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Today's News

  • Lawler is new library director

     

    She says she has always loved libraries, and now, she gets to lead one.

    Andrea Lawler will become the third library director in Taylor County's history.

    Taylor County Public Library Board members met in special session on Monday to vote on hiring a new director after Julia Turpin left the position earlier this month. Turpin replaced Elaine Munday, who was the library's first director, about three years ago.

  • Campbellsville native debuts movie

     

    Soon, the nation will see a Campbellsville native's name on the movie screen. But Campbellsville residents saw it first.

    Last Friday, Campbellsville native Deronte' Smith debuted his first feature film, "Prosper," at Campbellsville's Green River Cinema 6.

    And after showing the movie publicly for the first time, Smith answered questions about making the film.

    Smith, 41, now lives in Atlanta, Ga. He graduated from Taylor County High School in 1991.

  • Baptist church will continue to operate Veterans Memorial Park

    Campbellsville Baptist Church will continue to operate the county's park.

    During Tuesday night's regular Taylor County Fiscal Court meeting, magistrates agreed to again contract with the church to operate Veterans Memorial Park.

    Chris Ambers, representing the church, said he believes the agreement is working well from the church's perspective.

    The church has operated the park on the county's behalf since 2009.

    According to the lease agreement, the church will operate the park for four more years, through Oct. 31, 2018.

  • Car crashes into West Walnut Street home

     

    A woman was injured at about 11:50 p.m. Tuesday night after she crashed her vehicle into the porch of a home on West Walnut Street. Campbellsville/Taylor County EMS and Campbellsville Fire & Rescue personnel responded, as did Campbellsville Police. The woman suffered a leg injury but refused treatment at the scene. Damage to the home was minor.

  • One injured in East Broadway crash

     

    One person was injured in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday morning on East Broadway in front of Windstream Communications. Campbellsville Police Officer Jeromy Burris is investigating. Campbellsville/Taylor County EMS and Campbellsville Fire & Rescue personnel responded to the scene. At press time, no official report had been released about the crash.

  • Teen injured in Friendship Pike crash

    A Summersville teenager was injured Tuesday night at about 6:30 p.m. in a one-vehicle crash on Friendship Pike.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, Ryan Skaggs, 18, told officials he had to leave the roadway to avoid colliding with a vehicle. His 1991 Chevrolet pickup truck left the roadway and struck a tree.

  • First Financial Credit opens

     

    Manager Lynn Penick cut the ribbon in front of the new First Financial Credit office in Campbellsville on Sept. 12 to signify the grand opening of the company's 20th office in Kentucky. First Financial Credit is part of Forcht Group of Kentucky, based in Lexington.

  • Two want to be Taylor County's PVA

     

    Chad Shively and Greg Chick will face off next month to see who will serve as Taylor County's PVA.

    Shively, currently serving in the position, is a Democrat. He defeated Bernie Cave in the primary election in May.

    Chick, a Republican, was unopposed on his party's ticket in the primary, and, as such, automatically advanced to the general election.

    Central Kentucky News-Journal staff members sent questionnaires to all candidates who filed in contested races on this year's general election ballot.

  • Fall Break Fun

     

    Pantyhose became pumpkins. Mountain Dew can glow in the dark. Cardboard and batteries became a flashlight and pumpkin pie can be made in a bag.

    Local youth learned all about crafts and science experiments last Wednesday and Thursday at Taylor County Extension Office.

    The events were hosted to give youth some activities to do during fall break, but also in recognition of last week being national 4-H week.

    Youth attended a pumpkin workshop last Wednesday and a MacGyver workshop on Thursday.

  • Bank robber to serve 20 years in federal prison

    The Tennessee man who attempted to rob a local bank and then led police on a chase will spend 20 years in federal prison for his crimes.

    Eugene Earl Gentry, 63, of Swindle Road in Lafayette, was charged by a federal grand jury last December with carjacking, two counts of bank robbery and three counts of brandishing a firearm during a violent crime.

    In July, Gentry appeared before Magistrate Judge H. Brent Brennenstuhl and pleaded guilty to two counts of bank robbery, brandishing a firearm during a violent crime and carjacking.