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  • Sheriff's office hosts active shooter simulator

     

    There were sounds of gunfire coming from the fiscal court courtroom last week at the Taylor County courthouse, but there was no reason for alarm. Taylor County Sheriff’s Office deputies and others were participating in an active shooter simulator.

    The simulator was provided to the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office by the Kentucky Association of Counties (KACO), through which the county receives insurance for employees.

  • Local legislators discuss state pension bill

     

    Last Thursday was one of the more eventful days in the legislative chambers of Frankfort as SB 151, a bill originally dealing with local wastewater/sewer provisions, was transformed into a bill that provided drastic changes to Kentucky’s ailing pension system for state employees.

  • Jail continues to face overcrowding issue

     

    As jails and prisons around Kentucky debate the next steps with a majority holding more inmates than beds, the Taylor County Detention Center has not been immune to the jail overcrowding situation in the state. 

    A report in the Central Kentucky News-Journal last March detailed the overcrowding problem, and statistics show that the problem is showing no signs of letting up, either at the Taylor County Detention Center or any of the other jails in Kentucky. 

  • Campbellsville native Hannah Ellis flourishing in Nashville

     

    Hannah Ellis moved to Nashville with one goal in mind: to make a career in the music industry. 

    It has taken a lot of hard work, but now, Ellis is seeing her career as a singer/songwriter take off in ways she only imagined before. 

    Her new single, “ILYSoWhat” has increasingly grown in popularity, and the music video for the song has received significant playtime on Country Music Television (CMT). 

    The Campbellsville native has been thrilled to see the attention her music has been receiving. 

  • Snowy Owl pays visit to Taylor County

     

    A rare Snowy Owl, normally found in northern Canada, has temporarily made its home in Taylor County.

    For several weeks now, the bird has been spotted in the Cave Road area, where it continued to be seen regularly as of Tuesday.

  • Trailblazing African American Williams passes away at 94

     

    The day George Williams passed away, a tear ran down his cheek.

    Just over a year after being diagnosed with a drug-resistant urinary tract infection, Williams’ battle was over. He passed away last Friday evening at the age of 94, leaving behind a life well lived.

    But like he did with everything life threw his way, Williams fought to the end. That’s just the man he was, his second wife, Celia, said Tuesday afternoon.

  • Animal cruelty trial set for July

     

    A Taylor County couple accused of more than 80 counts of animal cruelty made their first appearance in a Taylor County district courtroom Monday morning for an arraignment hearing.

    Bobby Lee and Rebecca Phillips, owners of Phillips Agri in Taylor County, appeared in Taylor County District Court presided over by District Judge Michael Loy, who serves as the 29th District Judge for the commonwealth of Kentucky serving Adair and Casey counties.

  • Vietnam Veterans Service set for Thursday afternoon

     

    In recognition of Vietnam Veterans Day, a special commemorative service will be held at the Campbellsville Civic Center today.

    The service will take place at 2 p.m. EDT today, and local Vietnam veteran Bill Perkins, an organizer for the event, said the service will be especially for Vietnam veterans, but all veterans, as well as family and friends, are invited and encouraged to attend.

    “It is going to be a community service, but it’s going to especially be a celebration for Vietnam veterans,” Perkins said.

  • City sells 19 acres at sports complex site

     

    The Campbellsville City Council voted unanimously to sell 19 acres of land at the site of the Campbellsville Sports Complex to the state of Kentucky for $200,000 at a special-called meeting Wednesday evening.

    The 19 acres were sold to the state for the use of the Transportation Cabinet for the bypass project, the first phase of which will involve connecting KY 55 and KY 70.

    The council voted unanimously to authorize Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young to execute the deed.

  • Governor upsets teachers in local radio interview

     

    Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has drawn the ire of many teachers around the state after appearing as a guest on WVLC 99.9 radio last week.

    Bevin was on during WVLC General Manager Larry Smith’s morning radio program for a regular appearance, but discussion came around to the state’s pension situation. More uncertainty was in the air after SB 1, the Senate’s pension reform bill, was sent back to a committee and didn’t receive a floor vote nearly two weeks ago.