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LOCAL NEWS Archives for 2022-04

Pancake Breakfast is Saturday at Campbellsville Fire Department

Campbellsville/Taylor County Fire Department annual Pancake Breakfast is Saturday from 5am until 12pm at the fire department in downtown Campbellsville. Tickets are $7.00 for the event and it's all you can eat.

Green County Man Died in Motorcycle Crash in Nelson County

A Green County man was killed Wednesday evening a motorcycle crash in Nelson County,

99.9 The Big Dawg news has learned that Larry T. Bottoms age 53 died in the motorcycle mishap and no other details about the crash are available, Cowherd & Parrott Funeral Home in Greensburg is in charge of the funeral.


Green County Woman Died in Auto Accident Tuesday Night

A Green County woman died Tuesday evening in a car wreck, Green County Sheriff Robby Beard told 99.9 The Big Dawg that Scheri Keltner age 63 lost control of her auto and collided head on with a tree. The fatal mishap occurred on Mell  road in Green County and was investigated by Josh Coffey. 

Adair County Women Was Killed Monday in a Forklift Accident

Adair County 911 received a call at 10:14 am of a female that had turned a forklift over on Scott Dial Rd just outside the city limits on KY55 north Adair County Sheriff Josh Brockman told 99.9 The Big Dawg that upon arrival it was found that the operator was pinned under the commercial forklift.


Sheriff Brockman said the preliminary investigation by the sheriffs department shows that Charlene Cowan age 56 of Columbia owner of a local pallet wholesale was loading a tractor trailer with pallets when she dropped off in a hole and the forklift overturned Cowan attempted to jump off but was unable to clear herself free and was struck by the forklift ultimately pinning her under the fork lift, first responders and bystanders worked to get her free from the fork lift and provided care, attempts to secure air medical flight from scene was unsuccessful due to weather, Cowan was taken to TJ Health in Columbia at 11:38am she was pronounced deceased by Adair County Coroner Todd Akin.


The Adair County Sheriffs Office extends its condolences to the family and friends of the Cowan Family as they deal with the loss of their loved one .




Casey County Middle School Student Assaulted in Bath Room on Friday

Casey County Schools is aware of a video circulating on social media involving an incident at Casey County Middle School where a young African American student was assaulted.


The incident took place this past Friday, and the school administrators took immediate action with the support of a Liberty Police Department deputy who serves as the School Resource Officer (SRO).   


The school administrators and the SRO have been in communication with the parents throughout the investigation. No further information can be released due to all parties involved are juveniles, and the investigation is still ongoing. 


Superintendent Barry Lee added, “The behavior that occurred in the video will not be tolerated.  The school administrators and the SRO took immediate action but we must continue to be proactive in helping our students to understand that this is not acceptable behavior in our schools or in our communities.” 


Hart County Woman Dies in Weekend Accident on Highway 88

Hardyville, Ky. (April 23rd, 2022) – On Saturday, April 23rd, 2022, at approximately 6:51pm (CST), Kentucky State Police Post 3 received a call for service in reference to a injury collision in Hart County. Troopers responded to the scene located in the area of 6853 Hardyville Road in the Hardyville community.

Preliminary investigation revealed a white Chevrolet truck being driven by Brandon Polson (33) of Hardyville, was traveling westbound on KY-88 when it struck a black buggy in the rear being operated by Robert Miller (45) of Munfordville, also traveling westbound. A passenger, Edna Mae Miller (44) was ejected from the buggy as a result of the collision. She was transported from the scene to TJ Samson Hospital in Glasgow, where she succumbed to her injuries.

The investigation is being led by Trooper Michael Wathen. He was assisted on scene by other KSP personnel, Hart County EMS, the Hart County Sheriffs Office and the Hardyville Fire Department.

Summersville Man Killed After Overturning His Truck 5 Times in Wreck on 218

A Green County man died in a one vehicle accident Saturday afternoon, according to Green County Sheriff Robby Beard Terry M. Perkins age 60 of Summersville was traveling highway 218 when he lost control of his 97 Ford truck,overturning at least 5 times, Perkins was pronounced dead at the scene by the Green County Coroners Office, the accident Saturday afternoon at 12:41pm was investigated by Adam Rainwater with the Green County Sheriff Dept. 

