Local News

  • Hospital expansion planned

    Patients at Taylor Regional Hospital will have a bit more privacy after having surgery, thanks to a new three-story building in the works with new operating and patient rooms.

    According to TRH CEO Jane Wheatley, the hospital has been planning the expansion for the past year and a half.

    Wheatley said the hospital's current operating rooms are in the center of the hospital, which means they are essentially landlocked.

  • Campbellsville man arrested in Hardin County on marijuana charges

    A Campbellsville man was arrested Monday in Hardin County Monday on charges alleging that he was selling nearly 20 pounds of marijuana.

    According to a news release, the Kentucky State Police Drug Enforcement Special Investigations West Branch and Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force arrested Leonard Bryant Jr. and charged him with selling more than 5 pounds of marijuana.

    Police seized 19 pounds of marijuana and $5,924 in cash.

    He was lodged in the Hardin County jail.

  • Campbellsville woman injured in two-vehicle collision Thursday

    A Campbellsville woman was injured in a two-vehicle collision in Campbellsville on Thursday afternoon.

    According to a Campbellsville Police report, at 4:24 p.m., Margaret Smith, 83, of Campbellsville was traveling east on East Broadway in a 1995 Chevrolet Monte Carlo when her car collided with a 2008 Buick Enclave, driven by Betty Wheatley, 59, of Campbellsville.

    Wheatley was pulling out of the Post Office entrance.

    Smith was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by Campbellsville/Taylor County Rescue. She was treated and released.

  • Counterfeit money could be on the rise

    Counterfeit money could be on the rise.

    Taylor County Bank has received nine fake bills this year, nearly five times more than last year. And, recently, the bank has taken two more - a $100 and a $20 - in as many weeks.

    "It is unusual to get two this close together," said Henry Lee, Taylor County Bank president.

    Fearing an upswing in fake currency, Lee contacted the News-Journal to help get the word out.

    "With this economy, people need to be a little more vigilant," Lee said.

  • Missing person investigation yields two arrests

    As a result of information obtained through the missing person's investigation of 26-year-old Kara Rigdon, Kentucky State Police say two arrests have been made on unrelated charges.

    William Joseph "Joey" Rigdon Sr., 48, and William Robert "Bobby" Rigdon, 26, were arrested Tuesday.

    Joey Rigdon was charged with four counts of attempted murder, first-degree arson, first-degree criminal mischief and possession of destructive devices related to an investigation into the bombing of Beth Walls' residence in Marion County in 2006.

  • Wasson announces candidacy for PVA

    Joey Wasson has announced his candidacy for Taylor County PVA on the Republican ticket.

    "For those of you who don't know me, this is my introduction to Taylor County politics as I have never pursued a public office," Wasson said.

    Wasson said he was a year old in 1971 when his family moved to Taylor County.

  • Green River Lake Cleanup

    More than 260 volunteers collected 242 bags of trash and 58 tires during the 24th annual Lakeshore Cleanup at Green River Lake on Saturday.

    The effort saved an estimated $16,450.

    All volunteers were provided with a free meal and entered into a prize drawing.


  • Elk Horn man among recent KSP graduates

    Justin L. Phillips of Elk Horn is among the 63 recent graduates of the Kentucky State Police Academy.

    In addition to his diploma, Phillips also received the Commissioner's Commitment to Excellence Award, which is presented to the cadet who demonstrates leadership, the desire to get the job done and the determination to be the best every day.

    Phillips has been assigned to Post 14 in Columbia, which serves Taylor County.

  • ELECTION: Property Valuation Administrator

    Incumbent Julie Shields faces challenger Joey Wasson in the race for Taylor County's property valuation administrator.

    In Kentucky, a PVA assesses the value of property for purposes of taxation.

    The News-Journal mailed questionnaires to all candidates with opposition in November. Both Shields and Wasson returned their questionnaires. Following is that information.

  • Republican Headquarters has grand opening

    The Republican Headquarters on Broadway saw its grand opening on Monday, Sept. 6. The headquarters is located on Broadway at the old Blockbuster building next to the post office.

    Kenneth Pierce, party chair, welcomed everyone in attendance, which included former state representative Herman Ratliff, State Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, and State Rep. Bam Carney, R-Campbellsville.