Today's News

  • State budget still up in the air

    Lawmakers are still trying to reach a compromise on a state budget that funds essential services while shrinking a projected $1 billion budget shortfall.

    Legislators were called back to Frankfort last week for a special session to pass a state budget plan.

    On Wednesday, the House passed a bare bones $17 billion budget bill, $1.2 billion less than the last time lawmakers passed a state budget in 2009.

  • Students get taste of history at Tebbs Bend Day

    The cannon blast echoes across Tebbs Bend. Smoke fills the air. Stunned silence is gradually followed by rounds of laughter and applause.

    "Do it again!" someone yells.

    Re-enactor Leonard Lay happily grabs another canister of powder as Mike Devlin cleans out the cannon with a wet sponge. Within moments, another blast roars across the field as students cover their ears.

    The cannon was the biggest hit of Tebbs Bend Education Day on Wednesday morning.

  • Beard sentenced to 14 years in prison

    The man who shot and killed David Brad Williams in 2008 was sentenced to serve 14 years in prison last week for his crimes. However, he will be eligible for parole after serving 20 percent of that sentence.

    Gary Lynn Beard appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Dan Kelly on April 22 and pleaded guilty to shooting and killing Williams in June 2008.

    Beard, 28, of 160 Happy Hill Drive in Campbellsville, was scheduled to face a jury of his peers just two hours before entering the plea.

  • High school graduation ceremonies set

    Local high school graduations will begin tomorrow, with about 65 seniors walking across the stage at Campbellsville High School.

    Ceremonies will take place in Hamilton Auditorium, according to CHS counselor Elisa Rhodes, and begin at 6:30 p.m.

    Morgan Murrell is this year's valedictorian. Aaron Schwoebel is salutatorian. Rhodes said both will speak at tomorrow's ceremony and the school choir will perform.

  • Campbellsville man facing rape charge

    McQuinn O. Johnson, 35, of 206 Candace St. in Campbellsville has been indicted by a Marion County grand jury on charges of first-degree rape, intimidating a participant in the legal process and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

    According to the indictment, on or about April 29, Johnson allegedly engaged in sexual intercourse with another person by force. The indictment also accuses him of attempting to influence the testimony of another person by the use of force or a threat to avoid the legal process.

  • Memorial Day ceremony is May 31

    The annual Memorial Day ceremony will be Monday, May 31 at 1 p.m. at the Taylor County War Memorial by the Taylor County Courthouse.

    Several speakers, including Ret. Col. James Graves, Billy Ray Perkins, Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers, Campbellsville Mayor Brenda Allen, State Rep. John "Bam" Carney and American Legion Chaplin Sylvia Young, will attend and new wreaths will be placed on the memorial.

    Organizers say the ceremony will last for about an hour.


  • Blood drive is May 28

    This year, the American Red Cross encourages Americans to observe Memorial Day, a day to honor those who died serving our country, by donating blood in the Campbellsville area.

    "The Red Cross partners with many Veterans Administration medical centers across the United States, providing lifesaving blood products to veteran patients," said Linda Voss, CEO of the American Red Cross Blood Services River Valley region. "Your blood donation can help make a difference in the lives of veterans and other patients in need."

  • Farm fields suffer from too much rain

    What took David Cowherd several hours and a few thousand dollars to install, Mother Nature washed away in just days.

    To prevent soil erosion on his farm, Cowherd had installed tiles 48 inches deep and dug four catch basins to direct excess rainwater into drains.

    However, the work had been completed only three weeks when the early May rains came. The ground, Cowherd said, hadn't had time to settle. The tiles and drainpipes eventually uprooted and floated to the top of the water standing in his fields.

  • Financial peace workshop is May 28

    Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency's HOME program will be hosting a free eight-hour Dave Ramsey "Foundations in Finance Peace" workshop starting Friday, May 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Campbellsville Head Start.

    Low-income couples with a child age birth to 5 are invited to attend. Each participant will receive free childcare, breakfast, lunch, a gas gift card and a $25 Walmart gift card. Call (800) 928-6382 for more information and to sign up.


  • Homeplace project receives state funding

    The City of Campbellsville received a $2,000 Let's Paint The Town grant for a Homeplace on Green River barn project.

    The grant was awarded during the annual TOUR Southern and Eastern Kentucky National Tourism Week event on May 11 at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset.

    Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers, Campbellsville Mayor Brenda Allen, Taylor County Tourist Commission Executive Director Marilyn Clarke and other Campbellsville representatives were on hand for the presentation.