Local News

  • Jobless rate lowest in seven years locally


    Campbellsville’s unemployment rate is now the lowest it has been in seven years.

    This was the report that Ron McMahan, executive director of the Economic Development Authority, gave to the Campbellsville City Council this past Monday.

    As of September, that rate was down to 5.4 percent, a .5 percent decrease from August and a 1.8 percent decrease from last September.

    With 110 of 120 Kentucky counties seeing a decrease in their unemployment rates, McMahan was encouraged by what this means for the local work force.

  • Overby joins CKNJ staff


    John Overby is the newest member of the Central Kentucky News-Journal staff.

    Overby joins the CKNJ as a reporter, who will cover Campbellsville City Council and Taylor County School District, as well as writing other stories about events in the community. He transferred to the CKNJ from The Springfield Sun, a sister paper which is also owned by Landmark Media.

    Overby is a native of Jamestown, a 2009 graduate of Russell County High School and a 2013 graduate of Lindsey Wilson College, where he majored in media studies.

  • Durham withdraws guilty plea


    He pleaded guilty to the crime two months ago, but he has now withdrawn his guilty plea and jurors will be asked to decide his fate after all.

    In October, Jesse Durham, 23, pleaded guilty to murdering his great-grandmother with a hammer.

    In exchange for his guilty plea, the prosecutor in the case recommended a 40-year prison sentence. But last month, the judge rejected that recommendation. Judges can accept or reject such recommendations.

  • Club names two Santa's Helpers winners


    For the first time, two people have received the community's Santa's Helper award.

    Campbellsville Kiwanis Club members began soliciting nominations for the award in October, asking residents to tell them whom they believe keeps the Christmas spirit going year round.

    Club member Donna Kerr said there were three nominations this year.

    One of the nominations was posthumous, she said, and the other is a man who works year round to ensure children enjoy the outdoors.

  • Judge orders estate to get police officer's life insurance


    David Ford's children will soon receive his life insurance proceeds, nearly six years after his death.

    The decision comes more than three years after an insurance company filed suit in Taylor Circuit Court, asking that a judge decide what was to be done with David Ford's insurance policy.

    In May 2013, the insurance company was dismissed from its lawsuit and the $40,000 policy was paid to the Taylor Circuit Court Clerk until a judge decided what was to be done with it.

  • Black Friday bargains


    Shoppers came out in droves on Thursday night and early Friday morning in search of bargains.

    Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is known as the official start of the holiday shopping season.

    Taylor County residents shopped for deals into the late hours on Thanksgiving night and then again with sales starting Friday at 6 a.m. and later.

  • CES students learn about Native Americans


    They learned all about the history, culture, music and food.

    And, last Tuesday, the study of Native Americans culminated with students singing and dancing for their parents and displaying artifacts they made for a museum.

    Campbellsville Elementary School students in Patty Haley's third-grade class hosted the events. Native American storyteller Edd Sterchi also told the students a folktale, complete with string puppets.

  • Hiestand House gets new roof


    After raising money for several years, the Hiestand House is finally getting a needed facelift.

    When finished, the roof will be replaced with western cedar shake shingles.

    The Hiestand House, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was once slated to be torn down.

    Local historian Betty Jane Gorin-Smith said the then Hiestand-Gilmore House was to be torn down in 1985 and its stones used in the Green River Plaza parking lot.

  • TCHS students get new electronic devices

    Students in the Taylor County School District now have access to even more technology.

    Taylor County High School students recently received Lenovo Yoga devices to replace the iPads they once used in the classroom.

    According to Bryan Cook, director of technology for the District, the iPads that were being used at TCHS have been moved to the middle and elementary schools.

    "Each student at the middle school now has access to an iPad," Cook said. "We have added additional classroom sets of iPads at the elementary school."

  • Homemakers host annual bazaar


    There were homemade crafts to buy, homemade goodies to eat and homemade memories to make with Santa.

    Taylor County Homemakers hosted its annual bake sale and bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 22.

    Santa made an appearance and took photos and spoke to local children. And children bought gifts for their parents and had some fun help wrapping them.