Local News

  • About 100 make professions of faith at student rally


    Tori Banks

    Matthew Schmuck

    Campbellsville University

    "At 21 years of age I was on the verge of suicide," Jay Lowder, founder of Jay Lowder Harvest Ministries of Wichita Falls, Texas, said. "I truly believe if my roommate hadn't come home early from work that day, I would be lost in an eternity in hell."

  • Woman shares her story of battle with eating disorder


    "When you look in the mirror, you see someone huge."

    That's how Brittany Nicole Matthews says she sometimes feels, fighting an eating disorder for the past 25 years.


    Matthews' battle started when she was 14 years old.

    "It started out as something small and turned into something huge," she said. "I was never heavy. It was just something that ended up turning into an obsession.

  • Friendship Schoolhouse now in poor repair


    Efforts are under way to save a nearly 100-year-old one-room schoolhouse.

    Friendship Schoolhouse has fallen into a state of disrepair. Paint is peeling from the walls and boards are damaged from termites.

    "I have been very concerned about it for a while now," said Pat Webster, one of the schoolhouse tour guides. "The outside is the worst part."

  • Local company fears losing military contract, more than 100 jobs

    Campbellsville Apparel has been making T-shirts for U.S. soldiers for the past 10 years, but that contract, which employs 115 people, could be in jeopardy.

    Last October, the Department of Defense released the T-shirt contract for bid with a clause allowing Federal Prison Industries, a federal government entity, to submit a bid. Campbellsville Apparel's contract ends on Nov. 20.

    "Our point is that this is unfair," said Chris Reynolds, Campbellsville Apparel's president.

  • Man sentenced in federal drug case

    A Campbellsville man will spend four years and three months in federal prison after pleading guilty to being a drug dealer.

    Senior Judge Thomas B. Russell sentenced Ricky Burton, 46, last Wednesday in United States District Court.

    According to court records, Burton was a significant Opana dealer in the Campbellsville area.

    After serving his prison time, Burton will serve three years of supervised release.

  • Murder trial delayed for fifth time


    Tonya Ford's murder trial has been delayed once again.

    But this time, the prosecution and defense say they believe the new date is firm.


    Ford is accused of shooting and killing her husband, David M. Ford, who served as a Lebanon Police officer.

    She was scheduled to face a jury on June 25. Now, that date has been changed to Aug. 20, three and a half years since Officer Ford was killed.

  • Local man acquitted of rape charges


    DNA has acquitted a Campbellsville man charged with raping a woman.

    Daniel O. Richardson, 59, of 712 Buckner Ave., was indicted by a Taylor County grand jury in March 2011 and charged with first-degree rape.

    Last Tuesday, Taylor Circuit Court Judge Dan Kelly dismissed the charge.

    According to court records, the charge was dismissed based on a DNA forensic report and the prosecutor believing that guilt could not be proven.

  • Born in 1924, Williams celebrates 22nd birthday

    George Williams has lived a lifetime in 22 years.
    Born on Leap Day in 1924, Williams will celebrate his 22nd/88th birthday Wednesday.
    “I don’t do anything special,” Williams said from his Campbellsville home, located, of course, on George Williams Street. “I just look at it as another day.”
    But Williams’ wife says they will make the day special.
    “I think we are going to do something,” Celia Williams said. “I’ll have to think of something.”

  • Resident accused of burglarizing home

    A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged with stealing nearly $2,000 worth of items from a local home.
    Leon C. Lasley, 38, of 210 Handley Ave., was arrested at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16.
    According to court records, Lasley admitted to breaking into a home on Handley Avenue on several occasions and taking a clothes dryer, several end tables, a lamp, an ice cream maker and a round table. The items are valued at $1,600.
    Records state Lasley took the items and sold them to two local furniture stores.

  • Three injured in two-vehicle crash

    Three people were injured in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Red Lane and South Columbia Avenue last Monday.
    According to a Campbellsville Police report, at 4:27 p.m., Jennifer Cox of Campbellsville pulled her 1989 Mercury into the path of a 1999 Jeep operated by Gail Shofner, also of Campbellsville.