Local News

  • Russell Springs woman charged with second DUI

    A Russell Springs woman has been arrested and charged with her second DUI offense.
    Mary R. Maynard, 54, of 141 Baldett Drive, was arrested at 5:15 p.m. on Nov. 21.
    According to Maynard’s arrest citation, Taylor County Sheriff’s Deputy Dickie Benningfield received a reckless driving complaint on KY 55.
    Benningfield wrote that he observed Maynard driving from side to side. After stopping her, Maynard allegedly told Benningfield that she had taken 3 1/2 Xanax pills.

  • Harrodsburg man charged with selling drugs

    A Harrodsburg man has been charged with selling drugs in an indictment recently unsealed by a Taylor Circuit court judge.
    A grand jury may seal an indictment if there is a possibility that the accused will try to evade police.
    Willie Brooks, 43, was charged with first-degree selling a controlled substance. He allegedly committed the crime in Taylor County on Jan. 3.
    Bond was set at 10 percent of $15,000. He was ordered to be monitored and to not consume any drugs or alcohol.
    If convicted, Brooks could be sentenced to as much as 10 years in prison.

  • Columbia woman injured in two-vehicle collision

    A Columbia woman was injured in a two-vehicle collision in Taylor County Tuesday morning.
    According to a Taylor County Sheriff’s Office news release, at 5:43 a.m., Lisa Walker, 18, of Columbia, was driving a 2002 Mitsubishi south on KY 55 when her vehicle dropped off the road. Walker lost control when her vehicle re-entered the roadway, crossed the centerline and collided with a 1999 Ford Contour, driven north on KY 55 by Samantha Kuhn, 19.
    Kuhn was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital. She was treated and released.

  • State will not exhume animal grave at shelter

    The county’s top official says investigators won’t dig up a makeshift grave at the Taylor County Animal Shelter to perform tests after all.

    And, he says, inmates are no longer being used to perform work at the animal shelter in response to allegations of abuse and neglect.
    In November, the News-Journal received a letter from inmate Andy Stewart, who said he was working at the animal shelter when several animals were buried alive.

  • Beshear sworn in as Kentucky governor again

    Gov. Steve Beshear shared his vision for tomorrow with Kentuckians during his inaugural speech Tuesday afternoon on the Capitol’s steps.
    Beshear became only the second Kentucky governor in modern times to serve consecutive terms. Paul Patton was the first.

    Tuesday’s 2 p.m. swearing in was ceremonial since Beshear and new Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, Louisville’s former five-term mayor, were both sworn in at midnight in the Capitol Rotunda. It’s the first time Abramson has held a statewide office.

  • 'Grinch' steals Christmas money

    A real-life Grinch has been caught on tape stealing Christmas.
    According to information from Taylor County deputy sheriff Billy Rice, a man entered the Fast Track convenience store at the intersection of KY 55 and KY 3183 just before 7 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 5.
    Rice said the man purchased a sports drink, then stood near the front counter of the store before stealing a jar that contained about $75. The jar was being used to collect donations for the Toys for Kids program, to purchase toys for underprivileged children in Taylor County.

  • City to buy land for $1.3 million

    The city of Campbellsville has agreed to buy land for a sports complex and an expansion of the Heartland Commerce and Technology Park.
    Campbellsville City Council and Taylor County Fiscal Court members had a joint meeting Monday night to discuss the land, which is located next to the Heartland Commerce and Technology Park. Owned by Sue Dowell, the 175 acres is priced at $1.3 million.

  • Man receives probation for child abuse

    The Campbellsville man who shook his 18-month-old son and caused brain and eye trauma has been sentenced to probation for his crime.
    In June, a Taylor County grand jury charged Jason Maupin, 23, of 2319 Greensburg Road, Arrowhead Trailer Park, Lot 49, with first-degree criminal abuse of a child younger than 12.
    Last month, Maupin appeared in Taylor Circuit Court before Judge Dan Kelly and pleaded guilty to an amended charge of first-degree wanton endangerment.

  • Local man pleads guilty to endangerment

    A Campbellsville man accused of rape and sodomy has pleaded guilty to amended charges and could spend 10 years in prison for his crimes.
    McQuinn Orlando Johnson, 36, of 206 Candace St., was indicted in September by a Marion County grand jury and charged with first-degree sodomy, first-degree rape and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.
    Commonwealth’s Attorney Tim Cocanougher said Johnson’s case was recently mediated with a senior status judge. Both the victim and her mother participated, he said.

  • Man gets 10 years in prison for sex crime

    A former Campbellsville man, accused of sodomizing a young boy in Green County, has been sentenced to serve 10 years in prison for his crimes.
    Campbellsville Police arrested Dennis Joseph “Booger” Milby, 33, of 909 Hamilton Court in Campbellsville, in April on an active Green County arrest warrant.