Local News

  • 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.

  • Fun and safety on the farm

    Local farmers and their families gathered together on Tuesday, July 24, to learn about safety, play games and eat a meal together.

    Taylor County Extension Office hosted a Farm Safety Day at Sullivan Farms, featuring discussions about ATV and lawn mower safety, livestock handling, transportation of farm equipment and more.

    Children played games and made crafts. Family activities included sun safety tips, nutrition bingo and more.

  • County still working to reach recycling center plan


    Magistrates are continuing the discussion as to how the county should operate the Taylor County Recycling Center.

    Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers says the county doesn’t know which direction it should go as to operating the center.

    At a meeting of the Court’s Sanitation and Environmental Committee on Monday morning, Rogers asked magistrates to clarify that direction.

  • Murder trial moved to Washington County


    A Taylor County jury won’t determine the fate of a Campbellsville woman who is accused of killing her husband with an overdose of liquid morphine after all.

    Kathleen Wise, 61, of 4203 Bengal Road, is set to face a jury on Monday. And now the jury deciding her guilt or innocence will be made up of Washington County residents instead of Taylor County ones.

    Late last month, Wise asked that her murder trial be moved out of Taylor County because of pre-trial publicity.