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  • Taking the Stage

    Those at Ransdell Chapel on Friday night heard a voice they might have never expected to hear in Campbellsville.

    Country music legend Vince Gill took the stage to help Campbellsville University raise money to install turf and lights on the football and baseball fields.

    And, according to Chuck Vaughn, Big Maroon Club director and major gifts officer at CU, Gill's concert raised $40,000 in ticket sales.

  • Two charged in sealed indictments

    Two Campbellsville residents have been charged with selling drugs in indictments recently unsealed by a Taylor Circuit Court judge.

    The indictments were unsealed early this year, though they were only recently available at the Taylor Circuit Clerk's office.

    A grand jury may seal an indictment if there is a possibility that the accused will try to evade police.

    Indicted were:

    u Jeffery L. Pierce, 52, of 517 Fern Drive in Campbellsville was charged with first-degree selling morphine.

  • Update: Schools pay $100K settlement to former teacher

    The amount of money a former teacher received after settling her lawsuits against local school boards is now a matter of public record.

    The Kentucky Supreme Court ruled unanimously two weeks ago in favor of making the settlements in the cases public. And, last week, Campbellsville Independent and Taylor County school officials released those settlements.

    Former Campbellsville High teacher Katherine Moss received a total of $100,000 in settlement from the school districts.

  • Update: Nickel tax petition complete

    The names are in, and all that's left to do now is wait.

    The effort to collect enough signatures to bring a proposed nickel tax before voters ended last Tuesday afternoon when the petition was turned in at Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney's office.

    Taylor County School Board members unanimously adopted an additional nickel tax during their regular meeting in February. Petitions began circulating the following weekend.

  • Two Campbellsville women injured in LaRue crash

    Two Campbellsville women were injured in a single-vehicle crash on KY 210 about 5 miles east of Hodgenville on Wednesday afternoon.

    Brittany Cook, 19, was driving a 2003 Nissan Pathfinder east on KY 210 when she attempted to pass a pickup truck pulling a hayroller, according to LaRue County Deputy Russell McCoy. The truck began making a left turn into a driveway and Cook applied her brakes to avoid a collision.

    She lost control of the vehicle. It crossed the centerline, struck a dirt embankment and rolled on its side.

  • Senate cuts business bill from budget

    Business owners can breathe a sigh of relief. A bill to boost the state budget at the expense of struggling businesses has been cut from the state Senate's budget draft.

    On Monday, senators passed the revenue portion of their $17.5 billion budget plan by a 35-3 vote. The spending portion passed 35-2.

    The Senate version of the budget was significantly different than the $17.5 billion budget bill passed by the House on March 10 by a vote of 65-33.

  • Kingdollar announces magistrate candidacy

    William "Bill" Kingdollar, a Taylor County native for the past 15 years, has announced his candidacy for 3rd District Magistrate. He is running on the Republican ticket.

    Kingdollar, 53, was born and raised in Holley, N.Y. He graduated from Holley High School in 1975 and then served in the U.S. Army for 20 years as a logistical chief warrant officer.

    Kingdollar believes his military service gives him exceptional experience in working with all types of people and making responsible decisions.

  • Supreme Court rules on open records

    After a three-year battle, the Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled unanimously in favor of the public's right to know how public money is spent.

    The battle started in March 2007 after lawsuits filed by former teacher Katherine Moss against both local public school boards were settled - and the agreements kept secret.

    Since 2007, the Central Kentucky News-Journal has argued through its attorneys in multiple courts that the settlement agreements between Katherine Moss and the Campbellsville Independent and Taylor County school district should be made public.

  • One injured in motorcycle crash

    A Campbellsville man was injured Friday after he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, Steven S. Coomer, no age given, of 2184 Hatcher Road was traveling north on Milder Creek Road at about 6:30 p.m.

    The report states that Coomer, who was driving a 1997 Triumph, told officers that he lost control of his motorcycle as he attempted to round a curve. Coomer stated that he left the road, traveled through a barbed wire fence and came to rest in a field.

  • Show choir highlights TV tunes

    From Bugs Bunny to "Friends," a cast and crew of more than 50 Taylor County High students will bring the history of TV music to the Taylor County Middle School stage.

    The Taylor County High School Show Choir will present its new show "Favorite TV Songs" beginning tonight at 7. The show will also be performed tomorrow and Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5. Doors open at 6 p.m.