Local News

  • Thieves hit business

    Though the numbers may not be increasing, he says the crimes do seem to be getting a bit more serious.

    The Campbellsville Police Department is investigating two robberies, at a bank and restaurant, and two burglaries at a local pharmacy.

    And police chief Dennis Benningfield says his department has put extra patrol in place to help keep Taylor County residents safe.

  • Schools taking steps to keep kids cool

    The first day of school was a hot one for Campbellsville and Taylor County students.

    With air temperatures reaching the upper 90s and humidity pushing the heat index well above 100, the schools had to take extra precautions to keep children cool on the bus ride home.

    At noon on Wednesday, Taylor County Transportation Director Rod Turpin said, the temperature inside the buses was 120 degrees. Taking advantage of a breeze, all the windows and doors were opened in the buses and the inside temperature had cooled by about 15 degrees by the end of the school day.

  • KU rate hike approved

    Your next electric bill will be higher than before. And high temperatures aren't the only reason.

    The Kentucky Public Service Commission has approved rate increases for Kentucky Utilities and LG&E. KU provides electricity to customers in Campbellsville.

    The average KU customer will see an additional $8.14 on their bill each month, according to Cliff Feltham, KU's statewide media relations manager.

    The increase took effect on July 30, the day the PSC issued it's ruling.

  • Charges dismissed against teen

    Charges accusing a local teenager of using a minor in a sexual performance have been dismissed on an agreement that he joins the armed forces.

    Brandon S. Shirrell, 18, of 2996 Coakley Road in Campbellsville was indicted in May by a Taylor County grand jury. He was charged with four misdemeanor counts of sexual misconduct. The charge of using a minor in a sexual performance is a Class B felony, punishable by as much as 20 years in prison.

  • Two suspects wanted in pharmacy burglary

    Campbellsville Police are searching for two people suspected of burglarizing Eastridge and Phelps Pharmacy early Wednesday morning.

    According to a Campbellsville Police report, officers responded to an alarm at the pharmacy, located on Winston Way, at 5:34 a.m. Upon arrival, it was discovered that glass in a door had been broken and the business had been entered. As of press time, it is undetermined what was taken.

  • Get to know your ‘Neighbors’

    The Central Kentucky News-Journal wants to help readers get to know their neighbors.

    The News-Journal will soon begin publishing a new feature series called "Neighbors."

    The series will feature one person in Taylor County each week and will include information about their neighborhood, hobbies, roots and current issues, as well as a photo of the person.

    To be featured, or to recommend someone to be featured, contact James Roberts at 465-8111 or by e-mail at writer@cknj.com.

  • Men charged with sex crimes

    Two Campbellsville men have been charged with sex crimes in indictments handed down by a Taylor County grand jury last Tuesday.

    Brian R. Rutledge

    Brian R. Rutledge, 36, of 98 Earthborne Lane was charged in separate indictments with first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree sodomizing two children younger than 12.

    He was first arrested on the sodomy charges on June 12.

  • Road project closer to completion

    A man stands holding an orange sign, cautioning drivers that road construction is ahead.

    Such a sight on KY 55 and KY 210 has become common in Taylor County, and work on the project now stands at about 81 percent complete.

    Mark Brown, public information officer for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's District 4 office in Elizabethtown, says work on the project began in 2007 and one section of it - widening of KY 55 to five lanes from KY 1625 to U.S. 68 - was completed last year.

  • One injured in collision

    A Greensburg man was injured in a two-vehicle collision in Campbellsville on Monday.

    According to a Campbellsville Police report, Ricky Gabehart, 46, of Greensburg was traveling eastbound on Broadway in his 1994 Dodge Dakota when he collided with a 2008 Nissan Rogue driven by Angela Russell, 36, of Campbellsville. Russell was turning left from Federal Place onto Broadway.

    Gabehart was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by private vehicle. He was treated and released. Russell was not injured.

  • Payne loses second appeal

    The Campbellsville man found guilty in 2003 of raping and sodomizing a 9-year-old girl has lost another appeal of his 30-year prison sentence.

    William R. Payne, 42, was found guilty of nine counts of first-degree rape and five counts of first-degree sodomy and sentenced to 30 years in prison.

    The girl, who was 13 years old at the time of the trial, testified that while her mother was working nights, Payne forced her to have sex with him. Payne denied the accusations.