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Today's News

  • Trailblazing African American Williams passes away at 94

     

    The day George Williams passed away, a tear ran down his cheek.

    Just over a year after being diagnosed with a drug-resistant urinary tract infection, Williams’ battle was over. He passed away last Friday evening at the age of 94, leaving behind a life well lived.

    But like he did with everything life threw his way, Williams fought to the end. That’s just the man he was, his second wife, Celia, said Tuesday afternoon.

  • Animal cruelty trial set for July

     

    A Taylor County couple accused of more than 80 counts of animal cruelty made their first appearance in a Taylor County district courtroom Monday morning for an arraignment hearing.

    Bobby Lee and Rebecca Phillips, owners of Phillips Agri in Taylor County, appeared in Taylor County District Court presided over by District Judge Michael Loy, who serves as the 29th District Judge for the commonwealth of Kentucky serving Adair and Casey counties.

  • Jail continues to face overcrowding issue

     

    As jails and prisons around Kentucky debate the next steps with a majority holding more inmates than beds, the Taylor County Detention Center has not been immune to the jail overcrowding situation in the state. 

    A report in the Central Kentucky News-Journal last March detailed the overcrowding problem, and statistics show that the problem is showing no signs of letting up, either at the Taylor County Detention Center or any of the other jails in Kentucky. 

  • Vietnam Veterans Service set for Thursday afternoon

     

    In recognition of Vietnam Veterans Day, a special commemorative service will be held at the Campbellsville Civic Center today.

    The service will take place at 2 p.m. EDT today, and local Vietnam veteran Bill Perkins, an organizer for the event, said the service will be especially for Vietnam veterans, but all veterans, as well as family and friends, are invited and encouraged to attend.

    “It is going to be a community service, but it’s going to especially be a celebration for Vietnam veterans,” Perkins said.

  • Governor upsets teachers in local radio interview

     

    Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has drawn the ire of many teachers around the state after appearing as a guest on WVLC 99.9 radio last week.

    Bevin was on during WVLC General Manager Larry Smith’s morning radio program for a regular appearance, but discussion came around to the state’s pension situation. More uncertainty was in the air after SB 1, the Senate’s pension reform bill, was sent back to a committee and didn’t receive a floor vote nearly two weeks ago.

  • Campbellsville native Hannah Ellis flourishing in Nashville

     

    Hannah Ellis moved to Nashville with one goal in mind: to make a career in the music industry. 

    It has taken a lot of hard work, but now, Ellis is seeing her career as a singer/songwriter take off in ways she only imagined before. 

    Her new single, “ILYSoWhat” has increasingly grown in popularity, and the music video for the song has received significant playtime on Country Music Television (CMT). 

    The Campbellsville native has been thrilled to see the attention her music has been receiving. 

  • Couple faces animal cruelty charges

     

    The owners of a local business will appear in Taylor County District Court Monday for an arraignment hearing on charges of animal cruelty.

    Bobby Lee and Rebecca Phillips each face 82 charges of second-degree animal cruelty following a welfare check by the Taylor County Animal Shelter at a dog breeding location owned by the couple on Feb. 15, according to reports.

    The couple will be in Taylor County District Court at 9 a.m. on Monday, March 26.

  • Judge warns of people posing as census workers

     

    Taylor County Judge-Executive Eddie Rogers said he has been contacted by some local residents and told of people coming to doors claiming to be census workers. According to Rogers, however, those people are not presenting any identification to prove that they are official census workers.

    Rogers said anyone being approached by someone at their door asking for information should be especially careful and ask to see identification.

  • Door blocks coming to Taylor schools

     

    As ideas continue to be discussed about what should be done to strengthen local schools, Taylor County Schools Superintendent Roger Cook has decided to involve the local community in taking a step to strengthen security in each of the district’s four schools.

    Cook attended a school safety seminar in Louisville last week, and has decided to purchase expandable doorstops to be placed on each door of an occupied room at each of the schools.

  • Career center plans move forward

     

    The Central Kentucky Career Academy is one step closer to completion as members of the Taylor County Board of Education voted to approve a contract for architect and engineering services for the project.

    The contract was awarded to Sherman Carter Barnhart Architects, a firm based in Lexington with offices also in Louisville and Paducah.