Local News

  • BREAKING NEWS: Council approves 1 percent occupational tax

    Campbellsville City Council approved a 1 percent occupational tax during a special meeting Wednesday.

    Saying the previously discussed rate of .75 percent would not be enough to meet City expenses, Councilman David Nunery made a motion to increase the rate to 1 percent.

    The Council vote ended in a tie, forcing Mayor Brenda Allen to cast the tie-breaking "yes" vote.

    Allen said the City has barely met payroll for the last three months. A rate of .75 percent would not improve the City's finances.

  • Fun at the Fair

    Fun is what the fair is all about, and the 2009 Taylor County Fair means a week filled with it as horse shows started Saturday. The midway opened Monday with special events scheduled each night this week.

    Above, 2-year-old Sydney McDonald holds on tight during a carousel ride while her mother, Amanda, keeps her safe.

    Top, from left, Paige Hutchison of Columbia landed first place in this year’s Coca-Cola Talent Classic at the fair. Hutchison, along with the other top four finishers, will represent Taylor County at the state fair in August.

  • Louisville man charged with DUI

    A Louisville man has been arrested and charged with his second DUI and possession of marijuana after being stopped by police.

    David S. Havard, 26, of 5000 C. Sundown Court was arrested at 2:49 a.m. Saturday, May 30.

  • Police recover stolen vehicle

    A juvenile was taken into custody Thursday after a report that the juvenile had unlawfully taken a family member's vehicle.

    According to a Campbellsville Police report, around 2:30 a.m., officers spotted the vehicle in front of the Lakeway Plaza shopping center.

  • One injured in Old Lebanon Road crash

    A Campbellsville man was injured Thursday in a one-vehicle collision on Old Lebanon Road.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, James Beard, 75, of 404 Lakeview Drive was traveling south at 4:42 p.m. on Old Lebanon Road.

  • County approves new agreement with City

    County employees will get a 3 percent pay raise next fiscal year. Magistrates and Taylor County Attorney Craig Cox, however, have passed on receiving the increase.

    The Taylor Fiscal Court's Budget, Audits and Personnel Committee met Tuesday afternoon to discuss the 2009-2010 budget that must be finalized by June 30.

    As a result of that meeting, Magistrate James Jones told Fiscal Court members during their regular meeting Tuesday night that the Court needs to discuss what should be done with unbudgeted occupational tax proceeds the County will now receive.

  • Crusade donations increase

    Crusade for Children donations are up in Taylor County.

    According to firefighter Kenny Phillips, $38,380 was collected locally, up considerably from last year's total of $26,455. Phillips said donations were still trickling in and the total could increase by about $300.

    Statewide, the effort raised $5.28 million for special needs children, a slight increase from last year's $5.24 million.

    Volunteers who helped with the door-to-door drive during the week and the roadblocks over the weekend were again the key to the fundraiser's success, Phillips said.

  • UPDATE: Fire damages FOL storage building

    Firefighters were still battling the fire at the former Fruit of the Loom storage building yesterday morning and do not yet know what caused it.

    The east side of the building at the facility, which closed its doors in 1998, caught fire early Tuesday morning.

    Campbellsville Fire Chief Allen Johnson said at a press conference Tuesday that three explosions inside the building have been confirmed.

    Firefighters were dispatched to the scene after the E-911 Center received a call reporting the fire at 5:19 a.m., Johnson said.

  • Crusade for Children

    Campbellsville and Taylor County firefighters began collecting for the Crusade for Children fundraising campaign on Monday, June 1. Roadblocks were set up throughout the community on Friday and Saturday and near the fire department on Sunday morning.


  • Lawmakers headed back to Frankfort

    Seeking to erase the state's projected $1 billion budget shortfall, Gov. Steve Beshear will call legislators back to Frankfort on June 15.

    Aside from Beshear's proposed $9.1 billion budget, lawmakers will also take up the issue of racetrack slot machines, incentives to bring NASCAR races to northern Kentucky and Ohio River bridge projects.

    Beshear's budget proposal cuts about $200 million in spending and counts on more than $700 million in federal stimulus funds.