Local News

  • Rescue responds to boat fire

    Campbellsville/Taylor County Rescue responded to a call reporting a boat fire at Smith Ridge at 4:47 p.m. on Saturday. Although the caller reported injuries, Rescue Director Allen Bottoms said no one was hurt. The boat was a total loss. As of press time, no other information was available.


  • Wings of Pink

    Motorcycle riders are known for wearing leather - but on Saturday many wore pink.

    A Wings of Pink poker run Saturday raised $2,100 for breast cancer research. And a record setting crowd of 125 riders came out sporting pink hair, T-shirts and decorations for the third annual event.

    The poker run, organized by Campbellsville residents Dan and Linda Hayes, was hosted in honor of cancer patient Susan Artis of Michigan. Artis is a friend of Linda Hayes' who has just finished treatment.

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

  • Man gets 20 years for killing his mother

    The Campbellsville man who stabbed his mother to death will spend 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. The citation states that she had been stabbed with a folding knife.

  • Coming of age

    Without her home health visits, 83-year-old Marjorie Slaughter would be unable to care for herself. And there's no one else for her to depend on either.

    "I'm really not capable. About the only time I set foot out of the house is to go to the doctor. It's not easy."

    The only time Slaughter, who is handicapped, stands is to go from her bed to her wheelchair. A physical therapist comes to her home twice a week. Without that therapy, she said, she'd lose the use of her legs and would have to move into a nursing home.

  • Smoking classes can help kick the habit

    She says she feels better. He says he now has more money in his pockets. Just two of many reasons they decided to quit smoking.

    Campbellsville residents Donella Lennox and Bob Shofner say quitting wasn't easy, but it was worth the struggle. And for other residents interested in quitting, a free class to help begins tomorrow.

  • Weak economy brings more tourists to Taylor County

    With gas prices and most everything else on the rise, summer vacations have turned into "staycations" as more and more people are sticking closer to their home turf. And Taylor County is reaping the rewards.

    "Money is more scarce and they don't go as far," said Marilyn Clarke, Taylor County Tourism Commission director. "They are staying in Kentucky and taking day trips."

    And because the Taylor County tourism market draws from areas within a three-hour drive, according to Emerald Isle owner Terry Brown, plenty of vacationers are coming here.

  • Resident accused of assaulting police officer

    A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged with assaulting a police officer.

    James S. Tyler, 49, of 725 S. Columbia Ave. was arrested at 6:20 p.m. Saturday, July 18.

    According to Tyler's arrest citation, Campbellsville Police received a complaint at a Tharp Drive residence that someone had placed a lock on a mailbox.

    Upon their arrival, Tyler told police that he put the lock on the mailbox because a landlord had given him permission.

  • CLARCOR to lay off 86 workers

    Air filter manufacturer CLARCOR will lay off 86 employees beginning next month.

    According to Dave Lindsay, CLARCOR vice president of administration, the layoffs were due to a drop in business.

    "One major customer is moving their business [to another facility]," he said. "This is also related to the general economic slowdown."

    CLARCOR opened its Campbellsville facility in the former Batesville Casket building in 2000.

    The facility has 199 full-time employees, plus 20 temporary workers.

  • Freshman Focus introduces high school

    They sang, they danced and they ran around in pantyhose. But they did it together as a group, the new freshman class at Taylor County High School.

    Last Thursday and Friday, TCHS hosted a Freshman Focus Camp for incoming freshmen to help them transition from middle to high school.

    Students received their schedules and lockers and met their teachers and mentors. A free lunch was provided both days.

  • County Extension office receives arts grant

    Taylor County Cooperative Extension Service is among several to receive a state grant supporting the arts.

    The Kentucky Arts Council awarded Extensions and the Arts grants to 10 county Cooperative Extension Service programs of the University of Kentucky. Grants of $1,000 each supported the arts to counties through partnerships with artists and extension agents to benefit the community.

    Each of the projects includes documentation planning, so similar community arts projects may be replicated in other counties throughout the commonwealth.