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  • Blood drive planned for child with leukemia

    Lexi Derringer is only 3 years old, but she is one tough cookie.

    From the day she was born prematurely at 29 weeks, she has been fighting to live. She spent the first two months of her life at Kosair Hospital, and she's there again. Only this time, she has cancer.

    She was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia, known as ALL, on Friday, Nov. 13. Friday the 13th is widely known as an unlucky day, but for Lexi's parents, Kevin and Christy Derringer of Campbellsville, that day was a nightmare.

  • Yep ... it's tax time! Are you ready?

    Thanks to several new tax credits, some taxpayers could be smiling instead of cringing after filing their taxes this year.

    The deadline to file income taxes is April 15 and, according to local tax preparers, those who haven't yet filed should be on the lookout for new credits.

    For taxpayers who are drawing unemployment, the first $2,400 of unemployment benefits is tax exempt.

  • Campbellsville man injured in Columbia Avenue collision

    A Campbellsville man was injured in a two-vehicle collision Tuesday at the intersection of South Columbia Avenue and Carnation Street.

    According to a Campbellsville Police report, at 4:30 p.m., Rebecca S. Porter, 42, was attempting a left turn from Carnation Street to South Columbia Avenue in a 1986 GMC Jimmy when she pulled into the path of a 1991 GMC Sonoma driven by William M. Rice, 23, of Campbellsville.

    Rice was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by Campbellsville/Taylor County Rescue personnel. He was treated and released.

  • Schools set make-up days

    Thanks largely to Mother Nature, the school year is now a little longer for local students.

    Campbellsville Independent and Taylor County School Districts have modified their 2009-2010 school calendars to make up for days missed due to snow and illness.

    At Tuesday night's regular Taylor County Board meeting, Board members approved a calendar amendment addressing days missed because of winter weather.

  • What are you reading?

    As often happens, we get very close to something and fail to see other possibilities, other methods and miss opportunities to make improvements in what we do.

    Another trap we may find ourselves in is we fail to ask others for their comments and suggestions. We do not want this to happen to us as the CKNJ approaches its 100th anniversary.

  • Mini grants for child abuse prevention available

    Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency has funding available for mini grants to assist agencies and organizations with child abuse prevention activities. Grants will range from $50 to $200.

    For a grant packet, call Jill at (800) 928-6382. The deadline for application is Friday, March 12 at 5 p.m. ET. Grant applications will be accepted at 23 Industry Drive in Jamestown.

  • Allen files for re-election

    Campbellsville Mayor Brenda Allen has announced her filing for re-election.

    "I am proud to start my 12th year working for City government," she said. "This opportunity has given me the experience and knowledge needed to operate the city, but as I have said many times, no one person can run an organization alone."

    Allen said she has been very fortunate to have people working with her who care as much about the residents of Campbellsville as she does.

  • Community leader dies

    He has been described as funny, friendly and a true leader.

    Richie McClerkin, 30, died last Tuesday at Taylor Regional Hospital. Taylor County Coroner Terry Dabney said McClerkin died of a sudden heart attack.

    McClerkin was a member of Greater Campbellsville United and Campbellsville/Taylor County Chamber of Commerce.

    "We just loved him," Wanda Washington, GCU coordinator, said last week. "He was a leader in every aspect."

  • One year later: Still no arrest in police officer's death

    It's been a year since David M. Ford was shot and killed, and those who knew him are still coming to terms with his death.

    Ford's brother Darrell says the past year has been full of ups and downs.

    "I thought I could handle anything," he said. "It's rough. Especially knowing the person's walking free."

    Law enforcement personnel are continuing to investigate who killed Ford but have yet to make an arrest in the case.

  • Petition opposing nickel tax circulating

    A petition opposing Taylor County School District's approval of a nickel tax is now in circulation.

    Headed up by James DeWitt, a committee of five people filed an affidavit with Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney Friday afternoon. Carney said the committee can start collecting signatures immediately.

    For a complete story on the petition effort, see Thursday's issue of the Central Kentucky News-Journal.