Local News

  • UPDATE: Heavy rains cause major flooding

    Though Taylor County received more than 7 inches of rain over a two-day period, problems were nothing out of the ordinary, officials say.

    "I would say we had the normal problems anyone would have had," according to Campbellsville Police Chief Dennis Benningfield. "We were pretty fortunate."

    Emergency workers dealt with street closures, flooded basements and some localized flooding, Benningfield said, as a slow-moving storm front hovered over Taylor County from Saturday morning until Sunday night.

  • ELECTION: Taylor County Jailer

    Three candidates are seeking the Taylor County jailer's position this year, and two of them face primary opposition.

    Incumbent Rick Benningfield defends his post against Nick Alsager in the Democratic Primary. The winner of that race advances to the General Election, where he will face sole Republican candidate Eddie "Hack" Marcum.

    The News-Journal mailed questionnaires to all candidates facing opposition in the Primary Election. Both Benningfield and Alsager responded and their answers are listed below.

  • Woman charged with forging prescription, prostitution

    A St. Louis, Mo. woman has been arrested and charged with attempting to fill a forged prescription in Campbellsville.

    Randie Raye Faulkner, 38, of 6859 Stratford Ave. was arrested Friday, April 23.

    According to Faulkner's arrest citation, she is accused of signing another person's name to a prescription without permission and attempting to fill it at Kroger in Green River Plaza.

    She was charged with attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud or forgery, a Class D felony punishable by as much as five years in prison.

  • Paul makes campaign stop in Campbellsville

    Dr. Rand Paul, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, was in Campbellsville on Wednesday afternoon for a town hall meeting at the Taylor County Courthouse. Paul spoke to about 20 supporters. He said he believes federal laws should apply to everyone. "All bills passed by Congress should be applicable to Congress." Paul said he is 100 percent pro-life, against cap and trade and in favor of a balanced budget, congressional term limits, immigration laws and investigating all possible forms of energy. He says he is also a proponent of reducing government control.

  • County Fire Department receives grant for tanker truck

    Taylor County Volunteer Fire Department will be adding a much-needed tanker truck to its fleet.

    Congressman Brett Guthrie announced last week that the department will receive a $237,500 grant from the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grants program.

    The grant, plus a 5 percent match from the department, will be used to purchase the tanker truck, Volunteer Fire Chief George Wilson said.

    "We needed one really bad," he said. "We had to get rid of one last year."

  • Campbellsville man cited for DUI following one-car crash

    A Campbellsville man was cited for DUI following a one-car crash that sent him to the hospital Wednesday.

    According to a Kentucky State Police report, William K. Graham, 27, was driving a 1998 Geo north on KY 289, about 3 miles south of Lebanon, when he struck a ditch and then a tree, overturning his vehicle.

    Graham, who was wearing a seat belt, was flown to the University of Louisville Hospital. His condition was unavailable as of press time.

    KSP Trooper Brian Coyt cited Graham for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol with aggravating circumstances.

  • Man accused of carrying deadly weapon

    A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged with carrying a concealed deadly weapon.

    Gary J. Dooley, 21, of 130 Ray St. was arrested at 3:59 a.m. Monday, April 19.

    According to Dooley's arrest citation, the Taylor County Sheriff's Office received a complaint from a woman stating that Dooley was intoxicated and threatening to harm her.

    Court records state that the woman called the sheriff's office again and reported that Dooley was attempting to get inside the home in which she was in on Davis Road.

  • Planning for Life

    It's often a difficult time, planning the funeral for a loved one. But local funeral home directors say many arrangements today are being pre-planned by the deceased, making those final preparations easier for family members.

    Lyon-DeWitt Funeral Home owner Larry DeWitt says about 60 percent of his business comes from pre-arranged funerals.

    DeWitt says people can lock in the cost of their funeral by pre-planning and spare their family the stress of planning the service.

    "I say, 'Hey, today we can talk about this without getting all teared up.'"

  • Former FOL owners sued

    A company that stored materials at the former Fruit of the Loom site has filed suit against the building's former owners, alleging that they owe for property damaged in a fire.

  • Attorney General alerts consumers to crib recall

    Attorney General Jack Conway and his Kentucky Kids Alert partners want to make sure Kentucky consumers are aware of an important recall announcement from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission involving Graco-branded drop-side cribs.

    The CPSC announced a voluntary recall of 217,000 of the cribs manufactured by LaJobi due to entrapment and suffocation hazards.