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LOCAL NEWS Archives for 2023-06

Fatal Accident In Summersville Being Investigated by KSP

On June 24, 2023 at approximately 1:53 A.M. CST, Kentucky State Police (KSP) Post 15 Troopers responded to a two-vehicle injury collision at the intersection of KY 61 and KY 323 in the Summersville community of Green County.

The preliminary investigation revealed that Daniel Sidebottom, age 22 of Greensburg, was traveling west on KY 323 in a 2016 Ford F-250 when he disregarded a stop sign and caution light controlling the intersection of KY 61 and KY 323.  Mr. Sidebottom entered the intersection and collided with a 2023 Honda Odyssey that was traveling north on KY 61.  The Honda Odyssey was being operated by Ronald Durfee, age 63 of Hodgenville.  

A passenger in Mr. Durfee’s vehicle, Sandra Durfee, age 63 of Hodgenville, was flown from the scene to UofL hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.  Ms. Durfee was pronounced deceased at the hospital by the Jefferson County Coroner.  Mr. Durfee, as well as four other passengers, were transported to the hospital for treatment of their injuries.  Mr. Durfee’s other passengers were April Landon, age 41 of Hodgenville, Joshua Landon, age 41 of Hodgenville, and two juveniles.  Mr. Sidebottom refused medical treatment at the scene.

Daniel Sidebottom was arrested and charged with DUI 1st offense, Disregarding a Stop Sign, Murder, Assault 1st degree (2 counts), and Assault 2nd Degree (3 counts).  Mr. Sidebottom was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center.

KSP Post 15 Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Green County Sheriff's Office, Green County Fire and EMS, and Green County Rescue Squad.  The collision remains under investigation by Senior Trooper Weston Sullivan.

KSP Conducts Assault and Criminal Abuse Investigation in Taylor County


CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky (June 23, 2023) – Kentucky State Police Post 15 in Columbia received a call from the Kentucky Department of Community Based Services (DCBS) requesting assistance with an investigation they had in Taylor County.


On Thursday afternoon, June 22, 2023 at approximately 4:33pmET, KSP Troopers responded with DCBS personnel to Berry Road to assist them with an investigation. While DCBS was conducting their investigation, Troopers made contact with Kyrie Hollins, 30, of Campbellsville. Ms. Hollins reported that Jonathon McAllister, 49, of Campbellsville, had assaulted her two days before KSP Troopers arrived. Over the course of the assault investigation, KSP also learned that two juveniles in the home had injuries. 


As a result of the preliminary investigation of the incident between Ms. Hollins and Mr. McAllister, an arrest warrant was issued for Jonathon McAllister for Strangulation 1st Degree and Assault 4th Degree. As a result of the preliminary investigation of the injuries to the two juveniles, Jonathon McAllister and Kyrie Hollins were arrested and charged with Criminal Abuse 1st Degree (Child 12 or Under) and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor. Both individuals were lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center. The previously mentioned arrest warrant for Jonathon McAllister was also served on him at the time of his arrest.


The case remains under investigation by Trooper AJ Mattingly and Trooper Trey Binder.  Troopers Mattingly and Binder were also assisted in the investigation by other KSP Troopers. 




Green County Man Dies Following Car Accident


A Green County man died in a 1-vehicle accident late Wednesday night on US 68 (Edmonton Road) in Green County.


Sheriff Robby Beard told 99.9 the Big Dawg News that Samuel Young age 20 was traveling in the area of Mt. Lebanon Church when he left the road and struck a tree head-on. Young was pronounced dead at the scene by the Green County Coroners Office.


Funeral services are scheduled for Sunday. Cowherd & Parrott Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Campbellsville Police Arrest Louisville Woman on Jefferson County Warrant for Manslaughter and Assault


On Tuesday, June 20, 2023 Campbellsville Police received a request from the Shively Police Department in apprehending an individual in Campbellsville with a warrant from Jefferson Circuit Court for Manslaughter 2nd degree and Assault 2nd degree.  


Campbellsville Police Officers located 28-year-old Dayshawna Harris in Campbellsville city limits. She was arrested without incident and charged with possession of marijuana during the arrest. 


John "Bam" Carney Memorial Bypass is Open

The "New" John “Bam” Carney Memorial Highway is open connecting original KY 55 on the southeast side of Campbellsville to US 68 on the northeast side of town.

The route (which is also referred to as the Campbellsville Bypass) is aimed at relieving through-town pressures along US 68, especially commercial truck traffic, resulting in improved safety, mobility and travel efficiency.


Comprised of two separate projects, the first connects original KY 55 to KY 70. Project two connects KY 70 to US 68. The first project was contracted in September of 2019 and opened in May of 2022 at a construction cost of $16.8 million. Project two was contracted in December of 2020 at a cost of $9.1 million ahead of Tuesday’s opening.

Body of Male Recovered after Drowning Sunday in Green River Lake in Taylor County


Campbellsville Fire-Rescue was dispatched to a report of a drowning on Sunday, June 4, 2023 around 5:30pmET at Green River Lake State Park. Upon arrival, firefighters secured the scene, interviewed the witnesses and deployed public safety divers. It was determined that a 37-year-old male was underwater and unaccounted for.


At approximately 6:30pmET, rescue efforts switched to a recovery operation. Sonar operations, dive operations and ROV operations was conducted until the early morning hours with no success due to the large amount of bottom debris. 


