Local News

  • Deadline to submit letters to Santa is Dec. 5


    With only a few weeks left until Christmas Eve, Santa has begun checking his list twice in preparation for his trip around the world.

    Santa recently told the Central Kentucky News-Journal that letters and drawings from children and adults alike are the best part of his holiday season.

    As always, the CKNJ will serve as the drop-off station for letters to Santa this Christmas season.

    Letters to Santa should be sent in care of the Central Kentucky News-Journal to P.O. Box 1138, Campbellsville, KY 42719.

  • County bridge issue raises questions

    Magistrates have begun the process of building a new bridge on Jones Creek, but some residents aren't happy about it.

    Last month, magistrates awarded a $52,000 bid to Hornback Construction Co. in Campbellsville to replace the bridge.

    Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers said Hornback was the only company to submit a bid for the work. Magistrate James Jones made a motion to accept it.

    "To not try to build this bridge would be detrimental to some of our citizens," Jones said during a special meeting.

  • Making Christmas miracles


    Last year, Taylor County residents helped 6,006 children. This year, organizers are confident they will surpass the 7,000 mark.

    This will be the third year Campbellsville University has operated the Operation Christmas Child relay center for Taylor County.

    OCC is a worldwide effort to bring shoeboxes of gifts to children in need. The boxes are stuffed full of toys, school supplies, hygiene items and personal notes of encouragement and faith. For many children, the shoebox is the first gift they have ever received.

  • Community salutes veterans


    Without their sacrifice, he said, Americans might not have the freedom to which they've become accustomed.

    "We would not be standing here if it was not for the veterans," Bill Perkins said.

    Perkins, a Vietnam War veteran, was again the master of ceremonies for Tuesday's community Veterans Day service.

    About 175 people attended, the largest crowd in recent years.

    In gathering together Tuesday afternoon, local officials and residents thanked veterans for their sacrifice and service.

  • Sage Mama serves moms and moms-to-be


  • Veterans Day service is Tuesday, Nov. 11


    Taylor County's community Veterans Day service will be Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m. at the War Memorial by Taylor County Courthouse.

    Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young and Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers will speak.

    Patty Waters will sing.

    Campbellsville Fire & Rescue, American Legion Post 82 and Kentucky National Guard personnel will also attend the ceremony.

  • Clerk releases precinct by precinct election results


    Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney recently released precinct by precinct results for the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

    To download the results, click the link below.

  • Former school employee charged with rape


    A Campbellsville man has been accused of having sex with a young girl while she was a student at the school at which he used to work.

    Ian M. Hoskins, 28, of Sunset Drive, was indicted by a Taylor County Grand jury Oct. 21 in a sealed indictment on charges of third-degree sodomy, first-degree sexual abuse, first- and second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor and seven counts of third-degree rape.

    A grand jury can seal an indictment if there is a possibility that the accused will try to evade police.

  • Saving the Planet


    It's a bit cold as they sort through the cardboard, plastic bottles and cans, but they don't seem to mind. And the cool temperature didn't keep residents from dropping off items to be recycled.

    Taylor County Conservation District Junior Board members hosted a recycling drive at Miller Park on Saturday.

    The board members partnered with Taylor County Homemakers, Taylor County Fiscal Court and City of Campbellsville in an effort to increase awareness about the importance of recycling and its impact on the community. 

  • Judge rejects sentencing recommendation


    Even though he pleaded guilty last month, he might face a jury after all.

    Last month, Jesse Durham, 23, pleaded guilty to murdering his great-grandmother with a hammer.

    In exchange for his guilty plea, the prosecutor in the case recommended he be sentenced to serve 40 years in prison for his crime. But the judge in the case has now rejected that recommendation.

    Durham pleaded guilty to murder, tampering with physical evidence and theft by unlawful taking.