A Look Back at 2017: The Year in Review July-December

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Looking back at the news that occurred in 2017 in Campbellsville/Taylor County

By The Staff



Below is a summary of the news that took place in Campbellsville and Taylor County between July and December of 2017.



• Campbellsville University announced it would be offering a doctoral program, where students can receive a Ph.D., starting in the fall of 2017. The program was announced to be for a degree in management, and is the first doctoral program to be offered by CU.

• Major repairs needed at the Campbellsville city swimming pool left many who normally use the facility as a form of entertainment and a way to beat the heat with nowhere to turn. Cody Wood, who was overseeing the pool’s operations, said a pipe under the concrete deck had burst. Although attempts were made to repair the damage, it was determined that the repairs would not work long-term, and the pool was likely to not open this season.

The pool was built in 1982, and Wood said the city would be looking at some much-needed repairs, as well as modernizing the facility to make it an even more attractive destination.

• Demolition began on the old Taylor County Elementary School in preparation for a new career center that will be located on the site.



• Travis Bond was named the new assistant principal at Taylor County Middle School. Bond comes to the community from Mt. Sterling in Montgomery County, and he replaces former assistant principal Eddie Clement.

• Jan Burkhead was appointed to a vacant seat on the Taylor County Board of Education. The seat was vacant due to the death of former board chair and longtime board member Tony Davis.

• Miller Park in Campbellsville was the site of vandalism, including the spray painting of vulgar words and a symbol resembling a swastika, which is a symbol used by the Nazi party of Germany in the 1940s. 

• Two former Campbellsville University wrestlers were heroes, rescuing a woman who was being robbed in Florida. The men, Spencer Adams and Brandon Sellers, were in Daytona Beach, Florida, for a wrestling coaches conference. Adams is the head wrestling coach at Bellarmine University in Louisville, and Sellers is an assistant there.

• City officials and area students officially broke ground on the proposed Campbellsville Sports Complex. A ceremony was held for the occasion on the site of the 175 acres of land purchased five years ago.

• The Central Kentucky News-Journal announced that it would cease publication of its Monday edition. The final Monday edition of the newspaper was to be published on Sept. 25, with the paper becoming a weekly publication with the Thursday edition remaining.

• The Campbellsville Independent Schools Board of Education voted to raise its tax rate from 62.5 to 65.4 cents per $100 in property value. The increase passed by a vote of 3-1 and was recommended by Campbellsville Schools Superintendent Kirby Smith and finance director Chris Kidwell.



• After being approved for a $113,618 grant from the state, the Campbellsville City Council announced sidewalks would be further extended. Mayor Tony Young said the city has applied for four grants, including this one, and will add sidewalks across the road from City Lake (Parkview Drive) to Taylor Regional Hospital with no expense or labor by the city.

• Taylor County School Board members voted to take a tax increase, raising rates from 56.2 cents to 58.2 cents. The increase is the state-recommended four-percent revenue increase, and not an actual 4 percent increase. The motion passed 4-1, with the lone dissenting vote coming from board member Jan Burkhead.

• Lexi Raikes was crowned Taylor County Distinguished Young Woman 2018. She is the daughter of Jeremy and Tiffany Cornish. “I feel so blessed right now. I’m honored really…and I am so proud of the other girls in the program because they did so well,” Raikes said after being crowned.

• The new Taylor County Fire and Rescue fire station officially opened its new location on Greensburg Road across from Phillips Lanes. The cost of the project was approximately $1.6 million.



• A park will be built near the old Taylor County Elementary School site to honor former board of education member Tony Davis. Davis passed away unexpectedly in May. According to Superintendent Roger Cook, the park will be named The Tony Davis Meditation and Relaxation Park.

• As the city of Campbellsville continued to celebrate its bicentennial in 2017, a time capsule was buried at the official dedication for the Andrew Campbell Grist Mill. A large crowd turned out for the dedication, including officials, community leaders and many local students.



• On Saturday, Nov. 11, Campbellsville and Taylor County officials gathered to honor veterans from throughout the community. A special ceremony was held at the Taylor County Courthouse to recognize the veterans’ service.

• Election filing got underway in preparation for the Jan. 30 deadline to register to seek public office. Many incumbents filed, as well as several newcomers to the local political scene.



• The city of Campbellsville announced water would soon start flowing into Marion County, thanks to an agreement between the two communities. Campbellsville Water Company distribution supervisor Griffin Hash made the announcement, adding that Marion County will use 250,000 to 400,000 gallons of water daily from Campbellsville’s Spurlington water tank.

• After a long career in education, Superintendent of Taylor County Schools Roger Cook announced he will retire at the end of the 2017-2018 school year. Cook said he hopes he is remembered as someone who cared about the kids.

• CLARCOR, a local manufacturer of air filtration systems, announced it would be closing its Campbellsville location and in the process, eliminating about 120 jobs. CLARCOR opened its doors in the community in 2000, and plans to close its doors locally by the end of February 2018.