Local News

  • Indictments released Friday afternoon

    Indictments issued by the Taylor County grand jury last week were released on Friday afternoon.

    One man is accused of sex abuse, one woman was charged with welfare fraud, and two men were indicted on charges accusing them of distributing photos that portray sexual performances by minors.

    Thomas E. Dowell, 50, of Campbellsville is accused of sexually abusing a boy younger than 12.

    Misty Lynn, 26, of Elk Horn is accused of defrauding the government from January 2007 through October 2009.

  • Ozark Alliance

    The strum of a banjo, the echo of the upright bass and three-part harmonies filled the recital hall. The lyrics told stories of trains, love, the gospel and even a few tall tales.

    The Central Kentucky Arts Series hosted its second program of the 2010-2011 season on Saturday with a performance by The Ozark Alliance.

    Campbellsville University hosted the performance in The Gheens Recital Hall.

  • Man crashes truck after fatal heart attack

    An all-around good man who loved the Lord as much as he loved UK basketball. That's how friends are remembering Wayne Cox, who died Thursday morning after suffering a heart attack that led to a head-on collision. He was 60 years old.

    Jesse Mings has known Cox since childhood.

    Cox and Mings both grew up in Mannsville, though they didn't become close friends until later. The two men went to numerous UK basketball games together.

    "He also loved the Taylor County Cardinals and Campbellsville College. He hated Louisville," Mings said with a laugh.

  • Cherry furniture business catches fire

    Campbellsville firefighters are battling a blaze at Campbellsville Handmade Cherry Furniture on Water Tower Bypass.

    According to Ronnie Dooley, assistant E-911 supervisor, an employee called the fire in at 9:33 a.m Friday morning.

    While firefighters were fighting the fire, the center of the building's roof caved in.

    No further information was available before press time.

  • Still a survivor

    Gladys McKinley knew something was wrong. In 1952, while living in Florida, McKinley discovered a lump in her left breast.

    "I began to feel bad and kind of draggy," she said. "Then I found a lump between my shoulder and breast."

    The lump, McKinley said, was really sore. She knew immediately that something wasn't right.

    McKinley went to see a doctor, who said she needed to see a cancer specialist right away.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Wife charged in police officer's death

    Tonya M. Ford has been charged with killing her husband, former Lebanon Police Office David M. Ford.

    Ford, 40, was found shot to death on Feb. 10, 2009, at his Graham Road home. The Campbellsville E-911 Center received a phone call from Ford's wife stating that she had arrived home and found him dead.

    The Taylor County grand jury convened in special session on Tuesday to hear from nearly 20 witnesses in Ford's case.

  • Missing woman found OK

    The Campbellsville woman reported missing Friday evening has been located.

    According to E-911 Dispatcher Adam England, Sandra Morris, 46, was located by K9 search dogs on Western Drive at 5:05 p.m. Saturday.

    Morris was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by Campbellsville/Taylor County Rescue with minor injuries.

    She had been missing since about 6 p.m. on Friday.

  • Local man inducted in state Civil Rights hall

    A local man is among the 31 Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame 2010 inductees.

    The Rev. Walter L. Johnson was inducted into the hall during a Kentucky Commission on Human Rights ceremony on Friday, Oct. 15 at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville.

    Johnson has led three churches - Mt. Vernon, Pleasant Run and Jacob Grove Baptist. He has been a long-time member of the Campbellsville Human Rights Commission and has been in the forefront of civil rights and integration movements in Campbellsville and Taylor County.

  • Man pleads guilty to abusing three young girls

    The Campbellsville man charged with sexually abusing three children last year has pleaded guilty to amended charges.

    As a result of his plea, Oliver L. Schmitz may be sentenced to probation for his crimes and ordered to register as a sex offender.

    Schmitz, 24, of 130 Coppock St., was arrested June 17, 2009. According to his arrest citation, Schmitz is accused of subjecting three females, who were all younger than 12 years at the time, to sexual contact.

  • For the Babies

    On first glance, Kayleigh Farmer, nearly 6 months old, appears as happy and healthy as any other baby. The only semblance of anything otherwise is the tiny tube she is connected to ... the tube that's keeping her fed.

    Kayleigh was born two months early in May, with a cleft palate.

    Heather Farmer says the condition means her daughter will have to undergo surgery when she's about a year old.