Local News

  • Magistrates question proposed needle program

    Magistrates were skeptical at best of a proposal to open a needle exchange program in Taylor County.

    During a Monday night Taylor County Fiscal Court meeting, many of those magistrates were, however, interested in hearing more information.

  • More charges filed in Ellis murder

    The Kentucky State Police announced late on Friday that they have filed an additional charge against the man who reportedly killed Richmond Police Officer Daniel Ellis.

    Raleigh Sizemore, 34, of Richmond, is now charged with murder of a police officer, two counts of attempted murder of a police officer, first-degree unlawful imprisonment and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, a KSP report said.

    The new charges, KSP Post 7 Spokesman Robert Purdy said, are the result of the KSP’s ongoing investigation.

  • Tobacco sales declining in the county, state

    Tobacco is in partial decline in the county and the state in general, Dr. William Snell of the University of Kentucky told an audience last week at the UK Extension Office.

    Talking via Skype, Dr. Snell said that while the state’s agricultural economy has increased by 50 percent from 2004-2014 to $6.5 billion, the same cannot be said for tobacco.

    A member of the audience estimated that there are perhaps 100 tobacco farms in the entire county.

    Snell pointed to a loss of $150 million of annual tobacco buyout payments from last year.

  • Teens try their hands at loop braiding

    Teens at the Taylor County Public Library took a step back in time learning the historical art of medieval fingerloop braiding Wednesday.

    Shari Whitehead taught the class who in her spare time researches these types of forgotten arts and then recreates the tools and techniques used.

    "I thought I would try and bring modern flare to it with the kids," Whitehead said.

  • Changes coming to Relay For Life

    The 2016 Relay For Life event will only be for one day, it was announced at a Thursday night kick-off event at 3Trees Church.

    In addition to only going on for one day – Saturday, June 11, 2016, from 5 p.m. to midnight – it will take place at Campbellsville Elementary School.

    “It’s going to be different. We’re kind of switching gears a little bit,” said LaTasha Bell, one of the local Relay organizers. “We’re kind of changing things up a little bit, and seeing what happens.”

  • Green River Ministries celebrates ‘Week of Giving’

    Green River Ministries Homeless Shelter is inviting all of Taylor County to participate in their first Week of Giving fundraising event, Nov. 9-14. Residents will have the opportunity to help those in need this holiday season with a monetary donation and in return will receive a gift bag.

    People who donate $20 will be given a gift bag filled with different community gift cards and coupons to numerous restaurants and businesses in Campbellsville, an estimated $60 value.

  • Local family mourns fallen Richmond officer

    A Richmond police officer with ties to Taylor County died early Friday after a suspect reportedly shot him during an armed robbery investigation on Wednesday.

    Daniel Ellis, 33, an officer with the Richmond Police Department for 7 years, was shot Wednesday morning while investigating a reported armed robbery that reportedly happened at a gas station.

    Kentucky State Police Post 7 Spokesman Robert Purdy stated that Officer Ellis died shortly before 2 a.m. on Friday, Nov 6, at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington.

  • City to start planning for sports complex


    The city hopes to start planning survey work on the site of a proposed sports complex off New Columbia Road in the winter so that they can start moving dirt in the spring.

    "We're moving as fast as we can, not as fast as we'd hope to," said Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young. "We've got to make a move."

  • Gribbins pleads not guilty to murder


    A Campbellsville man accused of murder pleaded not guilty Monday.

    DeWayne D. Gribbins, 42, of Peterson Street, has a preliminary hearing scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 9, according to court records.

    Gribbins is charged with murder - domestic violence in connection with the reported murder of a woman who was found under KY 744 on Friday.

    A public defender was appointed at the arraignment, and the bond was kept at $500,000. He remains in the Taylor County Detention Center.

  • Voter turnout better locally than statewide


    The local results of Tuesday's election partly matched the state results, with Matt Bevin beating Jack Conway in the gubernatorial race both locally and statewide.

    "I really wasn't surprised by the local results," said Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney, who announced the results in the Fiscal Court meeting room at the Taylor County Courthouse.

    "Traditionally, the county tends to vote Republican on federal races, state races. Maybe the spread was a bit bigger than I thought."