Local News

  • Local man arrested for drug-related crimes, DUI in Lebanon


    A Taylor County man faces charges, including drug possession and DUI, following a traffic stop near Lebanon Monday, according to a report by Kentucky State Police.

  • Citizen lashes out at fiscal court

    An outburst from a resident about crops grown on Taylor County Airport property capped off Tuesday night's Taylor County Fiscal Court meeting.

    Lewis "Cy" Parrish, 83, said he asked magistrates and Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers to do something about those crops and told them they didn't do anything.

  • Tourism spending hits $35 million mark locally in 2014

    A recent report on tourism spending in Kentucky indicates a small increase in such spending in Taylor County in 2014.

    According to Alisha Nelson, executive director of the Taylor County Tourism Commission, direct spending on the part of tourists amounted to $35 million, a 1.2-percent increase from 2013.

    The overall economic impact of the tourism industry in Taylor County last year, which includes direct and indirect expenditures, was $55 million.

  • Storm downs trees, house hit


    Straight-line winds from a storm on Tuesday hit at least three of Charles Shaw's trees, one of which was roughly 100 years old, and hit the roof of his house in Forest Hills. However, only the outside of the house was damaged. Another tree barely missed his SUV, and yet another fell in his backyard. No one was injured. That same storm downed power lines and trees on Meader Street and elsewhere. Across town, a tree near Miller Park was uprooted.

  • City council discusses potential water rates

    A first reading of an ordinance to increase water and sewer rates was the subject of much discussion at Monday night’s Campbellsville City Council meeting.

    Council members went back and forth on a provision in the ordinance that calls for a 3-percent increase in the rates, starting next year.

  • Campbellsville man arrested for burglary

    A Campbellsville man was arrested on Tuesday in connection with a reported generator theft that took place in February.

    According to a report by Taylor County Sheriff Alan Newton, Ricky Hancock, 52, of Hancock Road in Campbellsville, was arrested by TCSO Deputy Tim Coppage on Tuesday on a charge of third-degree burglary.

    The report stated that on Tuesday, March 3, the TCSO received a complaint of a burglary of a locked storage building on Rhinehart Road, and the theft of a portable generator. The burglary likely happened on Friday, Feb. 27, the report said.

  • Trace Creek softball league being sued

    A Campbellsville couple is suing the city and a local softball league for injuries their daughter sustained in a softball game two years ago.

    On Friday, April 24, Timothy and Angie Draper filed a lawsuit against Trace Creek Girl’s Softball, Inc., Kevin Mings and the city of Campbellsville, along with Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young.

    Lebanon-based attorney Kaelin G. Reed said they aren’t seeking a specific dollar amount in this case beyond the required minimum of $5,000.

  • Man indicted for alleged sexual abuse

    A man who allegedly sexually abused a young girl is one of four people a Taylor County Grand Jury indicted on Tuesday, May 5.

    Jonathon Hewitt, 21, of Elkhorn Road in Campbellsville, was charged with first-degree sodomy, victim under 12 years of age, a Class A felony; and first-degree sexual abuse, victim under 12 years of age, a Class C felony.

    According to the indictment, between July 1 and Oct. 1 of last year, Hewitt had sexual contact with a girl who was less than 12 years old. More information was not available at press time.

  • Discussion of new pipeline causes a stir

    An old natural gas pipeline that Kinder Morgan’s Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. wants to convert to transport natural gas liquids (NGL) runs through Taylor County.

    Dr. James Angel says he lives only a few hundred yards from that pipeline in Taylor County and had many concerns about its safety, including its age: he states it’s roughly 70 years old.

  • City looks at early stages of comprehensive plan

    Work on Campbellsville's comprehensive plan is progressing, and three of its elements are all but complete.

    Immediately following a Campbellsville City Council meeting at the Campbellsville Civic Center, Tad Long and Bobbie Bryant with the Kentucky League of Cities spoke with Council members about progress on the city's comprehensive plan.

    Long and Bryant also made a number of tentative recommendations, including the promotion of "pop-up" businesses and business incubation projects.