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  • Woman charged with murder

    A Campbellsville woman has been arrested and charged with stabbing her husband to death.

    The Kentucky State Police arrested 34-year-old Jennifer Hatcher on Thursday and charged her with murder/domestic violence.

    According to Kentucky State Police, Post 15 received a call from the Green County Dispatch center at 7:18 p.m. EST. The caller advised that Hatcher had stabbed and killed her husband, Jeff Adkins.

  • Working to make roads safe for drivers

    The snow hits the icy ground, sticking to the surface and making driving a dangerous task.

    But it's not long before city, county and state workers are out salting the roads and making them passable again.

    And those workers spent several hours doing just that during the snowstorm that hit the area on Jan. 7.

    County Road Department

    Taylor County Road Foreman Brian Smothers says the County owns five dump trucks and one pickup truck capable of salting.

  • Learning the Trade

    The best recruiting tool is to grow your own. That's one of the philosophies behind Campbellsville Fire Department's Explorers program.

    "The purpose is to educate young kids about the fire service and to help keep them out of trouble," said Campbellsville Fire Capt. Bill Hall, who oversees the program.

    The Explorers program started in the 1980s, according to Campbellsville Fire Chief Allen Johnson. It really picked up steam when partnered with the Boy Scouts of America's Learning through Life initiative.

  • One injured in crash Friday

    A Campbellsville man was injured in a single-vehicle crash on Red Fern Road Friday morning.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Department report, at about 6:30 a.m., Jason Wright, 30, was driving west on Red Fern Road in a 1999 Toyota pickup when his vehicle left the road and struck a tree head on.

    Wright was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by Campbellsville/Taylor County Rescue with a possible hip injury. He was treated and released.

  • Two injured in Saloma Road crash

    Two people were injured Wednesday in a two-car crash on Saloma Road.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, Dawn R. Abell, 40, of 2419 Union Church Road in Columbia was preparing to turn her 1995 Jeep left onto Pitman Road from Saloma Road at 1:10 p.m.

    The report states that Paul A. Johnson, 70, of 3452 Saloma Road in Campbellsville was driving a 1988 Oldsmobile south on Saloma Road when Abell turned her vehicle into his path.

    The two collided at the intersection of Pitman and Saloma roads.

  • Program helps older people find work

    These days, finding work is hard enough. Being over the age of 55 can only add to the difficulty.

    Henry Goff lost his job as a security guard at Amazon.com in February when a new policy prevented anyone with family working at Amazon to work security.

    Goff began drawing unemployment, but that wasn't really an option for him.

    "I don't like to sit around and do nothing," he said.

    But finding a job wasn't easy.

    "When you get to a certain age, it's hard to find work anywhere," he said.

    But his luck was about to change.

  • Two injured in Saloma Road crash

    Two people were injured Wednesday in a two-car crash on Saloma Road.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, Dawn R. Abell, 40, of 2419 Union Church Road in Columbia was preparing to turn her 1995 Jeep left onto Pitman Road from Saloma Road at 1:10 p.m.

    The report states that Paul A. Johnson, 70, of 3452 Saloma Road in Campbellsville was driving a 1988 Oldsmobile south on Saloma Road when Abell turned her vehicle into his path.

    The two collided at the intersection of Pitman and Saloma roads.

  • Changes to Monday's newspaper

    If you thought something was different about Monday's News-Journal, you were right.

    Starting this week, we eliminated the Monday Opinion Page in order to get more of what you want to read published in a timely manner.

    Reader submissions for the Milestones and Education pages are greater than ever, and we hate having to hold your items because there's not enough space in a particular issue.

  • Court approves clerk budget

    Those who work in the County Clerk's office will get a little something extra in their paychecks starting this week.

    At Tuesday's regular Fiscal Court meeting, magistrates gave their approval to County Clerk Mark Carney's 2010 budget, which includes a $15-per-week raise for his employees. But the decision didn't come without much discussion.

    Carney told the Court that the County has budgeted to receive $97,000 in excess fees from his 2009 budget year. That figure, he said, will actually be $142,000.

  • Not your everyday classroom

    For Taylor County students, the world is literally at their fingertips. Now at the halfway point of its first year, Taylor County Virtual Learning Academy offers students nearly any course they are interested in.

    Currently, about 100 middle and high school students are enrolled in more than 130 courses such as math, foreign languages and computer applications.

    "It opens up so many possibilities," said Bill Mattingly, academy principal.