Today's News

  • Public record for May 6

    It is the policy of the Central Kentucky News-Journal to publish public records as they are reported by various agencies. Names appearing in "On the Record" are published without exception, to preserve the fairness and impartiality of the CKNJ and as a news service to our readers.


    Kevin Wayne Herbig, no/expired registration plate and receipt, license to be in possession, failure to produce insurance card, proof filed that someone else was driving vehicle, dismissed.

  • TRH to host community-wide Blessing of the Hands Ceremony

    Taylor Regional Hospital will host the second annual community-wide Blessing of the Hands Ceremony on Monday, May 10 at 6 p.m. at Campbellsville University's Ransdell Chapel.

    The ceremony is a reminder for all health care workers to remember their reasons for entering the medical field and to help them remember that they make a difference in the lives of patients and their families.

  • Two charged with stealing from FOL site

    Two men have been arrested and charged with burglary after they allegedly broke into the former Fruit of the Loom property and stole copper wiring.

    Greg Damrell, 33, of 100 James St. in Berea and Jason Blair, 34, of 203 Little Creek Road in Mt. Vernon were arrested Wednesday, April 28 at about 4 p.m.

    According to Damrell and Blair's arrest warrants, the two are accused of breaking into the building on Thursday, April 22 and taking more than $500 in copper wiring.

  • Annual food drive is Saturday, May 8

    The annual letter carriers' food drive will be Saturday, May 8.

    The drive is sponsored by the United States Postal Service and the National Association of Letter Carriers and is supported by Campbell's Soup Co. and Feeding America, formerly America's Second Harvest.

    On that day, letter carriers will pick up non-perishable food item donations that can be left in the inside or hanging on or beside residents' mailboxes.

    All donations will stay in Campbellsville and go the Taylor County Food Pantry.

  • Ron Lewis to speak at CU commencement

    Campbellsville University undergraduates will hear former Congressman Ron Lewis, who now serves as a member of the CU Board of Trustees, at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 8 in the Powell Athletic Center for their commencement address.

    The graduate spring commencement will be Friday, May 7 at 7 p.m. in Ransdell Chapel. Dr. Darlene Eastridge, dean of the Carver School of Social Work and Counseling, will speak.

    Each group of candidates for graduation should report 30 minutes before the time of their commencement at the Davenport Student Commons for their graduate walk.

  • Being a survivor

    Life is good for Rachel Blankenship. She retired from Taylor Regional Hospital two months ago after 28 years of service as a CNA in outpatient surgery. Her husband, Billy Gene, is also retired.

    Blankenship, 67, stays busy. On Wednesdays, she cooks at South Campbellsville Baptist Church. Thursdays are reserved for line dancing. At home, she tends to her flower gardens.

    She also participates in the Relay for Life each year. In the past, she was a member of the hospital team as well as her church's team.

    It's a cause that's very important to her.

  • Constable 'issues' topic of discussion

    In response to several complaints, constables may soon be asked to limit their use of police radios, complete an 18-week training course and pay their own bond.

    Several issues about local constables were discussed at a meeting of Taylor Fiscal Court's Law Enforcement Committee last Wednesday.

    At the meeting, Taylor County Sheriff John Shipp told the group that he has received several recent complaints about constables' actions. However, no individual names were mentioned.

  • Teen indicted on sex charge

    A Campbellsville teenager has been accused of using a child younger than 16 in a sexual performance.

    Brandon S. Shirrell, 18, of 2996 Coakley Road was indicted Tuesday by a Taylor County grand jury.

    He was also charged with four misdemeanor counts of sexual misconduct. The charge of using a minor in a sexual performance is a Class B felony, punishable by as much as 20 years in prison.

    According to the indictment, Shirrell allegedly committed the crimes in February and April. The indictment accuses him of having sexual intercourse with the child without consent.

  • Boil water advisory lifted

    Flooding was the culprit behind last week's system-wide boil water advisory.

    The advisory was in effect from Wednesday morning until Thursday evening. Mayor Brenda Allen said flooding hindered water treatment.

    "The source water characteristics of the water changed due to the heavy rains," she said. "That affected the way we treat the water."

    Kentucky Division of Water required multiple water quality tests, Allen said, before allowing the City to lift the advisory.

  • Economic activity picking up

    Though the economy is in a slump, there was plenty of local activity to report last Monday night.

    Team Taylor County Executive Director Ron McMahan gave a lengthy report to Campbellsville City Council members during the Council's regular meeting Monday.

    Amazon.com plans to amp up its work camper program this year, McMahan said. The program seeks retired people who frequently travel the U.S. in campers as seasonal temporary workers from October to December.