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Today's News

  • Remembering the county's abused children

     

    A slight breeze passes through, and the 144 pinwheels come to life. They spin faster and faster, catching the sunlight as they turn.

    As the wind blows, another pinwheel is placed in the ground to represent a child in need. Last year, there were 144 children in Taylor County who were abused or found in need of social services.

  • Autism awareness event set for Wednesday

     

    As the number of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder continues to rise, so does the importance of raising awareness in the community.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 1 in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder.

    Brandy Close and Jennifer Houk, owners of The Kid SpOt Center in Campbellsville, are offering the community an opportunity to learn more about the lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people.

  • Emergency dispatchers recognized for service

     

    They spend their days on the phone, talking to caller after caller. Often, those callers aren't having a good day. But the dispatcher on the other end is there to try and make it better.

    Today marks the beginning of National Public Safety Telecommunications Week. And at Campbellsville/Taylor County E-911 Center, there is cause for celebration.

    According to a news release, recent events at the center have highlighted the work the dispatchers do and just how important it is.

  • County to spend about $20,000 for consultant on heating and cooling issues

    Magistrates have hired someone to help them decide what needs to be done about the heating and cooling system at the courthouse.

    After discussing the issue at length during many meetings over the past year, the county's magistrates have now hired some help.

    At Tuesday's regular Taylor County Fiscal Court meeting, magistrates hired Jeremy Smith of CMTA Consulting Engineers. The business has offices in Louisville and Lexington, as well as in Houston, Texas, and Jeffersonville, Ind.

  • City looks to add five police cruisers to its fleet

     

    Hoping to replenish an aging fleet, Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young presented a proposal to Campbellsville City Council members at its regular meeting on Monday to purchase five police cruisers for the Campbellsville Police Department.

    Young said the city saves dramatically on maintenance costs by having a regular rotation of police vehicles.

    There are presently 24 vehicles in the police fleet. The vehicles are used for patrol, investigations and administrative support.

  • State fire training center closes

     

    They learned how to navigate a collapsed building, manage the scene of an airplane crash and how to rescue someone trapped under ice. But Campbellsville and Taylor County Fire & Rescue's firefighters will have to rely on mostly in-house training now that State Fire Rescue Training Area 14 has closed.

    Campbellsville Fire & Rescue Chief Kyle Smith told Campbellsville City Council members on Monday that he learned the center would close in an email he received from the Kentucky Fire Commission in early March.

  • Kids to take center stage in community theater

     

    Children in the Taylor County community who love to sing, dance and act now have another place to do just that.

    Kentucky Classic Theatre, a company producing plays in Campbellsville, Lebanon, Greensburg and Lexington, is reviving children's theater in Taylor County.

    Spearheaded by Robin Humphress and G.B. Dixon, the Kentucky Classic Theatre group began about three years ago. Dixon said the company was formed after a production of "The Music Man" in Springfield received great praise.

  • TC schools gets urgent needs money

     

    Taylor County Schools will get the money it needs to build new schools.

    In the two-year $20.3 billion budget approved last week by members of the Senate and House of Representatives, Taylor County and several other schools in Kentucky will receive urgent needs money to help them build new school buildings.

    Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has yet to sign the budget, and could veto parts or all of it, but State Rep. John "Bam" Carney, R-Campbellsville, said he believes Beshear won't take the urgent needs money away.

  • Anniversary stirs tornado memories

     

    The lime gold 1974 Ford Maverick had just 600 miles on it. It was the first - and last - new car Roy and Ginny Holt would ever buy.

    As the sinister black clouds moved closer to the Holts' mobile home on Liberty Road on April 3, 1974, Ginny rushed to gather a few essential items before they headed to a neighbor's house to seek shelter in their basement.

    "At that time, our daughter was just a year old and I was still using diapers and everything for her," Ginny said.

  • Vietnam veteran publishes memoir

     

    He is a husband, father, grandfather, musician and war veteran. And now, he can add one more title to the list - published author.

    Campbellsville resident Joe Fair has published a book, "Call Sign Dracula: My Tour with the Black Scarves, April 1969 to March 1970."

    The book, three years in the making, details the 12 months Fair spent as a soldier in the Vietnam war.

    After 27 years of serving in the United States Army and Campbellsville National Guard combined and working at Ingersoll Rand for 40 years, Fair retired in 2011.