec. 18

    Traffic

    Shawna M. Spurling, 36, of McNary Street in Campbellsville, second-degree fleeing or evading police, $393, 30 days in jail probated for 24 months; driving on a suspended/revoked operator's license, $50.

    Gwendolyn B. Love, 52, of Cane Valley Road in Columbia, reckless driving, possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle, dismissed; failure to wear seat belts, $25; driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, $743, alcohol drug education program, license suspended for 120 days; contempt of court, two days in jail.

  • Christmas ornaments for sale

    The Campbellsville Renaissance/Historic Preservation Commission is selling a new Christmas ornament this year that features the Taylor County Public Library on the corner of Broadway and South Columbia Avenue in downtown Campbellsville. 

    The library is etched on a flat glass ornament with a gold ribbon. The history of the building is included in the gift box. 

  • Chamber lunch is Jan. 8

    Rob Robinson, general manager of Amazon.com's Campbellsville Fulfillment Center, will be the guest speaker at the Jan. 8 Campbellsville/Taylor County Chamber of Commerce luncheon. The luncheon begins at noon at Amazon.com.

    Reservations must be made by noon on Tuesday, Jan. 6 by calling 465-8601 or e-mailing chamber@teamtaylorcounty.com. Cost is $8 for Chamber investors and $10 for non-investors. Reservations made after the deadline will be $1 more.