Local News

  • Former CKNJ publisher Cravens dies at 75


    Jim Cravens, a man who served with the Central Kentucky News and later with the Central Kentucky News-Journal, died Monday.

    "Jimmy was a visionary in his era by foreseeing the need for a tri-county newspaper, Central Kentucky News, in 1965, when two others were still printing with hot type and there was an unpopular editor in Campbellsville at The News-Journal," said Max M. Heath of Landmark Community Newspapers, which owns the CKNJ.

  • E. coli closes beach at Green River Lake


    The water at Green River Lake╒s Smith Ridge Recreation Area is contaminated, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

    The beach at Smith Ridge has been closed due to high levels of E. coli bacteria, according to a statement issued by the Army Corps of Engineers Tuesday.

    The statement said the Corps tests water from Smith Ridge, Pikes Ridge and Holmes Bend on a weekly basis, and while the water at Smith Ridge shows contamination, Pikes Ridge and Holmes Bend had acceptable test results.

  • Council looks at lease of fire training center


    Campbellsville City Council members have given final approval to the city’s 2015-2016 budget.

    By a unanimous vote of 9 – 0, council members approved the $19,128,320 budget – which includes $200,000 in Municipal Road Aid money – at a brief special-called meeting Monday night. The budget takes effect July 1.

    Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young said there are no changes to the new budget in the second reading. Council members suggested no changes at the meeting.

  • Local girl making a difference with knitting work


    After the 2011 tornado in Joplin, Mo., 8-year-old Cee Cee Creech decided to knit elephant toys to send to tornado victims.

    Four years later, she and her mother Belinda Creech are knitting and collecting toys, and occasionally raising money, for a variety of charitable purposes. Belinda estimated they’ve raised more than $16,000 and have donated more than $2,000 to various charities.

  • Relay for Life tops $50,000


    Taylor County’s annual Relay for Life event took place on Friday at the Taylor County High School. Despite the showers early on in the day, the event saw great weather and was deemed a huge success by organizer Drew Underwood, who said more than $50,200 had been raised to help fight cancer.

  • About 1,200 attend Kids Outdoor Day


    At least 1,200 people came out to Green River Lake Saturday for the 15th annual Kids Outdoor Day.

    "I think it is probably as good as last year," said Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers, who participated. "What a perfect day for weather. "What else better can you do for the kids than have a day out for them to see what kind of sport activities there are out here?"

  • CU, KU answer Grider lawsuit


    Both Campbellsville University and Kentucky Utilities deny culpability in the electrocution accident last year that led to the death of firefighter Tony Grider.

    Last month, Grider's widow, Gina Grider, filed a lawsuit against KU, CU and Pierce Manufacturing, the company that built the aerial bucket truck used in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that day.

  • Former city council member Kibbons dies at 84


    A true friend and the epitome of a servant leader.

    That is how Dr. Dwayne Howell described Dr. Jerry Ray Kibbons, who died this past Saturday in Lexington, Ky. He was 84.

    Howell, a 1982 graduate of Campbellsville College who now serves as professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Campbellsville University, called Kibbons his mentor and friend for close to 40 years.

    Howell delivered the message at Kibbons' funeral Wednesday at Parrott & Ramsey Funeral Home.

  • Campbellsville Police to ‘arrest’ local celebrities on Friday, June 12

    The Campbellsville Department will host its inaugural “Arrest of Local Celebrities” on Friday, June 12, starting at 10 a.m.

    The event is aimed toward raising funds for the Lake Cumberland Children’s Advocacy Center. Located in Jamestown, Ky., the center is used as a bridge between law enforcement and children who are victims of a crime.

  • Relay for Life set for Friday

    In an effort to find a cure for cancer, Taylor County’s annual Relay for Life event will take place at the Taylor County High School football field on Friday, June 12, starting at 7 p.m., and running until Saturday, June 13 at 3 a.m.

    Drew Underwood is the event leader for this year’s Relay for Life. He said that although Relay is a one-night event, the work that makes it possible takes place all year long, and it helps in many ways.