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Local News

  • BREAKING NEWS: Ice storm leaves hundreds without power

    About 10 people without electricity spent the night in an emergency shelter Tuesday night as crews worked to restore power to hundreds of Taylor County residents.

    Due to the number of people without power, Taylor County Emergency Management opened an emergency shelter at the Campbellsville Baptist Church Christian Life Center.

    And with additional winter weather expected Wednesday, Ronnie Dooley, Campbellsville/Taylor County E-911 assistant supervisor, said two additional shelters were on standby.

  • Man who gave teen cocaine sentenced to prison

    A Campbellsville man who gave cocaine to a teenager has been sentenced to serve three years in prison for violating the terms of his probation.

    Benjamin Lee Burton, 25, of 1000 S. Central Ave. appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Doughlas M. George on Tuesday, Jan. 6.

    In August 2007, Burton pleaded guilty to second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor. He originally faced a first-degree charge. A charge of first-degree possession of a controlled substance was dismissed.

  • Campbellsville woman pleads guilty in federal court

    A Campbellsville woman has pleaded guilty to federal drug charges and could be sentenced to 40 years in prison for her crimes.

    According to a press release from U.S. Attorney David L. Huber's office of the Western District of Kentucky, Linda Sue Smith, 59, of Campbellsville pleaded guilty Friday to unlawful possession and distribution of Percocet, a Schedule II narcotic.

  • Board approves plan to build new school

    After two years of work, Taylor County School Board members approved a facilities plan that would see construction of a new school in the coming years.

    During a special meeting Monday night, Board members gave unanimous approval to the plan that calls for the construction of a new school and reorganization of the District's three current facilities.

    Prior to the meeting, a hearing took place to collect public comment on the plan. There were no written comments and no one in the audience spoke.

  • Emily Cox makes it to Top 12 at Miss America pageant

    Miss Kentucky Emily Cox was this year’s Miss America Quality of Life Award winner at the Miss America pageant on Thursday. She was also a Top 12 finalist on Saturday during the televised program shown live from Las Vegas.

    Cox, 22, became the second in her family to win the Miss Kentucky Crown after competing against 31 contestants from across the state in July for the title.

  • News-Journal ad manager to retire

    An advertising career that began at the Central Kentucky News-Journal 20 years ago will draw to a close this month.

    Cheryl Caulk Magers will retire as advertising sales manager on Jan. 30.

  • Heath remembered for kind personality

    Ask anyone what they’ll remember of Angie Heath and two words quickly come to their minds — her smile.

    “The image that keeps popping into my head … she always had this infectious, giggly smile,” said Campbellsville High teacher Kevin Rafferty. “The last time I saw her, she was on the other side of Wal-Mart. She waved and she had that big smile. That is the way I’ll remember her. It was rare that Angie didn’t smile.”

    Heath died last Tuesday in a two-vehicle crash on KY 88, just west of Greensburg.

  • Campbellsville man indicted for child abuse

    A Campbellsville man has been indicted on charges accusing him of abusing a child.

    Ronald L. Sallee, 33, of 1890 Reids Chapel Road was indicted Tuesday by a Taylor County grand jury on a charge of second-degree criminal abuse.

    Kentucky State Police Detective B.J. Burton investigated.

    On Friday, Burton said he couldn’t reveal any details of the case, only that it involves physical abuse of a 3-year-old.

    Bond for Sallee was set at 10 percent of $10,000.

    If convicted, Sallee could be sentenced to as much as five years in prison.

  • History in the making

    Countless people attended and watched the historical inauguration of President Barack Obama last week. Several of those braving the crowds and cold weather in Washington, D.C. were Campbellsville residents.

    The News-Journal contacted several of those who traveled to Washington and asked them to share their experiences. Here are the stories of those who responded, some of which are written as first person accounts.

    Matthew Hart, high school student

  • Taylor woman dies in Green County crash

    A Taylor County woman died Tuesday in a two-vehicle crash on KY 88, just west of Greensburg.

    According to Kentucky State Police Trooper John Boyd, Angelica Heath, 18, of Campbellsville, was pronounced dead at the scene by Green County Coroner Eudell Stilts.

    According to Boyd's report, Heath was traveling east on KY 88 in a 1997 Nissan, when she lost control in a curve and slid sideways into the westbound lane of traffic. Heath's vehicle was struck in the passenger door by a 1999 Ford driven by Ben Bolden, 19, of Campbellsville.

    The collision occurred at 9:02 a.m.