Local News

  • Strike Up the Band

    The sun beats down. Sweat begins to bead on their foreheads. But the Taylor County Marching Band plays on.

    Band camp wrapped up Friday, the same day a heat advisory capped off a week that saw daytime highs in the 90-degree range.

    This year, the band is 70 members strong, about 30 of whom are freshmen, said director Stephen Bishop. The band members spent last week getting in shape and learning the new program - "Distant."

  • Breaking News: CES names interim principal

    Campbellsville Elementary School site-based decision making council has named an interim principal.

    Ricky Hunt will take over leadership of CES from former principal David Petett, who was named principal of Campbellsville Middle School. Petett replaced Chris Kidwell, who transferred to the District's central office as finance director.

    Hunt had been serving as director of the Eagle Academy, the District's alternative school.

    Read more in Thursday's print edition of the News-Journal.

  • Campbellsville Renaissance receives 2010 National Trust Main Street accreditation

    Campbellsville Renaissance has been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Trust Main Street Center.

    Each year, the National Trust and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street programs that have built strong revitalization organizations and demonstrate their ability in using the Main Street four-point approach methodology for strengthening their local economy and protecting historic buildings.

  • Election deadline approaches for non-partisan races

    The deadline to file for a handful of non-partisan offices in the November general election is just three weeks away.

    According to Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney, the deadline to file for election for non-partisan offices, with the exception of mayor and city council, is Tuesday, Aug. 10.

    Candidates for mayor and city council had to file their intentions earlier this year, though residents are still eligible to file as write-in candidates.

    There are eight other non-partisan seats up for grabs.

  • Child struck by vehicle suffers only minor injuries

    A 9-year-old child who was struck by a vehicle last week suffered only minor injuries.

    According to a Campbellsville Police report, on Wednesday, July 14, at about 8:30 p.m., Brian M. Oliver II ran into the path of a 1999 Chrysler, being driven along Underwood Street by Claudia R. Willis, 50.

    Oliver was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by Campbellsville/Taylor County Rescue personnel. He was treated and released.

    Willis was not injured.

    Campbellsville Police Officer Andy Warren investigated. Campbellsville Fire Department also responded.

  • Locals do well at state pageant

    Two Campbellsville natives competed in the Miss Kentucky pageant this past weekend and brought several awards home with them.

    And even though they didn't win the top prize, both say they enjoyed the pageant experience.

    Jefra Bland and Elizabeth Ellis competed this past weekend, representing Fayette County and the Wayne County area, respectively. Bland was named third runner-up in the pageant.

  • Down on the Farm

    They spent a day on the farm, learning, playing games and eating together.

    The Taylor County Extension Office hosted a Family Field Day event at Deener Farms on Tuesday with events for the entire family.

    Organizers estimate that 175 people attended.

    Farm topics discussed included getting cows to breed in the summer heat, tobacco production, grain production, smart grass, strategic deworming, pink eye control and on-farm animal composting.

    Children's activities included an obstacle course, 4-H bingo, a farm scavenger hunt, crafts and ice cream making.

  • Logsdon earns Kentucky Folklife Program community scholar honor

    Campbellsville's Main Street Manager Donna Logsdon is among six new community scholars recently presented with graduation certificates by the Kentucky Folklife Program in Hart County.

    The certificate signifies the completion of training in fieldwork, documentation, presentation and promotion of community culture, folklife and traditional arts.

    Other graduates of the Hart County Community Scholars training are Shirley Grivas of Munfordville, Carolyn Keefe and Lori Sargent of Columbia, Del Marie Vaccaro of Louisville and Mary Margaret Villines of Munfordville.

  • Attorney general warns sweepstakes and lottery scams on rise

    Attorney General Jack Conway warns consumers that sweepstakes and lottery scams are on the rise in Kentucky.

    Conway's Office of Consumer Protection receives several calls a day from consumers who have either received a notification that they have won a prize or who have wired money and are now victims of a sweepstakes or lottery-related scam.

  • Fire, police tackle staff shortages

    Despite being understaffed, Campbellsville Police and Fire departments maintain good response times, even as demand for their services grows.

    Police and fire response and understaffing has been a topic of discussion at two recent Campbellsville City Council meetings. At those meetings, Campbellsville Police Chief Dennis Benningfield and Fire Chief Allen Johnson said that their departments are shorthanded and that future growth would require additional personnel. The City has been discussing the annexation of properties to be used as campgrounds.