Local News

  • Weighing in on the new year: Getting Fit

    One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight or live a healthier lifestyle.
    And, with three local gyms — Campbellsville Health & Fitness, Curves and Xtreme Fitness — resolving to get healthy in Taylor County should be easy.
    The Central Kentucky News-Journal recently talked to three people who decided to turn their lives around through exercise in the past year.

    30 minutes to change your life
    Libby Cissell needed to make some changes.

  • Local top cops named: Houk

    Charlie Houk says he had no clue he was going to be named Campbellsville Officer of the Year.
    “I didn’t know, basically, until they called my name. I really had no idea,” Houk said Tuesday, several days after receiving the honor.
    “It’s very humbling,” he said. “I feel like any officer here would be qualified for [the award]. I don’t feel like I do anything any different than any officer here. We may have different styles, but we have the same goals.”
    Houk received the award on Wednesday, Dec. 21.

  • Local top cops named: Rice

    From waiting tables to working at a youth prison to selling tires, Billy Rice has worn many hats. But his success wearing a law enforcement hat has garnered him this year’s Deputy of the Year award.
    Rice has worked for the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office since 2005. This is his first job in law enforcement.
    Originally from Campbellsville, Rice graduated from Taylor County High School. He attended Campbellsville University for a year before transferring to Lexington Community College and then Eastern Kentucky University. He graduated in 2003.

  • ‘Turtleman’ visits Campbellsville on Christmas

    Ernie Brown Jr., also known as “The Turtleman,” stopped in Campbellsville on Christmas Day to promote his television show “Call of the Wildman.” Brown, who lives in Marion County, met with numerous fans and signed autographs on Main Street. “Call of the Wildman” airs Sunday nights on Animal Planet.

  • TV listings format to change next month

    A new year is a time of change, and the Central Kentucky News-Journal is no different.

  • Local man sentenced for sex crimes

    A Campbellsville man has been sentenced to serve seven years in prison and register as a lifetime sex offender for sexually abusing a young boy and girl.
    Brian Ray Rutledge, 37, of 98 Earthborne Lane in Campbellsville was charged by a Taylor County grand jury in August 2010 in two separate indictments.
    He faced charges of first-degree rape in one case and two counts of first-degree sodomy of two children younger than 12 in another.

  • Another charged with arson, burglary of abandoned homes

    Another Campbellsville resident has been arrested and charged with stealing from and setting several abandoned homes in Taylor County on fire. A total of five people have now been charged.
    According to a Taylor County Sheriff’s Office report, Kyle Corbin, 23, of Beechwood Drive, was arrested Thursday, Dec. 22, and charged with seven counts of second-degree arson, seven counts of third-degree burglary and seven counts of first-degree criminal mischief.
    He was lodged at the Taylor County Detention Center. The report states that his bond was set at $40,000 cash.

  • Campbellsville man injured in Central Avenue crash

    A Campbellsville man was injured in a single-vehicle crash on South Central Avenue on Tuesday morning.
    According to a Campbellsville Police report, at about 9:24 a.m., Alvin Jodie Mings, 92, was driving a 1998 Mercury SUV north on South Central Avenue when the vehicle dropped off the right shoulder. Mings lost control of his vehicle, crossed into the southbound lane and struck a utility pole. Wet pavement was a factor in the collision, according to the report.

  • One injured in Salem Church crash

    A Campbellsville woman was injured after a vehicle ran her vehicle off of Salem Church Road.
    According to a Taylor County Sheriff’s Office report, Debra Sharp, 51, of 419 N. Jackson St., was traveling west on Salem Church Road on Monday at 4:41 p.m. in a 1994 Saturn.
    The report states that Sharp told Taylor County Sheriff’s Deputy Dickie Benningfield that she met a black pickup truck on the road. In order to avoid hitting the truck, she stated, she drove off the right side of the road and struck a mailbox and post.

  • Higdon invites all to prayer breakfast

    Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, and Bro. Lee Watts, chaplain of the General Assembly, invite all community members to the 10th annual Prayer Breakfast.
    The breakfast will be Saturday, Jan. 7, at Lebanon United Methodist Church, located at 236 N. Spalding Avenue. Breakfast and fellowship begins at 8:30 a.m. and the prayer service will begin at 9 a.m.
    For more information, contact Higdon at (270) 692-6945 or Watts at (859) 354-4533.