Local News

  • A leap in the lake

    About six times a year, guardsmen with several National Guard units practice jumps from a helicopter.

    And every year for roughly the past six years, one of those jumps has taken place over Green River Lake, at a portion of the lake between Green River Marina and Site 1 Boat Ramp.

    “This is one of our better stops,” said Sgt. First Class Kevin Nash. “It’s kind of a thank you to the guys because it’s a good time. There’s not a lot of stress.”

  • Woman murdered Saturday

    A man was arrested Saturday evening in Shelby County in connection with the reported murder of a Campbellsville woman.

    Rocky T. Ashby, 36, was arrested for the murder of Tara Simpson Lamer, 35, according to Campbellsville Police Department reports.

    Aside from the murder charge, he also stands accused of first-degree burglary and fourth-degree domestic assault with minor injury. Those charges
    date back to a reported incident in May.

  • Right-of-way meeting set for July 28

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will conduct a public right-of-way informational meeting on Thursday, July 28, from 5-7 p.m. at the activity center at Elk Horn Baptist Church on 3145 Elk Horn Road.

    The purpose of the meeting is to provide information on this section of the Campbellsville Bypass, extending from KY 55 to KY 70, and to share information concerning right-of-way activities.

  • City alcohol petition could be verified soon

    A possible alcohol referendum in Campbellsville reached another milestone last week.

    Organizer Pat Keefe, who has been collecting signatures for such a special election, says he turned his signatures in to the Taylor County Clerk’s Office on Monday.

    A citywide “wet/dry election would require 527 votes; Keefe says he had 570 as of Monday, July 11.

  • Raw talent

    Music has been running through Tonyajavonne Yarbrough’s veins for as long as she can remember, but it wasn’t until this year she started to make her natural gift known.

    Her comfort zone is being behind an instrument at her church, First Baptist Church.

    “That’s when it becomes easy for me,” she said.

    In addition to playing the keyboard, piano and organ, she can also sing.

  • Body found in creek Thursday

    A Campbellsville man was found dead Thursday morning in the creek at the corner of South Columbia Avenue and Oak Street.

    The Taylor County Coroner’s Office declared Walter Herman Tutt, 88, of Dell Street, dead at the scene, according to a Campbellsville Police Department report.

    As of press time, the CPD said their preliminary investigation showed no signs of foul play.

    According to the report, the CPD responded at approximately 8:47 a.m. to a call regarding an older white male in the waterway, finding Tutt unresponsive there.

  • Taylor County Primary Center opening delayed

    With exciting changes coming to Taylor County Schools, students will have to wait a bit longer before moving in.

    At the regular Taylor County Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, July 12, Superintendent Roger Cook announced they would not make the primary center construction deadline.

    “We’re not going to make the Aug. 5, primary center deadline to get in. That’s not going to happen,” Cook said.

  • New fire station bids to be opened Friday

    Magistrates on the Taylor County Fiscal Court will see bids on the proposed Taylor County Fire Station at a special-called meeting at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 15.

    They will hold another special-called meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 20, where they will decide whether to move forward. The station would be located on U.S. 68, on the other side of the road from Phillip’s Lanes.

    “Blevins Construction will look at all the bids and then bring them back to the county,” said Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers.

  • Brucker pleads guilty in son’s 2012 death

    One of the suspects in the 2012 death of an infant will serve as much as eight years after pleading guilty, while another suspect is still awaiting trial.

    At a Tuesday afternoon hearing in Taylor County Circuit Court, Brianna Brucker pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree complicity to commit manslaughter, a Class C felony charge that had been amended from first-degree murder, a Class A felony.

  • Calhoun murder trial set for November

    A Lebanon man accused of murder has a tentative trial date in November.

    At a Tuesday morning arraignment, Taylor County Circuit Judge Todd Spalding gave William M. Calhoun, 25, of Oak Street, a trial date of Monday, Nov. 7. It would start at 8:30 a.m.

    Since Nov. 8 is Election Day, the trial would resume on Nov. 9. Spalding estimates that the trial will last at least three days.

    Calhoun’s attorney, Dawn McCauley out of Lebanon, entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.