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    Holiday closings

    Taylor County Sheriff's Department and Taylor County Clerk's Office will be closed today and tomorrow. The Sheriff's department will accept walk-ins to pay property tax bills on Jan. 2 and Jan. 3. Mailed payments must be postmarked by Dec. 31.

    Pasture renovation signups start

    The Kentucky Soil and Water Conservation Commission will resume State Cost Share sign-ups for the period of Jan. 1 to Jan. 25.

    The January cost share applications should be submitted to the Conservation District by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25.

  • Holiday Hoops

    Taylor County defeated Clinton County 61-52 in the last opening round game of the Coca-Cola/Campbellsville University Holiday Classic at Campbellsville High.

  • Officials make New Year's resolutions

    From losing weight to improving Taylor County's prosperity, local officials are offering up their own New Year's resolutions as 2007 rolls into 2008.

    The origins of the tradition of making New Year's resolutions vary, according to the Kansas City Public Library.

    The Babylonians began celebrating the New Year 4,000 years ago. For the Babylonians, the New Year began on March 23, and they marked the occasion by making resolutions. The most common resolution was to return something borrowed.

  • Christmas Eve fire destroys mobile home

    Their home was gone, along with almost all of the belongings and memories. But the thing that seemed to hurt Miranda Gadberry the most was the fire that consumed her home on Christmas Eve also destroyed her daughter's Christmas gifts.

    Gadberry, her husband, David Newcomb, and the couple's 2-year-old daughter, Breanna Newcomb, were visiting Gadberry's father, John on Christmas Eve. At about 8 p.m., a family member called and told them their Long Branch Road mobile home was on fire.

    Gadberry's initial thought was that she was glad her husband was with her.

  • Firefighters of the Year

    It's something he says he loves to do, especially when he helps people.

    The vote for this year's Firefighter of the Year award ended in a tie, according to Campbellsville Fire Department Chief A.J. Johnson.

    Taylor County Fire Volunteer Lt. Howard Dobson Jr. and Campbellsville Fire Department Engineer Steve Marrs both received the honor.

    Fire personnel vote on the award, Marrs said, and it is presented at the department's annual Christmas banquet.

    Dobson has won the award 14 times. This is the first for Marrs.

  • Home foreclosures on the rise

    For some, home is indeed where the heart is. However, across the U.S., homeownership has led to heartache for many as foreclosure rates rise.

    In November, online foreclosure marketplace RealtyTrac, reported that 635,159 foreclosures had been filed in the third quarter of 2007. That's an increase of 30 percent over the previous quarter and nearly 100 percent from the third quarter of 2006.

    However, the foreclosure rate dipped 10 percent in November, RealtyTrac reported, the first double-digit drop since April 2006.

  • Taylor High SBDM meets today

    Taylor County High School's site-based decision making council will meet today [Thursday] at 4 o'clock in the school's library. The meeting is open to the public. The only items on the agenda are hiring of a teacher and a coach.

  • Lincoln Heritage Education Grant deadline is Dec. 31

    The application deadline for Lincoln Heritage Education Minigrants is Monday, Dec. 31. These grants are available during the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial period to public or private schools. They are intended to support field trips to Kentucky Lincoln sites in April, May and June 2008.

  • Mr. Molecule visits TCMS

    Taylor County Middle School sixth and seventh grade science students viewed a performance by Mr. Molecule on Friday, Dec. 7.

    Mr. Molecule is a core curriculum science show that reviews concepts in the science areas of astronomy, ecology, the human body, physical science and life science.

    The show included colorful scenes and props, and engaged students with the giant "Wheel of Science." The show was planned for science students by the teachers of the Taylor County Middle School science department.

  • Court postpones taking actions on subdivision regulations

    Taylor County residents who own property outside the City limits won't have to abide by subdivision regulations just yet.

    Magistrates considered having first reading of an ordinance placing regulations on dividing land at the special Fiscal Court meeting last week. But they ultimately decided to send the issue back to a Committee for further discussion.

    The discussion stemmed from several months of debate on the cost and maintenance of gravel roads in Taylor County.