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Luster leaving tobacco farming

By The Staff

What used to be the backbone of Taylor County farmers' livelihoods is quickly becoming an overwhelming burden.

Over the past few years, it has become glaringly obvious that tobacco has gotten further and further away from being the viable cash crop it once was for many present and former burley growers.

While farmers have been preparing for this inevitability for several years now, it continues to be a difficult adjustment for some.


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Save that tax rebate

By The Staff

This spring, 130 million Americans will receive a tax rebate thanks to the economic stimulus package just signed by President Bush. Single earners who take home less than $75,000 will find a $600 check in their mailbox. Married couples with a combined income of under $150,000 will get $1,200, plus $300 for each of their children.

For those who are single, that's enough for a top-of-the-line iPhone. Couples could go out and buy a 50-inch plasma television. If you have kids, there'll even be money left over for a Nintendo Wii.


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Skinheads send message about child cancer

By The Staff

Whether it's through a parent, a spouse, a child, a grandparent, a friend, or even ourselves, cancer will reach out its deadly hand and touch us all. And that's why we should all be concerned with research into its cure.

What would have killed us 50, 20 or even just five years ago, is now treatable - thanks to research.

And that's what gives us hope.

As the second leading cause of the death in the U.S., cancer will affect all too many of us. We each have a risk - experts say half of all men and a third of all women will be diagnosed with some form of the disease.


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Tax relief heading to Kentucky taxpayers

By The Staff

The American economy has enjoyed six straight years of uninterrupted growth. But recently, that growth appears to be slowing. In my travels across Kentucky, I've met many families who are uncertain about their economic future, and I felt Congress had to act.

I'm glad to report that we did by passing a bipartisan economic-growth package that will act as a "booster shot" for our economy by providing fast tax relief to American taxpayers.


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Save your life, be more heart healthy

By The Staff

We all want to live a good long life. But let's be honest. We don't always take the care we should with our bodies. We don't eat right. We don't get enough exercise. We smoke.

And that takes its toll on our bodies ... specifically, our hearts.

Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer in the U.S.

And since 1963, each February has been declared as "American Heart Month" to help raise awareness of cardiovascular diseases.

A story in last week's News-Journal told the story of two men who have had heart attacks - and successful recoveries.


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Drug Court offers hope for those who need help

By The Staff

No one likes to think of the community in which they live as facing a drug problem. But with the number of crimes committed in Taylor County that are reported in the News-Journal, the problem is a little difficult to ignore.

And, after a few years, one begins to recognize the names that appear more frequently than others in court records.

Defendants are traditionally given several chances to get their lives back on track. Judges typically try diversion and probation before prison time.

But some people apparently won't learn without some additional prompting or help.


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City Schools vote to make travel easier

By The Staff

It's funny how far two dollars will go.

For sports teams and other extracurricular groups at City Schools, it may not be how far $2 will take them but the psychological boost knowing they may not have to raise that much more just to participate for their school.

In January, a Campbellsville Board of Education proposal was floated that traveling groups from City Schools would have to pay $3.86 a mile for bus travel.


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Any savings is a good savings when buying drugs

By The Staff

For some reason, it always seems more difficult to fork over the money for necessities than it does for luxuries. It's much more pleasant to spend money going to the movies than paying the electric bill.

But the electric bill is a necessity for all of us. And so is medicine.

A story in Monday's News-Journal gave the details on local pharmacies' generic drug programs, programs that are going to save us all some money.

Generic drugs, according to the FDA, are exactly the same as brand-name drugs. They just cost less.


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People are willing, and like, to take chances

By The Staff

Heading toward its 20th year, the Kentucky Lottery has certainly made its presence known in Taylor County. Last year alone, Taylor Countians bought $3.6 million in lottery tickets. That's an amazing amount of money.

But at the same time, Taylor County has reaped benefits as well. Payback in prizes totaled $2.2 million, while $1.8 million was paid in college scholarships.

At least we got back more than what we paid out.

A story on today's front page details all the aspects of the Kentucky Lottery.


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J.B. gives us all something to cheer about

By The Staff

The collective whoops of approval in living rooms around Taylor County must have surely raised the community decibel level on Super Bowl Sunday.

But it wasn't a football game we were juiced about.

J.B. Holmes won his second FBR Open in Scottsdale, Ariz. about 20 minutes before the Giants-New England kickoff in Phoenix. That's when his 7-foot-long putt found the bottom of the cup and a gut-wrenching playoff victory over tour veteran Phil Mickelson.

Way to go, J.B.!


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