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Local News

  • Art display by cancer patients starts Monday

    Taylor Regional Hospital’s Cancer Center will be hosting an art exhibit starting today.

    The Lilly Oncology On Canvas exhibit is a traveling display of artwork by cancer patients from across the country, according to Ann Dabney, public relations director at TRH.

    “It’s a wonderful thing and we are excited to have it here,” Dabney said.

    Cancer Center Director Sherri Angel, who has worked there for about nine years, said she tears up when she reads the descriptions that patients and their caregivers give for each piece.

  • Oakes joins CKNJ staff

    Zac Oakes is the newest member of the Central Kentucky News-Journal staff, having started last Monday.

    Oakes graduated from Russell County High School in 2013, and from Lindsey Wilson College in December 2016. While at LWC, he worked as the editor for the school newspaper, RaiderView.

  • St. Baldrick’s event set for March 18

    The Campbellsville St. Baldrick’s “Shaving for a Cure” event is coming up, and organizers are hoping for another strong turnout.

    The annual event, now in its 10th year in Campbellsville, is looking to raise enough money to surpass a grand total of $400,000 raised over the past 10 years.

    The “Shaving for a Cure” event will be held March 18, 2017, at Powell Athletic Center on the campus of Campbellsville University at 11 a.m.

  • England charged with rape, assault

    A Campbellsville man accused of a violent rape is among six that a Taylor County Grand Jury indicted on Tuesday.

    Richard England, 23, of Interlaken, was charged with two counts of first-degree rape with serious physical injury, both Class A felonies; first-degree sodomy, a Class B felony; and second-degree assault, a Class C felony.

    If convicted, England could face as much as life imprisonment.

  • Foster sodomy trail set for June 19

    A jury trial for a Campbellsville man who allegedly sodomized a young boy 4-5 years ago has been tentatively set for June.

    At a pre-trial conference on Tuesday afternoon, Taylor County Circuit Judge Allan Bertram set a trial date for Monday, June 19, at 8:30 a.m. for Gary W. Foster, 78, who is charged with first-degree sodomy of a victim younger than 12. Foster was indicted on the charge in December 2014. According to the indictment, Foster, a former foster parent, reportedly sodomized the boy between March 2012 and July 2013.

  • City schools recognize students, teachers

    Monday night’s meeting of the Campbellsville Independent Schools board featured several elementary school students and a Campbellsville Middle School teacher being recognized for their accomplishments and effort.

  • County schools give Cook two-year extension

    The Taylor County School Board voted unanimously Tuesday evening to extend a two-year contract to Superintendent Roger Cook, who is currently under contract until June 2017.

    The contract is worth $180,000 annually, which would present Cook with a $15,000 raise.

    “I think that is a steal,” Board Chair Tony Davis said. “… The man has saved Taylor County a lot of money.”

  • County hires manager for Veterans Park

    A new parks director will start next week after being selected by the county’s Parks and Recreation Committee.

    At a Tuesday night meeting of the Taylor County Fiscal Court, District Four Magistrate Matt Pendleton announced that Chris Ambers has been selected as the county’s parks manager. His employment was also part of the discussion around employee changes.

    “He’s going to have a big job ahead of him,” said Pendleton. “I’m excited for him, and I’m excited for the park, and excited for the county.”

  • Chandler addresses state, local health issues

    Kentuckians are in poor health compared to Americans in most other states, and Taylor Countians’ health is about at the state average.

    That was the message that Ben Chandler, president and CEO of Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, delivered at a luncheon meeting Wednesday of the Campbellsville/Taylor County Chamber of Commerce.

    “We simply have to improve our health to improve Kentucky’s economy,” Chandler said. “But putting more dollars into the health care system is not necessarily the answer.”

  • Fire science program gives students a career head-start

    Many young people have trouble choosing a career path. But thanks to a program at Taylor County High School, that decision has come a little easier for one group of young men, and they hope it will also help others.

    Taylor County Fire Science is a program offered to any TCHS student who has interest in a potential career as a firefighter, or for those who may someday want to serve their community as a volunteer firefighter.