Local News

  • 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.

  • Furniture company to be rebuilt

    Campbellsville Handmade Cherry Furniture owners say they will rebuild.

    The business, formerly known as McMahan Furniture, caught fire Friday morning. The showroom suffered heavy damage while the manufacturing portion of the building was completely destroyed.

    As her husband Eugene inspected the remains of his building Monday with an insurance adjuster, Linda McMahan said they would rebuild on the same Water Tower Bypass site.

  • Watson announces constable candidacy

    Finn Watson has announced his candidacy for 3rd District constable. He is running on the Democratic ticket.

    Watson, 63, has lived in the 3rd District all of his life. He is a former bus driver, having retired from Taylor County Schools after 35 years of service.

    "Your vote will be appreciated," Watson stated.

  • Campbellsville Police Department receives perfect score

    Campbellsville Police Department has become one of very few Kentucky League of Cities Insurance Services members to receive a 100 percent score on their law enforcement scorecard.

  • A fall concert

    The Campbellsville University Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. J. Robert Gaddis and Wansoo Cho, presented its fall concert Tuesday, Oct. 5 in Ransdell Chapel.

    The program is a pops concert featuring music of "Stage and Screen."

    Musical selections included "Theme from Star Wars" by John Williams, another selection of music by Williams, music from "Pirates of the Caribbean," "Porgy and Bess" by George Gershwin, "A Salute to Rodgers and Hammerstein" and a musical portrait of James Horner.

  • How much do they earn?

    Elected officials not only serve the people, they are also paid by the people. Local tax dollars fund local salaries. So, how much do the local officials up for re-election this year earn?

    The salaries of most elected officials are set by the state and follow a scale based on experience and the population of the county or city they govern.

    Salaries for judge/executive, mayor, county clerk, sheriff and jailers operating full-service jails are set by the Department for Local Government.

  • Turning lanes to be added on South Columbia

    A construction project to add turning lanes on South Columbia Avenue near Amazon.com will soon begin.

    On Tuesday night during the regular Taylor Fiscal Court meeting, magistrates accepted the remaining $115,000 of a total $315,000 in grant funding from the state Transportation Cabinet to build the turning lanes.

    Last month, magistrates accepted $200,000.

    Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers said the City applied for grant funding for the project but was denied. He said the County applied and was approved.

  • Getting fit, staying fit

    It was all about getting fit and staying active.

    The third annual 2nd Sunday event was this past weekend on the North Bypass.

    Local organizer Becky Nash says 2nd Sunday is a statewide event that encourages all forms of physical activity within a local community and is designed to get Kentuckians moving.

    "The overall message is to bring attention to the need of exercise and to inspire people to change their lifestyle and to include more exercise."

    Taylor County's events were on the North Bypass between Reed Brothers Insurance and Trace Creek.

  • Textbook funding dropped

    The state has reduced the budget for textbooks at Campbellsville and Taylor County school districts to zero dollars this school year.

    For the 2008-2009 school year, Taylor County schools received $76,000 in textbook funds. For 2009-2010 school year, that figure was reduced to $10,000.

    But for the 2010-2011 year, the budget has been completely cut to nothing.