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  • Send us your questions

    Now that the both the Democratic and Republican candidates for the vacant 14th District Senate position have been chosen and a special election set for Dec. 8, the Central Kentucky News-Journal wants to help readers learn all they can in order to make an informed decision about who they believe will best represent them.

    To that end, the CKNJ will team up with The Lebanon Enterprise, The Springfield Sun and The Kentucky Standard to bring you a candidate forum featuring both Republican Jimmy Higdon and Democrat Jodie Haydon.

  • Tough Times: Many choose to search for values at local consignment stores.

    Cooler temperatures have sent many people to their closets in search of warmer shirts, jackets and pants. Those looking to buy new clothing this year, however, might search for it in a different place, one where they can stretch their dollars and get more for their money.

    Several local consignment shop owners say they expect to see an increase in their sales this upcoming winter season.

  • Charity event raises $7,000 for Hosparus

    With the money still coming, the annual Hosparus Charity Tea and Auction raised more than $7,000 Sunday.

    Taking place at Campbellsville University's Student Activities Center, the event attracted a crowd of about 150 people, who were waited on by "celebrity servers" such as Campbellsville Mayor Brenda Allen, Otto Tennant, Campbellsville University's vice president for finance and administration, and local businessman Will Patton.

    During the event, various items were auctioned, including cakes, golf clubs, quilts and books.

  • Committee agrees to recommend that County purchase fire truck

    A committee will recommend that the County purchase a new fire truck in an upcoming budget.

    Taylor Fiscal Court's Fire Protection and Emergency Services Committee met Monday afternoon and discussed the need for a new truck.

    Magistrates Ed Gorin and Matt Pendleton attended the meeting, along with Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers and Taylor County Fire Department Chief George Wilson.

    Wilson told the Committee that he hasn't heard any news of whether the County has been awarded a grant it has applied for to help purchase a new truck.

  • Local man accused of sexual abuse

    A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged with first-degree sexual abuse after he allegedly touched an 8-year-old girl inappropriately.

    Ramon Luna Morales, 34, of Purcell Court, Lot 3, was arrested at 6:20 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28.

    According to Morales' arrest citation, he allegedly put his hands inside the girl's underwear earlier that same day.

  • Democrats pick Haydon as Senate nominee

    Jodie Haydon got something better than candy on Halloween - a spot in the race for the state's 14th District Senate seat.

    Haydon was selected unanimously Saturday morning at the Democratic Executive Committee meeting at the Bardstown-Nelson County Civic Center. He was the only candidate nominated.

    Haydon, a Bardstown Democrat, served in the state House of Representatives 1997-2004. He will face House District 24 Rep. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, in a special election Dec. 8.

  • Superintendents oppose using contingencies to bail out state

    House Speaker Greg Stumbo has proposed tapping school districts' contingency funds to help balance the state's 2010-2012 budget, a move that has local officials scratching their heads.

    "I think most educators right now are a little bewildered with the proposal," said Campbellsville Independent Superintendent Mike Deaton.

    Taylor County Superintendent Roger Cook had the same reaction.

    "My first thought was, 'This really doesn't have a shot.'"

  • Special election is Dec. 8

    With the governor's appointment of former Sen. Dan Kelly to the vacant judge's seat in the 11th Judicial Circuit, his chair in Frankfort is now empty.

    Voters in the 14th District - Taylor, Green, Marion and Washington counties - will have a special election on Dec. 8 to elect the person to sit in that chair.

    And residents who are not yet registered to vote only have a week to do so.

    According to County Clerk Mark Carney, residents who have not yet registered to vote have until Monday, Nov. 9 to do so in order to participate in the special election.

  • Murders remain unsolved

    They have both long been buried, but their killers remain at large.

    Law enforcement personnel are continuing to investigate who killed David M. Ford and Shafter J. Couch but have yet to make an arrest in either case.

    Ford, 40, who worked as a police officer in Lebanon, was found shot to death on Feb. 10 at his Graham Road home. The Campbellsville E-911 Center received a phone call from Ford's wife Tonya stating that she had arrived home and found her husband dead.

  • Republican Party nominates Higdon

    The Republican Party nominating committee met Tuesday night to select their nominee for the upcoming special election to replace Sen. Dan Kelly.

    State Rep. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, was named as the Republican Party candidate for the Special Election taking place on Dec. 8.

    The committee was comprised of representatives from Taylor, Marion, Washington, Nelson and Mercer.

    The Special Election was called by Gov. Steven Beshear to replace Kelly, who vacated the position to fill the open judge's position in the 11th Circuit.