Local News

  • Kirby Smith is new CHS principal

    Kirby Smith is the new principal at Campbellsville High School.

    The announcement was made at 8 a.m. Wednesday by Superintendent Diane Woods-Ayers.

    Smith has taught special education and coached baseball at CHS for the past five years. He has also been dean of students.

    As for whether Smith will continue his coaching duties, however, he said that will be a decision made by new Superintendent Mike Deaton and members of the School Board at a later date.

  • It's lunch time!

    Dozens of hungry kids fill Campbellsville High School's cafeteria. It's lunchtime, but school is out.

    For the past several years, local children have found nutritious meals during the summer months thanks to the Kentucky Summer Food Service Program.

    The purpose behind the program, according to Jeff Richardson, Campbellsville Independent director of pupil personnel and food services, is to ensure that kids have healthy food when school is out.

  • Sullivans honored with fair's 'Finest Family Farm' award

    It's a longstanding tradition in the Sullivan family. And that tradition is part of what earned the family the Taylor County Fair's Finest Family Farm Award.

    Campbellsville resident Clayton Sullivan has been a full-time farmer for nearly seven decades. His son, Ronnie, has farmed full time since 1968. And the tradition lives on in Ronnie's son, Chad, who has farmed full time since 1994.

  • One injured in motorcycle collision

    A Campbellsville man was injured Thursday in a motorcycle crash.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, Eric Hudgins, 24, of Whispering Meadows was traveling south on Burdick School Road at about 6 p.m.

    The report states that Hudgins drove over a hill and lost control of his 2001 Honda motorcycle.

    Read more on this story and others in Thursday's print edition.

  • Police still searching for inmate

    Police are still searching for the inmate who walked away from a work detail Friday afternoon.

    According to a Campbellsville Police report, Taylor County Detention Center inmate Keith Alan Turner was working at the Taylor County Animal Shelter on Friday. At 3:37 p.m., he was discovered missing.

    According to Taylor County Jailer Rick Benningfield, an Animal Shelter supervisor was doing a routine inmate check at around 3:30 p.m. and could not find Turner.

  • Charges dismissed against PVAs

    PVAs in 11 counties, including Taylor County Property Valuation Administrator Julie Shields, who were charged with ethics violations for promoting or hiring family members, have been cleared of any wrongdoing.

    In October 2008, the PVAs were charged with ethics violations by state officials. Locally, Shields was being investigated for promoting her husband, Marty, to chief deputy PVA.

    PVAs are elected officials living in the county in which they serve who assess property in their respective counties.

  • Four injured in two-vehicle collision at Broadway/Lebanon intersection

    Four people were transported to Taylor Regional Hospital following a two-vehicle collision Saturday.

    According to a Campbellsville Police report, at about 4:47 p.m., Jacquelyn Babbs, 32, of Campbellsville was driving a 1990 Chevrolet Corsica west on Broadway when she failed to stop at a red light and pulled into the path of a 2001 GMC Yukon being driven north on Lebanon Avenue by Amy South, 34, of Campbellsville.

  • Carney appointed to National Legislative Committee

    State Rep. John "Bam" Carney, R-Campbellsville, will serve on a national committee after completing just one session as a legislator.

    Carney has been named as a member of the National Conference of State Legislatures' Health Committee.

    "Undoubtedly, the best part of my job is serving the people of Taylor and Adair counties," Carney stated, "but I am extremely honored by my appointment to this national committee, especially as a freshman legislator."

  • Russell Springs man drowns at lake

    The body of a Russell Springs man who died Saturday after drowning in Green River Lake will be transported to Mexico, his home country.

    According to Fish and Wildlife Conservation Officer Gabe Welch, who investigated the incident, the man had been missing in the water for four hours.

    Welch said the man, Jorge Rojas Ayala, 34, was one in a group of five people from Russell Springs who came to the lake on Saturday at about 3 p.m. to swim.

  • Taylor Board amends school calendar

    The school week for Taylor County students will now end at 1 p.m. on Fridays.

    During a special meeting Tuesday, the Taylor County School Board approved an amended 2009-2010 calendar proposed by incoming superintendent Roger Cook.

    Cook said weekly, two-hour professional development sessions are needed to implement performance-based learning. This allows students who already know the material they are being presented to move on if they pass an exam.