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  • Raikes sworn in as new Taylor County School Board member

     

    The Taylor County Board of Education swore in a new board member at the board’s regular monthly meeting Monday. 

    Tommy “T.J.” Raikes won an uncontested race for the board’s 4th District seat in November, the seat that has been most recently occupied by Jan Burkhead, who chose not to seek election to the seat after being appointed by the office of the Kentucky Commissioner of Education last year. Monday was the last board meeting for Burkhead.

  • Local church the subject of new television series

     

    “I set up a physical location in a place that was a dry county, where you couldn’t even buy a beer, and I’m slinging the strongest psychedelic known to man,” says Steve Hupp in the opening episode of the latest Viceland documentary series “Kentucky Ayahuasca.”

    Local residents Steve and Teri Hupp are featured in the show, which began airing late last month. The show centers on Steve, Teri, and their team at Aya Quest, the church they opened in Campbellsville a couple years ago. 

  • Butler pleads guilty to federal wire fraud charges

     

    Local attorney Danny Butler pleaded guilty in federal court on Friday to five counts of wire fraud as part of a scheme to obtain money from clients of his legal practice, by means of misappropriating funds, in order to pay for personal expenses including gambling losses, according to United States Attorney Russell M. Coleman. 

  • Hunter leaves behind lasting legacy

     

    Hunter Hedgespeth wanted to be a policeman when he grew up.

    The toddler who just turned 3 years old in July always had an affinity for police officers, and he loved it if one of them ran their lights and siren for him.

    Rickey Whitlock, one of Hunter’s uncles, said it didn’t matter if the family was in Greensburg or Campbellsville. If Hunter saw a policeman, he never shied away from them.

  • One vehicle accident claims the life of Vine Grove Woman

     

    A two-vehicle collision on KY 70 (Liberty Road) Monday evening resulted in the death of a Vine Grove woman and sent two men to the hospital with serious injuries. 

    A report from the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office claims that Matthew Cash, 35, of Campbellsville, was operating a 2006 Pontiac passenger car westbound on KY 70 just before 6 p.m. Monday when he crossed the center line, striking a 2001 Toyota passenger car operated by 30-year-old John M. Fulks of Campbellsville. 

  • Extension Office celebrates 100th anniversary

     

    The Taylor County Extension Office held an open house last Thursday to celebrate its 100th anniversary this year. 

    The event was well attended, with several members of the community joining current and former extension agents, board members and staff. 

  • TRH has $46 million local impact

     

    A recent study from the Kentucky Hospital Association detailed the multi-million dollar impact that Taylor Regional Hospital has on the local economy. 

    Taylor Regional Hospital CEO Jane Wheatley released a statement about the study, thanking the community for its support of the hospital. 

  • Wise speaks on ethics and politics at CU

     

    The intersection of ethics and politics was the topic of discussion at a lecture event at Campbellsville University Tuesday night with State Senator Max Wise of Campbellsville speaking. 

    Wise, who represents the 16th Senate District, spoke about several issues the state faces and the morality of such issues, but also spoke about life as a legislator and the ethics of being in such a position. 

  • Hepatitis A cases appearing to go down

     

    Could Taylor County’s Hepatitis A outbreak finally be on the downward slide? 

    The latest numbers from the Lake Cumberland District Health Department indicate that efforts undertaken by local and district health officials could be paying dividends as the number of new cases in Taylor County is down from last month. 

    Statistics show that in the month of November, Taylor County has only recorded two new cases of Hepatitis A. That is a significant drop from last month, when Taylor County had 10 new cases of Hepatitis A. 

  • Locals using syringe exchange programs in neighboring counties

     

    Taylor County residents make up around 16 percent of participants in syringe exchange programs in the Lake Cumberland Health District, the third highest percentage among counties, despite no program existing in Taylor County. 

    There are operational programs in Adair, Russell, McCreary, and Pulaski counties. According to statistics from the Lake Cumberland District Health Department, Taylor County residents are using the programs in Adair, Russell, and Pulaski counties.