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Today's News

  • General election ballot positions set

     

    The room of political candidates was silent as the names were drawn.

    In the end, some were pleased with the outcome, while others wished they had better luck.

    Last Thursday, many of those who will be on the ballot this General Election on Nov. 4 gathered as Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney, with help from Rhonda Taylor, a deputy who works in Carney's office, and Becky Benningfield, who is serving on the county's election board, drew ballot positions.

  • Taylor County Schools to pay $172,000 settlement

     

    After more than a year of intense negotiations, Taylor County Schools has approved a payment plan for the now-defunct Kentucky School Boards Insurance Trust.

    The Green River Regional Educational Cooperative represented 35 school districts, including Taylor, to reach a settlement with the trust, commonly known as KSBIT.

  • CU out of Baptist convention

     

    Campbellsville University is no longer a Kentucky Baptist Convention affiliate.

    But even though the two no longer work together as part of a covenant agreement, CU leaders say they want to form a new relationship with KBC, one that will allow the university and Kentucky Baptists to work together on future ministry and mission ventures.

    The decision for CU to remove itself from its covenant agreement with the KBC was made last Tuesday after a meeting of the CU Board of Trustees and KBC officials.

  • New groups to help with county emergencies

     

    Though their structure and missions are very different, their goals are quite similar.

    Two groups have formed in Taylor County, both with the goal of helping residents and their families prepare for emergency situations.

    Taylor County Community Watch formed about four weeks ago and had a public meeting on Saturday in hopes of garnering more members.

    Kentucky Family Protection Group formed a little more than a month ago and had its first public briefings two weekends ago to gauge community interest.

  • Enrollment up at local schools, officials say

    It's been more than a week since local children went back to school, and officials say this year is off to a good start.

    Enrollment figures at local schools are also up, though the numbers likely won't be final until around Labor Day.

    School personnel say students have adjusted well to their new school routines and no major problems have been reported.

    Following is information about enrollment at each of the schools that responded to a request before press time.

    Campbellsville Middle School

  • Former deputy gets probation, no jail time

     

    The former sheriff's deputy who broke the law he was hired to uphold has been sentenced to a year's probation for federal drug crimes.

    He faced as much as three decades in federal prison and a large fine.

    Billy Rice, a former Taylor County Sheriff's Deputy, of Campbellsville, was charged in early October with committing federal drug crimes. He had initially pleaded not guilty, but, in April, appeared before Chief Judge Joseph H. McKinley Jr. and pleaded guilty to three counts of distributing anabolic steroids.

  • U.S. Sen. Rand Paul speaks to chamber

     

    When he ran for office in 2010, he said he was worried about the national debt.

    Four years later, with the nation's debt increasing by about $1 million every minute, he said that worry continues.

    United States Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., told a packed crowd at Campbellsville/Taylor County Chamber of Commerce's monthly luncheon on Monday that the United States borrows nearly $1 trillion a year, and the nation's debt has spiraled out of control to $17.5 trillion.

  • Courthouse HVAC system to cost $620,000

    It's going to cost about $620,000, but before all is said and done, it might cost even more.

    The company that will install the new heating and air conditioning system at the Taylor County Courthouse has recommended that magistrates consider installing some additional equipment at the courthouse. The extra cost could total as much as $60,000.

    Arthur Bottorff, an area service sales manager for Carrier, said the project to replace the HVAC system is under way.

  • Local couple killed in Adair crash

     

    They loved helping others, serving God and being together. And, last Friday, they spent the last moments of their lives that way.

    John and Martha Boggs of Campbellsville died last Friday in a car crash in Columbia.

    According to a Columbia Police Department report, officers responded to the scene of a crash at the intersection of KY 55 and Veterans Memorial Bypass.

  • City schools plan to levy nickel tax

     

    Those paying city school taxes could pay more this year - a nickel tax more.

    Campbellsville Board of Education members voted during their regular meeting on Monday that they intend to set the District's property tax rate this year at 53.2 cents per $100 of assessed value.

    And, on top of that, they intend to levy a 5.6-cents per $100 of property value nickel tax, making the tax rate 58.8 cents.

    The additional nickel tax will mean residents who own a home valued at $100,000 will pay $56 more in taxes this year.