Local News

  • From the chains of addiction, Roop rises to live

    The following is the second part of a two-part series about a local man’s journey through drug addiction and recovery.

    At age 37, Jason Roop knew he was running out of options. At that point, he picked up the phone and called his mother.

    Roop’s mother gave him a business card that ultimately became the turning point in his life. The card contained the information to an addiction treatment center in Washington County called the Isaiah House.

  • City hopes to start work on sports complex

    The city hopes to start moving dirt out near KY 55 for the proposed sports complex in the next few months, or whenever weather permits.

    “We are excited about planning the development of this sports complex,” Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young said after Monday night’s Campbellsville City Council meeting.

    By moving dirt, Young means moving topsoil and clay to make the area strong enough for construction. Crews will also have to move dirt to build the roads.

  • Main Street group looking at community garden

    The Campbellsville Main Street organization is looking at opening a community garden on Main Street.

    Main Street member Niki Marineau says that while several groups are on board, the biggest issue is finding a spot. So if the garden doesn’t open this year, it will open next year.

    “I’m still looking for a site,” said Marineau. “It might not happen this year, but it’s still a project for another year, if not this spring … We have some support, but it’s just a matter of finding a site.”

  • Grand Jury indicts 13

    A Campbellsville man who led law enforcement on a pursuit was among 13 that a Taylor County Grand Jury indicted last week.

  • Roop shares drug addiction story

    The following is the first part of a two-part series about a Campbellsville man’s journey through drug addiction and recovery. The second part will appear in the Thursday, March 9, issue of the Central Kentucky News-Journal.

    At age 37, Jason Roop knew he was running out of options. At that point, he picked up the phone and called his mother.

    “I need help, I am about to die,” Roop told his mother over the phone.

  • Two-vehicle crash on East Broadway


    Emergency responders were on the scene of a two-vehicle crash shortly before 8 a.m. Thursday. The crash happened at the intersection of Poplar Street and East Broadway near Campbellsville Christian Church. More details will be provided when they are available.

  • Lebanon man’s murder trial set for April 10

    The case of a Lebanon man accused of a local murder will almost certainly go to trial about a year after the alleged shooting.

    At a Tuesday morning hearing, Taylor County Circuit Judge Todd Spalding kept William Calhoun’s jury trial for April 10. He’ll also have a pre-trial conference for Friday, March 17.

    Calhoun, 25, of Oak Street, is charged with murder, a Class A felony; first-degree assault, a Class B felony; and three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, a Class D felony.

  • Wise’s family-friendly bill passes Senate

    From the time that state Sen. Max Wise (R-Campbellsville) decided to run for Kentucky’s 16th District Senate seat in 2013, he has made it clear that he plans to be a pro-life legislator and citizen.

    “I campaigned on being a pro-life legislator, and I will continue to do that here in Frankfort,” Wise said in a phone interview. “I will continue to be a pro-life advocate even when I am not in Frankfort. It is something near and dear to my heart as a Christian.”

  • Sheriff’s office joins state’s BACKUPPS law program

    The Taylor County Sheriff’s Office will now be part of a regional group that allows for shared jurisdiction between area law enforcement agencies.

    At a special-called meeting Monday afternoon, magistrates on the Taylor County Fiscal Court voted unanimously on a resolution that allows the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office to join the BACKUPPS (Bluegrass And Central Kentucky Unified Police Protection System) system.

    Magistrates and Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers all seemed to think the idea makes sense.

  • Body found in creek near KY 210

    The body of a man found in a creek in Taylor County Monday night has been identified as Paul Jones, 62, of Campbellsville.

    According to Taylor County Coroner Daniel Cook, his office was dispatched to a scene off of William Hash Road off KY 210 at approximately 7:18 p.m. Monday evening. Upon arrival, they found Jones’ body in a creek in a wooded area.