Local News

  • Boy saves woman’s burning car

    Saturday was nothing special. It was a normal day for most people in Campbellsville, but for Dr. Janna Gresham and 11-year-old Evan Bryant, it turned into something more.

    Gresham was using the beautiful weather Saturday had to offer to run errands and take her dog, GiGi, to the new walking trail.

    “I promised her we’d go,” Gresham said.

  • Campbellsville woman arrested in connection with heroin overdoses

    A Campbellsville native faces a variety of drug charges that are largely related to heroin.

    On Oct. 13, The Campbellsville Police Department arrested Megan Shively, 26, on charges of importing heroin, a Class C felony; first-degree trafficking in less than 2 grams of heroin, a Class D felony; first-degree trafficking in less than 4 grams of cocaine; second-degree trafficking in an unspecified controlled substance, a Class A misdemeanor; trafficking in synthetic drugs, a Class A misdemeanor; and possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor.

  • CU professor talks politics

    Political candidates, and especially presidential candidates, pick their voters at least as much as voters pick them.

    That was one of the main messages from a discussion at Taylor County Public Library Tuesday evening, a talk that Shawn Williams, a political science professor at Campbellsville University, headed up.

  • EDA considers spec building

    The Campbellsville/Taylor County Economic Development Authority is considering a spec building to attract new industries.

    At a meeting last week, EDA members discussed a spec, or speculative, building that would be about 100,000 square feet. The proposed cost is about $4 million. EDA member Barry Blevins estimated that it might take 11 months to complete.

  • Taking a stand against heroin

    At a Thursday night meeting about heroin, Karen Jones and Diann Paxton both talked about how they lost their sons to the drug.

    “He didn’t want to be that way. There’s no way he wanted to be that way,” Jones said.

    But while Jones talked about how her son Morgan died from a heroin overdose almost exactly two years ago, Paxton’s son, Cody Wilson, is still alive, and is sitting in Taylor County Detention Center. But while the love is still there, she doesn’t recognize her son anymore.

  • Bland battles breast cancer, comes out a winner

    Cancer is a scary word. According to the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Facts and Figures for 2016, there will be an estimated 25,720 new cancer cases for 2016 in the state of Kentucky. It is estimated that 3,470 of those cases will be female breast cancer.

  • Kendall charged in Florida heroin overdose death

    A Campbellsville native was arrested in Bowling Green last week, and will be extradited to Okaloosa County, Florida, in connection with a heroin-related death.

    According to a press release from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, William Tylor Kendall, 30, of Indian Bayou Trail, was picked up on Tuesday, Oct. 18, in Bowling Green, on a charge of committing murder while engaged in a felony offense.

    At press time, Kendall was awaiting extradition to Okaloosa County.

  • Ghost tour raises money for local groups

    Campbellsville residents heard life stories from some of the people buried at Brookside Cemetery Sunday afternoon.

    The fifth annual Ghost Tour, held every year at the cemetery, is a fundraiser for the cemetery as well as the Hiestand House-Taylor County Museum.

    Taylor County historian Betty Jane Gorin-Smith said there were 19 “interpreters” this year, who were students from Taylor County and Campbellsville Middle Schools.

  • Top teacher

    A 25-year veteran teacher at Taylor County Elementary School, Kellie Jones, received one of the highest honors in the teaching profession when she was named the 2017 Kentucky Elementary School Teacher of the Year last week.

    Jones has spent her entire career teaching fourth-grade students at TCES, and she has mostly taught science.

    “I just love what I’m doing,” Jones said.

  • Retired teachers aim at increasing kindergarten readiness

    The Taylor County Retired Teachers Association is doing their part to help children be more prepared for kindergarten. 

    President of the Taylor County Retired Teachers Association Faye Howell said less than 50 percent of Campbellsville and Taylor County kindergarteners are prepared to succeed in school, and it’s largely because of vocabulary.