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  • Roop shares drug addiction story

    The following is the first part of a two-part series about a Campbellsville man’s journey through drug addiction and recovery. The second part will appear in the Thursday, March 9, issue of the Central Kentucky News-Journal.

    At age 37, Jason Roop knew he was running out of options. At that point, he picked up the phone and called his mother.

    “I need help, I am about to die,” Roop told his mother over the phone.

  • Two-vehicle crash on East Broadway

     

    Emergency responders were on the scene of a two-vehicle crash shortly before 8 a.m. Thursday. The crash happened at the intersection of Poplar Street and East Broadway near Campbellsville Christian Church. More details will be provided when they are available.

  • Lebanon man’s murder trial set for April 10

    The case of a Lebanon man accused of a local murder will almost certainly go to trial about a year after the alleged shooting.

    At a Tuesday morning hearing, Taylor County Circuit Judge Todd Spalding kept William Calhoun’s jury trial for April 10. He’ll also have a pre-trial conference for Friday, March 17.

    Calhoun, 25, of Oak Street, is charged with murder, a Class A felony; first-degree assault, a Class B felony; and three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, a Class D felony.

  • Wise’s family-friendly bill passes Senate

    From the time that state Sen. Max Wise (R-Campbellsville) decided to run for Kentucky’s 16th District Senate seat in 2013, he has made it clear that he plans to be a pro-life legislator and citizen.

    “I campaigned on being a pro-life legislator, and I will continue to do that here in Frankfort,” Wise said in a phone interview. “I will continue to be a pro-life advocate even when I am not in Frankfort. It is something near and dear to my heart as a Christian.”

  • Sheriff’s office joins state’s BACKUPPS law program

    The Taylor County Sheriff’s Office will now be part of a regional group that allows for shared jurisdiction between area law enforcement agencies.

    At a special-called meeting Monday afternoon, magistrates on the Taylor County Fiscal Court voted unanimously on a resolution that allows the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office to join the BACKUPPS (Bluegrass And Central Kentucky Unified Police Protection System) system.

    Magistrates and Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers all seemed to think the idea makes sense.

  • Body found in creek near KY 210

    The body of a man found in a creek in Taylor County Monday night has been identified as Paul Jones, 62, of Campbellsville.

    According to Taylor County Coroner Daniel Cook, his office was dispatched to a scene off of William Hash Road off KY 210 at approximately 7:18 p.m. Monday evening. Upon arrival, they found Jones’ body in a creek in a wooded area.

  • New dining options coming to town

    Two new dining options are coming to Campbellsville and are nearing their opening dates.

    While no specifics have been announced, Dunkin’ Donuts and Wings Pizza N Things are both planning for April openings.

    The Dunkin’ Donuts location is at 509 E Broadway in Campbellsville, next to McDonald’s.

    Approximately one-half of the building, totaling 1,000 square feet, is currently for lease with Century 21. Despite many rumors that have been circulating, there has been no confirmation on who will occupy that space.

  • Bill targets pain meds, other drugs

    A proposed bill would up the penalties for selling or possessing any amount of a potent painkiller.

    Currently, the Kentucky House of Representatives is considering House Bill 333, sponsored by Rep. Kim Moser (R-Taylor Mill). The bill would make it a felony to illegally sell or distribute any amount of fentanyl, carfentanil and related drugs, which have been tied to increases in drug overdoses over the past year.

  • Group looks to help families in battle against cancer

    A local charitable organization whose purpose is to help those diagnosed with cancer with their expenses is almost ready to start helping people.

    Debbie Carrico of the Taylor County Good Samaritans group said their board is reviewing applicants to make sure they meet their criteria, after which they will award the money.

  • Bill would ban tobacco on all school properties

    A bill being considered in the Kentucky House of Representatives would ban all tobacco use on all school properties starting next year.

    Senate Bill 78, if passed, would require that all school districts have bans by the 2018-2019 school year prohibiting the use of tobacco products by students, school personnel and visitors in schools, school vehicles, school properties and at school activities.

    The bill was sponsored by Sen. Julie Adams (R-Louisville) and Sen. Ralph Alvarado (R-Winchester).