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

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  • 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.

  • YMCA effort still under way

    The effort began three years ago. And even though it's not happened yet, they still have hope it will.

    In 2011, Taylor Regional Hospital began researching the possibility of building a YMCA in Campbellsville.

    Since then, community surveys have shown that residents would like to use such a facility. And people are still asking how the project is going.

  • Club solicits Santa's Helper award nominations


    Santa Claus has helpers around the world, and many of them live right here in Taylor County.

    There are also people in Taylor County who strive to keep the spirit of giving alive all through the year, not just during the holiday season.

    Santa has said he needs helpers like these people, and Campbellsville Kiwanis Club wants to honor them for their work. As such, the club is searching for nominations for someone to receive this year's Santa's Helper Award.

  • High in the Sky


    It started nearly 2,000 miles away, but it ended in Campbellsville.

    The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta attracts hot air balloon enthusiasts from all over the world.

    Event director Don Edwards said the festival brings together nearly a million people each year. And now, some of those attending have a connection to Campbellsville.

    "Albuquerque International Fiesta is the largest hot air balloon festival in the world," he said.