Local News

  • Jury awards $300,000 following fall at CU

    A Taylor County Circuit Court jury has ordered Campbellsville University officials and others to pay nearly $300,000 in damages to an Ohio family, whose juvenile son suffered severe injuries after falling from a third-story window of a university dormitory.

    The victim, who was 13 at the time of the incident, had been attending a youth camp at the school in June 2007 when he reportedly rolled from his bunk bed and out a large window to the ground below.   

  • Santa's Helper nominees sought

    Santa Claus has helpers around the world, and many live in Taylor County.

    There are also people in Taylor County who keep the spirit of giving alive all through the year, and not just during the holiday season.

    Santa needs helpers like these people, and the Campbellsville Kiwanis Club wants to honor them.

    The club is searching for this year’s Santa’s Helper Award recipient.

    Those who know someone who fits the description have a chance to give that person the credit they deserve.

  • 'Cardboard Nation' gives students closer look at homelessness


    Rain saturated the cardboard rooftops Friday night of more than a dozen refugees who were simulating the lives of homeless people on Campbellsville University’s Stapp Lawn.

    It was part of a fundraising event for non-profit Green River Ministries that aimed to raise awareness about rural homelessness.

    Organizer Chellsey Phillips hoped the chilly, damp weather wouldn’t force any of the scheduled events - including a soup line, music and speakers - to relocate inside.

  • One dead, two injured in crash

    A Taylor County man is dead and two others injured after a one-vehicle crash.

    According to a report from the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office, Sean A. Wilkerson, 20, of Dearen Farm Road in Campbellsville, was driving a 1993 Ford Ranger pickup on KY 70 near Mannsville on Thursday at 7:13 p.m. Wilkerson turned left onto Raikes Hill Road, according to the report, and lost control of the vehicle and it left the road. The vehicle overturned, and Wilkerson was pronounced dead at the scene by Taylor County Coroner Terry Dabney.

  • TCHS, CHS bands advance to state semifinal competition

    Taylor County High School and Campbellsville High School marching bands participated in the Kentucky Music Educators Association West Regional quarterfinal events on Saturday.

    TCHS competed in Class AAA at Hart County High School. The band received a distinguished rating and finished third, qualifying them for semifinals competition on Saturday, Oct. 27.

  • Five school board seats up for grabs in General Election


    Five school board seats are up for grabs this year, with winners to be announced after voters make their decisions on Nov. 6.

    Three of the seats - two of which are the only of the five with opposition - are for spots on the Taylor County School Board.

    Incumbent Jim Cheatham has filed to once again serve as the representative of the 3rd District. He faces no opposition.

    Three people want the 4th District seat. Incumbent Tony Davis faces Doyle Berry and Benjamin Bright to keep his post.

  • Some say more local dining options needed


    When Café Bonin shuttered its doors at 128 E. Main St. earlier this August, foodies say it left a void in downtown’s upscale-casual dining scene. It was the lone, locally-owned place that offered moderately priced dinner specials ranging from $12-$13. It also hosted live jazz and other music on some weekends.  

    Outside commitments and family obligations forced the owners to close the Cajun/Creole restaurant after five years of operation. The future of the former restaurant is now uncertain.

  • Local family offers fun on the farm for fall


    Families searching for a place to have some Halloween-themed fun this year will not have to look far. Heavenly Haven Farm, owned and operated by Delaina and John “John Boy” Russell, offers a corn maze, pumpkin patch, hayride and petting zoo and all right here in Taylor County.

    “Owning my own farm is something I’d always wanted to do growing up, and I really wanted my kids to grow up on a farm,” Delaina said.

  • Six die on Kentucky roadways

    Preliminary statistics indicate that six people died in five separate crashes on Kentucky's roadways from Monday, Oct. 8, through Sunday, Oct. 14.

    A double fatality motor vehicle crash occurred in Owen County. Both victims were not wearing seat belts and alcohol was involved.

    Single fatality motor vehicle crashes occurred in McCracken, Montgomery, Shelby and Woodford counties. The victim in the Montgomery County crash was not wearing a seat belt.

  • Fire causes moderate damage to home

    A fire caused moderate damage to Audrey Smith's home at 1383 Shiloh Road last Thursday.

    According to a Taylor County Fire Department news release, firefighters responded to the scene at 1:23 p.m. with three trucks and 24 personnel. They were on the scene for more than two hours.

    The cause of the fire, according to the release, was electrical. No injures were reported.