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Today's News

  • Taylor County Fiscal Court hears first reading of the budget

    Josh Claywell
    sports@cknj.com

    The Taylor County Fiscal Court had the first reading of next year’s budget during Tuesday’s regular work session at the Taylor County Courthouse.

    District 2 Magistrate John Gaines said the court should tentatively approve the budget until it’s sent back to the court by the state for final approval.

    “We can still change it,” Gaines said. “This is a tentative approval.”

  • Sanders announces this will be final year at CES

    John L. Moore
    reporter@cknj.com

    Doretha Sanders, assistant principal at Campbellsville Elementary School, was asked to stand before the Campbellsville Independent School’s Board of Education during its May meeting to receive a Change Award for leading the elementary school while principal Elisha Rhodes was on maternity leave.

    “She is an individual who has given 110 percent to every position,” Rhodes said, “and for me, an inspiration as not only an educator but as a mother, friend and teammate.”

  • Taking a Dive

    John Overby
    publisher@cknj.com

    “Life Jackets Worn … Nobody Mourns.”

    With city and county officials on hand Friday afternoon to watch a dive equipment live demonstration by Campbellsville Fire-Rescue, a sign with this inscription was on full display, serving as a reminder that wearing a life jacket is always the best course of action when it comes to open water safety.

  • Teacher on trial

    Staff Report

    A current Taylor County School District employee is under investigation after allegedly threatening to cut off a seventh-grader’s penis and shove it down his throat during an end-of-the-year kickball game at Anderson County Middle School in 2017.

    Chrystal Graham, 36, was charged with second-degree disorderly conduct after at least one student allegedly heard her tell this threat to a seventh-grade boy from another class for jumping onto one of her students, both of which were supposedly joking around.

  • Taylor County Schools giving 2% raises

    John L. Moore
    reporter@cknj.com

    A $1 million budget turnaround has helped Taylor County Schools superintendent Charles Higdon Jr. reach a goal he set when he first took over his position: giving everyone a raise.

    All staff members will be receiving a 2% raise, with that money coming from the district’s newfound surplus.

    “That should get us to where pay is more competitive for attracting and retaining talent,” said Higdon, “and they all deserve it, too.”

  • Experience not necessary for Smith, Watson

    Campbellsville freshmen Kaylyn Smith and Lainey Watson have grown up together playing basketball and volleyball, and they’ve known each other since they were 4, developing an inseparable bond.

    Watson decided to add another sport to her repertoire this spring and joined the tennis team, then she tried to convince Smith to give it a whirl.

    The duo had done almost everything together to this point, so they saw no reason they couldn’t play tennis together.

  • New partner, same goals for Taylor County senior Tyler Perkins

    Tyler Perkins has played doubles for the last four seasons at Taylor County, and the senior has had a new partner each year.

    But after finishing as 5th Region Tournament runner-ups with fellow senior Cooper Parks last season, one might think that team would be back in action in 2019.

    Not so fast.

    Parks asked his coach, Grant Litton, about making a move to the singles ranks, meaning Perkins would have to find another playing partner.

  • Taylor’s Lyons is fierce competitor

    Coach Grant Litton would not like to play against Madison Lyons.

    And that’s not because he’s afraid to face her.

    Taylor County’s top girls’ singles player is the type of player who frustrates opponents with her ability to keep points alive for long stretches of time, never giving up until her opponent hits a shot she can’t reach.

  • CHS’ Walker has grown up fast

    Campbellsville boys’ tennis coach Tyler Hardy has watched as Patrick Walker has climbed the ranks over the last six years.

    Once the youngest player on the Eagles’ roster, Walker is now one of the team’s seasoned veterans as a junior.

  • Eagles’ Orberson does what’s asked of him

    John Orberson wasn’t quite sure what to think when Campbellsville baseball coach Blake Milby named him the starter for a game against Whitesville Trinity in 2018.

    It was Orberson’s freshman year and his first start, and the left-hander didn’t know if he could even throw a strike.

    The game got off to a great start for the Raiders, who scored five runs in the first inning off Orberson.