Local News

  • Johnson enters Senate race

    Republican Bill Johnson, an international businessman from Elkton, Ky., has entered the 2010 Senate race for the seat currently occupied by Jim Bunning.

    Bunning, who is serving his second term, announced Monday that he will not seek a third term. He cited a lack of campaign funds.

  • Churches combine for ministry

    Parents have spent the past few weeks buying school supplies for the start of the new school year. But for some parents, two local churches will take that task off their hands.

    Campbellsville and First Baptist churches have formed a mission task force to provide backpacks full of school supplies for needy children in the community.

    Backpack Blessing, as the effort is being called, began in February when some church officials were having lunch together.

  • Two Taylor Countians get state appointments

    Gov. Steve Beshear appointed a Mannsville woman and reappointed a Campbellsville woman to the 11th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission last week.

    Blanche C. Minor of Mannsville will replace Ruth T. Hagan, whose term expired. Minor is a retired state employee.

    Beshear reappointed Shiela W. Newcomb of Campbellsville. Newcomb is field business manager for Kentucky Utilities Co.

    Minor's and Newcomb's terms will expire on Jan. 1, 2010.

  • Local man pleads guilty to killing his mother

    The Campbellsville man charged last October with murdering his mother pleaded guilty to amended charges in Jefferson Circuit Court on Tuesday and was sentenced to serve 20 years in prison for his crimes.

    Brandon Scott Jones, 20, of 304 Summit Drive was arrested Tuesday, Oct. 28 by Louisville Metro Police.

    According to Jones' arrest citation, Louisville Metro police officers were dispatched to 1701 Belmar Ave. in Louisville at 6:06 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27 and found Jones' mother, Sharon R. Jones, 50, dead.

  • Campbellsville police officer under investigation

    A Campbellsville Police officer is being investigated.

    While the name of the officer and the nature of the investigation have not been released, City Attorney John Bertram did confirm an investigation is being conducted.

    "All I can do is acknowledge that there is an investigation of an officer," Bertram said. "I can't tell you who it is or the nature of the investigation. I do expect, within a reasonable number of days, we could know more."

  • Funding will provide training for more than 100

    More than 100 people will receive workforce training due to $500,000 secured by Congressman Brett Guthrie.

    The training will be provided by Team Taylor County in partnership with Campbellsville University's Technology Training Center.

    Ron McMahan, executive director of Team Taylor County, said the offerings are tailored to local needs.

  • Police seek information on robbery

    Campbellsville Police are seeking information on a robbery that occurred early Tuesday morning.

    According to a Campbellsville Police report, at about 5:15 a.m., Emma Perez, 48, of Campbellsville was walking along Candace Street when a black male came up behind her, knocked her to the ground and took her purse.

    Campbellsville Police ask anyone with information on this or any crime to call 465-4122 or the Community Safe Line at 469-PRID(E).

    Campbellsville Police Officer Bart Gilpin is investigating.


  • Colton's 'practice run' will benefit charity

    One day before officially opening its doors, Colton's Steak House & Grill will have a practice run to benefit the Taylor County Food Pantry.

    On Sunday, Aug. 9 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. the restaurant will serve 300 customers, with all of the proceeds going to the food pantry.

    According to Ted Beam, treasurer of the Taylor County Ministerial Association, the food pantry is selling 300 $15 coupons for the event.

    For more on this story and others, see Monday's print edition.

  • Civil trial against hospital expected to start Monday

    The Campbellsville man who filed a wrongful death suit against Taylor Regional Hospital, alleging that the hospital is responsible for his wife's death, is expected to take his case before a jury at 8:30 Monday morning.

    Greensburg attorney Danny Butler filed the wrongful death claim in Taylor Circuit Court in April 2007 on behalf of William H. Wethington, executor of the estate of Betty H. Wethington.

  • Worst of recession skips Taylor County

    It seems the worst of the recession has skipped Taylor County.

    Local business owners say that, while business isn't booming, it isn't bad either.

    "Actually, in the last couple of months, we have increased a little," said Terry Pennington, owner of Creek Side Restaurant.

    While overall revenue has dropped a bit from two years ago, Pennington said, his business is holding its own.

    "I think we've been pretty lucky."

    One change Pennington has noticed is when people are dining out.