Local News

  • Liberty couple passes away in KY 70 wreck

    A two-vehicle accident on KY 70 in the Mannsville community near Stoner Creek Road resulted in a Liberty couple passing away at the scene.

    According to a report from the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office, Dewey Sturgell, 49, was operating a 2001 Ford Pickup traveling west on KY 70 just before 2 p.m. on Friday.

    The report states that Sturgell was traveling behind a 1997 GMC pickup truck operated by 65-year-old Carey Stafford, also of Liberty.

  • Local legislators have had busy start to 2018 legislative session

    The 2018 regular session is underway in Frankfort, as the annual legislative session began last Tuesday.

    Campbellsville’s legislators—Rep. John “Bam” Carney (R) and Sen. Max Wise (R)—have been busy in the first week of this year’s 60-day session.

    While much of the focus during this year’s session will be directed toward pension reform, the state budget, and possibly tax reform, there have already been several bills introduced in the legislature.

  • 'A new occupant at Heaven's Press Table'


    I usually don’t make mental notes for stories I think I’ll never write. So with a 10-year head start on life, I figured a story about the death of long-time friend and CKNJ Sports Editor Bobby Brockman might become someone else’s responsibility.

    But sometimes life throws you that unhittable slider, and the news of Bobby’s passing this past Sunday punched me out with my bat still on my shoulder.

  • A Look Back at 2017: The Year in Review July-December


    Below is a summary of the news that took place in Campbellsville and Taylor County between July and December of 2017.



    • Campbellsville University announced it would be offering a doctoral program, where students can receive a Ph.D., starting in the fall of 2017. The program was announced to be for a degree in management, and is the first doctoral program to be offered by CU.

  • Mayor says city will comply with state laws


    Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young addressed the recent state audit during Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

    “I’m very glad to have constructive criticism,” Young

    offered. “Violations occurred and they will be corrected. The city will immediately comply. Not one dollar was misspent.  I made a mistake and should have explored some options. We’re going to move forward and comply.”

    Two council members, Randy Herron and Allen Johnson, addressed why they were mentioned in the report.

  • Arrests made in school break-in

    Two individuals have been arrested following a break-in at the former Taylor County Elementary School.

    Joseph Murrell, 28, of Campbellsville, and Jesika Meyers, 28, also of Campbellsville, were taken into custody by the Russell County Sheriff’s Department on Saturday and face multiple charges.

    The two were arrested and lodged in the Russell County Detention Center early Saturday morning.

  • 'Papa Doc' Ewing retires


    He’s helped thousands of local patients in more than 40 years serving the community in Taylor County.

    Last Thursday, Dr. James A. “Papa Doc” Ewing celebrated his retirement from Taylor Regional Hospital with a reception attended by family, coworkers, and friends.

    “It’s been a bittersweet day,” Ewing said.

  • Body of missing man found Monday


    The body of a missing Campbellsville man was discovered on Christmas Day. 

    The Taylor County Coroner's Office was notified of the discovery of a deceased male near the intersection of Beartrack Road and Palestine Road Monday afternoon. 

    Coroner Daniel Cook confirmed the deceased male was Curtis Hunter Burton, 20, of Campbellsville.

  • A look back at 2017: The Year In Review


    Below is a summary of the news that took place in Campbellsville and Taylor County between January and June of 2017. The summary for July through December will be published in next week's issue of the CKNJ and online at www.cknj.com 


  • A Home for Christmas

    A local family received one of the best gifts this Christmas a family can have; their own home.

    Lee and Jannifer Fisher, along with their four daughters, were the recipients of the most recent house built by Campbellsville/Taylor County Habitat for Humanity.

    Saturday afternoon, a special ceremony to present the home to the family was held, and about 30 people were on hand.