Local News

  • Two charged in sealed indictments

    Two Campbellsville men have been charged with selling drugs in indictments 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.

    Indicted were:

    - Gary Paris, 46, of 475 Pembroke Lane was charged with first-degree selling oxycodone. Bond was set at $15,000 cash. If convicted, Paris could be sentenced to as much as 10 years in prison.

  • Priest returns from mission to Haiti

    After learning that an earthquake had struck the capital of Haiti and left thousands of casualties in its wake, Father James Bromwich says his reaction was simple. He had to help.

    "I knew I had to go," he said. "I took it in prayer and it was confirmed."

    The earthquake left more than 200,000 people dead with countless injured and more than a million displaced.

    Campbellsville residents have pitched in with relief efforts by hosting drives to collect money, peanut butter, clothing and other items.

  • Need for heating assistance is up.

    It has been a long, cold winter for some local residents.

    Need is up 50 percent this year for Lake Cumberland Community Action's Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program's crisis component.

    The crisis part of the program, which began Jan. 4, helps people who have received an electricity/natural gas disconnect notice or who are within four days of running out of coal, fuel oil, propane, kerosene, wood or coal.

    So far this year, there have been 712 applications approved for a total of $135,367 in aid, according to LeAnne Sutton, outreach specialist.

  • Attorneys general take on Topix

    Two attorneys general, including Kentucky's Jack Conway, are taking on what they call unfair policies of the Web site topix.com.

    According to a news release from Conway's office, Conway and Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal sent a joint letter to Topix CEO Chris Tolles on Thursday, Feb. 11 asking him to provide information regarding the Web site's policies dealing with abusive posts that violate the site's terms of service.

  • Orchestra of Sound

    Sounds of the 19th and 20th centuries filled Ransdell Chapel on Friday night.

    The third event of the 2009-2010 Central Kentucky Arts Series featured the music of the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin.

    Conductor Misha Rachlevsky created the group, which is based in Moscow. Rachlevsky began studying and playing the violin when he was 5 and continued in the Soviet Union until 1973. He lived and worked on three continents until arriving in the United States three years later where he became active in chamber music.

  • Septic system grants available for a limited time

    For a limited time, Taylor County's low-income homeowners can apply for a PRIDE grant to replace a failing septic system or straight pipe. The PRIDE grants will pay for installation of a septic system or connection to a public sewer system, if one runs by the home.

    "These grants are for homeowners who want to do the right thing but can't afford a septic system or sewer connection," Karen Engle, who heads the nonprofit PRIDE organization, stated in a news release.

  • Show me the money!

    It's an easy decision, she says, if it can help a child suffering from cancer.

    Campbellsville University Head Volleyball Coach Amy Eckenfels will shave her head in Louisville next month to raise money for the St. Baldrick's Foundation.

    And many others in the Taylor County community will also shed their locks to raise money for children's cancer research.

    Eckenfels, who currently has long hair, said she has always wanted to participate since her father has been involved with a St. Baldrick's team in Louisville for about six years.

  • Searching for history

    Taylor County Jailer Rick Benningfield wants to honor the past. But to do that, he needs some help.

    Benningfield wants to create a display at the Taylor County Detention Center honoring the county's past jailers.

    He says the idea came to him from his travels to various courthouses, including the Taylor County Courthouse.

    "I'd seen them in other courthouses," he said. "And I want to do something like that here."

  • More snow pushes schools back again

    Snowfall Sunday night kept local students out of school yet again.

    Campbellsville Independent and Taylor County Schools called off classes on Monday and Tuesday. Campbellsville students returned to class Wednesday, while Taylor County Schools remained closed.

    Taylor students have missed 13 days - 11 due to snow and two because of a flu outbreak.

    Superintendent Roger Cook said Taylor County students' last day is now Monday, June 7.

    "That is with us making up two of the missed days on Good Friday and Memorial Day."

  • Opposition forms against nickel tax

    A petition opposing Taylor County School Board's approval of a recallable nickel tax is now being circulated door to door.

    According to state law, a committee of five people must administer the petition opposing the recallable nickel. The committee must file an affidavit with the county clerk. The committee filed its paperwork on Friday. However, committee members had to refile Tuesday after Roger Bright resigned. Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney said the change is legal.