Local News

  • Local armory to remain open, get new assignment


    The soldiers now have a new mission. But, on the outside, the public might not even know anything is different.

    Since 1947, the Campbellsville National Armory has been home to Battery B of the National Guard's 1/623rd Field Artillery. But on Saturday, Battery B will move to Elizabethtown and the Campbellsville armory will be home to the 203rd Forward Support Company.

    The change was announced Monday in a news release from the National Guard.

  • Crops take hit from limited rainfall


    Cool, damp soil during the spring planting season has caused repercussions for this year's corn, soybean and tobacco crop.

    Taylor County Extension Agent for Natural Resources Pat Hardesty said spring's heavy soil conditions have led to many fields being affected by infertile soil compaction. This condition results in shallow root growth with limited water holding capacity.

    "With soils being too wet, a lot of times when it dries out and stays dry like it has, it will limit root growth," Hardesty said.

  • After accidental shooting, trooper to compete in IRONMAN race


    He is determined. Nothing will stop him from crossing that finish line.

    Nearly a year ago, Nathan Rhodes wasn't sure if he would ever walk again. He had accidentally shot himself in the foot, and doctors said the odds of him losing his foot were good.

    Fast-forward a year later, Rhodes is in training for his second IRONMAN race. Though it's something he says he never wanted to do before his injury, he is set on completing the race now. And he won't let anything stop him.

  • Water Fight!


    The water was flying at Taylor County Public Library on Friday afternoon, and it was every man for himself to stay dry.

    When the library began its summer reading program this year, staff members set a goal for participants to read 1,000 books. When the final tally was in, the children and teens participating read four times that amount.

    For surpassing the goal, library staff members promised they would participate in a water fight, pitting the staff against the children.

  • Blood shortage leaves need for more donors


    "They say it's the gift of life, right?" he says.

    Mike Hunt of Campbellsville has O negative blood, the universal type. As such, he regularly donates.

    Hunt and about 40 other people donated blood last Thursday to honor Max Sutton, who died in May after battling a form of blood cancer. He was 68.

    And last Thursday's drive couldn't have come at a better time. The American Red Cross issued a call last week, stating that a blood shortage is looming and donors are urgently needed.

  • Dress codes announced for county, city schools


    When they head back to school in a few days, local students need to know what they can and can't wear to class.

    Most of the local schools haven't made any changes in their dress codes for this school year.

    Local principals say they tend to not have trouble with students abiding by the dress codes. Nevertheless, punishments are in place for those who don't abide by the rules.

  • Former deputy's sentencing delayed due to his vacation


    The former sheriff's deputy who broke the law he was hired to uphold wasn't sentenced in federal court last week as planned. This time, his sentencing was delayed because he is on vacation.

    But when he is sentenced in two weeks, Billy Rice faces as much as 30 years in federal prison and a large fine.

    Rice, a former Taylor County Sheriff's Deputy, of Campbellsville, was charged in early October with committing federal drug crimes. He had initially pleaded not guilty, but has since entered a guilty plea to the charges.

  • Mothers get a real 'helping hand'


    The baby fusses a little as she carefully wraps the richly colored fabric over the mother's shoulders and explains how to tie it in the back. Within two minutes of snuggling against her mother, the baby is content and nearly asleep.

    After giving birth to her second set of twins, Tara Hall needed an extra set of hands.

    She was already a mother to three other children who are homeschooled, co-pastor at Stoner Creek Methodist and Mannsville United Methodist churches with her husband, John, and a seminary student.

  • Two arrested, three still sought in burglary


    Campbellsville Police have arrested two of the five people they suspect are operating a burglary ring in Kentucky and Tennessee. The three other suspects who have been identified are still being sought.

    On July 6, police officers began an investigation into a residential burglary at 80 Boca Noir Circle in Campbellsville.

    According to a news release, evidence gathered at the scene and other information has suggested the burglary might be the work of multiple people operating in a wide geographic area.

  • Students participate in book focus group


    Campbellsville and Taylor County middle school students recently offered a Campbellsville native some feedback on his soon-to-be published novel.

    Deronte' Smith, who lives in Georgia but is originally from Campbellsville, met with the students last week after they read his book "The Fantastical Adventures of Sleepy Steve: Reuniting the Stone."

    The book was published a few years ago, but has been expanded and rewritten. The book is slated to be published this fall and is in consideration to become a television show.