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  • Driver loses consciousness, crashes

    Staff Report

    A medical emergency caused a 75-year-old man to lose consciousness while driving Tuesday morning, resulting in an injury collision.

    According to the Campbellsville Police Department, Joe D. Foley, of Jamestown, was operating a 2006 Buick when he “had a medical emergency and lost consciousness,” while traveling northbound on Highway 55 at about 10 a.m. in the Pleasant Drive area.

  • Rufus Hansford Sr. dies at age 79

    Abigail Whitehouse

    reporter@cknj.com

    Prominent Campbellsville businessman and well-known auctioneer Rufus F. Hansford Sr. has died.

    Hansford, who was born in 1939 in Casey County, died Wednesday, Feb. 20 in Campbellsville. He was 79.

    As the son of a farmer and real estate speculator, Hansford’s father said he could see his son’s path leading to auctioneering, as he was mimicking the auctioneers as early as the age of 5.

  • A MODEL OF EXCELLENCE

    By Abigail Whitehouse

    reporter@cknj.com 

    Of the 8,568 chapters of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) across the nation, the Taylor County FFA chapter has been recognized as a “model of excellence” on more than one occasion – making it the second chapter in Kentucky to receive the honor, and the only chapter in Kentucky to receive it twice. 

  • Traffic stop leads to drug-related arrests

    STAFF REPORT

    Kentucky State Police arrested two Campbellsville men on drug-related charges following a traffic stop in late January.

    According to a press release from Kentucky State Police Trooper Jake Harper was on routine patrol in Campbellsville on U.S. 68 when he initiated a traffic stop on a 2002 Avalanche for a speeding violation.

    As Harper made contact with the driver, identified at 41-year-old Efrain Duncan, of Campbellsville, he allegedly noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.

  • Campbellsville woman indicted for alleged rape of 15-year-old boy

    Abigail Whitehouse

    reporter@cknj.com

    A Campbellsville woman accused of raping a 15-year-old boy has been indicted by a Taylor County grand jury.

    Natalie B. Byers, of Fairview Drive in Campbellsville, is charged with one count of third-degree rape, a Class-D felony punishable by one-to-five years in prison.

    According to indictment records, Byers allegedly engaged in sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old male in Taylor County from Dec. 17, 2018 through Jan. 9 this year.

  • Kentucky Rural Development director speaks at Taylor Chamber lunch

    Abigail Whitehouse

    reporter@cknj.com 

    For much of her career, Hilda Legg has been working to find new ways to connect rural communities in Kentucky and across the country to policy makers and appropriators in Washington, D.C.

  • Campbellsville schools out for rest of week

    Students in the Campbellsville Independent School district will not be in school the rest of this week becasue of illness in the district.

    Superintendent Kirby Smart wrote on Twitter that schools will be closed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, with plans to resume a normal schedule Monday, Feb. 25.

  • Wise sponsors bill for direct wine shipments

    Kentucky Press News Service

    FRANKFORT – Direct shipment of wine to consumers would become legal under a bill that advanced in the state Senate today.

    “This is something we have been talking about a long time,” said Sen. John Schickel, R-Union, chairman of the Senate Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations Committee, the legislative panel that advanced the measure, known as Senate Bill 99.

  • Goodbye to ‘Banjo Man’

    Mike Stunson

    Kentucky Press News Service

    Neal James, better known as “The Banjo Man” and friend of “The Turtleman” on Animal Planet’s “The Call of the Wildman” died Friday, according to the Washington County coroner.

    James, 55, died at the Isaiah House in Willisburg, where he had been helping people battling substance abuse, according to Coroner Len Benedict. Prior to his death, James has been in and out of the hospital with cardiac issues, Benedict said.

  • Goodbye to ‘Banjo Man’

    Mike Stunson

    Kentucky Press News Service

     

    Neal James, better known as “The Banjo Man” and friend of “The Turtleman” on Animal Planet’s “The Call of the Wildman” died Friday, according to the Washington County coroner.