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  • Smith Ridge beach reopened by Army Corps of Engineers

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Green River Lake State Park re-opened their beach at the Smith Ridge Recreation Area on Friday.

    The beach was closed on Tuesday, June 23, due to high levels of E. coli bacteria found in a water sample taken from the beach. The beach remained closed until another water sample was able to be taken and sent for testing.

    The Corps of Engineers received the results from the recent water sample on Friday, and the results proved that the water was again safe for visitors.

  • Duck Derby returns to the creek at Miller Park

     

    The Central Kentucky News-Journal’s 11th annual Duck Derby is fast approaching.

    The event will take place on Saturday, July 4, at 5:30 p.m. in Miller Park.

  • Two arrested, charged with theft, DUI, other crimes

     

    A Lexington, Ky., woman and a Middleburg, Ky., man were arrested Saturday afternoon on charges largely related to reported shoplifters at Phillips Agri.

    Jaclyn B. Onyon, 27, was arrested on charges of driving under the influence, second offense, driving on a suspended license, theft by unlawful taking or shoplifting over $500 and no insurance, according to a report by Officer Scotty Perian of the Campbellsville Police Department.

  • Campbellsville school projects on track

    The renovation projects for both the Campbellsville Elementary School and the Campbellsville Middle School are in the initial stages but are still largely on track.

    That's what Campbellsville Independent School Superintendent Mike Deaton said at a short special-called CIS Board of Education meeting Monday at noon. He anticipates that construction could start by March 2016.

    The board met to approve a revised BG-1 for the CES project and to approve a BG-1 for the CMS project.

  • Tucker cooking up good things at Brothers Restaurant

     

    There is a wide variety of barbecue styles in the U.S., from North Carolina to Texas to Memphis. But Brothers Restaurant founder Josh Tucker prefers the style that comes out of Kansas City.

    "Kansas City is kind of the melting pot of barbecue," said Tucker. "They do it all ... Everything kind of comes together there. They do pretty much all the meats there, and they're also known for the sauce."

  • Former CKNJ publisher Cravens dies at 75

     

    Jim Cravens, a man who served with the Central Kentucky News and later with the Central Kentucky News-Journal, died Monday.

    "Jimmy was a visionary in his era by foreseeing the need for a tri-county newspaper, Central Kentucky News, in 1965, when two others were still printing with hot type and there was an unpopular editor in Campbellsville at The News-Journal," said Max M. Heath of Landmark Community Newspapers, which owns the CKNJ.

  • E. coli closes beach at Green River Lake

     

    The water at Green River Lake╒s Smith Ridge Recreation Area is contaminated, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

    The beach at Smith Ridge has been closed due to high levels of E. coli bacteria, according to a statement issued by the Army Corps of Engineers Tuesday.

    The statement said the Corps tests water from Smith Ridge, Pikes Ridge and Holmes Bend on a weekly basis, and while the water at Smith Ridge shows contamination, Pikes Ridge and Holmes Bend had acceptable test results.

  • Council looks at lease of fire training center

     

    Campbellsville City Council members have given final approval to the city’s 2015-2016 budget.

    By a unanimous vote of 9 – 0, council members approved the $19,128,320 budget – which includes $200,000 in Municipal Road Aid money – at a brief special-called meeting Monday night. The budget takes effect July 1.

    Campbellsville Mayor Tony Young said there are no changes to the new budget in the second reading. Council members suggested no changes at the meeting.

  • Local girl making a difference with knitting work

     

    After the 2011 tornado in Joplin, Mo., 8-year-old Cee Cee Creech decided to knit elephant toys to send to tornado victims.

    Four years later, she and her mother Belinda Creech are knitting and collecting toys, and occasionally raising money, for a variety of charitable purposes. Belinda estimated they’ve raised more than $16,000 and have donated more than $2,000 to various charities.

  • Relay for Life tops $50,000

     

    Taylor County’s annual Relay for Life event took place on Friday at the Taylor County High School. Despite the showers early on in the day, the event saw great weather and was deemed a huge success by organizer Drew Underwood, who said more than $50,200 had been raised to help fight cancer.