Local News

  • Taylor County schools hosts academic achievement rally


    Shannon Clark

    Taylor County Schools

    Osbardo Delgado, a senior at Taylor County High School, began the morning of April 27 at a drug-free/academic achievement rally and left with a 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee. 

    This is third year in a row superintendent Roger Cook has given a vehicle away to a deserving Taylor County student, according to Ann Mattingly, Family Resource Center director and rally coordinator.

  • TCHS student to perform with honor band in Tournament of Roses parade


    Alex Hezik, a senior at Taylor County High School, has been selected by Music for All to be a member of the Bands of America Honor Band in the 2013 Tournament of Roses parade.

    Hezik was selected from among hundreds of applicants across the nation for membership in this national honor band. She is the daughter of Bernard and Judy Hezik. Her band director is Stephen Bishop.

  • CU students to travel to Africa for summer missions

    Two groups of students from Campbellsville University will travel to Africa for summer mission trips, one to Niger for two weeks and the other to Ghana for two months.

    The Niger team will work with Mark and Parker Hill Phillips, both 2002 CU graduates who have served in Niger for a few years.

    In Niger, the team will work to upgrade a local school building and utilize a chronological Bible storytelling method they call C2C, or Creation to Christ.

    The team left May 7 and will be in Niger for two weeks.

  • CU graduates record number for 2011-2012 academic year

    Campbellsville University bestowed degrees on a record-breaking number of graduates, 597, for the 2011-2012 academic year. In ceremonies Friday, May 4, there were 132 students who received master's degrees and 248 undergraduates received their degrees on Saturday, May 5, for a total of 380 in the May ceremony. There were 217 graduates in December ceremonies.

    Students from Taylor County who received degrees follow.

    Photos from the undergraduate ceremony appeared in the Monday, May 7, issue and are posted online at www.cknj.com.

  • Taylor County FFA group earns regional awards


    Shannon Clark

    Taylor County High School

    Taylor County High School's FFA members attended a regional banquet on April 26 at Lake Cumberland State Park.

    The team competed in all impromptu-speaking contests. Hannah Hall, Mariah Corbin and Angella Farmer earned superior first.

    Superior second awards went to Brittany Gaddis, Jodie Phillips and Aaron Watson. In creed speaking, Rachel Hinton placed superior second. These students will compete in state competitions in June.

  • Agriculture commissioner visits TCHS


    Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer recently visited Taylor County High School and spoke to a group of FFA students.

    Comer shared that in high school, he was in FFA.

    He said FFA students are the future of Kentucky and the state needs bright, young minds to continue in the agriculture business.

    Comer, the founder and owner of James Comer Jr. Farms, a 950-acre beef cattle, timber and hay farming operation located in Monroe County, was elected in fall 2011 and sworn into office in January.

  • TCHS names Students of the Week


    Taylor County High School students were recently honored by the Senate in Frankfort, thanks to State Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Campbellsville, in recognition of their outstanding performance as talented young scholars.

    Front, from left, are Emily Moore, Alyssa Young, Torri Daffron, Katie Mardis and Heather Sabo.

    Back, Christa Thomas, Emily White, Cooper Hall, Quinton Bishop, Tyler Frogge, Matthew Hart and Spencer Tungate.

  • TCES names Teacher of the Year


    Brandi Graham was recently named Taylor County Elementary School's Teacher of the Year for the 2011-2012 school year.

    She is pictured here with her husband, Jody Graham, and children, Jude and Dayne.

  • Group seeks better health for community

    A local group has formed to help Taylor County residents improve their health.
    Local health and other professionals have formed a Healthy Living Coalition to ban together to make the community aware of what can be done to become healthier.
    Becky Nash, cooperative extension agent for family and consumer sciences, who is one of two co-chairs of the group, says it will coordinate community activities and educate the public about what it means to become healthier.

  • Family, state police honor fallen trooper

    In pressed uniforms, the officers stand at attention. They are there to remember one of their own.

    After nearly 24 years since he was killed in the line of duty, Kentucky State Police Trooper Johnny Edrington II hasn’t been forgotten. And the case to catch his killer is still alive.