Local News

  • KSP collecting food

    The Kentucky State Police has begun a statewide food drive campaign called ‘Cram the Cruiser,’ which netted 21,586 pounds of food for Kentucky families last year. The campaign was created in effort for each KSP post to have an opportunity to give back to its local community.  
    Post 15 in Columbia has partnered with some local UK Cooperative Extension Offices and other businesses to serve as collection points.

  • BBB warns businesses of email scam

    The Better Business Bureau is issuing an urgent scam alert cautioning businesses and consumers about an email that is purporting to be from a bbb.org email address about a recently filed complaint.
    The email contains a dangerous attachment regarding a complaint and appears to direct recipients to the BBB website. This is a scam. The BBB does not send complaints as attachments via email.

  • Campbellsville man injured in Springfield crash

    A Campbellsville man was injured in a two-vehicle accident near Springfield Monday.
    According to a report from Kentucky State Police, Clayton Matney, 28, of Campbellsville, was traveling south on KY 55 in a 2005 Chevy Colorado. The report said Matney stopped and was attempting to make a left turn when his vehicle was struck in the rear by a 2011 Ford Escape driven by Kathleen Linhart, 23, of Lexington.

  • Three more charged with breaking into TCHS

    Three more people have been arrested and charged with breaking into Taylor County High School.
    According to a Taylor County Sheriff’s Office report, deputies were contacted on Nov. 25 to investigate the break-in.
    Last week, Tiffany Abell, 19, of Girard Lane was been arrested and charged with third-degree burglary. On Monday, Cartina Hewitt, 19, and a 14-year-old female were arrested and charged with third-degree burglary.
    Tabitha Pendleton, 33, also of Campbellsville, was the first arrested.

  • Greensburg man accused of attempting to sell stolen merchandise

    A Greensburg man has been arrested and charged with attempting to sell stolen merchandise in Taylor County.
    According to a Taylor County Sheriff’s Office report, Christopher Robb, 28, of 2440 Grab Road, was arrested Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 3:30 p.m. by Green County sheriff’s deputies.

  • Russell Springs woman charged with second DUI

    A Russell Springs woman has been arrested and charged with her second DUI offense.
    Mary R. Maynard, 54, of 141 Baldett Drive, was arrested at 5:15 p.m. on Nov. 21.
    According to Maynard’s arrest citation, Taylor County Sheriff’s Deputy Dickie Benningfield received a reckless driving complaint on KY 55.
    Benningfield wrote that he observed Maynard driving from side to side. After stopping her, Maynard allegedly told Benningfield that she had taken 3 1/2 Xanax pills.

  • Harrodsburg man charged with selling drugs

    A Harrodsburg man has been charged with selling drugs in an indictment recently unsealed by a Taylor Circuit court judge.
    A grand jury may seal an indictment if there is a possibility that the accused will try to evade police.
    Willie Brooks, 43, was charged with first-degree selling a controlled substance. He allegedly committed the crime in Taylor County on Jan. 3.
    Bond was set at 10 percent of $15,000. He was ordered to be monitored and to not consume any drugs or alcohol.
    If convicted, Brooks could be sentenced to as much as 10 years in prison.

  • Columbia woman injured in two-vehicle collision

    A Columbia woman was injured in a two-vehicle collision in Taylor County Tuesday morning.
    According to a Taylor County Sheriff’s Office news release, at 5:43 a.m., Lisa Walker, 18, of Columbia, was driving a 2002 Mitsubishi south on KY 55 when her vehicle dropped off the road. Walker lost control when her vehicle re-entered the roadway, crossed the centerline and collided with a 1999 Ford Contour, driven north on KY 55 by Samantha Kuhn, 19.
    Kuhn was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital. She was treated and released.

  • State will not exhume animal grave at shelter

    The county’s top official says investigators won’t dig up a makeshift grave at the Taylor County Animal Shelter to perform tests after all.

    And, he says, inmates are no longer being used to perform work at the animal shelter in response to allegations of abuse and neglect.
    In November, the News-Journal received a letter from inmate Andy Stewart, who said he was working at the animal shelter when several animals were buried alive.

  • Beshear sworn in as Kentucky governor again

    Gov. Steve Beshear shared his vision for tomorrow with Kentuckians during his inaugural speech Tuesday afternoon on the Capitol’s steps.
    Beshear became only the second Kentucky governor in modern times to serve consecutive terms. Paul Patton was the first.

    Tuesday’s 2 p.m. swearing in was ceremonial since Beshear and new Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, Louisville’s former five-term mayor, were both sworn in at midnight in the Capitol Rotunda. It’s the first time Abramson has held a statewide office.