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What gets your news hackles up?

By The Staff

Ever since Satan took the form of a snake and tempted Adam and Eve, there has been a mystery associated with reptiles.

Not since we published a story last week about a man charged with transporting "poisonous" snakes without a permit did we realize how some of what we do so affects our readers.

Write a story about a child being abused (and this is Child Abuse Awareness Month) and you might never hear a peep. Write a story about someone transporting snakes and you're getting advice all day.

That's what makes the news business so interesting and frustrating at times.


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Drugged driving should be a crime too

By The Staff

One beautiful June morning in 2006, four community leaders from Bowling Green set out for a scenic drive on their motorcycles. For two of them, the ride would be their last.

As they were driving through Logan County, a truck driver crossed a double-yellow line, killing two of the men and seriously injuring another. The truck driver had in her possession marijuana and drug supplies. In fact, she admitted to driving with drugs in her system, and tests verified that she had smoked marijuana before driving the vehicle.


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Child abuse even more prevalent

By The Staff

It's getting worse. That's a fact. A story in the works for Monday's issue will tell it like it is.

The number of reported child abuse cases in Taylor County is on the increase.

The story focuses on statistics from Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky. Last year, according to the organization, there were 269 cases of child abuse involving 369 children reported in Taylor County. Of those, 58 were substantiated, involving 105 children.

In 2006, there were 202 cases reported, involving 228 children. About 50 of those cases were substantiated, involving 74 children.


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A helping hand from North Carolina

By The Staff

"If I had a hammer

"I'd hammer in the morning

"I'd hammer in the evening

"All over this land ..."

-From a song by Lee Hays and Pete Seeger

It really is true. What goes around comes around. Do good things for others and it'll come back to you.

Last week, there were about 100 people from North Carolina in Campbellsville doing good things. Perhaps it was a touch of payback for all the good things our community has done for others.


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Tigers take us on a fun ride

By The Staff

Winding up an improbable run at a national title on Monday, the Campbellsville University Tigers left Kansas City with their heads held high.

After all, the Tigers went farther than any other Campbellsville University basketball team in history - to the semifinals of the national championship tournament.

Coach Keith Adkins said there will still be smiles on their faces.


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It's time for a good spring cleaning

By The Staff

Spring is in the air. March lilies are beginning to appear, birds are chirping and children are playing outside. Spring is a time for fresh beginnings.

It's also a time that many of us to do a thorough spring cleaning of our homes. And we should do that for our community as well.

This week is Commonwealth Cleanup Week, an annual weeklong event geared toward cleaning up Kentucky's communities. All across the state, groups are cleaning up roadsides and parks in their communities.

But here in Taylor County, it seems we're off to a slow start.


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Open government is good government

By The Staff

The early leaders of our country held widely divergent views on many topics, but their writings reflect a common appreciation of the importance of the right to know. These leaders recognized that in order for the new democracy to survive, public access was essential. As James Madison wrote: "[A] people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives."


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City made only parking decision it could

By The Staff

Campbellsville City Council's decision to change the parking on Main Street to include parallel spaces along the south side was a necessary one - for a number of reasons.

There were no established standards for roads back when Main Street was built, so it's too narrow for many of today's larger vehicles. And that makes for close quarters on busy days.

In addition, Main Street is a choice for many who are hoping to bypass the congestion that sometimes occurs on Broadway. That only adds to the traffic and the potential that the crowded parking creates.


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Our important obligation

By The Staff

"Leadership is the capacity and will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence."

- Bernard Montgomery

While it may often be unfair, elected officials are held to a higher accountability than the average person. Their character, their pasts, their integrity - all are intensely scrutinized.

Look, for example, at the current presidential campaign. If what's going on in newspapers and on television stations across the country isn't intense scrutiny we don't know what is.


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Don't blame others when it's our own fault

By The Staff

Sometimes, we just don't know what's good for us. But when things go wrong, it's sure easy to blame someone other than ourselves.

A story on today's front page details a problem local officials are facing with residents and their house numbers.

Logically, one would think that posting a house number on one's home would be a no-brainer. But apparently not everyone is thinking logically.


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