Local News

  • Police want to better track stolen items

    Stolen items could soon have a better chance of being recovered.

    At Monday night's regular City Council meeting, Campbellsville Police Chief Dennis Benningfield asked the Council to consider adding secondhand stores and precious metal and scrap metal dealers to the list of businesses required to keep electronic records.

    Last August, the Council passed an ordinance making it mandatory for pawnbrokers to keep computer records of all the items they take in and sell.

  • Campbellsville native offers his take on the movies

    Robert Pattinson stood inches from me. Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz, both Oscar winners, were only feet away. Directly in front of me, and behind the camera, sat Rodrigo Prieto, an Oscar-nominated director of photography.

    I should have been completely awestruck at the level of talent that surrounded me. Yet the only thing I could truly focus on was my aching feet and legs due to the flat slippers the wardrobe department had given me to wear - and having to stand on them for hours on end.

  • Jail helps to balance County budget

    The Taylor County Detention Center made more money and spent less than expected last fiscal year. As a result, officials say, that has helped keep the County's finances in shape.

    Taylor Fiscal Court's Budgets, Audits and Personnel Committee met last Tuesday to discuss the status of the County's 2010-2011 budget.

    All magistrates except Milford Lowe attended the meeting, as did Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers, Taylor County Treasurer Melissa Williams and Taylor County Jailer Rick Benningfield.

  • Extension camps offer cooking, sewing and CSI techniques

    "No elbows on the table," she says, with a bit of sternness in her voice. "Sit up nice and straight."

    They learned proper table manners, how to sew a pillow and even how detectives solve a crime.

    The Taylor County Extension Office hosted day camps last week for local youth, offering games, food, learning and plenty of fun. The camps were free, though spots were limited to 10 and 12 children each.

    The camps began Wednesday with a day just for Cloverbuds, children ages 5 to 8. They had an entire day of food, games, cooking, crafts and reading.

  • Man charged with bringing drugs into jail

    A Greensburg man has been charged with second-degree promoting contraband after he allegedly brought drugs into the Taylor County Detention Center.

    Scott Owen Morgan, 48, of 2423 Hugh Paxton Road was arrested at 11:59 p.m. Saturday, July 24.

    According to Morgan's arrest citation, a crack pipe was found in his possession while he was being searched at the jail before being incarcerated on other charges.

    Taylor County Sheriff's Deputy Dickie Benningfield made the arrest.

  • Man accused of growing marijuana

    A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged with growing a dozen marijuana plants.

    James W. Marrs Jr., 28, of 879 Salem Church Road was arrested at 1:40 p.m. Friday, July 23.

    According to Marrs' arrest citation, Kentucky State Police officers spotted the marijuana from a helicopter.

    The citation states that KSP officers saw Marrs walking around and watching the helicopter.

    Eight marijuana plants were found beside Marrs, the citation states, and four others were in the ground.

    Marrs was charged with growing more than five marijuana plants.

  • Getting it Right

    The beat echoes in the background, helping them stay with the tempo. And the strum of a guitar helps them keep their groove.

    Campbellsville High School's marching band spent the past two weeks working on this season's music and field show, culminating with a performance Friday night for parents.

    After not competing for three school years, the CHS band reemerged last year after Zach Shelton was hired to take over the program. Jaime Smith, who had been band director since 2005, accepted a position at LaRue County High School, leaving the position open at CHS.

  • Sheriff's office investigating phone scams

    The Taylor County Sheriff's Office is investigating reports of telephone scams.

    According to a news release, the office has received complaints that residents are receiving calls stating that a family member is in trouble and out of the country and needs money. The release states that victims have wired money out of the country as a result.

    The callers have important information about family members, the release states, believed to be coming from social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace.

  • CPD has new officer

    Roy Rodgers II is the Campbellsville Police Department's newest officer.

    Police Chief Dennis Benningfield said he is excited about hiring Rodgers.

    "He is an excellent candidate and looks forward to serving the people in Campbellsville," Benningfield said.

    "Rodgers will be attending the Department of Criminal Justice training for 18 weeks of training. We will be looking forward to the additional help. This brings the Campbellsville Police Department to 22 sworn officers."

  • Freshman Focus helps new students learn the ropes

    About 150 students participated in Taylor County High School's Freshman Focus camp, which began last Thursday and wrapped up Tuesday.

    Aided by high school mentors, incoming freshmen participated in a number of activities, including developing blue, red and green team cheers, a pep rally, "The Amazing Race" and building tours.

    Described as an "ice breaker" activity, the students had the names of famous people pinned to the backs of their shirts and then had to determine who they were by asking questions of their fellow freshmen, as well as mentors.