Today's News

  • Farming is a way of life for local family

    It was several ago when Steven Benningfield decided to take over Bob and Nell Wise's pumpkin operation. He and his wife and children would grow them if his parents, R.L. and Imogene Benningfield, would sell them.

    To sweeten the venture for his parents, Steven offered a deal.

    "My parents had never had a vacation," he said. "I told them that if we made some money [selling pumpkins], we'd go on a vacation."

    That fall, they took their first-ever vacation to Tennessee.

  • One injured in crash

    A Campbellsville man was injured Friday after his vehicle collided with another.

    According to a Campbellsville Police report, at about 9 a.m., Barry Blakeman of Campbellsville was driving east on South Central Avenue in a 2000 Ford Ranger when his pickup hydroplaned in a curve and collided with a 1997 Ford F150 driven by Raymond Ford of Campbellsville.

    Blakeman, who had to be extricated from his vehicle, was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by Campbellsville/Taylor County Rescue. He was treated and released. Ford and his passenger were not injured.

  • BREAKING NEWS:Kelly appointed Circuit Judge

    Gov. Steve Beshear announced today the appointment of State Sen. Dan Kelly as a judge in the 11th Judicial Circuit. Kelly was among three names submitted by the seven-member nominating commission.

    "Sen. Kelly has the appropriate temperament and experience for this position," Beshear said. "I feel confident he will provide fair, honest and judicious service to the people of the 11th Judicial Circuit."

  • Three nominated for judgeship

    State Sen. Dan Kelly has resigned his position as Senate majority floor leader in what could be the first step to becoming a Circuit Court judge.

    Kelly has served as Senator for District 14, which consists of Taylor, Marion, Washington, Nelson and Mercer counties, since 1991.

    On Friday, Kelly's was among the names of three attorneys selected by a committee from which Gov. Steve Beshear will choose to fill a vacant judge position in the 11th Judicial Circuit, which includes Taylor, Green, Washington and Marion counties.

  • Downtown development coordinator honored for efforts

    Campbellsville Downtown Development Coordinator Donna Logsdon was honored recently for her efforts in helping revitalize Main Street.

    Awards were given out in several categories at the Kentucky Main Street Conference in Frankfort on Oct. 22.

    Among them were service awards, honoring those with five or more years of service, for which Logsdon was named one of several winners.

  • Details of Campbellsville Police suspensions released

    Details about the suspensions of three Campbellsville Police Officers have been released after an open records request was filed by the News-Journal.

    All suspensions were due to Police Department policy violations, according to Police Chief Dennis Benningfield. No criminal acts were committed.

  • Academy gives residents a taste of policing

    It started as a routine traffic stop. But the moment the intoxicated driver jumped out of his truck, the incident took a quick turn for the worst. Gunshots rang out. The officer was down. Only 12 seconds had passed since the officer first stepped out of his cruiser.

    Anything can happen. That was the point driven home Thursday night during the Kentucky State Police's Citizen's Police Academy.

  • Waiting in Line

    Taylor County Health Department staff administered 80 injections and 135 nasal sprays of the H1N1 vaccine at its second flu shot clinic.

    According to Amy Tomlinson of the Lake Cumberland District Health Department, there are no other clinics scheduled for Taylor County until more vaccine is received.

    Watch the News-Journal for more on upcoming flu clinics.

    For more information, contact the district health department office at (800) 928-4416 Ext. 132.


  • Street discussion may not be over

    Discussion about the new street beside the Taylor County Detention Center might not be over just yet.

    An ordinance adopted by the Campbellsville City Council in September 2006, and signed by then Taylor County Judge/Executive Paul Patton, states that after the street is completed it is supposed to be turned back over to the City.

    Taylor Fiscal Court did just the opposite at its last regular meeting by voting to keep the street as a County road and make it one way.

  • Harvest Time

    Hay rides. Mazes. Picking your own pumpkin. These are fall traditions John and Delaina Russell wanted to bring back.

    "It's just something we always wanted to do," Delaina said. "We wanted to get people out and enjoy and experience farming and nature."

    With the help of Delaina's parents, Dwain and Theresa Brockman, the Russells converted a portion of their Heavenly Haven Farm into a fall agritourism attraction.