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Today's News

  • Back-to-school

    Students in local school systems will soon set their alarm clocks and pack up their pencils and paper to head back to school.

    Taylor County students will begin the new school year on Wednesday, Aug. 3. Kentucky Christian students will head back to the classroom on Thursday, Aug. 4, and Campbellsville pushed back to Monday, Aug. 8.

    Campbellsville Independent

    Campbellsville Independent Schools’ students will now have a few more days for summer break.

  • Marketplace project gets city, county approval

    The proposed Campbellsville Marketplace, set to be located on the former Fruit of the Loom site, will likely be open for business a couple of years from now.

    At a joint meeting on Tuesday evening, Campbellsville City Council members and magistrates on the Taylor County Fiscal Court overwhelming voted for a TIF (Tax Increment Financing) agreement with Hogan Real Estate.

  • Two-vehicle wreck on KY 55 and Blue Hole Road injures three

    A Tuesday afternoon wreck on KY 55 near Blue Hole Road involving a car and a tractor trailer sent three to the hospital, a Campbellsville Police Department said.

    Campbellsville/Taylor County EMS sent Hanna Jonas, 18, of Greensburg, and her two juvenile passengers to Taylor Regional Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, the report stated.

    According to the report, a 2000 Nissan driven by Jonas collided with a 1998 Mack truck that was driven by Stephen Shanklin, 52, of Greensburg, at approximately 3:30 p.m.

  • State gas prices continue to decline

    Gasoline prices continue to drop locally and nationally, with the average Kentucky price falling 4.9 cents last week to $1.99 a gallon.

    The Paducah area is seeing even lower prices with most stations selling between $1.84 and $1.79 a gallon.

    Prices in Kentucky have come down 30.6 cents in the past month and 53.4 cents in the past year, according to a GasBuddy.com survey of 2,623 gas outlets in the state.

  • Brennan on patrol

    It was a dream come true for Brennan Wheatley as he suited up in his Campbellsville Police uniform.

    The soon-to-be 23-year-old with Down syndrome has wanted to be a cop for as long as his family can remember.

    “Today means so much to me because Brennan has always wanted to be a police officer,” Sueann Wheatley, Brennan’s mother, said. “He sees that they help people and he has such a loving heart ... he wanted to be like that. He wants to help.”

  • City’s wet-dry vote set for Sept. 20

    The county has announced that an alcohol referendum will take place within the city limits on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

    Pat Keefe, who has been getting signatures for the referendum, needed 527, and turned in 570.

    “I had well over 850 signatures, however, not all lived in the city and not all were registered voters,” said Keefe. “(Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney) validated 560 or so — plenty more than required.”

  • Ashby arraigned in Lamer murder case

    A Georgetown man accused of a local murder pleaded not guilty at an arraignment Wednesday morning in Taylor County District Court.

    At the arraignment, Taylor County District Judge Connie Phillips appointed a public defender to Rocky T. Ashby, 36. He is being represented by Lauren Hunter of the Adair County Department of Public Advocacy.

    Judge Phillips kept Ashby’s bond at $1 million full cash. He remains in Taylor County Detention Center.

  • Man killed in Thursday motorcycle crash

    A Magnolia man died after an accident between a pickup and a motorcycle on Thursday afternoon on Fairview Road and KY 210.

    The Taylor County Coroner’s office declared James Whitlock, 59, dead at Taylor Regional Hospital due to injuries sustained in the accident, a Taylor County Sheriff’s Office report said.

  • Woman murdered Saturday

    A man was arrested Saturday evening in Shelby County in connection with the reported murder of a Campbellsville woman.

    Rocky T. Ashby, 36, was arrested for the murder of Tara Simpson Lamer, 35, according to Campbellsville Police Department reports.

    Aside from the murder charge, he also stands accused of first-degree burglary and fourth-degree domestic assault with minor injury. Those charges
    date back to a reported incident in May.

  • A leap in the lake

    About six times a year, guardsmen with several National Guard units practice jumps from a helicopter.

    And every year for roughly the past six years, one of those jumps has taken place over Green River Lake, at a portion of the lake between Green River Marina and Site 1 Boat Ramp.

    “This is one of our better stops,” said Sgt. First Class Kevin Nash. “It’s kind of a thank you to the guys because it’s a good time. There’s not a lot of stress.”