Local News

  • Man charged with trying to kill officer


    A Campbellsville man was arrested Saturday after allegedly trying to hit a police officer with his vehicle.

    The Kentucky State Police arrested William B. Tompkins, 24, who was charged with attempted murder of a police officer, first-degree fleeing police in a motor vehicle and a probation violation, according to a Campbellsville Police Department report.

    The report stated that at about 10:30 p.m. on Friday, April 15, CPD officers tried to serve an outstanding felony warrant for probation violation on Tompkins on Gardner Street.

  • Eagles nesting in county

    A nest of bald eagles was spotted last week in a rural part of Taylor County. The exact location has been withheld to protect the eagles.

    “Bald eagles are sensitive to disturbance and nests that are visited too often can be ‘loved to death,’” said Kate Slankard, avian biologist for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife.

  • Homeplace to host first-ever Plow Days Saturday

    The Homeplace on Green River is looking to educate people on 19th century farming with its inaugural Plow Days and Spring Festival.

    The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST at the Homeplace, located at 5807 Old Columbia Road (KY 55) between Campbellsville and Columbia.

    “The day will feature a variety of displays and activities that were part of the Homeplace’s early days,” said Billy Fudge, who is helping to organize it. “It’s hard to know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been.”

  • Local woman battles rare immune system illness

    Living in a constant state of disinfectant and sanitization is a world that Candace Sapp and her family have learned to make their new normal. It includes a routine to quarantine the sick in their 6-member family if someone gets the simple sniffles, and even double- and triple-spraying door handles with disinfectant to catch anything, just in case.

    The behavior many would find obsessive and almost to the point of neurotic, but for Sapp it is a necessity for her life.

  • City bike trail nearly complete

    A hiking and biking trail in Campbellsville should have an official opening by the end of the school year, Campbellsville City Council member Paul Osborne, who also chairs the Trail Town Committee, said last week.

  • Fiscal court looks at security at Veterans Memorial Park


    Magistrates on the Taylor County Fiscal Court discussed Tuesday night how better to secure Veterans Memorial Park.

    But by the end of the discussion, the court made no decision.

  • City water rates to increase July 1


    The annual automatic 3-percent increase in the city’s water and sewer rates will go into effect on July 1.

    The increase comes as a result of an ordinance Campbellsville City Council members passed last year. At a council meeting Monday night, council members opted to take no action. The increase is automatic unless the city’s water committee recommends keeping the rates the same.

    At Monday night’s meeting, Council member David Nunery, who sits on the water committee, recommended the increase.

  • National college fishing championship coming to county


    Green River Lake will be the site of a national bass fishing tournament involving roughly 90 teams July 28-30.

    The Taylor County Tourist Commission and Campbellsville University are going to host the 2016 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship, presented by Bass Pro Shops.

    National championship takeoffs will be held at Green River Lake State Park, while the weigh-ins will be held at Campbellsville University, said Jordan Alves of CU.

  • Firefighters busy 'learning the ropes'


    Campbellsville Fire & Rescue hosted a 5-day rope rescue training course over the past two weekends that tested firefighters logistically and mentally.

    The course was intended to have rescue personnel train on low- and high-angle evolutions, high points, aztec systems and stokes basket work. They will use these practices on swift water, where sending a rope system across the river is common, according to Campbellsville Fire and Rescue Chief Chris Taylor.

  • Tebbs Bend Bridge completion set for Aug. 1


    The new Tebbs Bend Bridge will almost certainly be completed no later than Aug. 1 of this year.

    According to Robert Reeder of Flemingsburg-based RGF Concrete, the contractor in charge of the project, one abutment has already been completed, and work should start on the other one by the middle of the week.

    An abutment is a structure built to support the lateral pressure of an arch or span, like at the ends of a bridge.