Local News

  • CU professor is Educator of the Year

    When Max Wise showed up at the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet, he went prepared to congratulate his mother on receiving yet another award for her distinguished career.

    But he had it backwards.

    His parents, George and Donna Wise - she was head coach for the Campbellsville University Lady Tigers for many years - attended the April 30 banquet to honor their son as he was named the Chamber's Educator of the Year for 2010.

    Wise's mother, Donna, was given the same honor in 2001.

  • A 'Cardboard Nation'

    They found out what it's like to not have a bed to sleep in at night or a roof to provide them shelter from the rain.

    Several Campbellsville University students and community members spent the night on CU's Stapp Hall lawn last Friday night.

    They slept in cardboard boxes and waited out the threat of rain that would flood areas of the community the next day.

    CU's Carver School of Social Work and the Social Workers in Touch Can Help Club asked for volunteers to experience life as a homeless person for one night as part of the third annual Cardboard Nation event.

  • One person injured in parking lot crash

    One person was injured in a crash in the Green River Plaza shopping center parking lot Sunday.

    According to a Campbellsville Police report, Samuel E. Cox, 63, of Elk Horn was traveling east in a 2001 Chevrolet S-10 when he pulled into the path of a 1991 Chevrolet van driven by Walter S. Murley, 36, of Campbellsville. The collision occurred near the Kroger gas station at about 7:10 p.m.

    A passenger in Murley's vehicle, Jamia R. Murley, 32, of Campbellsville was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital where she was treated and released.

  • State agriculture leader to address chamber

    Tom McKee, D-Cynthiana, 78th District state representative and co-chair of the House Agriculture Committee, will be guest speaker at the Campbellsville/Taylor County Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon, which is set for noon Thursday, May 13 at Living Grace Church.

    The Agribusiness of the Year award will also be presented at the luncheon.

    Taylor County Farm Bureau Federation will sponsor the event.

    The cost is $8 for Chamber investors and $10 for non-investors. Reservations must be made at the Chamber office by noon on Tuesday, May 11.

  • Woman charged with selling drugs in sealed indictment

    A Campbellsville woman has been charged with selling hydrocodone in an indictment recently unsealed by a Taylor Circuit Court judge.

    A grand jury may seal an indictment if there is a possibility that the accused will try to evade police.

    Sherry Russelburg, 44, of 905 S. Central Ave. was indicted by a Taylor County grand jury in December on a charge of second-degree selling hydrocodone.

    Bond was set at $15,000 cash. If convicted, Russelburg could be sentenced to as much as five years in prison.

  • UPDATE: Heavy rains cause major flooding

    Though Taylor County received more than 7 inches of rain over a two-day period, problems were nothing out of the ordinary, officials say.

    "I would say we had the normal problems anyone would have had," according to Campbellsville Police Chief Dennis Benningfield. "We were pretty fortunate."

    Emergency workers dealt with street closures, flooded basements and some localized flooding, Benningfield said, as a slow-moving storm front hovered over Taylor County from Saturday morning until Sunday night.

  • ELECTION: Taylor County Jailer

    Three candidates are seeking the Taylor County jailer's position this year, and two of them face primary opposition.

    Incumbent Rick Benningfield defends his post against Nick Alsager in the Democratic Primary. The winner of that race advances to the General Election, where he will face sole Republican candidate Eddie "Hack" Marcum.

    The News-Journal mailed questionnaires to all candidates facing opposition in the Primary Election. Both Benningfield and Alsager responded and their answers are listed below.

  • Woman charged with forging prescription, prostitution

    A St. Louis, Mo. woman has been arrested and charged with attempting to fill a forged prescription in Campbellsville.

    Randie Raye Faulkner, 38, of 6859 Stratford Ave. was arrested Friday, April 23.

    According to Faulkner's arrest citation, she is accused of signing another person's name to a prescription without permission and attempting to fill it at Kroger in Green River Plaza.

    She was charged with attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud or forgery, a Class D felony punishable by as much as five years in prison.

  • Paul makes campaign stop in Campbellsville

    Dr. Rand Paul, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, was in Campbellsville on Wednesday afternoon for a town hall meeting at the Taylor County Courthouse. Paul spoke to about 20 supporters. He said he believes federal laws should apply to everyone. "All bills passed by Congress should be applicable to Congress." Paul said he is 100 percent pro-life, against cap and trade and in favor of a balanced budget, congressional term limits, immigration laws and investigating all possible forms of energy. He says he is also a proponent of reducing government control.

  • County Fire Department receives grant for tanker truck

    Taylor County Volunteer Fire Department will be adding a much-needed tanker truck to its fleet.

    Congressman Brett Guthrie announced last week that the department will receive a $237,500 grant from the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program.

    The grant, plus a 5 percent match from the department, will be used to purchase the tanker truck, Volunteer Fire Chief George Wilson said.

    "We needed one really bad," he said. "We had to get rid of one last year."