Local News

  • Preacher gets probation on sex charges


    A Columbia preacher has been sentenced to probation for sexually abusing women in Taylor and Adair counties.

    Carlos Mendez-Almendra, 44, of 2227 Cane Valley Road, was indicted by Taylor and Adair county grand juries in June 2010.

    In Taylor County, he was charged with first-degree sexual abuse and intimidating a witness in the legal process. He was charged with first-degree rape and five counts of sexual misconduct in Adair County.

  • Lebanon man guilty of criminal mischief


    After being acquitted of similar charges twice before, a jury found a Lebanon man guilty last week of causing several thousands of dollars in damage to vehicles and has recommended that he spend two years in prison for his crimes.

    George Sullivan, 53, of 1115 Ed Sullivan Road, faced a jury last Tuesday in Taylor Circuit Court before Special Status Judge Steve Hurt.

  • Resident accused of burglary

    A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged with burglarizing another person’s home.
    According to a Taylor County Sheriff’s Office report, deputies received a complaint of a burglary at a home on Heather Lane earlier this year.
    The report states that an investigation led to a warrant being issued for Brandon Edelen’s arrest.
    Edelen, 23, of 1488 Roberts Road, was arrested last Wednesday and charged with second-degree burglary. Campbellsville Police Officer Bart Gilpin made the arrest.

  • Police investigating pharmacy burglary

    Campbellsville Police are seeking the public’s help in investigating a burglary at Eastridge-Phelps Pharmacy on Campbellsville Bypass.
    According to a Campbellsville Police report, Capt. Shannon Wilson responded to an alarm at the pharmacy just after 4:30 a.m. last Wednesday and discovered that the front door glass had been shattered and an undetermined amount of narcotics had been taken.
    Using surveillance video, police say the suspect was wearing a brown ski mask, dark pants and shirt or possibly bib overalls, a camouflage jacket and blue gloves.

  • SPCA group searches for new logo

    Taylor County’s Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals group is searching for a new logo. Children and teens age 18 and younger can enter the group’s contest for the best logo and possibly win a $50 prize.
    A logo is a clear image that will instantly let people know who the SPCA group is and what it stands for. The new SPCA logo should communicate love and respect for all animals. It can be as simple as a picture or may also incorporate “TCSPCA” or the words “Taylor County SPCA.”

  • Campbellsville University Holy Week service is April 4


    Joan C. McKinney

    Campbellsville University

    “And he took the bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.’

  • TCES students complete Million Minute March


    Tiffany Lawson

    Taylor County Schools

    Taylor County Elementary School students recently celebrated reading one million minutes cumulatively, a goal that was set at the beginning of the school year.

    Million Minute March, according to librarian Gail Pippin, is a project that was sponsored by a Back to School Literacy Grant from the Dollar General Corp. The grant allowed Pippin to update her collection so students could check out books they enjoy reading in order to help reach their goal.

  • CU students spend spring break planting seeds for Christ


    Christina L. Kern

    Campbellsville University

    Cleaning out homes, playing softball with prisoners, teaching English as a second language, and most of all, planting seeds is what several groups of Campbellsville University students did over spring break.

    CU students planted seeds for Christ in mission trips to New Orleans, La.; Panama City, Fla.; New York City and Central Florida over spring break.

  • Be Excited About Reading


    Campbellsville Family Resource and Youth Services Center and Campbellsville University sponsored Be Excited About Reading night for Campbellsville preschool, kindergarten and first-grade students and their parents on Tuesday, March 20, in the CES library.

    Parents and students learned together about family literacy at activity stations.

    Each student who attended received a book and a bear.

  • CMS students learn physics of roller coasters


    Campbellsville Middle School eighth-grade science students in Lori Hardy's classes have been studying Newton's Laws of Motion.

    As a culminating project for the unit, students designed and built a roller coaster using various materials.

    Each group's roller coaster was required to have at least one hill and vertical loop. A marble had to be able to complete the course while staying on the track.

    After their roller coasters were built, the students conducted velocity tests using marbles and an investigation sheet.