Local News

  • Memorial Day to feature 3,400 U.S. flags

    Those traveling through downtown Campbellsville on Memorial Day weekend may notice a new sight.

    On Campbell Mill Lane, which connects Main Street with Broadway, the celebration’s committee will create a memorial to recognize nearly 3,400 members of the United States Armed Forces from Campbellsville/Taylor County.

    The memorial will look like a cemetery, with thick card-stock cutouts of headstones adorned with the names of veterans neatly placed in line with American flags taped to each headstone.

  • Boy dies in accidental shooting

    A Taylor County Middle School student died over the weekend in Green County after an accidental shooting, a Kentucky State Police report said.

    The Green County Coroner’s Office confirmed that Dylan Bland, 12, died in the accidental shooting, which a Kentucky State Police Post 15 report said took place Saturday evening on Busy Baker Road in Green County.

  • Officers, family remember fallen trooper

    It has been nearly 29 years since Campbellsville native Johnny Edrington, a Kentucky State Police Trooper, was murdered during a traffic stop on KY 80, seven miles west of London.

    He was 34 years old when he was fatally shot on Dec. 20, 1988.

    However, nearly three decades later, Edrington’s memory lives on through those he knew and served with.

    His memory also lives on through a memorial service held annually at Brookside Cemetery in Campbellsville, where he is buried.

  • Popular goose goes missing

    Melvin is missing.

    Melvin is a Canada goose, and for the past 15 years, he has been living on the property that was once home to the State Fire Rescue Training Center for Area 14.

    Mark Gray is now owner of that property, and he said for years, people have been coming to the site to feed the geese and ducks that live around the lake there.

  • Chemical spill closes road for five hours

    An overturned Southern States truck carrying hazardous chemicals caused a chemical spill on Elkhorn Road that shut the road down for more than five hours.

    The driver, Stephen Smith, 33, of Campbellsville, was taken via Campbellsville/Taylor County EMS to Taylor Regional Hospital for minor injuries, but no other injuries were reported, a Taylor County Sheriff’s Office report said.

  • Man hit in head by stray bullet

    A Campbellsville man was arrested early Thursday morning at his residence after allegedly accidentally shooting a man in the head.

    The Campbellsville Police Department arrested James D. Walls, 29, on charges of first-degree assault, first-degree trafficking in marijuana, third-degree possession of a controlled substance, falsely reporting an incident, tampering with physical evidence, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.

  • Chemical truck crashes on Highway 70


    A Southern States truck was involved in an accident on Highway 70 near Elk Horn Baptist Church Thursday morning around 8 a.m. Cleanup of the scene continued until after 11 a.m., with Kentucky Energy and Environmental Cabinet personnel on the scene. See more photos and more details on our website as they become available, and in Monday's issue of the CKNJ.

  • CU graduates record number over weekend

    “Through Christian education, lives are changed.”

    That was the message from Dr. Michael V. Carter, president of Campbellsville University, to a record number of graduates in four ceremonies as 558 students received their degrees Friday and Saturday, May 12 and 13.

    For the 2016-17 academic year, 760 students will have graduated, upon completion of all academic requirements.

    The number of graduates and actual number of commencement ceremonies are both record breaking.

  • Former substitute teacher pleads not guilty

    A Campbellsville man pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning to charges alleging sexual misconduct against Taylor County High School students.

    Taylor County Circuit Judge Todd Spalding kept Lawrence Harris’ bond at $50,000 full cash. He is still to have no contact with the complaining witnesses, and he is also banned from using computers.

    A bond hearing has been scheduled for 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 30.

  • 50 years from now...

    As the school year at Taylor County Primary Center is coming to an end, students, faculty, and staff at TCPC spent Monday morning thinking about the future.

    A time capsule was buried in front of the school beside the flagpole on Monday, set to be opened May 15, 2067, exactly 50 years from the date of its burial.

    TCPC Principal Melissa Long said the idea was originally just floated as a possible activity, but really gained steam.

    “I’m not really sure how it came about, but it just grew,” Long said.