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Today's News

  • Fifth Region Tournament results, schedule

    Fifth Region Softball Tournament
    at North Hardin

    Monday, May 25
    Green County 11, Washington County 1
    Taylor County 1, North Hardin 0
    Tuesday, May 26
    Central Hardin 8, Marion County 5
    Bethlehem 4, LaRue County 2
    Wednesday, May 27
    Taylor County 4, Green County 1
    Central Hardin 10, Bethlehem 3
    Thursday, May 28
    Central Hardin 10, Taylor County 5

  • Bloom like an amaryllis

    My wife, Lori, and I are not good with houseplants. When she brings home a new plant, I shake my head, knowing the plant's likely demise. I want to pull it aside and whisper, "I'm so sorry she bought you. I promise I'll pray for you."

    If plants could muster a police force, they would charge Lori and me with negligent homicide.

    So last year, when some well-meaning friends gave us an amaryllis for Christmas, I thanked them kindly.

    And as soon as they left, I knelt by their gift and offered last rites for it.

  • Memorial Day a time to remember and appreciate freedoms we have been given

    One of our greatest presidents and Kentucky native, Abraham Lincoln, once said of our country, "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." That quote comes to mind as we gather in the coming days to honor those who have fought and died in wars foreign and domestic to continue to guarantee the freedom that makes us the envy of other nations and their people around the world.

  • Reflecting on Memorial Day

    Memorial Day is a significant holiday in the state of Kentucky in a variety of ways. Broadly, it is the unofficial kickoff to summer with the school year winding down, vacationers descending in droves to our lakes and rivers, and warm weather and sunshine becoming the norm. While many use this holiday as a time to travel back to their hometowns for reunions and family cookouts, others use it as a time to pay respect to their lost loved ones by taking flowers to their gravesites. 

  • Agee sentenced in sex crime case

    Christopher Agee was formally sentenced to five years on rape and sex abuse charges at a sentencing hearing on Tuesday.

    Taylor County Circuit Judge Samuel Spalding sentenced Agee to five years concurrently on each charge, meaning he'll serve those five-year sentences at the same time. He will also be under a conditional discharge for three years after his sentence, and he has to be registered as a sex offender.

  • McMahan recalls service at Panama Canal in WWII

    Even a small town like Campbellsville saw many people sent off to war during World War II in the 1940s.

    One of the men who was shipped overseas was Richard McMahan, now 95 years old. For two-and-a-half years, he was stationed at the Panama Canal; he was one of many whose task it was to defend the canal from the Axis Powers.

    McMahan described the Panama Canal Zone at the time as “the most defended small piece of ground that there was anywhere during World War II.”

  • School budget tentatively set at $27.8 million

    During last week’s Taylor County school board meeting, Marcie Close, finance director for the district, updated the board on the 2015-16 tentative budget.

    According to current projections, the school district will have approximately $3.5 million in carryover once the current fiscal year ends. This figure is a bit down from last year’s approximate beginning balance of $4.2 million.

    Close also anticipates new expenses next year to be around $416,152, with new revenue anticipated to be around $251,845.  

  • High school graduations set for later this week

    Next weekend, high school seniors from across the community will achieve a goal that they have chasing for 13 years: graduation.

    On Friday, May 22, Taylor County High School will hold its graduation at 7:30 p.m. in the TCHS gymnasium. Currently, 218 students are expected to walk the line, good for a 100-percent graduation rate. Afterwards, the seniors will participate in project graduation, which will most likely be their final gathering as a class.

  • Local man arrested after Thursday fight

    A Campbellsville man was arrested Thursday morning after a reported fight at a home on North Columbia Avenue, according to a Campbellsville Police Department report.

    James Coleman Warren, 25, was arrested at about 7:30 a.m. and charged with first-degree wanton endangerment and lodged in Taylor County Detention Center, CPD Sgt. Shannon Wilson’s report stated.

    According to the report, the CPD responded to a call regarding a fight in progress and determined that Warren had been in a fight with a juvenile.

  • Lebanon man arrested, charged with burglary

    A Lebanon man was arrested Thursday afternoon after a reported fight at a High Pine Street residence, according to a Campbellsville Police Department report.

    Nicholas S. Wiser, 35, was arrested at about 4 p.m. and was charged with second-degree burglary. He was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center, according to a report by Sgt. Shannon Wilson.