Local News

  • CU helps the environment, saves on energy costs

    Joan C. McKinney

    Campbellsville University

    Campbellsville University is using more and more "green" initiatives to use resources more effectively, which fits in with the university's "Vision 2025: Transforming Christian Servant Leaders" planning document.

  • CU's Master's in Social Work accredited

    Joan C. McKinney

    Campbellsville University

    The Council on Social Work Education has accredited Campbellsville University's Carver School of Social Work's Master of Social Work program.

    "Accreditation is a challenging process, yet it provides a level of assurance that the program is delivering a curriculum consistent with professional social work standards," Dr. Darlene Eastridge, dean of the Carver School of Social Work and Counseling, said.

  • Wise found guilty of murder, jury recommends life in prison

    A Washington County jury has found Kathleen Wise guilty of intentionally murdering her husband with liquid morphine and has recommended that she spend life in prison for her crime.

    The verdict was returned just 20 minutes after the jury began to deliberate. The jurors took 10 minutes to recommend the life sentence.

    The trial began Monday morning, and was moved to Washington County at Wise's request, who claimed media attention would make it impossible for her to receive a fair trial in Taylor County.

  • Shop with a cop for back to school


    “I want these!,” the the girl yells, as she picks up a pair of colorful shorts. Her mother isn’t so sure.

    A few aisles over, the boy says he is sure the pants will fit, but his mother suggests he try them on anyway.

    At the backpack aisle, a boy settles on a camouflage backpack to hold his new school supplies.

  • Father, daughter take flying leap for her 18th birthday


    She didn’t ask for the traditional birthday party. She wanted to jump out of an airplane.

    “It is something I’ve always wanted to do,” Christen Johnson said. “I like doing adventurous things.

    “It just looked fun.”

    Both self-proclaimed adventurous people, Christen and her father, David, went skydiving in Elizabethtown on her birthday, June 30, to celebrate her turning 18.

  • Tomer sentenced for rape of 8-year-old


    A Florence man will register as a sex offender and spend 141 days in jail for having sex with an 8-year-old girl in Taylor County.

    Gilbert J. Tomer, 32, of 3960 Wynnbrook Drive #67, was indicted by a Taylor County grand jury last August and charged with the first-degree rape of a girl younger than 12.

  • Local officers honored for seat belt enforcement

    The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety recently honored 126 law enforcement officers, including several from Taylor County, from 123 agencies across the commonwealth for their efforts to increase the use of seat belts and child restraints.

    Campbellsville Police Officers Scotty Perian and Ryan Jewell were honored, as was Taylor County Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Dickens.

  • KSP get new cruisers


    Motorists throughout the state may do a double take this summer as the Kentucky State Police begin rolling out new cruisers with an updated look. The agency is transitioning from the Ford Crown Victoria, which is no longer being made, to the 2012 Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle.

    KSP recently purchased 125 of the vehicles, 100 in traditional gray and 25 in tan for use by its Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division, to begin replacing its aging fleet of 2004 to 2010 model Fords.

  • KSP citizen police academy to begin Sept. 3

    Kentucky State Police Post 15 is now accepting applications for the 2012 Kentucky State Police Citizens Police Academy.

    The 10-week academy is slated to begin Monday, Sept. 3, and will meet every Monday from 7 to 9:30 p.m. through graduation on Monday, Nov. 5.

    Attendees will learn about the many facets of the Kentucky State Police to include classroom topics such as criminal patrol, criminal investigations and drug investigations. Participants will also take part in simulated traffic stops, crime scene scenarios and evidence collection.

  • Statewide smoking ban sought

    A push for a statewide smoking ban in public places is getting some help from Campbellsville residents.

    The Smoke Free Kentucky group is pushing for legislators to approve a ban on smoking in all public places in Kentucky. And Campbellsville is one of the group’s stops in its grassroots effort to gain support.