Local News

  • No smoking!

    Light up and you'll pay up. A citywide smoking ban in all public buildings becomes effective today. However, most businesses implemented the policy before the ban became law.

    In June, Campbellsville City Council members approved an ordinance banning smoking in all public buildings within the city limits.

    The ordinance bans smoking in all enclosed public places except residences, private organizations that are not hosting a public event and retail tobacco stores where the smoke does not infiltrate into an area where smoking is prohibited.

  • Another arrested in crime ring case

    Another person has been arrested in a case involving 19 people accused of operating a crime ring to sell drugs in Taylor and surrounding counties.

    According to a news release from the Campbellsville Police Department, the indictments came after an 18-month investigation.

    Rick Vaughn, 45, of 499 Dunnville Road in Dunnville is one of 19 defendants accused of operating a criminal syndicate beginning June 27, 2007, and continuing through Jan. 7, 2009, in Taylor and surrounding counties and other states.

  • MicroHose gets state incentives

    Campbellsville will soon be home to a new manufacturing facility that could bring about 120 new jobs.

    MicroHose, a subsidiary of Florida-based Ragner Manufacturing Co., has been awarded $3 million in state incentives to launch a facility to manufacture the MicroHose. Unveiled in July at a Campbellsville/Taylor County Chamber of Commerce luncheon, the 6-foot hose expands to 30 feet through water pressure.

    For more on this story, see Monday's issue.


  • City will borrow money to pay for ladder truck

    Campbellsville Fire Department's new ladder truck is scheduled to be delivered in about two weeks.

    Delivery of the truck is expected on Sept. 18, according to Campbellsville Fire Chief Allen Johnson. Originally, the truck was to be delivered next week, but there was a delay after manufacturers accidentally drilled a hole through some wiring.

    The City has received a $731,975 federal grant to purchase a ladder truck for the fire department. However, the grant requires matching funds and equipment must be purchased in order to operate the truck.

  • School nurses offer a wide range of care

    A case of the sniffles. A scraped knee. Back-to-school immunizations. School nurses provide a wide range of care for students.

    For the past several years, Lake Cumberland District Health Department has provided school nurses throughout the 10 counties the department covers at the request of school boards.

  • KSP at State Fair

    Kentucky State Police Trooper Billy Gregory, public affairs officer for KSP Post 15 in Columbia, talks with children awaiting entry to the Safety Town exhibit at the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville. The exhibit teaches children basic safety rules as they ride tricycles through a miniature city featuring traffic lights, stop signs and buildings.

  • KSP accepting applications for Citizens Police Academy

    Kentucky State Police Post 15 is now accepting applications for the 2009 Kentucky State Police Citizens Police Academy.

    The 10-week academy will help students learn about the many facets of the Kentucky State Police, including patrol, criminal investigations and drug investigations. Students will also get to take part in simulated traffic stops and evidence collection.

    Classes will begin on Oct. 1 with the final class on Dec. 10. Students will meet Thursdays from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the State Fire Rescue Training Center located at 385 Old Greensburg Road in Campbellsville.

  • School bus stolen, crashes into police cars

    A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged with multiple offenses after officers say he stole a school bus and led them on a chase.

    Ronald Vanheck, 33, of 726 Buckner St. was arrested at 4:34 p.m. on Saturday after Sheriff's Deputy Rodney Cox tried to stop Vanheck while he was driving the Taylor County School bus on Roberts Road. Vanheck refused, and a pursuit followed - with Vanheck eventually colliding with a Campbellsville Police cruiser and then backing into Cox's vehicle.

    Vanheck was taken into custody and lodged in the Taylor County jail.

  • Man accused of firing gun near woman

    A Campbellsville man has been arrested and is charged with assault after he allegedly shot a gun near a woman.

    James C. Whitehouse, 23, of 1588 Sanders Road was arrested at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25 by Taylor County Sheriff's Deputy Ricky Underwood.

    According to Whitehouse's arrest warrant, he is accused of threatening to kill the woman on Saturday, Aug. 22 and then firing a pistol near her face while she was sitting inside a vehicle.

  • Another Campbellsville Police officer suspended

    A second Campbellsville Police officer is the subject of an investigation.

    According to City Attorney John Bertram, the new investigation is not related to the one launched in July regarding an officer.

    Bertram said both officers have been suspended.

    Under state law, Bertram said he is not permitted to name the officers or provide any details of the investigations or whether the officers' suspensions are paid or unpaid.

    Both investigations are still under way, he said.