Local News

  • Deadline to announce candidacy is Oct. 18

    The News-Journal is currently publishing a series of stories detailing the races in the upcoming general election.

    Each candidate who filed to run in this year’s election has been offered two opportunities for coverage.

    Each candidate has the opportunity to bring a photo and news release to the News-Journal announcing their intention to seek office. Those who haven’t yet taken advantage of that opportunity have until Monday, Oct. 18 to do so.

  • Deadline to register to vote is Oct. 4

    The last day to register to vote in the November general election is Monday, Oct. 4.

    Those wishing to register have until 4:30 p.m. that day to do so at Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney's office at the courthouse.

    The following day, the absentee machine will be set up in Carney's office.

  • Woman charged with DUI, indecent exposure

    A Campbellsville woman has been arrested and charged with DUI and indecent exposure after she was allegedly caught by a police officer urinating by a fire lane.

    Dana D. Welch, 36, of 170 Quisenberry Road was arrested at 5:13 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 26.

    According to court records, Campbellsville Police Officer Ryan Jewell responded to a report of a possibly intoxicated driver on East Broadway.

    Jewell wrote that he saw Welch's vehicle in the Kroger parking lot and observed her urinating as he stopped beside her. Ward then got back into her vehicle, court records state.

  • Candidates speak at CU forum

    Local and federal candidates were given the chance to address the community Thursday night as Campbellsville University hosted a 90-minute "Get Out and Vote" political forum.

    Organized by the CU College Historians and the CU Student Government Association, the event offered a chance for many candidates to discuss their platforms with voters.

    But before the candidates took the Gheens Recital Hall stage, Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson addressed the crowd.

    "I want to encourage everyone to get involved," he said.

  • Two injured in KY 744 crash

    Two people were injured in a crash last week after another vehicle ran them off the road.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, William J. Lee, 37, of 246 Ashley Ave. in Liberty was driving a 1995 red Ford truck on KY 744/Spurlington Road at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28.

    The report states that a blue pickup truck ran Lee's vehicle off the roadway.

  • Washington County wins TCHS marching invitational

    Hundreds of spectators greeted 10 of the area's top band programs as they competed last Saturday in the Taylor County Marching Invitational.

    In the afternoon's preliminary Class A competition, Cumberland County was awarded first place as well as best color guard and best percussion awards. Caverna earned second place and Campbellsville received third.

  • ELECTION: Taylor County Jailer

    Incumbent Rick Benningfield will face Eddie "Hack" Marcum next month in the race for the Taylor County jailer's position.

    Benningfield, a Democrat, is currently serving his first term in the office.

    The News-Journal mailed questionnaires to all candidates with opposition in next month's general election.

    Benningfield returned his questionnaire and his answers follow. Marcum, who is a Republican, did not return the questionnaire.

  • Ten arrested on meth charges

    A year-long investigation that has already led to the arrest of 10 people on charges that they were operating a methamphetamine crime ring has now led to the arrest of three more people.

    Officers from the Campbellsville Police Department, Kentucky State Police and Greensburg Police Department as well as Green County Constable Brad Hall are working together to execute warrants.

    All were charged with criminal syndication in addition to other charges.

    Arrested on Oct. 3 were:

  • Diversity Festival

    Greater Campbellsville United hosted its annual diversity festival Saturday at the Community Center.

    Booths, soccer presentations, corn hole, story time, craft displays, prizes, food and more were available.

    A checker tournament began at 11 and a caricature artist was at the festival from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Elvis impersonator Caleb Brown also performed.


  • Inspection finds 'mild mold' at TCES

    Taylor County Elementary, the school at the heart of the nickel tax debate, was the subject of two inspections recently.

    Taylor County Health Department staff conducted a building inspection on Sept. 17. And, by state mandate, Steven E. Rice Environmental Inspections of Lexington recently completed an air quality study at the school.

    The air quality results are not yet available. The results of the health department inspection are, however, and the building received a passing grade of 98 out of 100.