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  • Back to School: Schools set for new school year

    After several weeks of sleeping in, it's about time for local students to set their alarm clocks again.

    Classes start at local school systems in a matter of days, and orientations to make sure students have everything they need to start the school year off right begin today.

    Campbellsville Independent School students head back to class on Thursday, Aug. 2. Students at Taylor County and Kentucky Christian Academy begin classes on Tuesday, Aug. 7.

    There will be a few changes at local schools this year.

  • Farmers see 80 percent crop loss

    He searches for a good ear. It takes him longer than he thought.

    "It's bad when you have to search this long for a good ear of corn," the seasoned farmer said.

    Rain showers late last week might have helped, but the majority of crops in Taylor County are still suffering from sweltering summer heat.

    And everyone will likely feel the impact of this year's poor crop yield, when the farmers' losses trickle down to consumers.

    "The heat's hurt us," Taylor County farmer Scott Sprowles said.

  • Firefighters respond to hay fire

    Taylor County Volunteer Fire Department personnel responded to a hay fire on Monday, July 16, on KY 210.

    According to a news release, 20 personnel responded with three apparatus at 3:24 p.m. and found several bales of hay on a trailer fully engulfed in flames.

    Firefighters wet the hay and the owner was able to remove the hay with a tractor. The hay was a total loss, the report states, though the trailer was saved from damage.

    The cause of the fire is undetermined at press time.

  • One injured in KY 744 crash

    A teenager was injured in a one-vehicle crash on KY 744 on Wednesday, July 11.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, Megan Hash, 23, of Campbellsville, was traveling in a 2012 Chevrolet on Old Spurlington Road at 1:30 a.m. when she struck a tree.

    Campbellsville/Taylor County EMS personnel transported Jared Brewer, 16, also of Campbellsville and a passenger in Hash's vehicle, to Taylor Regional Hospital. He was treated and released.

  • Four injured in hit-and-run crash

    Four people were injured Sunday, July 15, morning in a two-vehicle hit-and-run crash on Blue Hole Road.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, a person driving a 1982 Chevrolet struck William B. Tompkins, 21, of Springfield, who was driving a 2006 Mazda, at 1:48 a.m. and then fled the scene.

  • One injured in Maple Street crash

    A Campbellsville man was injured in a two-vehicle crash on Maple Street last Wednesday.

    According to a Campbellsville Police report, officers responded to a report of an injury collision at the intersection of North Central Avenue and Maple Street at 4:48 p.m.

    Sara Teel, 22, of Campbellsville, was driving a 1995 Chevrolet Camaro east on Maple Street.

  • Fun in the Sun


    They offer swimming, swinging and fun in the sun. And they are open to anyone and, for the most part, going there is free.

    Taylor County is home to three public park systems - Miller Park, Green River Lake State Park and Veterans Memorial Park.

    According to officials from each park, the parks stay busy and offer an important service to the community.

    Gil Lawson, spokesperson for the Department of Parks, says GRL is a large tourist attraction to the area and brings in people who shop and eat in Taylor County.

  • Back to School: Teachers offer tips for buying school supplies


    Shannon Clark


    Eight hundred dollars. That's what an average family of four spent last year on back-to-school items, according to the American Express Spending and Saving Tracker.

    The costs were divided among clothing, shoes, school supply lists and the latest gadgets and electronics. The report states that 67 percent of parents said their back-to-school purchases were driven mostly by their children's wishes.

  • Back to School: What to wear, not to wear to school

    Shannon Clark


    Tis' the season for back-to-school shopping and parents and students alike might be relieved that dress code policies for local school systems aren't changing much from last year.

    Administrators from Kentucky Christian Academy, Taylor County schools and Campbellsville Independent schools say that changes, if any, are minor.

  • Back to School: Schools release 2012-2013 bus schedules

    Shannon Clark


    Donna Gaddis, transportation director at Campbellsville Independent Schools, and Rod Turpin, transportation director at Taylor County School District, have released bus routes for the upcoming school year.

    "Currently, we are performing maintenance on our buses and getting them ready for the school year," Turpin said.

    Turpin and Gaddis say they try to keep students hydrated and the buses well ventilated to be safe during rides home on hot days.