Local News

  • 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.

  • Chlorine leak closes Miller Park area Saturday

    A water company employee was treated at Taylor Regional Hospital on Saturday after a chlorine leak at a water plant closed Miller Park for nearly three hours.

    Fire, rescue and police personnel responded to the plant in Miller Park just before 7 a.m., according to Ronnie Dooley, Taylor County Emergency Management's public information coordinator and assistant E-911 supervisor.

  • Election: Constables in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th districts

    There are just three contested races for constable in Taylor County this November, in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th districts.

    In the 2nd District, Republican incumbent Tim Cox faces Democrat James Coakley Hoosier.

    In the 3rd District, Republican incumbent James Gaddis will square off against Democratic challenger Finn Watson.

    In the 4th District, Democrat incumbent Marshall D. Graham faces Republican candidate Chris Wingler.

  • No fines issued in first year of smoking ban

    It's been one year since Campbellsville City Council voted to stop people from lighting up in public buildings, and the ban seems to have been widely accepted.

    Kenny Phillips, the City's codes enforcement officer and building official, said he has only issued verbal warnings and no fines.

    "There have been a few minor violations, but really, it's not been a big deal. You just say something to [the violators] and it's taken care of."

    Phillips said he has probably issued only two or three verbal warnings.

  • Heath care reform leaves unanswered questions

    The first of several waves of health care reform provisions will be rolled out this week, but there's still plenty of uncertainty about the impact of the massive reform bill.

    Sitting in his office at Jessie Insurance on Thursday, Scott Jessie says everything he knows about health care reform today could change tomorrow.

    "No one is telling us anything."

    But one thing is clear.

    "Basically, the government is going to enter the health insurance industry," Jessie said.

  • Meth problem on the rise

    With eight times as many arrests so far this year than in all of last year, there's no doubt that methamphetamine use is on the rise.

    This year, the Taylor County Sheriff's Office and Campbellsville Police have found a meth lab in a vehicle, an active lab in a home on Hamilton Street and arrested two people who were carrying ingredients to make the drug.

    Campbellsville Police were also involved with a year-long investigation that led to the arrest of 10 people from surrounding counties accused of operating a meth crime ring.

  • Fiscal Court sets tax rates

    Magistrates gave their approval to local tax rates on Tuesday night - but not before first voting against them.

    Tax rates for all local taxing districts will increase this year, though the County's property tax revenue is expected to remain the same as last year.

    Taylor County Fiscal Court has each year approved a "compensating" tax rate, which means that the new tax rate is expected to bring in about the same amount of money as the previous year's rate.