Local News

  • Charge upgraded in great-grandmother murder case

    Originally charged with first-degree murder, the charge against a Campbellsville man who has admitted to killing his great-grandmother with a hammer has been amended to capital murder.

    Both charges carry a sentence of as much as life in prison.

    Jesse James Durham, 20, of 102 Eads St., and formerly of 2700 Bryant Ridge Road in Liberty, was arrested on Feb. 12 and charged with murdering his great-grandmother, Elizabeth Arinsmier, 77, of 105 Daisy Drive in Campbellsville.

  • Magers is new EMS director

    Campbellsville/Taylor County EMS has a new leader. But it’s a face they have seen for many years.

    According to a press release from Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young’s office, Gary Magers is now the director of the EMS service, effective last Friday.

    Magers has appointed Mike “Alfie” Curnutte as his deputy director.

  • Campbellsville resident wins journalism award


    Staff members of RaiderView, the student newspaper of Lindsey Wilson College, received 26 awards at the annual Kentucky Intercollegiate Press Association convention in Lexington.

    Campbellsville resident Leslie Moore serves as editor of the newspaper and received awards during the convention.

    The awards, which recognize journalistic excellence at Kentucky's colleges and universities, were for work published in 2011. LWC students compete in the 5,000 and less enrollment category.

  • CU crowns 70th valentine queen


    Sarah Ames

    Campbellsville University

    Audrey Wunderlich, a sophomore from Frankfort, was named Campbellsville University's valentine queen at the 70th annual Valentine Pageant on Feb. 10.

    The pageant is the longest-running tradition on CU's campus.

  • Local displaying piggy banks in Frankfort


    Taylor County will have a student's creativity on display in Frankfort for Kentucky Saves Week, which began Monday and ends tomorrow.

    Whitney Eubank, a Taylor County High School senior, competed with 16 other high school students and 13 younger artists in a piggy bank pageant.

    Children from pre-school through high school were challenged to create and decorate a bank. To encourage savings, six local banks offered prizes and display space.

    Age group winners and their locations were:

  • School menus for Feb. 27-March 2

    Campbellsville Independent

    Feb. 27-March 2

    Monday - Crispitos with salsa, Mexican rice, refried beans, sherbet and milk with choice of chuckwagon.

    Tuesday - Whole grain chicken strips, broccoli cheese and rice, tossed salad, peach cup and milk with choice of corn dog.

    Wednesday - Chicken nuggets, macaroni and cheese, lima beans, pears, bread slice and milk with choice of pork chop.

    Thursday - No menu provided.

    Friday - No menu provided.

    Taylor County

  • Glasgow man killed in West Main crash


    A Glasgow man is dead following a three-vehicle crash in Campbellsville on Monday afternoon.

    According to a Campbellsville Police news release, at about 3:27 p.m., Christopher Johnson, 23, was driving a 2002 Suzuki motorcycle west on West Main Street when he lost control.

  • One injured in KY 70 crash

    A Campbellsville man was injured Thursday in a one-vehicle crash on KY 70. According to a Taylor County Sheriff’s Office report, Matthew T. Cash, 28, of 7834 Liberty Road, was driving a 1998 Mercury Mountaineer east on KY 70 at 12:49 a.m. The report states that Cash failed to make a turn just past Elk Horn Baptist Church. Cash’s vehicle left the roadway and struck a utility pole.
    Cash was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital with minor injuries. He was treated and released.

  • Governor makes gaming proposal


    After months of waiting, Gov. Steve Beshear, along with Sen. Damon Thayer, R-Georgetown, released his expanded gaming proposal on Wednesday.
    “It’s a work in progress,” said Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon. “I do anticipate there’ll be changes to it. We’ll have to see how it plays out. If voted on today, I don’t know that it would get out of committee.”

  • Local preacher restores cars and people

    He rubs the sandpaper to make the car shine. In the next room, his son prepares a truck for new paint. Bob Cutler restores cars for a living. And, as a preacher, he restores people, too.

    Cutler, 67, who owns D&S Body Shop, moved to Campbellsville in 1984.

    Originally from northeastern Iowa, Cutler says he spent his high school days smoking and drinking. Though he was raised in a Christian home, Cutler said he wanted to be “cool."