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Today's News

  • Superintendents oppose using contingencies to bail out state

    House Speaker Greg Stumbo has proposed tapping school districts' contingency funds to help balance the state's 2010-2012 budget, a move that has local officials scratching their heads.

    "I think most educators right now are a little bewildered with the proposal," said Campbellsville Independent Superintendent Mike Deaton.

    Taylor County Superintendent Roger Cook had the same reaction.

    "My first thought was, 'This really doesn't have a shot.'"

  • Special election is Dec. 8

    With the governor's appointment of former Sen. Dan Kelly to the vacant judge's seat in the 11th Judicial Circuit, his chair in Frankfort is now empty.

    Voters in the 14th District - Taylor, Green, Marion and Washington counties - will have a special election on Dec. 8 to elect the person to sit in that chair.

    And residents who are not yet registered to vote only have a week to do so.

    According to County Clerk Mark Carney, residents who have not yet registered to vote have until Monday, Nov. 9 to do so in order to participate in the special election.

  • Club looking for Santa's Helper

    Santa Claus has helpers each year during the holiday season, though many people in Taylor County give of themselves all year long. If you know of such a person, the Campbellsville Kiwanis would like to honor him or her.

    The Kiwanis Club is seeking the person who most embodies the Christmas spirit every day, all year long. And the club will name the person this year's Santa's Helper Award winner.

  • The Great Outdoors: Tree lovers should explore the state seedling program

    Late last winter, a large white bag arrived on the front doorstep of my friend's home. For weeks, the two of us had waited for the slightly muddied bag to appear, and when it did show up we were quite impressed.

    Months before, my buddy had caught wind of a seedling program offered by our own Kentucky Division of Forestry, and the bag contained what was soon to become a windbreak and privacy screen for his new home's backyard.

  • Miss Teen Taylor County Fair takes state title

    Miss Teen Taylor County Fair Shelbie Danielle Pettey competed against 78 other girls to capture the title of Miss Teen Kentucky County Fair 2009 on Saturday, Oct. 17.

    The annual Miss Teen Kentucky County Fair 2009 Pageant took place at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Louisville.

    Pettey won the title of Miss Teen Taylor County on June 11 during the Taylor County Fair.  She is the first Miss Teen Taylor County to win the state title.

  • Murders remain unsolved

    They have both long been buried, but their killers remain at large.

    Law enforcement personnel are continuing to investigate who killed David M. Ford and Shafter J. Couch but have yet to make an arrest in either case.

    Ford, 40, who worked as a police officer in Lebanon, was found shot to death on Feb. 10 at his Graham Road home. The Campbellsville E-911 Center received a phone call from Ford's wife Tonya stating that she had arrived home and found her husband dead.

  • Stop, drop and roll

    Overloaded circuits. Unattended candles. Cooking food left unwatched. All are common causes for house fires. All are so easily preventable.

    Next week, local firefighters will begin their annual fire prevention efforts, helping to arm our community's students with the tools they need to prevent fires and how to react in the event of a fire.

  • Republican Party nominates Higdon

    The Republican Party nominating committee met Tuesday night to select their nominee for the upcoming special election to replace Sen. Dan Kelly.

    State Rep. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, was named as the Republican Party candidate for the Special Election taking place on Dec. 8.

    The committee was comprised of representatives from Taylor, Marion, Washington, Nelson and Mercer.

    The Special Election was called by Gov. Steven Beshear to replace Kelly, who vacated the position to fill the open judge's position in the 11th Circuit.

  • Watch for little goblins

    On Saturday evening, our community will be filled with witches and pirates, goblins and princesses, not to mention all sorts of strange-looking animals — and just about any other character children’s imaginations can invent.

    Halloween is a night of fun for our children. It shouldn’t ever be a night of mischief, danger or evil. And the spooky fun it provides shouldn’t be lost because, like so many things, a few people choose to abuse the occasion.

  • Touchdown!

    They tackled books, passed advice and fumbled some laughs.

    Campbellsville University football players were invited to attend the Friends of the Taylor County Public Library's October "tailgate" event.

    Each of the eight CU volunteers read a sports-related book to the children. The players shared some common-sense advice about the importance of reading, doing homework and always doing their best. They also talked about their college majors and future career plans.