Local News

  • Sex abuse trial begins Tuesday, Jan. 24

    A Campbellsville man accused of sexually abusing a 3-year-old girl is expected to face a jury of his peers Tuesday, Jan. 24.

    Thomas E. Dowell, 51, of 803 S. Columbia Ave. in Campbellsville, was indicted by a Taylor County grand jury in October 2010 and charged with first-degree sexual abuse of a child younger than 12.

    According to the indictment, Dowell is accused of having sexual contact with the girl in late spring 2010.

  • New children's librarian hired


    There's a new face a Taylor County Public Library.

    Lisa Carnes is the new children's librarian, filling the position vacated by Beverly "Miss B" Davis. Davis retired in November after 12 years at the library.

    A Leitchfield native, Carnes has a background in education and has worked at the Grayson County Public Library.

    Carnes, who has a teaching degree and a master's degree in library sciences, worked at Grayson County's library for 10 years.

  • EDA approves HCTP loan refinance

    After months of discussions, the Economic Development Authority Board has settled on terms for refinancing the $1.9 million debt on the Heartland Commerce and Technology Park.

    At a special meeting Friday, the Board approved five-year loan terms provided by Citizens Bank & Trust Co.

    The loan will be refinanced for three years at a fixed rate of 2.69 percent. The final two years of the five-year term will be variable, at a rate not to exceed 3.5 percent or dip below 2.25 percent. After five years, the EDA will refinance the loan again.

  • Carney, Higdon respond to budget address

    "It's ugly. There's not much to talk about. It's a very tough budget."

    That's State Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, summation of Gov. Steve Beshear's proposed 2013-2014 budget, which he presented before lawmakers last Tuesday.

  • Censored


    Those who surfed the web last Wednesday likely saw something unexpected. Many websites went "black" that day in protest of two bills being considered by United States senators and representatives.

    The bills are geared toward stopping copyright infringement but organizers of many websites, including www.google.com and www.wikipedia.com, say they believe the bills are so broad that they will actually disrupt free expression and could harm the Internet.

  • Two indicted on burglary charges

    Two Campbellsville men have been indicted on charges alleging they burglarized two homes and stole from several people.

    Domnick M. Vanirvin, 21, of 1894 Sportsman Lake Road, and Cody Mann, 21, of 101 Anna Court, were indicted last Tuesday by a Taylor County grand jury.

    Vanirvin and Mann were each charged with two counts of second-degree burglary and seven counts of theft by unlawful taking less than $500.

    Vanirvin was also charged with second-degree fleeing/evading and having obstructed vision and/or windshield.

  • Two injured in four-vehicle crash


    Two people were injured in a four-vehicle crash on KY 210 last Wednesday.

    According to a Campbellsville Police report, at 3:16 p.m., Sean Nelson, 39, of Buffalo had stopped his 2009 Chevrolet in front of the entrance to Taylor County Animal Shelter when his vehicle was rearended by a 1997 Toyota truck driven by Ricky Judd, 59, of Summersville. Judd's vehicle was then rearended by a 2002 Ford Taurus, driven by Andrea Coomer, 41, of Fairdale. Coomer's vehicle was then rearended by a pickup truck driven by Ethen Spencer, 21, of Campbellsville.

  • Lieutenant governor cuts ribbon for Heartland Commerce and Technology Park


    Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson led in cutting the ribbon for the Heartland Commerce and Technology Park last Thursday on New Columbia Road.

    He also spoke at Campbellsville University where he told Taylor County School Superintendent Roger Cook he won't forget about Taylor County Elementary School as Cook talked about the school's age, number of students and mold problems.

  • Columbia man arrested, charged with human trafficking


    A Columbia man has been arrested for his alleged involvement in a suspected prostitution ring in Campbellsville.

    According to a Kentucky State Police news release, Adulfo DeAquino Cancino, 27, of Greensburg Street, was arrested Thursday night and charged with human trafficking and unlawful transaction with a minor, being an illegal sex act with someone younger than 16.

    Cancino is also currently identified as an undocumented alien, the release states. He was lodged at the Taylor County Detention Center and remained there at press time.

  • Gaming issue keeps legislators waiting