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  • No KU safety violations found in firefighter injuries

    The Kentucky Public Service Commission has completed its review of an Aug. 21 accident that killed one Campbellsville firefighter and injured three others.

    The review found that the 69-kiloVolt transmission line involved in the accident was built, maintained and operated in accordance with all applicable safety standards. Therefore, the PSC will take no further actions in the matter, the agency said in a letter to Kentucky Utilities Co., which owns and operates the line.

  • Raising money for Hosparus

     

    About $7,600 was raised on Sunday, Oct. 19, at the annual Hosparus Tea, and the money will be used to help people in Taylor and surrounding counties. The tea is the largest fundraiser for Hosparus, and the organization's signature event.

    Locally, the Hosparus Green River Community Board, which Chad Shively chairs, oversees fundraisers for the organization.

    The Hosparus Green River area encompasses Taylor, Washington, Marion, Green and Adair counties. Since Taylor is the largest of the counties, the area's office was set up here.

  • Students learn about fire prevention

     

    If their smoke detector is working, they learned, it just might save their lives.

    Local students learned last week how to prevent fires and what they should do if their home catches on fire.

    Campbellsville Fire & Rescue Engineer Keith Bricken and Taylor County High School students participating in the school’s fire sciences program taught the fire prevention programs.

  • Man faces nearly 200 counts of possession of child pornography

     

    A Campbellsville man has been charged with nearly 200 counts of being in possession of child pornography.

    Lonnie A. Harness, 29, of Sharon Drive, was indicted last Tuesday by a Taylor County grand jury.

    According to court records, Harness was allegedly found with photos depicting child pornography on his cell phone.

    Harness was charged with 39 counts of promoting a sexual performance by a minor and 181 counts of possession of or viewing matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.

  • Haunting at Green River Lake

     

    There were scarecrows, sounds of wild animals lurking nearby, a man with a chainsaw and lots of ghoulish figures.

    Taylor County High School FFA students haunted Green River Lake's corn maze on Saturday, Oct. 18, to raise money for their programs. Admission was $5 per person, and in all, $405.50 was raised.

    The corn maze, which is located at the entrance to GRL State Park, is open daily from 8 a.m. to dark through the end of October. There is no admission to tour the maze at times other than the haunting events.

  • CPD Shred Day

     

    Several residents took advantage of the Campbellsville Police Department's first shred day, part of the department╒s crime prevention efforts. Watch the News-Journal calendar of events to find out about the next scheduled shred day. 

  • Antique auction stirs memories

     

    From the bright red sleigh to the various farm tools, local collector Don Bishop said there’s a story behind every piece that he and his late friend, Jerry Bennett, accumulated over the years.

    “You never forget the people you meet and friends you make along the way,” Bishop said.

  • Cutoff period announced for EQIP program

     The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service in Kentucky is encouraging landowners, farmers and producers to visit their local NRCS office now to receive information and apply for conservation technical assistance and possible financial funding opportunities.

    The application process for NRCS’s conservation programs is continuous, but funding selections for specific programs are made throughout the year. 

  • Abell retires from road department

     

    Some people wouldn’t like getting out at all hours of the day and night, scraping away ice and snow and hauling load after load of gravel. But he says he looked forward to it every day.

    Jessie Abell retired recently after working nearly 25 years at the county’s road department.

    Over the years, Abell, 64, has scraped many icy roads, mowed a lot of roadsides and helped residents travel down their gravel roads more safely.

  • New library director seeks public input

     Though she doesn’t officially start for a few more weeks, Andrea Lawler has already begun transitioning from high school teacher to library director.

    Lawler was hired last week to replace Julia Turpin as director of the Taylor County Public Library.

    Turpin, the library’s second director in its history, left her position to work at a library in North Carolina. Turpin replaced Elaine Munday, who was the library’s first director, after she stepped down from the position about three years ago.