Local News

  • Water project nearly finished

    Better tasting water will soon be on tap. A $2.8 million project to help the Campbellsville Water Co. draw higher quality water from Green River Lake is expected to wrap up within a month.

    "People don't realize how complicated this is," said David Bowles of Monarch Engineering. "We worked with the City over the last five or six years to design a system that would improve the water quality."

  • Homeless count is up

    While the number of homeless people in Taylor County hasn't changed much in the last year, the number of potential homeless has.

    Results of the statewide 2010 Point-In-Time Count of the Homeless were released on June 30. Statewide, there were 6,623 homeless people identified in the 2010 count, which took place on Jan. 28. The 2009 count located 5,999 homeless individuals, although a major ice and snowstorm that hit the state around the same time of the 2009 count hampered efforts.

    Of Kentucky's 120 counties, only 109 participated.

  • City receives KLC grant

    The City of Campbellsville has received a $1,388.69 grant from the Kentucky League of Cities Insurance Services. The grant will be used to purchase back-up cameras, ANSI compliant clothing and LED signal wands. Allen said that in these uncertain times, grants such as this one are a practical way to make the City's budget go further, as well as provide products that will enhance public safety.

  • Former inmate files suit against jail

    A former Taylor County Detention Center inmate has filed suit, claiming he did not receive necessary medical treatment.

    Robert Bertram of the Bertram & Wilson law firm in Jamestown filed the complaint on behalf of Eddie Yates in Taylor Circuit Court on Tuesday, June 29.

    Taylor County Jailer Rick Benningfield, Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers and Taylor County are listed as defendants.

    According to the complaint, Yates was incarcerated at the jail on July 24, 2009, when he fell and fractured his hand.

  • Celebrating a Milestone

    They went to see the movie "Thoroughbreds Don't Cry" on their first date. Now, more than seven decades later, Jodie and Opal Mings are still together and will soon celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary.

    The couple's history goes back to the 1930s, when Mr. Mings was driving a bus of children to school in Knifley.

    Mrs. Mings said he would drive by her home and wave. They hadn't met at that point, she said, but would on their first date at a Columbia movie theater. A friend asked Mrs. Mings to go with her to the movies and be Jodie's date.

  • The Latest: Elderly man reported missing is located

    A Campbellsville man who was the subject of a weekend search is now safely at home.

    According to Campbellsville Police Chief Dennis Benningfield, Gilbert J. Banta, 79, was located in Springfield on Tuesday morning by Springfield Police. Benningfield said police received a call that Banta resembled a man who had been reported missing.

    According to the Campbellsville E-911 Center, Banta, who may suffer from dementia, had walked away from his home on Roland Street at about 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. He was believed to be attempting to go to Shelbyville.

  • County budget is complete

    Taylor County will operate with about $300,000 more this fiscal year than last, though two officials say this year's budget basically mirrors last year's.

    The County's 2010-2011 budget of nearly $8.7 million was unanimously given second reading last Monday at noon during a special meeting.

    Magistrates had first reading of the budget in May. The budget approved Monday afternoon is unchanged.

    Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers says this year's budget is virtually the same as last year's. A breakdown of the budget is listed in a sidebar to this story.

  • Celebrating the 4th

    See Monday's newspaper for a series of photos from the Fourth of July Celebration in Campbellsville.

    More photos will appear in Thursday's issue as well as in a slideshow on the News-Journal's home page.

  • Taylor now eligible for USDA disaster assistance

    Congressman Brett Guthrie announced last week that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared 15 counties in the Second Congressional District eligible for agriculture emergency assistance for damage caused by the storms that hit the area starting May 1. Taylor County is among those included.

    Guthrie sent a letter in early May to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack requesting a review for agriculture emergency assistance given the widespread damage to Kentucky's farmers and agriculture industries.

  • July 4th events begin Friday

    From crafts and cars to food and fireworks, this year's 35th annual Fourth of July Celebration has something to entertain those of all ages.

    And celebration chairman Allen Gaddis says organizers of the event have been working hard to make sure this year's is the best yet.

    Gaddis, who has served on the Fourth of July board for several years, says he was named chairman of this year's celebration based on a rotation of members to share the responsibilities involved. He said Jon Hawkins, who is this year's vice chair, will serve as next year's chair.