LaRue County Man Airlifted After a Motorcycle Crash in Green County Friday Night

A motorcycle crash investigated Friday night on highway 61 north of Summersville, Green County Sheriff Robbie Beard told 99.9 The Big Dawg that Harold Beismer age 64 of Hodgenville was traveling higway 61 on a 2013 Harley Davidson motorcycle when a coyote crossed the road in front causing him to lose control and be be ejected from his bike, Beismer was airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital with mulitple injuries from the accident, the coyote was killed, the Friday night motorcycle mishap occured at 8:26pm and was invetsigated by Adam Rainwater with the Green County Sheriffs Department.

Head On Collison Friday Night On Greensburg Road Injures Multiple People

Two vehicles crashed on Greensburg Road US 68 in Campbellsville Friday night, Taylor County Sheriff Allen Newton told 99.9 The Big Dawg that the vehicles operated by Daulton Curry age 24 of Greensburg and Leslie Richards age 48 of Campbellsville hit head on after the Curry Vehicle, a 2008 Chysler 300 crossed the center line and struck the Richards vehicle a 2003 Dodge Ram near Todd Nolley Auto, Newton said there were multiple people injured including both drivers and all were taken to Taylor Regional Hospital, the mishap occured Friday night at 6:38pm and was investigated by Andrew Regan with the Taylor County Sheriffs Office in Campbellsville.

Fire Alarmed Sounded Monday Afternoon in Campbellsville

Campbellsville Fire-Rescue was dispatched to a report of a working garage fire at 810 Gidget Trail. Upon arrival, firefighters found a 60'X40' unattached garage 3/4 quarters involved with immediate exposures of a residential structure (light damage to exterior) and a pull behind camper with moderate damage to the exterior. Firefighters protected the house and extinguished the primary fire, protected other exposures and provided overhaul. No firefighter or civilian injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time and under investigation the fire alarm sounded at 2pm.  


19 Firefighters on scene


CFD Apparatus on scene

Engine 1, Engine 2, Engine 3, Truck 1 and Chief

Attorney General Daniel Cameron Will Speak in Campbellsville at Chamber Luncheon

The next Campbellsville-Taylor County Chamber of Commerce Monthly Luncheon will be held this Thursday April 21st at the Taylor County Extension Office at 1143 South Columbia Avenue in Campbellsville, the featured speaker will be Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron.

The event will begin at 12 noon, the April Luncheon is sponsored by Citizens Bank & Trust and you can get your advanced tickets by reservation for the luncheon and they are $15. Tickets at the door will be $17.

RSVP by email or call the Chamber Office at 270-465-8601. RSVP by 4 p.m. this afternoon Monday April 18th.


Marion County Will Get $20.3 Million in Funding for Road and Infrastructure projects

Frankfort, Kentucky (April 18, 2022) – Marion County will receive $20,333,400 in funding for road and infrastructure projects. The announcement follows the final day of a legislative session that resulted in a fiscally responsible state spending plan that makes significant investments upgrading and replacing the state’s outdated infrastructure, including transportation, water and wastewater, and broadband.


“Investment in our roads in investment in our communities,” said Representative Sarge Pollock. “I am proud to announce this significant funding that will allow for increased economic development and better quality of life for the residents of Marion County.”


The funding is part of HB 242, which provides more than $2.9 billion for the maintenance and construction of state roads over the next two years. The measure also includes $370 million for the rehabilitation and construction of bridges and sets aside $250 million to match federal dollars for mega projects in Northern, Eastern, and Western Kentucky.


The Marion County allocation is earmarked for the following projects:

  • $3,640,000 for spot improvements on KY-49 (MP 20.900 to MP 21.830) as per the KY-49 planning study
  • $6,000,000 to reduce congestion at the major intersection in front of the new school MP 12.2 to 12.8
  • $7,820,000 to extend KY-2154 Bypass from KY-208 to KY-49
  • $500,000 to improve the intersection of KY-49 at KY-52 in Loretto at MP 27.374
  • $1,375,000 to replace low water structure on Siloam Rd over North Rolling Fork Near KY-337 intersection MP 0.089 to MP 0.122
  • $998,400 to improve connectivity and congestion between US-68 and KY-55 on the east side of Lebanon (approximately 2 miles)


In addition to the projects earmarked for funding in FY 2023 and FY 2024, the road plan also includes funds allocated in FY 2022. Those projects include $2,200,000 to address safety and geometric deficiencies along KY-49 from Riverside Bridge to Narrows Rd and an additional $1,000,000 for the project to extend KY-2154 Bypass from KY-208 to KY-49.


