Local News

  • Ethics charges against PVAs re-instated

    Charges dismissed a year ago against PVAs in 11 Kentucky counties have been re-instated by the Kentucky Court of Appeals.

    The property valuation administrators, including Taylor County PVA Julie Shields, were originally charged in October 2008 with ethics violations for promoting or hiring family members. In June 2009, all were cleared of any wrongdoing.

    However, with the appellate court's ruling on Friday, those charges are once again active and the case will continue.

  • Council gives final approval of 2010-2011 budget

    At a special meeting Monday night, Campbellsville City Council members gave final approval to the City's 2010-2011 budget.

    The vote was unanimous. Council members Richard Jeter, Paul Harmon, Mike Hall Jr., Terry Keltner and Vangie Ford were absent.

    At $15.6 million, the budget is smaller than the current budget by about $1.5 million because fewer grants were received.

    The budget includes 3 percent raises for City employees, the first since 2008.

  • Disaster aid climbs to $14.7 million

    One month after May's severe storms thundered through the bluegrass state, more than $14.7 million is in the hands of disaster survivors who registered for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The registration deadline is July 12.

    Disaster officials from the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management and FEMA urge people to register now, before it's too late.

  • A visit from the governor

    Gov. Steve Beshear, left, and Jerry Abramson, above, attended a campaign event at the Campbellsville home of Maurice and Nancy Dix on Thursday. Beshear is seeking re-election next year. Abramson, who is currently Louisville's mayor, will run for lieutenant governor.

  • Two injured in KY 55/3183 collision

    Two Vine Grove women were injured in a two-car collision in Taylor County on Saturday.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office news release, at about 4:51 p.m., Rex Keisser, 58, of Mountain Home, Idaho, was turning his 2007 Volvo semi from KY 55 unto to KY 3183 when he pulled into the path of a 2007 Chevrolet Equinox, driven by Tracy Kessler, 47, of Vine Grove.

  • Showing their stuff

    Samantha Jo Hughes, 9, above, competes in her very first dairy show contest at the Taylor County Fair on Friday morning. Samantha placed eighth in the junior showmanship division.

    See Monday's print edition for more photos.


  • Making a splash

    He climbs the ladder and then plants his feet. The diver walks slowly to the edge, braces himself and jumps high. He does a flip in the air and then ... splash.

    Campbellsville City Pool is now open for those looking for a way to beat the summer heat. And, judging by the crowd watching Casey Gilbert dive last week, many are taking advantage.

    According to City Pool Manager Steve Doss, attendance for the month of June has, so far, been higher than anticipated. Doss said the pool was expected to open Memorial Day weekend but didn't because of a leak.

  • Police seeking information on two 'persons of interest'

    Campbellsville Police are seeking information on two "persons of interest" regarding recent thefts at Walmart.

    According to Campbellsville Police Officer Jaysen Taylor, security cameras at Walmart recorded images of the two people on June 10 and June 11.

    Anyone with information on either person is asked to contact Taylor at 465-4122 or the Community Safe Line at 469-PRID(E).


  • Sodomy charges filed

    A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged with sodomizing two young children.

    Brian Ray Rutledge, 36, of 2319 Arrowhead Ranch #19 was arrested Saturday, June 12 at 10:11 p.m. at the Campbellsville Police Department.

    According to Rutledge's arrest citation, a videotaped interview was given to Kentucky State Police troopers that depicted a young girl revealing that Rutledge sodomized her at least once in Taylor County and once in Mercer County.

    Another child, a male, also told KSP troopers that Rutledge assaulted him.

  • Special election is tomorrow

    Registered voters who live in the Taylor County School District will decide the fate of the District's recallable nickel tax tomorrow.

    The question on tomorrow's ballot will be "Are you in favor of the Taylor County Board of Education's levying of a real property tax of five cents on each $100 valuation to provide funds to maintain, renovate and construct school facilities?"

    Voters will decide whether they are "For" or "Against" the tax.