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  • Restrooms at Veterans Memorial Park remain a concern

    The restrooms at Veterans Memorial Park will soon be locked during the day.

    On Tuesday, magistrates again discussed the county's contract with Campbellsville Baptist Church to operate the park.

    The church has operated the park on the county's behalf since 2009.

    Magistrates discussed the contract at their monthly meetings in October and November. But on Tuesday, they approved another change to the contract, which will now go to CBC officials for their final OK.

  • Tebbs Bend Bridge to be moved

     

    Tebbs Bend bridge will soon get a new home, and the state will help the county foot the cost.

    The bridge was closed in August and likely won't reopen until next summer.

    On Tuesday, Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers told magistrates at their regular meeting that state officials have said the county will receive $100,000 in state discretionary money to move the bridge.

    However, Rogers said, should the state award the county any discretionary funds next year, that $100,000 will be deducted from that amount.

  • Buzzards a growing problem for farmers

     

    The protected status of the black buzzard isn’t flying with some Kentucky farmers who have lost cattle to the ominous scavengers. The problem is so prevalent, it’s being discussed at KFB meetings on the state and county levels.

    “Across the state we are seeing mounting livestock losses,” said KFB Director Danny Wilkinson of Adair County, who has lost calves and heifers. “It’s the worst predator I have; much worse than coyotes.”

  • Former foster parent indicted again

     

    The former foster parent who once cared for special needs children and is now a registered sex offender has been indicted again, this time alleging he sodomized a young boy.

    Gary W. Foster, 66, of 1167 Lone Valley Road, in Campbellsville, was indicted Tuesday by a Taylor County grand jury.

    Foster was charged with first-degree sodomy of a victim younger than 12.

    Bond was set at $40,000 cash and he was ordered to not have contact with his alleged victim. If convicted, he could be sentenced to as much as life in prison.

  • 'Sensitive Santa' to visit children with special needs

     

    For many children, going to see Santa Claus at the mall or a department store is the highlight of the Christmas season.

    For others, it is a nightmare.

    When Kid Spot Center co-owners Brandy Close and Jennifer Houk started up their Sensitive Santa program three years ago, the idea was to cater to those who would not normally want to — or in some cases, not be able to — go and visit Santa Claus to tell him what they want under their Christmas trees.

  • Riggs murder trial will move forward

     

    Though his attorney says his actions were in self-defense, the murder case against Richard Riggs will move forward.

    Jurors were called in September to decide if Riggs shot and killed a local man. But before his trial began, Greensburg attorney Danny Butler filed a motion claiming his client acted in self-defense, and that should make him immune from prosecution.

    On Tuesday, Taylor Circuit Court Judge Allan Bertram rejected that motion, and the case will move forward toward a trial in February.

  • Jobless rate lowest in seven years locally

     

    Campbellsville’s unemployment rate is now the lowest it has been in seven years.

    This was the report that Ron McMahan, executive director of the Economic Development Authority, gave to the Campbellsville City Council this past Monday.

    As of September, that rate was down to 5.4 percent, a .5 percent decrease from August and a 1.8 percent decrease from last September.

    With 110 of 120 Kentucky counties seeing a decrease in their unemployment rates, McMahan was encouraged by what this means for the local work force.

  • Overby joins CKNJ staff

     

    John Overby is the newest member of the Central Kentucky News-Journal staff.

    Overby joins the CKNJ as a reporter, who will cover Campbellsville City Council and Taylor County School District, as well as writing other stories about events in the community. He transferred to the CKNJ from The Springfield Sun, a sister paper which is also owned by Landmark Media.

    Overby is a native of Jamestown, a 2009 graduate of Russell County High School and a 2013 graduate of Lindsey Wilson College, where he majored in media studies.

  • Durham withdraws guilty plea

     

    He pleaded guilty to the crime two months ago, but he has now withdrawn his guilty plea and jurors will be asked to decide his fate after all.

    In October, Jesse Durham, 23, pleaded guilty to murdering his great-grandmother with a hammer.

    In exchange for his guilty plea, the prosecutor in the case recommended a 40-year prison sentence. But last month, the judge rejected that recommendation. Judges can accept or reject such recommendations.

  • Club names two Santa's Helpers winners

     

    For the first time, two people have received the community's Santa's Helper award.

    Campbellsville Kiwanis Club members began soliciting nominations for the award in October, asking residents to tell them whom they believe keeps the Christmas spirit going year round.

    Club member Donna Kerr said there were three nominations this year.

    One of the nominations was posthumous, she said, and the other is a man who works year round to ensure children enjoy the outdoors.