Today's News

  • Durham pleads guilty to murder


    He has admitted he did it, and could spend 40 years in prison as a result.

    Jesse Durham has pleaded guilty to murdering his great-grandmother with a hammer. And in exchange for his guilty plea, the prosecutor in the case has recommended he be sentenced to serve four decades in prison for his crime.

    Durham, 23, appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Allan Bertram on Tuesday.

    Durham was scheduled to face jurors on Monday and was appearing for a hearing to discuss whether his case was ready for trial.

  • Twelve seek county magistrate seats


    Twelve people want to serve as Taylor County's magistrates. On Tuesday, Nov. 4, the pool will be narrowed to half that amount.

    All six of the county's current magistrates have filed for re-election, and some who used to serve in the positions have filed for them back.

    Dr. James Jones, John Gaines, Tommy Corbin, Matt Pendleton, Ed Gorin and Richard Phillips currently serve as the county's first through sixth district magistrates, respectively.

  • Candidates speak at public forum

    Candidates for Taylor County judge/executive and Campbellsville mayor were invited to speak at a political forum hosted by Campbellsville University’s political science and history clubs on Tuesday night. County judge/executive candidates Eddie Rogers and Greg Gribbins, and mayor candidates Tony Young and Brenda Allen participated in the forum.


    Eddie Rogers

  • Abell retires from road department


    Some people wouldn’t like getting out at all hours of the day and night, scraping away ice and snow and hauling load after load of gravel. But he says he looked forward to it every day.

    Jessie Abell retired recently after working nearly 25 years at the county’s road department.

    Over the years, Abell, 64, has scraped many icy roads, mowed a lot of roadsides and helped residents travel down their gravel roads more safely.

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  • Cutoff period announced for EQIP program

     The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service in Kentucky is encouraging landowners, farmers and producers to visit their local NRCS office now to receive information and apply for conservation technical assistance and possible financial funding opportunities.

    The application process for NRCS’s conservation programs is continuous, but funding selections for specific programs are made throughout the year. 

  • New library director seeks public input

     Though she doesn’t officially start for a few more weeks, Andrea Lawler has already begun transitioning from high school teacher to library director.

    Lawler was hired last week to replace Julia Turpin as director of the Taylor County Public Library.

    Turpin, the library’s second director in its history, left her position to work at a library in North Carolina. Turpin replaced Elaine Munday, who was the library’s first director, after she stepped down from the position about three years ago.

  • Twenty-one want 12 city council seats


    In the largest race on the ballot, 21 people want to serve on Campbellsville City Council. But on Tuesday, Nov. 4, nine people will learn they won't get that opportunity.

    Though more candidates filed for office this year than in past elections, there weren't enough for the race to be on the primary ballot in May. Twenty-five candidates would have had to file to see that happen.

    Central Kentucky News-Journal staff members sent questionnaires to candidates in the contested races on the Nov. 4 ballot.

  • Former rescue chief helps plan funerals


    The most important part is to honor them.

    For decades, Charlie Shaw has helped fire departments and families say goodbye to their loved ones.

    Throughout his nearly 50-year career in firefighting and rescue training, Shaw has helped arrange 500 to 600 funerals for firefighters.

    As funeral assistance coordinator for the Kentucky Firefighters Association, Shaw often gets phone calls about deaths of firefighters across the state. He is asked advice on how to plan the service, and sometimes to help with it.

  • TC schools granted 'cyber snow days'

    Seeking to avoid a repeat of last winter that caused students to miss 15 days of school, Taylor County School District has applied and been approved for a non-traditional instruction waiver that will allow students to continue learning when school isn't in session.

    Dubbed "cyber snow days," Taylor County was one of 13 districts approved by the Kentucky Department of Education to pilot the program that permits districts to use online or other alternative means of instruction when school is canceled because of weather or another emergency.