Local News

  • It's a family thing

    Forget television. Put away the video games. Mark Hillard wanted to find something to keep his family active.

    "I've got 10 kids and wanted to find something to do that was productive and get them out of the house."

    Hillard said his grandfather used to grow strawberries in Michigan, so he thought he'd give that a try.

  • Court backs up on constable limits

    A committee won't be recommending that constables complete an 18-week training course after all. And, with the group choosing not to make a recommendation in response to recent constable complaints, nothing has changed.

    Taylor Fiscal Court's Law Enforcement Committee met with five of the County's six constables last week to reiterate that constables are required to pay the County $10 for each court document they serve and can only use emergency lights with proper Fiscal Court permission.

  • Movie Gallery stores to close for good

    Movie Gallery customers have rented their last DVDs and video games.

    After filing for bankruptcy in February, Movie Gallery has sold its assets and will soon close all of its stores, including Campbellsville's.

    Great American Group Inc., a company specializing in asset disposition, valuation and appraisal services, announced recently in a news release that it will purchase Movie Gallery Inc.'s store inventory, fixtures, leases and properties for $74.2 million and is conducting going-out-of-business sales.

  • Man sentenced to nine years in prison

    One of the 19 people charged last year with operating a crime ring formed to sell drugs in Taylor and surrounding counties has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to prison.

    Grant William Odegard, 44, of 3192 James Lane in Campbellsville appeared before Taylor Circuit Judge Allan Bertram on April 30, though records from the appearance were not given to the Taylor Circuit Clerk's office until May 21.

  • State budget still up in the air

    Lawmakers are still trying to reach a compromise on a state budget that funds essential services while shrinking a projected $1 billion budget shortfall.

    Legislators were called back to Frankfort last week for a special session to pass a state budget plan.

    On Wednesday, the House passed a bare bones $17 billion budget bill, $1.2 billion less than the last time lawmakers passed a state budget in 2009.

  • Students get taste of history at Tebbs Bend Day

    The cannon blast echoes across Tebbs Bend. Smoke fills the air. Stunned silence is gradually followed by rounds of laughter and applause.

    "Do it again!" someone yells.

    Re-enactor Leonard Lay happily grabs another canister of powder as Mike Devlin cleans out the cannon with a wet sponge. Within moments, another blast roars across the field as students cover their ears.

    The cannon was the biggest hit of Tebbs Bend Education Day on Wednesday morning.

  • Beard sentenced to 14 years in prison

    The man who shot and killed David Brad Williams in 2008 was sentenced to serve 14 years in prison last week for his crimes. However, he will be eligible for parole after serving 20 percent of that sentence.

    Gary Lynn Beard appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Dan Kelly on April 22 and pleaded guilty to shooting and killing Williams in June 2008.

    Beard, 28, of 160 Happy Hill Drive in Campbellsville, was scheduled to face a jury of his peers just two hours before entering the plea.

  • High school graduation ceremonies set

    Local high school graduations will begin tomorrow, with about 65 seniors walking across the stage at Campbellsville High School.

    Ceremonies will take place in Hamilton Auditorium, according to CHS counselor Elisa Rhodes, and begin at 6:30 p.m.

    Morgan Murrell is this year's valedictorian. Aaron Schwoebel is salutatorian. Rhodes said both will speak at tomorrow's ceremony and the school choir will perform.

  • Campbellsville man facing rape charge

    McQuinn O. Johnson, 35, of 206 Candace St. in Campbellsville has been indicted by a Marion County grand jury on charges of first-degree rape, intimidating a participant in the legal process and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

    According to the indictment, on or about April 29, Johnson allegedly engaged in sexual intercourse with another person by force. The indictment also accuses him of attempting to influence the testimony of another person by the use of force or a threat to avoid the legal process.

  • Farm fields suffer from too much rain

    What took David Cowherd several hours and a few thousand dollars to install, Mother Nature washed away in just days.

    To prevent soil erosion on his farm, Cowherd had installed tiles 48 inches deep and dug four catch basins to direct excess rainwater into drains.

    However, the work had been completed only three weeks when the early May rains came. The ground, Cowherd said, hadn't had time to settle. The tiles and drainpipes eventually uprooted and floated to the top of the water standing in his fields.