Local News

  • 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.

  • CAIP application window opens Oct. 18

    The Taylor County Cattlemen's Association will be accepting applications in the County Agricultural Investment Program beginning Oct. 18 at the Taylor County Extension Office.

  • Four injured in two-vehicle crash

    Four people were injured Friday in a two-vehicle crash on KY 70.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, Terry Noe, 23, of 1282 Moxley Road in Liberty pulled her 2001 Chevrolet Blazer from Reids Chapel Road onto KY 70 at 12:20 p.m. into the path of a 2000 Plymouth Neon being driven by Adam Sweet, 25, of 1040 Hicks Road in Liberty.

  • Mission store not a garbage dump

    It has become a Monday morning routine for the volunteers at C&S Mission Store. Almost every weekend, the store's side parking lot serves as an illegal dumping ground for unwanted household items.

    "I just think it's terrible people do this," Campbellsville Mayor Brenda Allen said. "The store is there to help people, not to get rid of people's trash."

    The City and County take turns hauling away the items, Allen said, "because it's such a mess and they don't have any way [of hauling away the items themselves.]"

  • Kids Outdoor Day

    About 1,300 children attended Kids Outdoor Day at Green River Lake on Saturday.

  • Kentucky Ballet Theatre

    The Central Kentucky Arts Series kicked off its new year with a performance by the Kentucky Ballet Theatre on Saturday night at Hamilton Auditorium.

    The program was called “Nouveau Classique,” featuring movements from “The Odalisques,” “Munecos Pas de Deux,” “The Fairy Doll” and others.

    The next performance of the series will be the Ozark Alliance on Saturday, Oct. 16 at Gheens Recital Hall at 7 p.m.

  • Election: Taylor County Sheriff

    Bill Walsh and Allen Newton will square off in next month’s general election to become Taylor County’s new sheriff.

    Current Taylor County Sheriff John Shipp did not seek re-election.

    Walsh, a Republican, is currently a School Resource Officer for the Taylor County School system. Newton, a Democrat, is the chief sheriff’s deputy.

    The News-Journal mailed questionnaires to all candidates with opposition in next month’s general election. Walsh and Newton both returned the questionnaires and their answers are listed below.