Local News

  • Local restaurants constructing new buildings


    The new McDonald’s is scheduled to open on Thursday, Nov. 5, and Venture Construction Company Superintendent Wayne Landers said that while there have been delays, he believes they’ll make that deadline.

    Venture Construction out of Franklin, Tenn., is in charge of construction of the building, located on the site of the old McDonald’s.

    “We’re just a little bit behind schedule, but I believe we’re going to catch it up,” said Landers.

  • Westbrook fights breast cancer with prayer, support


    For many breast cancer survivors, having routine six-month mammograms is just part of their after-cancer life, but for the past five years it was normal for a cancer-free Hollie Westbrook.

    She had trouble with her yearly mammograms because of her dense breasts. Results would come back with irregularities that called for more mammograms, ultrasounds, scans and even biopsies.

    "It was never cancer, it was always calcium deposits or non-cancerous cells," Westbrook said.

  • CU receives $1 million toward new student center


    CU officials announced a proposed roughly $5 million multi-purpose building at an official dinner Monday night.

    "This is a very exciting time in the life of Campbellsville University," said CU President Dr. Michael Carter. "We stand right at the edge of some very, very exciting things happening."

    The event, which was the 36th annual President's Club Dinner, was also partly a fundraiser for the building.

  • Fire department dedicates new truck


    The Campbellsville/Taylor County Fire Department welcomed the newest member of its fleet - a cinder custom pumper fire apparatus, or as it will be more commonly referred to, Engine 1.

  • Local 4-H benefits from Ag Tag funds

    The Taylor County 4-H Council will receive $1,041.67 from the 2015 Ag Tag donations, Amanda Sublett, Taylor County Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development, said last week.

    Since 2012, Kentucky farmers have had the option to make a $10 donation when they purchase or renew their farm license plate; those donations go to the Agricultural Program Trust Fund.

  • County, state officials recognize Bioenergy Day

    Two local locations that harness the power of bioenergy were toured and recognized on Wednesday by local and state officials.

    Wednesday, Oct. 21, was the third annual National Bioenergy Day, said Tim Hughes, director of the Division of Biofuels at the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet.

    According to Hughes, the event was well attended, with people attending from as far away as New Jersey.

  • Two arrested for burglaries, thefts

    Two Campbellsville men were arrested Thursday in connection with thefts that allegedly occurred in June and July.

    Taylor County Sheriff’s Deputy Dickie Benningfield arrested James Fulks, 24, on one count of first-degree burglary, three counts of second-degree burglary, one count of third-degree burglary, two counts of theft by unlawful taking under $500 and one count of third-degree criminal mischief, a TCSO report said.

  • The Sheridans have just multiplied, again

    As Danielle, 9, wrapped her arms around the neck of her father, Fred Sheridan, and squeezed tightly outside the Taylor County Justice Center, he greeted her with the sentiment, “Hello Little Miss Sheridan.” Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015, was the day that Danielle and her siblings officially became part of the Sheridan Family.  

    Fred and Donna Sheridan of Elk Horn adopted Carolina, 15, Brieann, 14, Danielle, 9, and Silas, 5, and welcomed them into their family with open arms.

  • Taylor County man arrested on rape, sex abuse charges

    The Kentucky State Police arrested a Taylor County man Wednesday night on rape charges.

    KSP Trooper Josh Dicken arrested Michael Sweeney, 53, of Campbellsville, on several charges, including one count of first-degree rape, 17 counts of first-degree sexual abuse and three counts of third-degree unlawful transaction with a minor, KSP officials said.

    A Taylor County Grand Jury indicted Sweeney in connection with Trooper Dicken’s ongoing investigation.

  • Ghost tour at Brookside Cemetery shows history of county


    Students from Taylor County and Campbellsville Middle Schools played "ghosts" at Brookside Cemetery Sunday afternoon.

    "Jeremy Johnson, Debbie Gilpin and I gave the students material and photographs for their scripts," said local historian Betty Jane Gorin-Smith. "The teachers helped the students with advice about their apparel and their props."

    TCMS teacher Pat Jones said it was the largest crowd she's seen, a fact she attributed to the event being well publicized.