Local News

  • Early Arrivals

    The Gibbs family's roller coaster ride has finally slowed to the gentle pace of a carousel.

    "They told us it would be a roller coaster," Anne Gibbs said Monday, nearly five months after the premature birth of twin daughters Julia and Madeline.

    "There were times when we'd have a great day ..." her husband Chris says, and Anne quickly finishes his statement, "And the next day I'd be crying my eyes out."

    Julie and Maddie were born on Feb. 22 at 24 weeks, though they weren't due until June 11.

  • One injured in Beartrack Road collision

    A Campbellsville man was injured Tuesday in a motorcycle collision on Beartrack Road.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's office report, Thomas Grammer, 21, of 1898 Old Lebanon Road was traveling east on Beartrack Road at about 6 p.m. when he lost control of his 2000 Suzuki TL 1000 motorcycle, ran off the road and struck a tree.

    Read more on this story and others in Thursday's print edition.

  • Sheriff's department finds marijuana plants

    A Taylor County man was arrested Tuesday night after sheriff's deputies found marijuana growing in his backyard.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's office report, deputies responded to a domestic disturbance call at 149 Tabernacle Road at about 9:15 p.m.

    After arriving at the home, the report states, deputies found that Mitchell Wright, 24, had already fled from the residence.

    Read more on this story and others in Thursday's print edition.

  • Campbellsville man sentenced in Marion

    A Campbellsville man was sentenced in Marion Circuit Court recently.

    Ciro Alcarez, 26, of 710 High Pine was granted a five-year pretrial diversion for charges of first-degree wanton endangerment and sexual misconduct.

    He was also ordered to be deported.

  • Leadership class seeks students

    A community's wealth relies a great deal on its entrepreneurs, according to Ron Hustedde, extension professor in the Department of Community and Leadership Development in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.

    Hustedde is the director of Kentucky Entrepreneurial Coaches Institute, which is recruiting in 22 south central Kentucky counties for its next class of fellows.

    The institute is looking for 30 people who are interested in building entrepreneurial-friendly communities and coaching individual entrepreneurs.

  • Rainfall has both good and bad effects on local crops

    Local farmers have mixed feelings about the large amounts of rainfall the area has received this year.

    Rainfall in Taylor County is 4.45 inches above normal for this time of year, according to Pat Hardesty, Taylor County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources. That's both good and bad news for farmers, particularly those growing corn and tobacco.

  • Magistrates table City's request for help

    The County has tabled a request from the City of Campbellsville to help pay for a new ladder truck for local firefighters.

    At Tuesday's regular Fiscal Court meeting, Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers discussed a letter he received earlier this month from Campbellsville Mayor Brenda Allen.

    In the letter, Allen states that the City has received a $731,975 federal grant to purchase a ladder truck for the Campbellsville Fire Department.

  • Man arrested after police chase

    A Lexington man was arrested and charged with DUI and other crimes after he allegedly fled from police.

    Alvin Uzale Smith, 45, of 1186 Merewood Drive was arrested at 10:25 p.m. Sunday, July 5.

    According to Smith's arrest citation, Campbellsville Police Officer Shannon Wilson attempted to stop him for driving without an operator's license and driving on the center line of the road.

    When Wilson attempted to stop Smith, the citation states, he continued driving. Records state Smith allegedly sped up when Wilson activated his police lights and siren.

  • Residents charged in sealed indictments

    Four Campbellsville residents have been charged with selling drugs in indictments 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.

    Indicted were:

    - Danny Cox, 37, of 151 Gray Court was charged with selling diazepam in or near a school. Bond was set at 10 percent of $20,000. If convicted, Cox could be sentenced to as much as five years in prison.

  • Jessie off to "Flying Start" in thoroughbred career

    John Jessie is enjoying the warm, dry Kentucky weather.

    Jessie is spending the summer back home in Campbellsville. But for the past six months, he has been in Ireland as part of the Irish National Stud horse program. There, he and 26 other students from around the world got an inside look at the breeding of thoroughbreds.

    "You hear about Ireland getting a lot of rain and being damp," Jessie said. "It was definitely that."

    But it was also a beautiful country, Jessie said, with its lush green countryside.