Local News

  • Taylor gets OK for high school and elementary construction

    The Kentucky Department of Education has given Taylor County Schools the OK to proceed with plans for a new high school and a renovated elementary school.

    During a special meeting Tuesday night, Superintendent Roger Cook told School Board members that the next step will be narrowing down the list of seven architects that have submitted proposals on the project. That should happen in January.

    Cook said he intends to ask the Board for a nickel tax in March to help pay for the projects.

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


  • Crime Reports site now lists sex offenders

    Crimereports.com, a Web site that residents can use to track crimes in their neighborhood, now has a new feature.

    According to Campbellsville Police Chief Dennis Benningfield, a sex offender listing has now been added to the site.

  • Three indicted on sex charges

    Two Campbellsville men and a Bradfordsville man have been accused of committing sex crimes in three separate cases. The three were indicted Dec. 8 by a Taylor County grand jury, though the indictments were not made public until Tuesday afternoon.

    Logan Salyers, 39, of 205 Blake Elliot Drive in Campbellsville was charged with first-degree sodomy.

    James R. Bagby, 42, of 623 Lucian Sallee Road in Bradfordsville was charged with first-degree rape. According to the indictment, he allegedly committed the offense in November 2007.

  • Local woman injured in crash

    A Campbellsville woman was treated for injuries after being involved in a two-vehicle crash Saturday night.

    According to a Campbellsville Police report, at about 8:54 p.m., a 17-year-old whose name was not released was attempting to turn a 1996 Chevrolet S-10 from East Broadway onto U.S. 68 when he or she pulled into the path of a 2002 Chevrolet driven by Carol Gwinn, 44, of Campbellsville.

    Gwinn's passenger, Judy Gwinn, 62, was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by Campbellsville/Taylor County Rescue personnel. She was treated and released. No one else was injured.

  • Where justice is served ...

    The courtroom was standing room only, but not for its usual purpose.

    A packed room of local and visiting officials and community members dedicated the Taylor County Judicial Center on Tuesday afternoon. The ceremony came nearly five years after the project was first approved in 2005.

    Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers welcomed those attending the ceremony and said that the completion of the judicial center building was long awaited.

    The building, he said, is an important contribution to the Taylor County community and meets its needs.

  • State police liable in Lebanon teen's death

    More than 13 years after LeBron Gaither's murder, the Kentucky Board of Claims has found the Kentucky State Police liable in his death.

    The Board of Claims issued a final order Dec. 8 in which the board ruled that the police were liable for $168,729.90 in damages.

    LeBron Gaither turned 18 years old just days before he was killed July 17, 1996, in Casey County near the Casey/Taylor County line.

  • Program seeks to put people to work.

    Times are tough for employers and those seeking employment, but a new federally funded program seeks to make things a little easier.

    Job Opportunities & Business Services, also known as JOBS, is a stimulus-funded program that seeks to find jobs for low-income people while also paying some of their wages. The 10-county Lake Cumberland Region has $1.2 million in funding.

    "The program targets low-income individuals to make them more self-sufficient," said Janice Myers, JOBS specialist for Taylor, Adair and Green counties.

  • Lottery pays out more than it takes in

    The Kentucky Lottery is paying out more in Taylor County than it is taking in.

    During the 2008-2009 fiscal year, lottery revenue totaled $3,888,392. During the same period, the Lottery paid out $2,551,962 in prizes and $1,879,415 to students for scholarships and grant funding.

    According to Sara Westerman, Kentucky Lottery communications specialist, the majority of lottery revenue goes toward education.

  • Cookies with Santa

    Three-year-old Darlene Ferguson was just one of many children who stopped by the Central Kentucky News-Journal office Thursday afternoon to have cookies with Santa.

    Joseph Greer, however, wasn't quite as thrilled.

    All children who participated in the annual letter-writing and coloring contests sponsored by the newspaper were invited.

  • Man accused of breaking into home to steal drugs

    A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged after he allegedly broke into another person's home to steal drugs.

    Robert S. Hughes, 48, of 2449 E. Meadow Creek was arrested at just after midnight Friday, Dec. 4.

    According to Hughes' arrest citation, Campbellsville Police received a complaint at about 11:45 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3 that a man was breaking into someone's home but the homeowner had caught the person.

    When police arrived, court records state, the homeowner was standing over the man and told officers that the man was trying to break into his garage.