Local News

  • Death penalty sought for Sizemore, Ratliff

    Madison County Commonwealth Attorney David Smith confirmed last week that the commonwealth is seeking the death penalty for Raleigh Sizemore and Gregory Ratliff.

    Sizemore, 34, was indicted earlier this month on charges of capital murder, two counts of attempted capital murder and other crimes in the case.

  • Campbellsville man arrested in alleged shooting incident

    A Campbellsville man remains in Taylor County Detention Center after allegedly shooting a man in the neck earlier this month.

    Deputy Ricky Underwood of the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office arrested Jeffrey A. Jones, 53, of Maple Road, on Tuesday, Nov. 24, on charges of first-degree assault, three counts of probation violation and three counts of failure to appear, a TCSO report said.

    The assault charge is in connection with a reported incident that took place on Monday, Nov. 2, which TCSO Deputy Branden Wilson investigated.

  • This year’s Santa’s Helper has a heart for service

    The Campbellsville tradition of lighting Miller Park up with festive holiday lights can only be done with the help of one person ... Santa’s Helper.

    The Campbellsville/Taylor County Kiwanis Club look for someone each year who does just what the name says.

    “If I was a child, I look at Santa as a person who gives and we’re looking for someone who will help Santa give themselves, time, money and resources of all kinds,” Kiwanis member Randy Herron said.

  • TCHS food drive exceeds collection goals

    Taylor County High School gave a helping hand to people in the community this holiday season with their can food drive.

    “We’ve always had a can food drive back in the Ag department and we decided that we wanted to make it bigger and get the whole school involved and its been a hit,” Korri Briggs, FFA (Future Farmers of America) president, said.

    This is the second year the Taylor County FFA has sponsored the school wide food drive benefiting Green River Ministries food pantry.  

  • Fire Chief Kyle Smith resigns

    Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young announced the resignation of Campbellsville Fire Chief Kyle Smith Wednesday morning.

    Smith, who has served as chief of Campbellsville Fire & Rescue since Oct. 8, 2012, stated in a press release that his last day will be Thursday, Dec. 31, of this year.

  • Santa letters due to CKNJ Dec. 9

    Christmas is just around the corner, and Santa is busy checking his list in preparation for his trip around the world.

    Santa recently told Central Kentucky News-Journal staff members that letters and drawings from children are the best part of his holiday season. As always, the CKNJ will serve as a drop-off station for letters and drawings to Santa this Christmas season.

    CKNJ staff members will publish those items in a special section in the Monday, Dec. 21, issue.

  • City looks to repair historic Christmas decorations

    At a special-called meeting Monday, Campbellsville Main Street members discussed funding for the historic Christmas decorations.

    The committee intends to spend roughly $1,400 to have work done on nine window-shaped light fixtures that date back to the late 1960s.

    Committee member Rob Roberts said he found 18 of the fixtures in the attic above the Paint Your Pottery business on Main Street.

  • Rescue personnel undergo swift water training

    Campbellsville Fire & Rescue’s Special Operations Team members took on four days of swift water rescue training last week, from Thursday to Sunday.

    Team members learned in the classroom, underwent swim tests, looked over ropes, knots and anchors, practiced their survival skills and took turns rescuing each other. Members of Georgetown Fire and Marion Rescue took part in the course that Campbellsville offers twice a year.

  • Details released in Gribbins murder

    A Campbellsville man accused of murder remains jailed and awaits a formal indictment by a grand jury.

    Dewayne D. Gribbins, 42, of Peterson Street, was arrested at 3:05 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30, on a charge of murder — domestic violence in connection to a reported murder late last month.

    At a Monday, Nov. 9, preliminary hearing, Gribbins’ bond was kept at $500,000. He remains in the Taylor County Detention Center.

  • Scam targets partners in Taylor school construction


    The Taylor County School District is warning local businesses and people about a new scam that is making its way around town.

    A business out of Riesel, Texas, called School District Publishing, is claiming to be partners with the Taylor County School District, and it’s looking for people to place ads in a school guide at the cost of close to $600.