Local News

  • After nearly five decades, local business closing


    For nearly five decades, they have sold the comforts of home. But soon, the doors will close for the final time.

    Lake Village Furniture co-owners and brothers Lilburn Hedgespeth and Ralph Hedgespeth will soon retire.

    Beginning today at 10 a.m., the Hedgespeths will have a sale at their store, with everything available at a discounted cost. And when the last piece of furniture is sold, Lake Village will close for good.

    "I'm 74 and he's 81. It's time," Ralph said.

  • Couple named state's tree farmers of the year


    Standing on the 1,500 acres, the land is quiet and still. The peace of the open area permeates throughout the farm.

    But soon, nearly 100 people make their way through the farm, after seeing firsthand just what makes it so special.

    Harry and Karen Pelle of Bradfordsville recently received the Kentucky Tree Farmer of the Year award at the Kentucky Forest Industries Association meeting.

    The Pelles operate their tree farm on property that has been owned by their family for decades. And they say receiving the award is truly an honor.

  • Final tobacco buyout payments coming


    Ten years after the tobacco buyout, producers who opted for 10-year annual payments are expected to receive the final 5-percent of their last payment around Oct. 30.

    Pat Hardesty, county extension agent for Agriculture & Natural Resources, said about half of tobacco producers opted for the Tobacco Transition Payment Program in 2004. The other half took a discounted lump sum offered by Farm Credit Services and some banks in exchange for their annual payments.

  • Man charged in murder-for-hire attempt


    A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged with attempting to hire people to kill a local woman.

    Timothy R. Davis, 27, of Lyon Street, was arrested Saturday at about 1:30 a.m. at his home.

    According to his arrest warrant, Davis is accused of making numerous threats while he was incarcerated at the Taylor County Detention Center to kill a local woman when he was released. The warrant states that Davis also allegedly attempted to hire other inmates to murder the woman.

  • Man charged after bringing drugs into jail

    A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and bringing drugs into the jail.
    Clayton T. Wright, 21, of 985 Roberts Road, was arrested Monday, Sept. 29, at 7:15 p.m.
    According to Wright’s arrest citation, Kentucky State Police troopers responded to a report of a non-injury crash on Myers Road in Taylor County. Wright was a passenger in one of the vehicles involved.
    Records state that, when troopers arrived, Wright appeared very intoxicated and told them he had been drinking whiskey.

  • Two residents charged in kidnapping of blind man


    Two Campbellsville residents have been charged with kidnapping a blind man and telling him they would leave him in an area where residents don't like black people.

    Nikita Looper, 26, of Coakley Street, and Tyhese Moore, 28, no street address given, were indicted last Tuesday by a Taylor County grand jury.

    According to the indictments, the two allegedly kidnapped the man, Wallace Faulkner, 44, of Campbellsville, on Sept. 2.

  • Fall fashion at the library


    Navy is the new black, blazers look good on just about everyone and oranges, reds, blues and deep greens are popular colors this season.

    More than 20 people learned about fall fashion trends on Thursday night at Taylor County Public Library.

    Brianna Burden of Awaken Boutique and Laura Wilds of Mitchell's showed the group some popular styles and answered questions.

    Burden said psychedelic prints are popular this season, as are blouses with lace, pullovers and trench coats.

  • Library offers free book program for children

    One hundred children will soon receive a free book, thanks to some friends of the Taylor County Public Library.

    But those who would like to get a book should submit their requests soon, as just about all the books have been reserved.

    Friends of Taylor County Public Library group members have started a free book program at the library.

    The group, which formed in December but had its first official meeting in July, is about 20 strong.

  • ASAP organization denied grant

    The piggy bank is just about empty.

    And recent news that the Central Kentucky ASAP Board didn't get the $125,000 it applied for in a drug free community support grant means money is even tighter.

    This time last year, Campbellsville/Taylor County Anti-Drug Coalition members were told they wouldn't receive the $125,000 grant they had operated on for the past decade. At that point, the group's future was - and still is - uncertain.

  • Month focuses on crime prevention


    The goal is to raise awareness and help people know how to stay safe.

    October is National Crime Prevention Month and Campbellsville Police Department will host several events throughout the month, beginning this week, to help residents learn how to prevent becoming the victim of a crime.

    "What I wanted to do is make awareness more than anything," Campbellsville Police Chief Tim Hazlette said.

    Hazlette said his office will focus on helping residents learn about different types of crimes by discussing one per week.