Local News

  • Two injured in Saloma Road crash

    Two people were injured Wednesday in a two-car crash on Saloma Road.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, Dawn R. Abell, 40, of 2419 Union Church Road in Columbia was preparing to turn her 1995 Jeep left onto Pitman Road from Saloma Road at 1:10 p.m.

    The report states that Paul A. Johnson, 70, of 3452 Saloma Road in Campbellsville was driving a 1988 Oldsmobile south on Saloma Road when Abell turned her vehicle into his path.

    The two collided at the intersection of Pitman and Saloma roads.

  • Changes to Monday's newspaper

    If you thought something was different about Monday's News-Journal, you were right.

    Starting this week, we eliminated the Monday Opinion Page in order to get more of what you want to read published in a timely manner.

    Reader submissions for the Milestones and Education pages are greater than ever, and we hate having to hold your items because there's not enough space in a particular issue.

  • Court approves clerk budget

    Those who work in the County Clerk's office will get a little something extra in their paychecks starting this week.

    At Tuesday's regular Fiscal Court meeting, magistrates gave their approval to County Clerk Mark Carney's 2010 budget, which includes a $15-per-week raise for his employees. But the decision didn't come without much discussion.

    Carney told the Court that the County has budgeted to receive $97,000 in excess fees from his 2009 budget year. That figure, he said, will actually be $142,000.

  • Not your everyday classroom

    For Taylor County students, the world is literally at their fingertips. Now at the halfway point of its first year, Taylor County Virtual Learning Academy offers students nearly any course they are interested in.

    Currently, about 100 middle and high school students are enrolled in more than 130 courses such as math, foreign languages and computer applications.

    "It opens up so many possibilities," said Bill Mattingly, academy principal.

  • Board hires architect for building projects

    New construction again took center stage at Taylor County School Board's meeting Tuesday night.

    During the meeting, the Board hired Lexington-based architectural firm Sherman Carter Barnhart to design and engineer the District's upcoming building projects for a 5 percent fee.

    Superintendent Roger Cook said he was pleased with the fee, and the fact that the firm will not charge for reimbursable items, such as meals and copies, will save the District a lot of money.

    Strong on environmentally friendly buildings, the firm's work impressed Cook.

  • Former County Attorney dies

    Those who knew him say he was a "lawyer of lawyers," a "southern gentleman" and didn't leave the house unless he was "dressed to the nines."

    Campbellsville resident and former long-time Taylor County Attorney Fuller Harding died Sunday at his home. He was 94.

    Harding, the son of the late Abel Turner Harding and Mary Moore Harding, was born Aug. 23, 1915, in Taylor County. Harding died at his home, which was the same place he was born.

  • Helping Our Neighbors

    Campbellsville firefighters responded to a blaze at Sandy’s Grill in Liberty on Jan. 3.

    Above, firefighters use their new aerial ladder truck to aim hoses at the roof of the building.

    The firefighters and their ladder truck are credited with saving the adjoining building that housed Casey County’s Family Support Office.

  • Sex charges amended

    Two men, one from Campbellsville, appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Allan Bertram on Tuesday, Dec. 8 to face sex charges against them.

    One man was granted a pretrial diversion, while the charge against the other man was dismissed.

    Records from the appearances, however, weren't made available at the Taylor Circuit Clerk's office until last Monday.

    Corey Mathies Caldwell

    Caldwell, 31, of 4141 Chrysler Ave. in Independence, Mo. was indicted on charges of third-degree rape and third-degree sodomy in December 2007.

  • Searching for a new home

    The small puppy, cupped in the hands of Taylor County Animal Shelter Director John Harris, looks around at his new home. In the background, a chorus of barks erupts and the puppy's ears perk up.

    He may have a new home, but he's not alone. This animal shelter is full.

    And, according to Harris, the shelter is applying for grant funding to expand for a third time.

  • 'Snow' much fun

    A winter storm dropped 2 inches of snow on Taylor County and gave students a four-day weekend but caused few problems.

    According to Ronnie Dooley, Taylor County Emergency Management public information director, by Friday afternoon there had been few 911 calls in relation to the storm.

    "We really have not had any major problems," he said. "We had a few reports of cars sliding off the road."

    About five non-injury collisions were reported, Dooley said, and only one injury collision.