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Today's News

  • Work begins today at Veterans Memorial Park

    By a vote of 3–2, magistrates voted at a special-called meeting Thursday afternoon to spend upwards of $112,000 to fix the wiring to provide electricity to two of the softball fields, as well as a park restroom. The Babe Ruth field is excluded.  

    “We’re going to move forward,” said Taylor County Judge-Executive Eddie Rogers.

    Had the vote been different, work might not have started for at least another year.

  • Honoring his service

    Fallen Kentucky State Police Trooper Johnny Edrington was honored last week in an annual ceremony to remember his life and service. “We will always remember you,” said KSP Post 15 Public Affairs Officer Trooper Billy Gregory. Every year in May since his death, officials from Post 15 of KSP organize a service to remember Edrington, who died in the line of duty almost 27 years ago. Gregory said they started holding services for the fallen officer since May 1989.

  • Local man arrested after Thursday fight

    A Campbellsville man was arrested Thursday morning after a reported fight at a home on North Columbia Avenue, according to a Campbellsville Police Department report.

    James Coleman Warren, 25, was arrested at about 7:30 a.m. and charged with first-degree wanton endangerment and lodged in Taylor County Detention Center, CPD Sgt. Shannon Wilson’s report stated.

    According to the report, the CPD responded to a call regarding a fight in progress and determined that Warren had been in a fight with a juvenile.

  • School budget tentatively set at $27.8 million

    During last week’s Taylor County school board meeting, Marcie Close, finance director for the district, updated the board on the 2015-16 tentative budget.

    According to current projections, the school district will have approximately $3.5 million in carryover once the current fiscal year ends. This figure is a bit down from last year’s approximate beginning balance of $4.2 million.

    Close also anticipates new expenses next year to be around $416,152, with new revenue anticipated to be around $251,845.  

  • McMahan recalls service at Panama Canal in WWII

    Even a small town like Campbellsville saw many people sent off to war during World War II in the 1940s.

    One of the men who was shipped overseas was Richard McMahan, now 95 years old. For two-and-a-half years, he was stationed at the Panama Canal; he was one of many whose task it was to defend the canal from the Axis Powers.

    McMahan described the Panama Canal Zone at the time as “the most defended small piece of ground that there was anywhere during World War II.”

  • High school graduations set for later this week

    Next weekend, high school seniors from across the community will achieve a goal that they have chasing for 13 years: graduation.

    On Friday, May 22, Taylor County High School will hold its graduation at 7:30 p.m. in the TCHS gymnasium. Currently, 218 students are expected to walk the line, good for a 100-percent graduation rate. Afterwards, the seniors will participate in project graduation, which will most likely be their final gathering as a class.

  • Trace Creek softball league being sued

    A Campbellsville couple is suing the city and a local softball league for injuries their daughter sustained in a softball game two years ago.

    On Friday, April 24, Timothy and Angie Draper filed a lawsuit against Trace Creek Girl’s Softball, Inc., Kevin Mings and the city of Campbellsville, along with Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young.

    Lebanon-based attorney Kaelin G. Reed said they aren’t seeking a specific dollar amount in this case beyond the required minimum of $5,000.

  • Man indicted for alleged sexual abuse

    A man who allegedly sexually abused a young girl is one of four people a Taylor County Grand Jury indicted on Tuesday, May 5.

    Jonathon Hewitt, 21, of Elkhorn Road in Campbellsville, was charged with first-degree sodomy, victim under 12 years of age, a Class A felony; and first-degree sexual abuse, victim under 12 years of age, a Class C felony.

    According to the indictment, between July 1 and Oct. 1 of last year, Hewitt had sexual contact with a girl who was less than 12 years old. More information was not available at press time.

  • Storm downs trees, house hit

     

    Straight-line winds from a storm on Tuesday hit at least three of Charles Shaw's trees, one of which was roughly 100 years old, and hit the roof of his house in Forest Hills. However, only the outside of the house was damaged. Another tree barely missed his SUV, and yet another fell in his backyard. No one was injured. That same storm downed power lines and trees on Meader Street and elsewhere. Across town, a tree near Miller Park was uprooted.

  • Allen surprised with Kentucky Colonel honor

     

    When Garry Gupton, executive director of the honorable order of Kentucky Colonels, found out that former Campbellsville mayor Brenda Allen was not a Kentucky Colonel, he appealed to the governor’s office to “correct that oversight,” which they approved. However, he still wanted to think of a creative way to present Allen with this award, so he came up with “a little bit of a ruse.”