Local News

  • Deadline for Man of the Year nominations is Tuesday

    Taylor County is lucky to have many remarkable men.

    And the Central Kentucky News-Journal honors just some of those men each June with a special section.

    In particular, the News-Journal is searching for a man worthy of the title "Taylor County Man of the Year."

    In cooperation with several local businesses, the News-Journal will publish the special section on Monday, June 15.

    If you know a Taylor County man who you would like to see honored as "Man of the Year," nominate him before Tuesday, May 26.

  • Chamber: Sue Clarke is Agriculture Person of the Year

    Sue Clarke's first day at Taylor County Farm Bureau was a little rocky.

    "Ray [Reeves] had to be out of the office for part of the day and I was left there all alone. I was hoping that no one would come in."

    But that was 40 years ago and things are quite a bit different now.

  • Campbellsville native named KSP Trooper of the Year

    Campbellsville native Andy K. Olson had been named the Kentucky State Police 2008 Trooper of the Year.

    Olson, who lives in Greensburg, is a five-year veteran of the Kentucky State Police. He is assigned to KSP Post 15 in Columbia. The post serves Taylor County.

    Read more about this story and others in Monday's print edition.

  • Another arrested in crime ring case

    Another Campbellsville resident has been arrested in a case involving 19 people accused of operating a crime ring to sell drugs in Taylor and surrounding counties.

    According to a press release from the Campbellsville Police Department, the indictments came after an 18-month investigation.

    Daniel Quinn, 34, of 107 Layton Drive is one of 19 defendants accused of operating a criminal syndicate beginning June 27, 2007, and continuing through Jan. 7, 2009, in Taylor and surrounding counties and other states.

  • Cave found near Tebbs Bend

    When W.J. "Billy" Kerr was doing a bit of spring cleaning a few weeks ago, he found something he wasn't expecting - a cave.

    Kerr and his wife Lovan live on W.J. Kerr Road, just off Tebbs Bend Road.

    Mrs. Kerr said her husband was cleaning out a spring behind their house one day a couple of weeks ago when he made the discovery.

    "We really never even thought about running into this one," she said.

    Read more about this story and others in Monday's print edition.


  • Capitol flags headed to Iraq

    It all began when Taylor County Middle School exceptional child educator Kelly Mattingly wanted a way to honor her late grandfather, who was a U.S. Navy veteran.

    Mattingly's grandfather, Ellsworth Henry "E.H." Simpson, died 19 years ago. The flag that covered his casket had been destroyed by accident while in storage.

    Her husband, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Eric Mattingly, is a pilot for the U.S. Army currently serving in Iraq.

    "Eric said, 'If you'll send a flag over, I'll fly it in his honor,'" Mattingly said.

  • Hats off, Graduates!

    More than 200 students graduated from Taylor County High School before a standing-room-only crowd in the TCHS gymnasium on Friday night.

    After graduating, many of the students attended Project Graduation, a drug- and alcohol-free party sanctioned by the school with games and prizes. Taylor County High School graduation was Friday evening in the school gym.

    Watch Thursday’s issue for an Accent page of photos and then visit our Web site at cknj.com for a slideshow of more photos from the ceremony and Project Graduation.


  • Chamber: First UMC named best investor

    First United Methodist Church's slogan says it all. "A church in the heart of the city, with the city in its heart."

    "I think [being a part of the community] is the No. 1 priority," says FUMC Pastor Ted Beam. "The church is the only institution established by God. We're expected to set the atmosphere for a community."

    And the Campbellsville/Taylor Chamber of Commerce believes the church is doing just that, awarding the church its Outstanding Chamber Investor award.

  • Business as usual

    Alex Montgomery may be losing his General Motors and Chrysler dealership franchises in Mt. Washington, but he says Campbellsville's dealership will be business as usual.

    Actually, Montgomery says, he hopes local business will increase as a result of the two car manufacturers' terminating many of their franchise dealerships.

    Montgomery has operated his car dealership in Campbellsville since September 1980. He sells Chevrolet, Buick, Pontiac, Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep brand vehicles.

  • Sheriff's deputies recover stolen vehicle

    The Taylor County Sheriff's Office has found a stolen vehicle and arrested and charged a Russell Springs man.

    According to a sheriff's office report, Taylor County Sheriff's Deputy Brian Pickard stopped a 1977 Chevrolet truck on KY 210 at about 1 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19 for suspected DUI.

    The report states that the driver of the vehicle, Kelly G. Voils, 40, of 38 Main St. in Russell Springs had a blood alcohol level of .203.