“The road plan includes major projects to reduce congestion and increase connectivity in our area,” Pollock added. “This provides for better access to employment opportunities, increased economic development in the area, and easier overall travel.”


In addition to HB 242, lawmakers also crafted a two-year budget for Kentucky’s Transportation Cabinet. That bill, HB 241, includes funding for programs like an additional $4 million to increase access to driver’s license and permit testing and $11.4 million to be divided equally among the state’s 54 general aviation airports.


“This road plan and cabinet budget provide a very organized, methodical approach that both meets today’s needs and lays the groundwork for tomorrow. We only have one chance to spend each dollar and we owe it to the taxpayers of Kentucky to get it right,” House Speaker David Osborne added. “I commend House Transportation Budget Chair Sal Santoro and Representative Pollock for their commitment to prioritizing critical projects and identifying how we can make the most of the resources available to us.”


Lawmakers adjourned the 2022 Regular Session before midnight April 14. For further information about this legislation or any other actions taken by the Kentucky General Assembly, visit


Transportation Cabinet, Kentucky State Police Announce Rise in 2021 Highway Fatality Count

Highway fatalities in Kentucky increased last year according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Office of Highway Safety and Kentucky State Police (KSP). Data indicates there were 806 fatalities in 2021, compared to 780 in 2020 – a 3.3 percent increase.

“While many drivers are dedicated to making safe choices behind the wheel, seeing more people lose their lives on our roadways is concerning,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “Failing to click a seat belt or turn over the keys after drinking has impacted the lives of grieving Kentucky families whose loved one could have been spared from these preventable deaths. We all must be vigilant to practice safe behaviors to reverse this trend.”

Of the 806 highway fatalities last year in Kentucky, 54.7 percent were not wearing a seat belt and 15 percent involved alcohol. Approximately 26 percent involved speeding or aggressive drivers and 15 percent involved driver distraction. Pedestrians and bicyclists accounted for 85 deaths and motorcyclists accounted for 88 deaths.

“While numbers are important to identify potential issues and areas of concern, highway safety is not all about numbers – it’s about people,” said KYTC Secretary Jim Gray. “Reaching our goal of zero traffic deaths in Kentucky is a challenge, but we remain committed to making roadway safety improvements and working with our local, state and federal partners to move the needle.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), one of the most effective ways to help reduce highway traffic deaths is to combine public awareness campaigns with high-visibility enforcement efforts.

“The last thing we want to do is make a death notification, so if we can potentially save a life by writing a ticket, we’ll do it,” said KSP Capt. Paul Blanton. “At the end of the day, we want everyone to make it home safely.”
The KOHS partners with KSP, county and city law enforcement agencies throughout the state in awareness campaigns and enforcement blitzes, such as Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, Buckle Up Phone Down and Click It or Ticket.

“While we pledge to increase our awareness efforts, we need the public’s help,” said Secretary Gray. “We’re asking motorists to commit to save driving behaviors when behind the wheel, and everyone – both drivers and passengers – pledge to always buckle up.”

According to NHTSA, wearing a seat belt gives motorists the best chance of preventing injury or death if involved in a crash. Properly fastened seat belts contact the strongest parts of the body, such as the chest, hips and shoulders. A seat belt spreads the force of a crash over a wide area of the body, putting less stress on any one part, and allows the body to slow down with the crash, extending the time when the crash forces are felt by the occupant.

“We encourage motorists to make safe choices on the road because it’s the right thing to do, not just because it is the law,” said Capt. Blanton. “Some may see it as an inconvenience, but traffic laws are in place for a reason – to save lives.”

So far in 2022, preliminary numbers indicate there have been 175 roadway deaths, down 16 compared to the same time last year.

