Local News

  • Doing Their Part

    More than 200 people participated in Saturday's 23rd annual Lakeshore Cleanup event on the banks of Green River Lake.

    Despite threatening rain, organizers said, this year's cleanup was a success and could be described as a day of work, fun and education. Larry Lemmon, park ranger for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said there were 234 volunteers consisting of school groups, college clubs, girl scouts, boy scouts, boat owners and community members.

  • UPDATE: Women hit, one killed on U.S. 68

    A Campbellsville woman is dead and another injured after being struck by a pickup truck as the two were walking along U.S. 68 in Marion County.

    According to a Kentucky State Police press release, LaDonna J. Sallee, 36, and Trena R. Summers, 32, of Campbellsville were walking at 8:39 p.m. last Friday, about four miles west of Lebanon.

    Police said the two women were struck by a 2006 Ford pickup being operated by David A. Grimes, 51, of Mt. Washington. Both women were crossing U.S. 68 at the time of the collision.

  • Campbellsville woman injured near Raywick

    A Campbellsville woman was injured in a one-car crash Friday afternoon a mile south of Raywick in Marion County.

    According to a news release from the Kentucky State Police, Jorretta Jones, 59, was traveling north on KY 527 in a 2006 Dodge at 2:43 p.m. when her vehicle dropped off the right side of the road and struck an embankment.

    Jones was treated and released at Spring View Hospital in Lebanon. She was wearing a seat belt.

    Trooper Fred Cornett investigated.


  • Airport hosts first-ever 'Fly In' event for public

    "My patient has coded in the aircraft," the man said over the speaker.

    On the way to the James Graham Brown Cancer Center for treatment, the patient, who was being flown by airplane, became ill during the flight.

    An emergency call went out from the plane's radio, asking that the person on the other end of the transmission call 911 and ask for emergency personnel to be at the Taylor County Airport as soon as possible.

    Just a few minutes later, Campbellsville/Taylor County Rescue personnel arrive at the airport, just before the plane lands.

  • Youth pleads guilty but won't go to jail

    A Springfield teenager who was charged after a one-vehicle crash left his passenger dead has pleaded guilty to reckless homicide but won't spend any time in jail.

    Michael A. Barnett, 20, of 111 Mayes Ave. in Springfield appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Senior Status Judge Doughlas M. George on Tuesday, Aug. 18. Records from Barnett's appearance were only recently made available at the Taylor County Courthouse.

    Barnett was indicted by a Taylor County grand jury twice on different charges, each stemming from the crash.

  • City goes green with sidewalk project

    Campbellsville is about to get a little more green.

    As part of the Meader Street sidewalk project currently underway, a portion of the sidewalk will be constructed with pervious concrete.

    Pervious concrete is a porous type of pavement, meaning water runs through the surface, reducing runoff and pollution.

    In a presentation to City workers on Wednesday, Greg Smith of the Kentucky Concrete Pavement Association, said pervious concrete is becoming the application of choice for parking lots, sidewalks, park trails and residential streets.

  • Former inmate files lawsuit against jail

    A former inmate at the Taylor County Detention Center is suing four jail employees, accusing them of losing his family photos.

    Steven Carmicle filed suit against Taylor County Jailer Rick Benningfield, Captain Kevin Wilson, Sgt. Jon Hawkins and Class D Coordinator Mary Cox in Taylor Circuit Court on Thursday, Sept. 3.

    In his handwritten complaint, Carmicle alleges that Hawkins placed him in solitary confinement. While in confinement, Carmicle states, Hawkins allegedly took his personal property to a jail property room.

  • Family says it's time to 'give back'

    Without March of Dimes' research, Anne Gibbs says her twin baby girls - who were born 16 weeks early on Feb. 22 - would not have survived.

    And now, Gibbs and her husband, Chris, are doing their part to give back to the organization, which strives to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality through research, community services, education and advocacy.

    The Gibbs babies, Julie and Maddie, have been named the ambassador babies for this year's local March of Dimes' March for Babies event.

  • Jail gets federal money for security cameras

    The Taylor County Detention Center will receive federal dollars to buy security cameras.

    The jail will receive a $6,898 Justice Assistance Grant award, according to the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet.

    The grant is part of nearly $5 million in federal and state funds awarded to police departments, sheriff's departments and other criminal justice agencies across the commonwealth last week

    Though the money was initially earmarked for extra beds, Taylor County Jailer Rick Benningfield said, the money will now be used to purchase 11 security cameras.

  • Judge vacancy posted

    The Kentucky Court of Justice posted a notice recently that the judge's seat currently filled by Senior Status Judge Doughlas M. George in the 11th Judicial Circuit, Division One, is now vacant.

    George officially resigned his seat Jan. 31 when he entered the Senior Status program. He has been appointed a special judge each month since and will continue to serve the 11th Judicial Circuit, which includes Taylor, Green, Marion and Washington counties, until a replacement is named.