Local News

  • Underwood is county's new advocate for crime victims

    From working at a clothing store, day care and hospital to now advocating for the victims of crimes, Andrea Underwood says she wants to help people.

    Underwood is Taylor County’s new victims’ advocate. Working in the Taylor County Attorney’s office, she replaces Leticia Salinas-Newton.

    In October, Salinas-Newton, who had served in the position since 2008, said she was giving up the title to take a break from the job. She is now working at the Bertram, Cox & Miller law firm.

  • Police seek public’s help in property damage investigation

    Campbellsville Police Department is asking for information regarding a rash of property damage incidents that began on Dec. 20.
    According to a news release, several businesses and vehicles have suffered damage to windows from what police believe to be an air-powered pellet gun. Many of the incidents have been reported in the South Campbellsville area.
    Police believe those responsible are shooting the air-powered gun from a vehicle and then fleeing the scene.

  • LaRue murder suspect arrested in Louisville

    A Radcliff resident wanted in connection with a LaRue County homicide last weekend was found Wednesday night at a Louisville motel on Preston Highway, according to Kentucky State Police.
    Abdullah R. White, 35, was reportedly seen fleeing the murder scene in the victim’s vehicle that was later found in Taylor County.
    Kentucky State Police and the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force developed information leading to White’s arrest.

  • City operating under budget

    With 42 percent of the budget cycle completed, the city has spent 41.3 percent of its budget, according to a report presented by Mayor Tony Young at last week’s regular council meeting.

    Total revenue for November was $991,412.10, while expenses were $892,944.47. Year-to-date revenue is $4.2 million and year-to-date expenses are $3.6 million.

    Campbellsville Water Co. has spent about 39 percent of its budget so far.

    November revenues totaled $352,431 and expenses were $392,285.

  • Two charged with government benefits fraud

    Two Campbellsville residents have been charged with government benefits fraud.
    April D. Smith, 32, of 6 Purcell Court, and Mandrel V. Smith, 20, no specific address given, were indicted Tuesday by a Taylor County grand jury.

    The two were charged with fraudulently using an identification card or electronic code to receive benefits to which they weren’t entitled.

    According to the indictment, the two are accused of unauthorized use of a food stamp card.

  • Guthrie to host listening sessions in Campbellsville

    Congressman Brett Guthrie, KY-02, will host listening sessions in each of the 21 counties in the Second District this month.
    During the listening sessions, individuals will be able to ask questions or offer ideas on what Congress should be doing. A constituent services representative will also be available to assist with any specific questions individuals may have about a federal government agency or service.

  • Higdon releases 2012 general assembly survey

    In order to find out what issues are important to his constituents, 14th District Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, has released a survey.
    Legislators return to Frankfort this month for a 60-day session.
    “My colleagues and I will be developing a two-year budget for state government as well as looking at other important issues, such as jobs and economic development, education, and Kentucky’s roads and highway planning,” Higdon wrote in an introduction to the survey.

  • Budget amendments approved during emergency meeting

    Magistrates approved several amendments to last year’s Taylor County Sheriff’s budget during an emergency meeting last Friday at about 5:15 p.m.
    During the meeting, Taylor County Sheriff Allen Newton told magistrates Matt Pendleton, Ed Gorin and Richard Phillips and Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers that his office has spent more than he allotted in several of his budget line items, from fuel to vehicle maintenance.

  • Local Salvation Army Kettle drive collection up

    The local Salvation Army Red Kettle drive saw an increase in collections over the holiday season.
    The collection drive, which took place at Walmart and Kroger in Green River Plaza from Nov. 25 to Christmas Eve, netted about 20 percent more funding than the previous drive, according to local kettle chairman Dan Durham. Durham didn’t release a dollar figure.
    Durham said the number of volunteers was also up.
    The best day for collections, Durham said, was the day students from Kentucky Christian Academy rang the bell and sang Christmas carols all day.

  • Carney and Higdon host coffee talk

    State Rep. John "Bam" Carney and State Sen. Jimmy Higdon will host a coffee talk Monday, Jan. 9, at Orville's restaurant from 8 until 9 a.m.

    The talk will be an opportunity for the public to share their thoughts and questions about the 2012 General Assembly.