Today's News

  • Local family mourns fallen Richmond officer

    A Richmond police officer with ties to Taylor County died early Friday after a suspect reportedly shot him during an armed robbery investigation on Wednesday.

    Daniel Ellis, 33, an officer with the Richmond Police Department for 7 years, was shot Wednesday morning while investigating a reported armed robbery that reportedly happened at a gas station.

    Kentucky State Police Post 7 Spokesman Robert Purdy stated that Officer Ellis died shortly before 2 a.m. on Friday, Nov 6, at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington.

  • Changes coming to Relay For Life

    The 2016 Relay For Life event will only be for one day, it was announced at a Thursday night kick-off event at 3Trees Church.

    In addition to only going on for one day – Saturday, June 11, 2016, from 5 p.m. to midnight – it will take place at Campbellsville Elementary School.

    “It’s going to be different. We’re kind of switching gears a little bit,” said LaTasha Bell, one of the local Relay organizers. “We’re kind of changing things up a little bit, and seeing what happens.”

  • Tobacco sales declining in the county, state

    Tobacco is in partial decline in the county and the state in general, Dr. William Snell of the University of Kentucky told an audience last week at the UK Extension Office.

    Talking via Skype, Dr. Snell said that while the state’s agricultural economy has increased by 50 percent from 2004-2014 to $6.5 billion, the same cannot be said for tobacco.

    A member of the audience estimated that there are perhaps 100 tobacco farms in the entire county.

    Snell pointed to a loss of $150 million of annual tobacco buyout payments from last year.

  • Voter turnout better locally than statewide


    The local results of Tuesday's election partly matched the state results, with Matt Bevin beating Jack Conway in the gubernatorial race both locally and statewide.

    "I really wasn't surprised by the local results," said Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney, who announced the results in the Fiscal Court meeting room at the Taylor County Courthouse.

    "Traditionally, the county tends to vote Republican on federal races, state races. Maybe the spread was a bit bigger than I thought."

  • Gribbins pleads not guilty to murder


    A Campbellsville man accused of murder pleaded not guilty Monday.

    DeWayne D. Gribbins, 42, of Peterson Street, has a preliminary hearing scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 9, according to court records.

    Gribbins is charged with murder - domestic violence in connection with the reported murder of a woman who was found under KY 744 on Friday.

    A public defender was appointed at the arraignment, and the bond was kept at $500,000. He remains in the Taylor County Detention Center.

  • City to start planning for sports complex


    The city hopes to start planning survey work on the site of a proposed sports complex off New Columbia Road in the winter so that they can start moving dirt in the spring.

    "We're moving as fast as we can, not as fast as we'd hope to," said Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young. "We've got to make a move."

  • Wal-Mart employee celebrates 45 years on the job

    As Marshall Johnson sees it, it’s possible to start at the bottom and work your way up.

    Johnson, 66, a Campbellsville native who performs a variety of tasks at the local Wal-Mart - Store No. 665 - was recognized recently for having worked there for 45 years. But for him, it doesn’t seem like it’s been that long.

    “Time passes fast,” he said. “Back then, Wal-Mart was really on fire ... I’ve had a great experience there.”

  • Boy making Christmas special for sick children
  • City to apply for loan for water plant updates

    The city will apply for a Kentucky Infrastructure Authority loan to fund work on its water treatment plant.

    Officials also want to use that money to improve water lines near and under six streets in downtown Campbellsville. But they won't know until after the next General Assembly session - late spring or early summer 2016 - if they'll get the funding, and it would be late 2016 before any work would begin.

    At Tuesday night's Campbellsville City Council meeting, Council members voted unanimously to apply for a $2.7 million KIA loan/grant.

  • Woman’s body found in culvert

    A Campbellsville man was arrested Friday in connection with the alleged murder of a woman who was found under KY 744 Friday morning.

    The Campbellsville/Taylor County Major Crime Task Force arrested DeWayne D. Gribbins, 42, of Peterson Street, on a charge of murder, a Campbellsville Police Department release stated. The woman, who was discovered placed in a culvert under KY 744, has been identified as Christina Gribbins, 39, of Peterson Street in Campbellsville.