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  • Send us your letters to Santa!

    As always, the Central Kentucky News-Journal is serving as Santa's headquarters.

    Children can send their letters to the newspaper office by e-mailing cknj@cknj.com or bringing it by the office at 428 Woodlawn Ave. If you're mailing your letter, send it to Santa in care of the Central Kentucky News-Journal, P.O. Box 1138, Campbellsville, Ky. 42719.

    If you get your letters and drawings to the CKNJ no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4, as many as possible will be published in the special Christmas issue on Monday, Dec. 21.

  • Pendleton files for magistrate

    Magistrate Matt Pendleton has filed papers announcing his intention to seek re-election to the office of 4th District magistrate.

    Pendleton says he enjoys his work as a public servant and believes his experience and dedication to service before self will make him the best candidate for the job.

    An employee of Commonwealth Building Products, Pendleton is also a 10-year service veteran of the United States Air Force and is a member of the Tebbs Bend Battlefield Association.

  • Grand jury charges man with attempted murder

    A Campbellsville man has been indicted on charges that he tried to kill his father with a handgun.

    Dexter Blake Britton, 25, of 1309 Sheffield Drive was indicted Tuesday, Nov. 3 by a Taylor County grand jury.

    Britton was charged with criminal attempted murder and carrying a concealed deadly weapon.

    The charges against Britton, according to the indictment, stem from an Oct. 5 argument between him and his father.

  • Community Ventures Corp. awarded credits

    Community Ventures Corp. has been awarded another allocation of New Markets Tax Credits from the U.S. Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions Fund.

    Headquartered in Lexington, CVC's Campbellsville office serves Adair, Casey, Cumberland, Green, Hart, LaRue, Marion, Taylor and Washington counties.

  • Harmon files for mayor

    Paul Harmon has announced his intentions to run for Mayor of Campbellsville.

    Harmon has stated that he wants to give residents a choice to vote for a candidate who prefers making tough spending cuts rather than increasing taxes. He says he opposed and voted against the new City occupational tax.

    If elected, Harmon said he intends to work closely with County officials to form a new tradition of helping each other and to heal the bitterness between the two governments that has been a cost to both City and County residents.

  • Tough Times: Jobs getting harder to find

    Jason May was starting to worry. He'd lost his job at TG Kentucky in February 2008 in Lebanon and his unemployment benefits would soon be ending.

    Rather than going to an employment agency, May decided to find a job on his own. He contacted about 17 different businesses, sending applications to several.

    "I never heard anything back from any of them," May said. "At that point, I was worried."

    May contacted The Work Connection. He didn't have to wait long at all before they called back with a job.

  • Haydon makes campaign stop in Campbellsville

    Democratic candidate for State Senator Jodie Haydon met with about 40 supporters at Taylor County Middle School on Tuesday night.

    Haydon, a former state representative, was selected earlier this month as the Democratic choice for the upcoming special election for the Senate's 14th District seat. The seat was vacated when Dan Kelly resigned to accept an appointment to the 11th Judicial Circuit.

    Speaking to his supporters Tuesday, Haydon said one of his top priorities has always been education.

  • Filing under way for 2010 election

    Candidate filings are now under way for what is expected to be a large election year.

    Candidates began filing Wednesday, according to Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney, with just under 20 declaring their candidacy by Friday. (See related story for a list of candidate filings so far.)

    In Taylor County, 48 offices will be up for grabs on the Nov. 2 General Election ballot. (See list of offices below.)

  • What are you thankful for?

    Is there someone who has made a tremendous impact in your life? Has a special someone done something extraordinary on your behalf? 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 some of these questions.

    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.

  • Phillips files for re-election

    Richard Phillips has announced his intentions to run for re-election for 6th District magistrate in Taylor County.

    He is married to Marnie Phillips and has four children, Edlynn, Lauren, Hannah and John Michael as well as a grandson, Aidan.

    Phillips is the current magistrate from the 6th District and a 21-year employee at Taylor Regional Hospital. He is a volunteer with several organizations, including the Salvation Army and the Crusade for Children, and is also a member of Campbellsville Baptist Church.