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  • School flu vaccine clinics announced

    The Lake Cumberland District Health Department has announced upcoming 2009 H1N1 vaccine clinics for students and staff at Campbellsville and Taylor County and Kentucky Christian schools.

    The first clinic is Wednesday, Nov. 11 for students at Campbellsville and Taylor County elementary schools and also for students at Kentucky Christian School.

    Middle and high school students will be vaccinated the following week, on Nov. 20.

  • Man pleads guilty in federal court

    A man has pleaded guilty to committing federal drug crimes in Taylor County and could spend as much as 80 years in prison and be ordered to pay a $4 million fine.

    Jose Dejesus Cortez Contreras aka Donaciano Cortez-Cervantes, 41, a Mexican National, entered a guilty plea last Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Thomas B. Russell for his role in a conspiracy to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine, according to a new release from U.S. Attorney Candace G. Hill's office in the Western District of Kentucky.

  • Update: Man dies in weekend wreck

    He loved to operate bulldozers, and was, according to one of the many who knew him, an "old gentleman" and a "good friend."

    A Campbellsville man is dead and another injured after a two-vehicle crash this past Saturday on KY 55.

    Tommy Lee Smothers, 80, of 100 John Minor Lane was pronounced dead at the University of Louisville Hospital just hours after his vehicle had been struck by another driven by Robert Barnes, 26, of 200 Winners Circle in Columbia.

  • Company lays off 40

    Air filter manufacturer CLARCOR announced Friday that it will lay off 40 Campbellsville employees. The layoffs were immediate.

    Dave Lindsay, CLARCOR vice president and chief administrative officer, said the layoffs were the result of the loss of a customer.

    "We had a very large customer that, all of a sudden, decided they were not going to do business with us," Lindsey said.

    Lindsey said the customer had earlier led CLARCOR officials to believe it would actually increase its business with the company.

  • Woman accused of forging prescriptions

    A Campbellsville woman has been arrested and charged with forging prescriptions and attempting to fill them at a local pharmacy.

    Fran M. Vaughn, 49, of 2913 Meadowcreek Road was arrested at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29.

    According to Vaughn's arrest citation, she is accused of forging a prescription for a controlled substance three times at Kroger on KY 210. The doctor listed on the prescription, court records state, told police that she did not sign them.

    The citation states that Vaughn wrote a statement for police confessing to the crime.

  • Sheriff's department investigating robbery

    Taylor County sheriff's deputies are investigating a home robbery on Lakeway Avenue last Friday.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, deputies responded to a report of the robbery at about 11:30 p.m. The report states that three men, one of whom was armed with a handgun and carrying a baseball bat, entered a garage at 41 Lakeway Ave. The report states that the men tied up three people at the home and then stole several items.

  • Woman accused of attempting to hit another with car

    A Campbellsville woman has been arrested and charged with first-degree wanton endangerment after she allegedly tried to run over another person with a car.

    Cherry Vanessa Lynn Gore, 20, of 138 Ray Court was arrested at 6:05 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28.

    According to an arrest citation, a man called Campbellsville Police Department at 5:30 p.m. and told officers that Gore had attempted to strike him with her vehicle.

  • Council tackles resident complaints

    Campbellsville City Council members took steps Monday night to address several resident complaints.

    On-going yard sales, communications towers and the location of a waste disposal service near a residential area were all discussed.

    Campbellsville Mayor Brenda Allen said residents have called to complain about people in their neighborhoods keeping items for sale in their yard year round.

    "We have had numerous complaints about constant yard sales," Allen said.

  • 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.