Local News

  • Some Taylor County groups lose nonprofit status

    From mail carriers to a pregnancy support service, 12 nonprofit organizations in Taylor County are among the 3,180 such groups in Kentucky to lose their tax-exempt status.
    According to an Internal Revenue Service news release, the groups lost their status after failing to file annual reports with the IRS for three consecutive years. The status for all groups was revoked on June 9.

  • Resident charged with third DUI

    A Finley man has been arrested and charged with his third DUI offense.
    Stephen K. Benningfield, 38, of 48C Brockman Road was arrested Friday, June 24 at 1:02 a.m.
    According to an arrest citation, the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of a truck driving through a fence on KY 744 and fleeing the scene.

  • Resident charged with second DUI

    A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged with his second DUI.
    Steve F. Burgess, 48, of 4878 Lincoln Ave. was arrested Thursday, June 16 at 4:29 p.m.
    According to Burgess’ arrest citation, he reported to Campbellsville Police that he had been involved in a hit and run collision at Dairy Queen.
    Campbellsville Police Sgt. Shannon Wilson wrote in court records that Burgess was unsteady on his feet, smelled of alcohol and failed several field sobriety tests. Wilson wrote that Burgess admitted to wrecking his vehicle and to being drunk.

  • Court approves $9.1 million budget

    Magistrates have approved a new Rescue and E-911 agreement with the city as well as a 2011-2012 fiscal year budget - though just barely, with votes of 3-2.

    The current Rescue and E-911 agreement expired at midnight on Thursday, just 15 hours after Taylor Fiscal Court met in special session at 9 a.m. earlier that morning.

    Two magistrates - John Gaines and Tommy Corbin - voted not to accept the new agreement, which Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young had already signed. They also voted not to accept the new budget.

  • Digging up History

    Archaeologists are searching Tebbs Bend Battlefield in Taylor County for Civil War artifacts, thanks to a grant from the American Battlefield Protection Program in Washington, D.C.

    According to local historian Betty Jane Gorin-Smith, she applied for the grant on behalf of the Tebbs Bend Battlefield Association.

    The grant was one of 25 provided by the ABPP. Rick Burdin and Steve McBride of McBride Preservation Services of Lexington, the company that is overseeing the work, were on location Thursday.

  • County fares well in fight against drunk drivers

    With close to 100 arrests this year and a 95 percent conviction rate, Taylor County has a zero tolerance policy regarding drunken driving.

    But a recent National Transportation Safety Board report ranks the state as a whole among the worst at keeping "hardcore drunk drivers" off the roads.

    The NTSB defines hardcore drunken driving as "a driver with either a prior DWI arrest or a blood alcohol content of .15 or greater." NTSB officials say that 70 percent of alcohol related fatal crashes in 2009 were caused by hardcore drunken drivers.

  • The Healing Place offers more than just drug abuse treatment

    From the outside, it could be mistaken for a hotel or even dorm rooms.

    An on-duty watch person greets visitors, ready to sign in and out all those coming to the facility.

    And on the inside, the neat and tidy place has several bedrooms complete with bunk beds and a cafeteria, laundry rooms and classrooms.

  • Court narrowly approves budget, interlocal agreement

    Magistrates have approved a 2011-2012 fiscal year budget and a new Rescue and E-911 agreement with the city, though just barely with votes of 3-2.

    The current agreement was set to expire at midnight Thursday.

    Taylor Fiscal Court met at 9 a.m. yesterday to discuss the agreement and budget, among several other items. Two magistrates — John Gaines and Tommy Corbin — voted not to accept the new agreement, which Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young has already signed. They also voted not to accept the new budget.

  • Tri-County Car Club: 25 years of shows

    Two car shows each year. Summer events on Main Street. Donations to countless charities.

    The good deeds of the Tri-County Car Club, which is based in Campbellsville, have become commonplace in the community. And this year the club is celebrating its 25th year of existence.

    According to the club's website, www.tri-countycarclubonline.com, the club was formed June 8, 1986.

    The club's first July Fourth car show was in 1987. Monday's will be the 25th such show.

  • Man arrested on rape, sodomy charges

     A Campbellsville man has been arrested on rape and sodomy charges involving a child younger than 16.

    Ryan L. Hardin, 31, of 5592 Hodgenville Road was arrested at 12:11 p.m. on Tuesday after a Taylor County Sheriff's Office investigation.

    Taylor County Sheriff's Deputy Dickie Benningfield made the arrest.

    According to a sheriff's office news release, deputies received a report that Hardin had allegedly sodomized a juvenile younger than 16.