Local News

  • Giving the gift of life

    Taylor County residents supported a local man battling leukemia on Friday by giving blood in his honor.
    James Roberts, Landmark employee and former CKNJ staff writer, has been hospitalized and receiving treatment after being diagnosed earlier this year with acute myeloid leukemia. Taylor Regional Hospital hosted a blood drive in Roberts' honor on Friday.
    All blood types are currently needed, but especially O negative, B negative and A negative types. Type O negative blood, the universal blood type, can potentially be transfused to patients with any blood type.

  • Boy's dream comes true after his death


    When 16-year-old Carlos Turner lost his battle with cystic fibrosis in 2008, a member of his treatment team went to work to preserve his legacy.

    Turner, who spent much of his life at Kosair Children's Hospital, poured much of his creativity into cooking during his life and won over a fan who kept his dream of seeing a barbeque sauce he developed get to market.

  • School Board approves improvement to wireless Internet service

    Calen McKinney


    Campbellsville School System will beef up its wireless Internet infrastructure to help improve its effort to allow students to bring their own electronic devices to use at school.

    Last Monday, Campbellsville School Board members agreed to contribute $200,000 over the next five years to pay for the upgrades.

  • CU named in regional universities category in U.S. News & World Report

    Joan C. McKinney

    Campbellsville University

    Campbellsville University remains in the top regional universities in the south, according to U.S. News & World Report rankings, which were recently released.

    "We are very pleased to once again be named as among the top 100 regional universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report," Dr. Michael V. Carter, president of CU, said.

  • Locals attend TOUR SEKY work-study trip


    TOUR Southern and Eastern Kentucky hosted a special fall work-study trip to Abingdon and Damascus, Va., on Aug. 29-31, and two local officials attended.

    Damascus is known as "Trail Town USA." TOUR SEKY partnered with the Kentucky Department of Adventure Tourism to gear the trip toward communities working to become certified "Trail Towns" through the state's new "Trail Town" program.

    More than 30 people from communities throughout the state participated in the three-day work shop.

  • TRH unveils new surgical center


    It’s a place for healing and privacy.

    Taylor Regional Hospital dedicated its new surgical center on Sunday, with an open house and tours for the public.

    Ground was broken for the three-story building in March 2011. The first surgery at the center is slated for Monday, Oct. 8.

    The free-standing addition, located behind the TRH emergency room, sets aside an entire floor for operating rooms and provides private recovery rooms.

  • TV's 'Snapped' to feature Ford case at season's end

    A few weeks ago, she was found guilty of murdering her husband. And, a few months from now, her story will be broadcast for millions of television viewers.

    Tonya Ford will be featured on an episode of “Snapped,” a crime documentary television show that airs on the Oxygen network.

    Her episode, which will feature interviews with several attorneys, investigators, friends and family members, is slated to air in December.

  • Library to crack down on explicit viewers

    Those who use the library’s computers to view inappropriate material are on notice.

    At Monday’s regular Taylor County Library Board meeting, members discussed beefing up the library’s Internet filters to make viewing explicit websites even more difficult.

    Library Director Julia Turpin said library staff members noticed a rise last month in patrons using the library’s computers to view inappropriate material.

    She said she has spoken to technology staff members, who are working to increase the library’s Internet filters.

  • Taxpayers will see very slight increase

    Property owners in Taylor County will see a very slight increase in their tax rate this year, which means they could be paying just a bit more.

    Tax rates for some local taxing districts will increase this year, though the county’s property tax revenue is expected to remain the same with a rate that is a bit higher than last year’s.

    Taylor County Fiscal Court has each year approved a “compensating” tax rate, which means that the new tax rate is expected to bring in the same amount of money as the previous year’s rate.

  • TCHS band named grand champion


    Taylor County High School Marching Cardinals competed last Saturday at the Governor's Gold Cup Marching Band Contest in Elizabethtown.

    In the preliminary competition, they were awarded best color guard, best percussion and first place in Class AAA.

    In finals competition, they were named grand champions and also won best overall percussion, best overall visual performance and best overall musical performance.