During todays operations, personnel conducted side scan operations and located a potential target and was confirmed with KYFW tow-fish sonar. Special operations divers deployed to the target locating the missing subject in 32 feet of water in heavy brush. 


No other civilian injuries were reported. One special operations diver did sustain a minor laceration during dive operations that required stitches.


The drowning is being investigated by Kentucky Fish & Wildlife and the Taylor County Coroner's Office.  


Firefighters Responding: 17


Responding Apparatus: Rescue 1, Squad 1, Squad 2, Squad 3, TSAR 1, Marine 1, Marine 2 and Chief


Assisting Agencies:

Campbellsville Taylor County 911 Center

Campbellsville Taylor County EMS

Taylor County Fire Department

Taylor County Sheriff Office

Taylor County Coroner's Office 

Ky Fish and Wildlife

Kentucky State Park Ranger

US Army Corps of Engineers and

Russell County Rescue Squad


INFAC of Campbellsville is Expanding and More Jobs are Coming


Campbellsville, KY - On Friday, June 2, 2023, Gov. Andy Beshear joined local officials from Taylor County and leaders from INFAC North America, an automotive manufacturer that specializes in cables, antennas, horns, actuators and electric vehicle (EV) battery system assemblies, to break ground on the company's expansion in Campbellsville, which will create 220 Kentucky jobs with an investment of at least $53 million.

Taylor County Judge/Executive Barry Smith is encouraged to see a quality company expand its existing business in the community.

"This is a great day for Campbellsville and Taylor County," said Judge Smith. "We are excited to have INFAC expand in our community. INFAC's huge capital investment is a testimony to the excellent work ethic of our people."

Campbellsville Mayor Dennis Benningfield noted the strong local workforce and future potential this investment brings to Campbellsville.

"We are very excited to see the expansion of INFAC in Campbellsville," said Mayor Benningfield. "I want to thank them for making this large investment. Their decision to expand in Campbellsville speaks to the strength and dedication of their local workforce. We look forward to their future growth potential and the effect on our local economy."

Ron McMahan, executive director and CEO of Team Taylor County, is excited to see the job opportunities created by the project.

"We are honored to have INFAC expand their existing manufacturing facility in Campbellsville," said McMahan. "Their capital investment and job creation will have a tremendous economic impact on our community. It is always a great honor to have an existing business grow their presence in Taylor County."

"Our economy is only as strong as the companies that continue to invest and believe in what Kentucky has to offer," said Gov. Beshear. "INFAC North America has been a key contributor to the commonwealth's manufacturing sector for 15 years and will now play a role in supporting our rapidly growing EV industry. I want to thank company leadership for their continued presence and investment in Taylor County and look forward to their success in Campbellsville for many years to come."

The expansion project, located at the company's existing facility in Campbellsville, comes in response to growing customer demand to boost growth in North America and increase the company's global competitiveness. The $53 million investment will see the company add 125,000 square feet to its existing 110,000 square feet building for increased manufacturing capabilities. Additionally, the project will create 220 quality, full-time jobs for Kentuckians. This project marks the second expansion by INFAC North America at their Campbellsville facility since it was established in 2008.

"Since the opening of INFAC North America in Campbellsville, Kentucky, we've always been very happy with the excellent workforce and supportive local and state organizations," said INFAC Chairman Ohe Gil Choi. "When the time came for the next investment and expansion to prepare for INFAC North America, there were many options to consider, but it was an easy decision for us to invest in Campbellsville because we already knew how easy it would be to work with the local government, both at the state and county level, and how good the teamwork would be with the diligent, hardworking people of Taylor County."

Established in South Korea in 1969, INFAC specializes in the manufacture of automotive components such as control cables, solenoids, antennas, actuators and horns. Recently, the company expanded into the field of eco-friendly technology, adding EV battery and electrification-control systems to its list of products. In September 2008, the company established INFAC North America with its first production facility in the United States, located in Campbellsville. The company quickly outgrew the initial space in Taylor County and added an additional 110,000-square-foot assembly, manufacturing and warehouse facility in 2013.

To encourage investment and job growth in the community, the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority (KEDFA) in January 2023 preliminarily approved a 15-year incentive agreement with the company under the Kentucky Business Investment program. The performance-based agreement can tax incentives based on the company's investment and annual job and wage targets.

By meeting its annual targets over the agreement term, the company can be eligible to keep a portion of the new tax revenue it generates. The company may claim eligible incentives against its income tax liability and/or wage assessments.

In addition, INFAC North America can receive resources from Kentucky's workforce service providers. Those include no-cost recruitment and job placement services, reduced-cost customized training and job-training incentives.


Campbellsville Bypass Dedicated to the late Bam Carney


Local and state officials gathered on Friday, June 2, 2023 for the dedication of the Rep. John "Bam" Carney Memorial Highway, which connects New Columbia Highway 55 to New Lebanon Road US 68. The project was started in the 1980s by former mayor Robert L. Miller, and years later, "Bam" Carney helped make this bypass a priority (and now a reality).

The new highway was dedicated Friday morning by Governor Andy Beshear, State Representative Sarge Pollock and Senator Max Wise. Bam's mother, June Carney and his son Ethan, unveiled the official sign.


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