Local News

  • Flash flood watch issued through Tuesday evening


    A flash flood watch has been issued for Taylor County, lasting through Tuesday evening at about 8 p.m.

    Ronnie Dooley, public information coordinator for Taylor County Emergency Management, issued the following statement Monday afternoon.

  • Thompson joins Reed Brothers


    Jay Thompson has joined Reed Brothers Insurance as an agent.

    Reed Bro-thers offers multiple types of insurance including  life, individual and group health, Medicare supplements and prescriptions, long-term care, home, auto and farm insurance.

    Thompson can be contacted at (270) 465-2717 or jason.thompson@rbi-ins.com.

  • Ashley Portraits opens


    Photographer and artist Kent Ashley recently opened Ashley Portraits in Campbellsville. Specializing in weddings, senior portraits, commercial fashion and family portraits, Ashley Portraits opened in 2007 in Lexington. Private art lessons and portrait art are also available.

    He is a graduate of Bryan College in Dayton, Tenn. Ashley and his wife, Stacey, have a daughter, Kathryn.

    To schedule an appointment, call (859) 227-4751.

  • Man pleads guilty to amended charges


     A Campbellsville man could receive probation for forcing a juvenile to have sexual contact with him.

    In October 2013, Kenneth A. Bryant, 68, of Coakley Street, was indicted by a Taylor County grand jury and charged with first-degree sexual abuse, fourth-degree assault and being a second-degree persistent felony offender.

    On Tuesday, Sept. 30, Bryant appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Dan Kelly and pleaded guilty to amended charges.

  • Campbellsville Police officer graduates from Academy


    Campbellsville Police Officer Jeromy T. Burris recently graduated from basic training at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training. He was a member of a class with 25 other officers.

    And, on Friday, he was sworn in as a Campbellsville Police officer during a ceremony at the Campbellsville Civic Center. Burris, a Campbellsville resident, is married and has two children.

  • Fall Break Fun


    Pantyhose became pumpkins. Mountain Dew can glow in the dark. Cardboard and batteries became a flashlight and pumpkin pie can be made in a bag.

    Local youth learned all about crafts and science experiments last Wednesday and Thursday at Taylor County Extension Office.

    The events were hosted to give youth some activities to do during fall break, but also in recognition of last week being national 4-H week.

    Youth attended a pumpkin workshop last Wednesday and a MacGyver workshop on Thursday.

  • Two want to be Taylor County's PVA


    Chad Shively and Greg Chick will face off next month to see who will serve as Taylor County's PVA.

    Shively, currently serving in the position, is a Democrat. He defeated Bernie Cave in the primary election in May.

    Chick, a Republican, was unopposed on his party's ticket in the primary, and, as such, automatically advanced to the general election.

    Central Kentucky News-Journal staff members sent questionnaires to all candidates who filed in contested races on this year's general election ballot.

  • Bank robber to serve 20 years in federal prison

    The Tennessee man who attempted to rob a local bank and then led police on a chase will spend 20 years in federal prison for his crimes.

    Eugene Earl Gentry, 63, of Swindle Road in Lafayette, was charged by a federal grand jury last December with carjacking, two counts of bank robbery and three counts of brandishing a firearm during a violent crime.

    In July, Gentry appeared before Magistrate Judge H. Brent Brennenstuhl and pleaded guilty to two counts of bank robbery, brandishing a firearm during a violent crime and carjacking.

  • Winning the battle with cancer


    Someone once told her the strongest people are put in the toughest situations.

    Believing that, and having her friends, family and church on her side, DeAusha Atkinson is now in remission after battling breast cancer.

    And, after what she's been through, Atkinson says she kept a positive attitude throughout her battle, and that made a world of difference.

    October is recognized as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

  • Flu now in Kentucky

    Flu is now circulating in Kentucky, and residents are encouraged to get vaccinated to prevent the illness from spreading.

    According to a Commonwealth of Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services news release, Kentucky Department for Public Health officials confirmed the first positive flu case last week, in Jefferson County.

    DPH officials are reporting the results to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a part of statewide flu surveillance efforts.

    Kentucky's flu level is now classified as sporadic, the lowest possible.