Local News

  • Chowning to retire from CU


    Dr. John Chowning, vice president for church and external relations and executive assistant to the president at Campbellsville University, and a former chair and board member of the Campbellsville University Board of Trustees, has announced his retirement, effective Jan. 1, 2016.

    Dr. Michael V. Carter, president of Campbellsville University, with whom Chowning worked for 17 years, said, "John Chowning is one of the most gifted individuals I have ever met. He is a great thinker, and he is wise in his approach to topics across a broad spectrum.

  • Lakes to benefit from recycling Christmas trees


    When the presents are unwrapped and the lights and tinsel are removed, the Christmas tree is not such a beautiful sight.

    But even when it’s just a plain old tree again, there’s still some good use for it, according to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife. The department is collecting used Christmas trees after the holiday to help do away with them for consumers, but also to help lakes across Kentucky, including Green River Lake here in Taylor County.

  • Taylor named new fire chief


    Captain Chris Taylor will be the new Campbellsville Fire & Rescue Chief, effective Jan. 1, 2016.

    At a special-called meeting Monday night, Campbellsville City Council members unanimously chose Taylor. He will replace Chief Kyle Smith, who has been the fire chief since Oct. 8, 2012.

  • Campbellsville using retro decorations

    Christmas is brighter than ever on Main Street thanks to the restoration of 18 street decorations that have been scattered around the area. The decorations had been used before but had been stored away over 40 years ago.

    “We knew they were up there but we had no idea what do with them,” Doug Tucker, Campbellsville Main Street president, and owner of Tucker Diamonds and Gold, said.

    That is until Rob Roberts, CMS Design Committee member and Campbellsville University director of grounds and landscape development, found a purpose for them.

  • First responders give Christmas to children

    Santa Claus is making his list and checking it twice and with the help of Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency holiday help program over 500 children will receive presents this Christmas.

    This year's Toys for Kids and Toys for Tots drives, organized by Campbellsville and Taylor County Fire & Rescue and Campbellsville/Taylor County EMS, collected money, toys, clothes and more to give to children who might otherwise not have Christmas gifts.

  • Grand Jury indicts 16

    Two people who allegedly stole from a hardware store in January 2014 are among 16 that a Taylor County Grand Jury indicted Tuesday.

    Samuel E. Buckman, 42, of McNary Street in Campbellsville, and Rebecca J. Wyatt, 44, of Crossville, Tenn., were both indicted on charges of third-degree burglary, a Class D felony; and receiving stolen property over $10,000, a Class C felony.

    The charges stem from a reported incident on Jan. 18, 2014. According to court records, Buckman and Wyatt broke into Ace Hardware by breaking the front window with a concrete stepping-stone.

  • Comprehensive plan almost done

    Roughly a year in the making so far, Campbellsville’s comprehensive plan is nearing completion.

    Planning and Zoning Commission members read a draft of the new plan for the first time at their Thursday night meeting.
    Tad Long and Bobbie Bryant of the Kentucky League of Cities will come back to the planning commission at their next meeting – scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 26 – and Campbellsville City Council members will look at it at their February meeting.

  • City schools denied funding for building


    Campbellsville Independent School District discussed and approved all actions to continue on with the Elementary School Addition/Renovation project Monday.

    Scott Noel with N3D Group said, “It is a complex project.” Some of the projects included are renovations with classroom additions, part of the building being gutted and redone, a new cafeteria, entry way and administrative suite and classrooms being removed and redone.

  • Riding on a trail of faith


    Tyler Smith is on what he calls “A Trail of Faith.” He is on a mission to spread the word, to remind people of this nation that Jesus Christ is still Lord. But he isn’t traveling by car or plane, but by riding on horse back.

    Smith started his journey Oct. 13, 2015, out of Delhi, La., and is heading to the nation’s capital in Washington, D.C.

    During his roughly 1,200-mile journey he is carrying the Christian flag.

  • Local legislators prepare for 2016 session


    State Representative John “Bam” Carney (R-Campbellsville) and State Senator Max Wise (R-Campbellsville both agree that taking care of the budget and the state pension systems should take precedence in next month's session.

    Carney warned of "serious financial consequences" - largely in the form of a lowered credit rating - if the budget isn't balanced and the pension systems aren't made more solvent.

    "We need to be fiscally responsible without cutting vital services to people," said Carney.