KYTC continues to pursue infrastructure projects to prevent deaths and serious injuries on highways. The Cabinet's 2021- 2022 and 2023-2024 budget includes additional funding investments for safety improvements. Anticipated dedicated funding through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and discretionary grant application opportunities will infuse more dollars to invest in communities statewide to implement innovative safety solutions in the coming years.
Historical Kentucky highway fatality statistics:

2000 - 823
2001 - 843
2002 - 915
2003 - 931
2004 - 964
2005 - 985
2006 - 913
2007 - 864
2008 - 826
2009 - 791
2010 - 760
2011 - 721
2012 - 746
2013 - 638
2014 - 672
2015 - 761
2016 - 834
2017 - 782
2018 - 724
2019 - 732
2020 - 780
2021 - 806


Editor’s note: See attachment for county-specific fatality statistics.

Fatality release

Cars Sideswipe in Friday Accident on Stoner Creek Road

Two vehicles collided Friday afternoon on Stoner Creek road, Taylor County Sheriff Allen Newton told 99.9 The Big Dawg that an auto driven by Danielle Couch age 31 of Campbellsville sideswiped and vehicle driven by Andre Staples age 45 of Lebanon.

Couch and her passengers were treated & realeased at Taylor Regional Hospital in Campbellsville,Staples was not injured, the accident occured at 1:26pm Friday afternoon and was investigated by Dickie Benningfield with the Taylor County Sheriffs Department.

Motorcycles Crash Saturday Evening on Highway 70 in Taylor County

Taylor County Sheriff Allen Newton reports that Ethan Boils age 21 of Campbellsville was traveling west on Liberty Road highway 70 on his Harley Davidson when when he collided with another Harley Davidson

motorcyle operated by Randy Mack age 55 of Knifley, the accident occured at the new Campbellsville bypass and highway 70, Mack was airlifted to Louisville with a head injury.

Sheriff Newton said the accident occured when Mack had slowed down in the construction zone of the new bypass. 

The Saturday night motorcycle mishap occured at 8:56pm and was investigated by Dickie Benningfield with the Taylor County Sheriffs Department.


Liberty, KY (April 12, 2022) The Kentucky State Police is investigating a 2-vehicle fatal collision that occurred on Monday, April 11, 2022 at approximately 6:13 PM south of Liberty, on US-127 near Walnut Hill Rd. 

Preliminary investigations indicate that Keith McQueary, age 21, of Russell Springs, KY was operating a 2007 Scion passenger car north on US-127 when he lost control of his vehicle and crossed the centerline, striking a southbound 2008 Mercury passenger car head-on. The Mercury was operated by Tom McClendon, age 63 of Russell Springs, KY. 


McClendon was entrapped in the vehicle, life-saving measures were attempted by Casey County EMS, however McClendon succumbed to injuries sustained in this collision and was pronounced deceased by the Casey County Coroner. 

McQueary was transported to Casey County Hospital by EMS. 


This incident remains under investigation by Trooper Matt Brumley. Tpr. Brumley was assisted on scene by other KSP personnel, Casey County EMS, Casey County Fire Dept. and the state highway department. 

Two Taylor County Men Die in Tractor Trailer Accident in Eastern Kentucky

Eolia, KY (April 6, 2022) – On Thursday, April 6, 2022, at approximately 8:04 A.M, Kentucky State Police, Post 13, Hazard, received a call in reference to a single-vehicle accident with injuries on U.S 119S in the Eolia community of Letcher County.

Troopers responded to the scene and located a tractor and trailer that was carrying lumber, off the shoulder of the roadway in a creek. Initial investigation indicates that the truck belonging to B & A Trucking was traveling northbound on U.S 119s when it failed to negotiate a curve causing the truck to leave the roadway and overturn onto its top.

Two male subjects were located inside the vehicle deceased from injuries sustained during the collision. Jackie Lawson, 70, of Elkhorn along with Stuart Horn, 52 also of Elkhorn, were both pronounced deceased on the scene by the Letcher County Coroner’s Office. Lawson was sent to Frankfort for an autopsy.

No seat belts were in use at the time of the collision, Toxicology results are pending. This incident remains under investigation by Detective Anthony Trotter. 


The Fire Alarm Sounded in Campbellsville Late Thursday Afternoon


Campbellsville Fire-Rescue was dispatched to a report of a working house fire Thursday afternoon at 805 North Hoskins avenue, upon arrival firefighters found a 12'x12' outbuilding on fire with three immediate exposures (shed and 2 houses) that had flame/heat damage.


Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire, protected exposures and provided overhaul. No firefighter or civilian injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.   


The alarm sounded Thursday at 5:43pm, 19 firefighters responed to the call.