Local News

  • School attendance OK, despite illness

    Attendance at local schools remains strong as the flu season kicks into gear.

    Attendance rates have dropped at some local schools but are not at severe levels.

    "Actually, our attendance has been a little better," said Kirby Smith, Campbellsville High School principal. "We still have some kids out sick, but I think as a whole our students are getting better."

    Campbellsville Middle School Principal Chris Kidwell said attendance had dropped a few days, but otherwise has been strong.

  • Handmade Christmas Cards

    This upcoming holiday season, residents will likely get dozens of cards with Christmas wishes. But some may get a card made close to home - by a Taylor County Elementary School student.

    Students in a social skills class, made up of a group of children with autism and related disabilities, have made Christmas cards and they will soon be for sale to the public.

    The students made the cards under the guidance of TCES teachers Brandy Close, an occupational therapist, and Jennifer Houk, a speech therapist.

  • Tower 51

    The long-awaited ladder truck for the fire department has finally arrived.

    Campbellsville Fire Department took delivery of its new ladder truck on Saturday, according to Campbellsville Fire Chief Allen Johnson.

    Originally, the truck was to be delivered earlier, but there was a delay after manufacturers accidentally drilled a hole through some wiring.

  • Discover in Thursday's print edition

    Local subscribers will notice a little something extra in today's issue of the Central Kentucky News-Journal.

    Tucked inside their newspapers, readers will find an 80-page community guide called Discover Taylor County.

    The book includes staff written articles that describe Taylor County, Campbellsville, Green River, the history of the area, economic development, arts and culture, sports, recreation, education, health care, faith, clubs and organizations, agriculture and law and justice.

  • 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.