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  • Decades of living and service

     

    Walking into Lester Story's home, visitors immediately know he is a veteran. A proud United States Marine Corp. veteran, he says.

    From hard-earned medals framed and hung on his wall with care to slightly aged photos from when he joined at 17 to a clock with the Marine's motto telling him the time, Story's military story surrounds him.

    On Sunday, friends and family members surrounded Story at his church, Stewart's Creek Baptist in Lebanon, to celebrate his 90th birthday.

  • Residents healthier than others in Kentucky

     

    Taylor Countians are healthier than the majority of those who live in Kentucky, even though they aren't quite as healthy this year as last. And a report says their overall quality of life has decreased.

    An annual study that ranks Kentucky's 120 counties in terms of health has revealed that Taylor County comes in as the 42nd healthiest county in health outcomes and, for the second year in a row, the 28th state in terms of health factors.

  • Three accused murderers appear in court

     

    Dressed in sweats and scrubs, the three appear before the judge, one by one, to discuss their cases.

    All accused of murder, the three Campbellsville residents face as much as life in prison if found guilty.

    The cases against Dale Brucker, Brianna Brucker and Richard Riggs are all moving forward, with jury trials scheduled in a few months.

    The three appeared on Tuesday before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Allan Bertram to hear the status of their cases.

  • Farmers' market to open April 26

     

    They bring their best quality fruits, vegetables and homemade jams and jellies, hoping to convince customers of the importance of supporting local agriculture.

    But Taylor County Farmers' Market Vice President Jacky Pierce said making a profit isn't the only reason he is looking forward to the season opening of the farmers' market on Saturday, April 26.

  • Taylor County, we have a problem

     

    Russell Heath sits in a small cell.

    Jailed for his fourth offense, Heath is the defendant in one of 605 DUI cases investigated by Campbellsville Police and Taylor County Sheriff's deputies in the past five years.

    The number of DUIs in Taylor County peaked in 2011, with deputies charging 33 people and police charging 143. Since then, the number of DUIs in the community has declined. So far this year, deputies have made six arrests and police have made 18.

  • Schools should be out by June 6

     

    After much discussion, legislators have agreed on how school districts in Kentucky can make up time they lost when winter weather canceled classes this year.

    But the districts in Taylor County have their own plans in the works that will see school dismissed for summer break just days after they had planned.

    According to State Sen. Sara Beth Gregory, R-Monticello, in the agreement, school districts are still to try and reach 1,062 hours of lessons this year, and they can be made up however districts prefer.

  • CKNJ to profile candidates

     

    This year's primary election is less than two months away, and the CKNJ has begun gathering information about candidates to give to readers.

    Today, letters and questionnaires were mailed to those who have opposition on the May 20 election ballot.

    The questionnaires ask candidates to tell the CKNJ about themselves and answer a few questions about why they are running for office, why people should vote for them and their stance on some issues.

  • Police chief lobbys in D.C. for safer roads

     

    As a police officer, he has often patrolled the streets. But last Tuesday, he patrolled the hallways of the United States Capitol.

    Campbellsville Police Chief Tim Hazlette met with several U.S. congressmen last week, lobbying for their support about an issue that has long been discussed at the federal legislative level.

  • Cox to host Rally Rumble in Nashville

     

    She said it doesn't become real until it happens to someone you love.

    For Campbellsville resident Morgan Cox, cancer went from a distant fear to a frightening reality when her father, Tim, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in February 2010.

    Cox said watching the strength displayed by her father - and the several other patients she met when she accompanied him to his treatments - as he struggled to beat his cancer ignited a passion in her.

  • KSP raffle to raise money for summer camp

     

    This year's Kentucky State Police Trooper Island raffle features a GMC Sierra 1500 SLE pickup.

    Tickets are $10 each and money raised will go toward KSP's Trooper Island summer camp.

    Tickets are available from any Kentucky State Police trooper or Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officer, or at any of the 16 KSP posts throughout the state. Only 20,000 tickets will be sold.