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Today's News

  • Residents cautioned about children in hot cars

     

    It has happened to pediatricians, teachers, postal clerks, electricians, soldiers and even a rocket scientist, but Campbellsville Fire & Rescue Chief Kyle Smith said the majority of parents still believe they could never unintentionally leave their young child in a vehicle.

    "And that's probably one of the most dangerous mistakes that a parent or caregiver could make - having that mentality of 'This could never happen to me,' because it can happen to anybody," Smith said.

  • Scrapbook serves as window to history

     

    The scrapbook is pristine, complete with old photos, death notices and handwritten sentiments to preserve the young soldier's memory.

    As she turns the page, Virginia Graves remembers her father and his best friend.

    Though the two men are now dead, their memories continue to live on through photos, stories and newspaper clippings. The photos show the men as they grew up together, and each are accompanied by handwritten notes.

  • Trial date changed for man charged in shooting

     

    The man accused of shooting and killing another man won't face a jury next week after all.

    Richard Riggs, 58, of 3150 Maple Road, was arrested and charged last year with the murder of Orvey Carl Harris, 60, of 10331 Saloma Road. He faces as much as life in prison if convicted.

    Riggs has been incarcerated at Taylor County Detention Center since his arrest in April 2013. His bond is set at $100,000 cash.

  • Learning and Laughing at the Library

     

    With a bit of water, the cornstarch becomes a pile of goo.

    And after adding some water and vinegar to the baking soda, they watch as their plastic bags explode.

    Later, their hands get cold as they make snow.

    Children learned about chemical reactions at the Taylor County Public Library on Tuesday night, as part of the Inventor's Lab events for its summer reading program, entitled "Fizz! Boom! Read!"

    The free inventor's lab events will continue on Tuesday, June 24, and Tuesday, July 1, at 5:30 p.m.

  • Safety a concern as summer arrives

    Temperatures on Tuesday broke 90 degrees for the first time this month.

    And, as spring turns to summer on Saturday, temperatures will likely only continue to rise.

    According to Kentucky Mesonet data, the high on Tuesday was 90.7 degrees. The low was 62.3 degrees, with the average at 76.5.

    So far for the month of June, the average temperature has been 81.1 degrees.

    As hot weather nears, some residents head for the indoors. Others head for the pool instead.

  • County implements electrical permitting process

    It’s now official.
    Those wanting to have electrical work performed at their home must pay $20 for a permit and then $55 for an inspection.
    In 2010, it became state law that electrical permits be required when electricians perform work. Very few communities have followed the requirement, however.
    Taylor County has long had an electrical inspector, but fees he charges for his service haven’t been specified in an official county ordinance.

  • Leader says county must operate as a business

     

    Taylor County operates a lot like a business, it's top leader said, and it's a business that's thriving.

    Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers gave his annual State of the County address at the monthly Campbellsville/Taylor County Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Thursday.

    Rogers discussed the state of the county's finances and told the crowd his goals for the community as it moves forward.

  • Resident first to complete GED after test changes

     

    She had never worked an algebra problem until a few months ago, but she now knows how to solve for X.

    Home schooled since she was a child, Lidda Hood, 24, wasn't ever expected to work a public job. But after wanting to have a career and better future, Hood has completed a GED and will soon start college to make those goals come true.

    Hood is the first Taylor County resident to complete the recently revamped GED, which is more difficult than the previous test.

  • County budget nears $12 million

     

    The county will have a bit more money to operate with this coming fiscal year.

    Magistrates gave their final approval to the county's 2014-2015 budget on Tuesday night, which totals nearly $11.8 million.

    The new budget - about $725,000 more than this year's - contains 3-percent raises for employees and $1.8 million to blacktop county roads.

    Magistrate Richard Phillips said he and his fellow magistrates worked hard on planning the county's finances.

    "I am very proud of this budget," he said.

  • Mad Science

     

    With a wave of his hand, the water magically stays in the glass - even though it's upside down.

    And later, the DNA he thought would turn into a mutant becomes a rabbit named Abigail.

    Jack Strauss, a mad scientist from Louisville, performed a magic show at the Taylor County Public Library last Thursday, with a scientific twist. Strauss taught the children how to read minds and make elephant's toothpaste and performed an illusion to shrink his head.