Local News

  • County hires new recycling coordinator


    After a lengthy search that included reviewing applications from about 50 people, the Taylor County Recycling Center has a new coordinator.

    Brad Wise was named to the position at a special Taylor County Fiscal Court meeting on Monday. The decision to hire Wise was reached by unanimous vote with all six magistrates present.

    According to Taylor County Treasurer Melissa Williams, the position will pay $10 per hour and Wise will work 40 hours a week.

  • Wise guilty of murdering her husband

    She may never wear street clothes again.

    Sitting with her attorney, Kathleen Wise wears a black suit and takes notes with a blue ink pen. The two listen closely to the prosecutor argue why she should be found guilty of murdering her husband, Joseph Kenneth Wise, with a liquid morphine overdose. The argument was apparently persuasive.

    After 20 minutes of deliberating, all 12 jurors — 10 men and two women — agreed that Wise is guilty of intentionally murdering her husband.

  • Local student graduates from youth leadership program


    Taylor County High School student Taylor Agathen has graduated from this summer's first class of The Center for Rural Development's 2012 Rogers Scholars youth leadership program.

    The Rogers Scholars program, The Center's flagship youth program, provides leadership and exclusive scholarship opportunities for rising high school juniors in southern and eastern Kentucky and encourages graduates to build their careers in the region.

  • Local bus driver honored for transporting special needs students


    A Taylor County Schools bus driver has been recognized for going above and beyond when transporting students with special needs.

    Brad Lackey received the 2012 Above and Beyond award at the Kentucky Transportation Conference on June 24-27.

    Sure-Lok, a manufacturer of wheel chair securing and occupant restraint systems for transporting students with special needs, presented a seminar to discuss laws, regulations and securing practices.

  • Resident added to CU honors list

    Shelby M. Dean of Campbellsville was recently added to Campbellsville University's president's honors list for the spring 2012 semester, according to an announcement from Dr. Frank Cheatham, vice president for academic affairs at Campbellsville University.

    The academic honors' list recognizes students who achieve a GPA of 3.5 or above for the semester with a course load of at least 12 hours. Students achieving a 4.0 GPA are named to the president's honors list.

  • TCMS student participates in leadership conference


    Jenna Smith, 11, a student at Taylor County Middle School, recently attended a Junior National Young Leaders Conference in Washington D.C.

    She was nominated to attend by Lori Schultz, a TCMS teacher.

    The honor is given to students who show exemplary leadership skills. The Congressional Youth Leadership Council selects those who will attend from a pool of nominees.

    Smith, who will be a seventh-grader at Taylor County Middle School this school year, is a member of the TCMS cheerleading team and middle school band.

  • CU social work professor receives promotion


    Dr. Michelle Tucker, assistant professor of social work at Campbellsville University, has been promoted to associate professor of social work, according to an announcement from Dr. Michael V. Carter, president of CU.

    Tucker, of Campbellsville, has served as a faculty member of CU's Carver School of Social Work since 2008. She is an alumna of CU having received a bachelor of social work in 1998.

  • CU English professor receives tenure, promotion


    Dr. Ariel Kei Wilson fka Dr. Susan Wright, assistant professor of English at Campbellsville University, received tenure and has been promoted to associate professor of English, according to an announcement from Dr. Michael V. Carter, president of CU.

    Wilson, an alumna of CU, has taught at CU since 2006. She graduated valedictorian and summa cum laude in 1999 with a bachelor of arts in English and psychology.

  • CU hires director of dual credit


    Christina L. Kern

    Campbellsville University

    Scott Necessary of Campbellsville has been employed at Campbellsville University as director of dual credit/assistant to the vice president for admissions, according to an announcement from Dr. Michael V. Carter, president of Campbellsville University.

  • CU New Testament professor receives promotion


    Dr. Jarvis Williams, assistant professor of New Testament and Greek at Campbellsville University, has been promoted to associate professor of New Testament and Greek, according to an announcement from Dr. Michael V. Carter, president of CU.

    Williams, of Louisville, has served at CU since 2008. He completed his master's degree in divinity in 2003 and a master's degree in theology in 2004 and doctoral studies at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with his Ph.D. received there in 2008.