Local News

  • Rally for the test

    Taylor County High School Senior Maye Chastain, above, accepts the keys to her new car from Taylor County Superintendent Roger Cook.

    Chastain won a 1988 Mustang convertible, the grand prize of the District-wide Kentucky Core Content Test Rally at TCHS Friday morning.

    A total of $14,000 in prizes was handed out including iPods, laptops, gift certificates and cash. Students' chances of winning were based on their KCCT test scores from last year.

    A score of distinguished equaled six entries, proficient equaled three entries and apprentice equaled one entry.

  • ELECTION: Taylor County Constable

    There are 16 candidates seeking six Constable seats in Taylor County this election year, though only 10 face Primary opposition.

    Constables are elected in all six districts in Taylor County, just like magistrates. Candidates must be at least 24 years old and have lived in Kentucky for two years.

    Constables are most visible to residents when they're helping to direct traffic. But they can also cite speeders, serve warrants, collect taxes and patrol county roads. Constables are also the only officials with the power to arrest the sheriff.

  • One injured in two-vehicle collision

    A Greensburg woman was injured in a two-vehicle crash in Taylor County on Saturday afternoon.

    According to a Kentucky State Police report, at about 3:30 p.m., Charles Cape, 60, of Jamestown, Ky. was traveling west on KY 210 in a 1997 Nissan pickup when he rear ended a 2006 Lincoln being driven by Andy Olson, 28, of Greensburg. Olson was attempting to turn into a driveway.

    A passenger in Olson's vehicle, Amanda Olson, 27, of Greensburg, was transported by private vehicle to Taylor Regional Hospital. She was treated and released.

  • CU professor is Educator of the Year

    When Max Wise showed up at the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet, he went prepared to congratulate his mother on receiving yet another award for her distinguished career.

    But he had it backwards.

    His parents, George and Donna Wise - she was head coach for the Campbellsville University Lady Tigers for many years - attended the April 30 banquet to honor their son as he was named the Chamber's Educator of the Year for 2010.

    Wise's mother, Donna, was given the same honor in 2001.

  • A 'Cardboard Nation'

    They found out what it's like to not have a bed to sleep in at night or a roof to provide them shelter from the rain.

    Several Campbellsville University students and community members spent the night on CU's Stapp Hall lawn last Friday night.

    They slept in cardboard boxes and waited out the threat of rain that would flood areas of the community the next day.

    CU's Carver School of Social Work and the Social Workers in Touch Can Help Club asked for volunteers to experience life as a homeless person for one night as part of the third annual Cardboard Nation event.

  • One person injured in parking lot crash

    One person was injured in a crash in the Green River Plaza shopping center parking lot Sunday.

    According to a Campbellsville Police report, Samuel E. Cox, 63, of Elk Horn was traveling east in a 2001 Chevrolet S-10 when he pulled into the path of a 1991 Chevrolet van driven by Walter S. Murley, 36, of Campbellsville. The collision occurred near the Kroger gas station at about 7:10 p.m.

    A passenger in Murley's vehicle, Jamia R. Murley, 32, of Campbellsville was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital where she was treated and released.

  • State agriculture leader to address chamber

    Tom McKee, D-Cynthiana, 78th District state representative and co-chair of the House Agriculture Committee, will be guest speaker at the Campbellsville/Taylor County Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon, which is set for noon Thursday, May 13 at Living Grace Church.

    The Agribusiness of the Year award will also be presented at the luncheon.

    Taylor County Farm Bureau Federation will sponsor the event.

    The cost is $8 for Chamber investors and $10 for non-investors. Reservations must be made at the Chamber office by noon on Tuesday, May 11.

  • Woman charged with selling drugs in sealed indictment

    A Campbellsville woman has been charged with selling hydrocodone in an indictment recently unsealed by a Taylor Circuit Court judge.

    A grand jury may seal an indictment if there is a possibility that the accused will try to evade police.

    Sherry Russelburg, 44, of 905 S. Central Ave. was indicted by a Taylor County grand jury in December on a charge of second-degree selling hydrocodone.

    Bond was set at $15,000 cash. If convicted, Russelburg could be sentenced to as much as five years in prison.

  • UPDATE: Heavy rains cause major flooding

    Though Taylor County received more than 7 inches of rain over a two-day period, problems were nothing out of the ordinary, officials say.

    "I would say we had the normal problems anyone would have had," according to Campbellsville Police Chief Dennis Benningfield. "We were pretty fortunate."

    Emergency workers dealt with street closures, flooded basements and some localized flooding, Benningfield said, as a slow-moving storm front hovered over Taylor County from Saturday morning until Sunday night.

  • ELECTION: Taylor County Jailer

    Three candidates are seeking the Taylor County jailer's position this year, and two of them face primary opposition.

    Incumbent Rick Benningfield defends his post against Nick Alsager in the Democratic Primary. The winner of that race advances to the General Election, where he will face sole Republican candidate Eddie "Hack" Marcum.

    The News-Journal mailed questionnaires to all candidates facing opposition in the Primary Election. Both Benningfield and Alsager responded and their answers are listed below.