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  • Furniture company to be rebuilt

    Campbellsville Handmade Cherry Furniture owners say they will rebuild.

    The business, formerly known as McMahan Furniture, caught fire Friday morning. The showroom suffered heavy damage while the manufacturing portion of the building was completely destroyed.

    As her husband Eugene inspected the remains of his building Monday with an insurance adjuster, Linda McMahan said they would rebuild on the same Water Tower Bypass site.

  • Watson announces constable candidacy

    Finn Watson has announced his candidacy for 3rd District constable. He is running on the Democratic ticket.

    Watson, 63, has lived in the 3rd District all of his life. He is a former bus driver, having retired from Taylor County Schools after 35 years of service.

    "Your vote will be appreciated," Watson stated.

  • Campbellsville Police Department receives perfect score

    Campbellsville Police Department has become one of very few Kentucky League of Cities Insurance Services members to receive a 100 percent score on their law enforcement scorecard.

  • A fall concert

    The Campbellsville University Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. J. Robert Gaddis and Wansoo Cho, presented its fall concert Tuesday, Oct. 5 in Ransdell Chapel.

    The program is a pops concert featuring music of "Stage and Screen."

    Musical selections included "Theme from Star Wars" by John Williams, another selection of music by Williams, music from "Pirates of the Caribbean," "Porgy and Bess" by George Gershwin, "A Salute to Rodgers and Hammerstein" and a musical portrait of James Horner.

  • How much do they earn?

    Elected officials not only serve the people, they are also paid by the people. Local tax dollars fund local salaries. So, how much do the local officials up for re-election this year earn?

    The salaries of most elected officials are set by the state and follow a scale based on experience and the population of the county or city they govern.

    Salaries for judge/executive, mayor, county clerk, sheriff and jailers operating full-service jails are set by the Department for Local Government.

  • Turning lanes to be added on South Columbia

    A construction project to add turning lanes on South Columbia Avenue near Amazon.com will soon begin.

    On Tuesday night during the regular Taylor Fiscal Court meeting, magistrates accepted the remaining $115,000 of a total $315,000 in grant funding from the state Transportation Cabinet to build the turning lanes.

    Last month, magistrates accepted $200,000.

    Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers said the City applied for grant funding for the project but was denied. He said the County applied and was approved.

  • Getting fit, staying fit

    It was all about getting fit and staying active.

    The third annual 2nd Sunday event was this past weekend on the North Bypass.

    Local organizer Becky Nash says 2nd Sunday is a statewide event that encourages all forms of physical activity within a local community and is designed to get Kentuckians moving.

    "The overall message is to bring attention to the need of exercise and to inspire people to change their lifestyle and to include more exercise."

    Taylor County's events were on the North Bypass between Reed Brothers Insurance and Trace Creek.

  • Textbook funding dropped

    The state has reduced the budget for textbooks at Campbellsville and Taylor County school districts to zero dollars this school year.

    For the 2008-2009 school year, Taylor County schools received $76,000 in textbook funds. For 2009-2010 school year, that figure was reduced to $10,000.

    But for the 2010-2011 year, the budget has been completely cut to nothing.

  • What are you thankful for?

    What are you most thankful for?

    The Central Kentucky News-Journal is sponsoring its annual Thanksgiving essay contest in which readers are asked to reflect on what they're thankful for in their lives.

    The winning essays will be published in the News-Journal on Thanksgiving Day.

    The theme of the contest asks readers to think about how they have been blessed and what they're most thankful for in their lives.

    A winner will be selected from three different age categories.

  • Election: Campbellsville City Council

    Sixteen candidates seek 12 seats on the Campbellsville City Council this year.

    Incumbents James E. "Jimmy" Ewing, Vangie Ford, W.M. "Mike" Hall Jr., Randall B. "Randy" Herron, Sharon Hoskins-Sanders, Richard Jeter, Terry W. Keltner, Stan McKinney, David Nunery and Patricia Phillips face challengers David Harris, Ricky Janes, Vicki Mullins, Greg Rice, Celia Williams and Teresa Turner.

    Twelve candidates will be elected.

    Incumbents Sue Smith and Paul Harmon did not file for re-election.