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  • Man arrested, charged with DUI

    A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged with DUI after being stopped by a sheriff's deputy for driving at speeds of more than 90 mph.

    Charles D. Coffey, 39, of 400 Taylor Blvd. was arrested at 9:29 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24.

    According to Coffey's arrest citation, the sheriff's department received a call reporting reckless driving on KY 210.

    The citation states that Taylor County Sheriff's Deputy Ricky Underwood clocked Coffey driving at a speed of 92 mph on KY 210, passing vehicles and weaving.

  • Send us your snow photos!

    If you have photos of the snow and ice storm, send them our way.

    We will use them for a slide show on our Web site.

    Email photos to editor@cknj.com.

  • Campbellsville superintendent search under way

    The search for a new Campbellsville Independent School superintendent is under way.

    According to Frank Kidwell, who is serving as the Campbellsville Independent School Board's facilitator in the search, the screening committee has been selected, the timeline for the search and hiring procedures have been set and the position has been posted.

    At a Board meeting in December, Superintendent Diane Woods-Ayers announced her resignation.

  • News-Journal editorial staff wins KPA awards

    Staff members at the Central Kentucky News-Journal won 12 awards at the Jan. 23 Kentucky Press Association's Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers awards banquet at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville.

    The News-Journal competes in the multi-weekly division with other newspapers from across the state. Entries for this year's contest were dated from Oct. 1, 2007, through Sept. 30, 2008.

    Collectively, the staff won three first-place awards, three second-place, two third-place and four honorable mentions.

  • Change in value leads to vehicle registration delay

    Motorists who should have received notice that their vehicle registration expires this month will have a deadline extension.

    According to Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney, motorists whose vehicle registration expires this month have not received a notice from the Department of Revenue in Frankfort because the department changed the value that the amount of property taxes are based on from what was originally put in the computer on Jan. 1, 2009.

  • Competing for the Crown

    Campbellsville native Emily Cox says competing in the Miss America pageant this past weekend was the time of her life.

    Cox, 22, was named a Top 12 finalist in the competition.

    "It was an incredible feeling to make it into the Top 12 at Miss America," Cox stated in an e-mailed response. "Just being on the Miss America stage was the realization of a dream that I have had since I was a little girl. 

  • BREAKING NEWS: Ice storm leaves hundreds without power

    About 10 people without electricity spent the night in an emergency shelter Tuesday night as crews worked to restore power to hundreds of Taylor County residents.

    Due to the number of people without power, Taylor County Emergency Management opened an emergency shelter at the Campbellsville Baptist Church Christian Life Center.

    And with additional winter weather expected Wednesday, Ronnie Dooley, Campbellsville/Taylor County E-911 assistant supervisor, said two additional shelters were on standby.

  • Man who gave teen cocaine sentenced to prison

    A Campbellsville man who gave cocaine to a teenager has been sentenced to serve three years in prison for violating the terms of his probation.

    Benjamin Lee Burton, 25, of 1000 S. Central Ave. appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Doughlas M. George on Tuesday, Jan. 6.

    In August 2007, Burton pleaded guilty to second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor. He originally faced a first-degree charge. A charge of first-degree possession of a controlled substance was dismissed.

  • Campbellsville woman pleads guilty in federal court

    A Campbellsville woman has pleaded guilty to federal drug charges and could be sentenced to 40 years in prison for her crimes.

    According to a press release from U.S. Attorney David L. Huber's office of the Western District of Kentucky, Linda Sue Smith, 59, of Campbellsville pleaded guilty Friday to unlawful possession and distribution of Percocet, a Schedule II narcotic.

  • Board approves plan to build new school

    After two years of work, Taylor County School Board members approved a facilities plan that would see construction of a new school in the coming years.

    During a special meeting Monday night, Board members gave unanimous approval to the plan that calls for the construction of a new school and reorganization of the District's three current facilities.

    Prior to the meeting, a hearing took place to collect public comment on the plan. There were no written comments and no one in the audience spoke.