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Local News

  • Newspaper to sponsor school district merger forum

    The Central Kentucky News-Journal will sponsor a public forum to invite community members to discuss their opinions of a school merger.

    The forum begins at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 8 at the Community Center at Veteran's Memorial Park.

    "The time is right for open discussion regarding the school districts and it appears nobody has stepped forward to provide a forum," said News-Journal Publisher Patrick Keefe.

  • State Bound

    Auburn Wigginton says she is anxious for the Kentucky Junior Miss program. Her wait will soon be over.

    Wigginton, the 2009 Taylor County Junior Miss, leaves for the state competition on Jan. 11.

    "It came up really fast," Wigginton said. "I can't wait for it to get here."

    A senior at Campbellsville High School, Wigginton earned the local title in August after competing against 17 local young women.

    She is the daughter of Dr. Scott and Elizabeth Wigginton.

  • State to audit CHS

    The Kentucky Department of Education will be conducting a scholastic audit at Campbellsville High School the week of Jan. 11.

    The Scholastic review team will be in the district that week to observe and analyze curriculum, staff, students, parents and community in order to assist efforts to improve student achievement.

    Parents of Campbellsville High School students can help to prepare for the audit by completing a parent survey. The input will serve as a useful tool for the Scholastic Review team throughout the process.

  • Top 10 of 2008

    2008 saw several milestones in Taylor County. The jail opened, alcohol was served for the first time in decades and J.B. Holmes and Emily Cox took the Campbellsville/Taylor County name to the world stage.

    As we usher in 2009, the Central Kentucky News-Journal is looking back at the year's 10 biggest stories. Here they are, in no particular order.

    The First Drink

    On Oct. 17, Café Bonin became the first Campbellsville restaurant to serve alcohol in 71 years.

  • Wilson is 'Rescuer of the Year'

    The phone rings. Again. He places a headset on his ears and answers, ready to do his best to help whoever is on the line.

    "Woodlawn Christian. How may I help you?"

    Fella Wilson has been the pastor at Woodlawn Christian Church since November 2002. He moved to Campbellsville after hearing how great the small town is from an old college friend.

    "Campbellsville always seemed like such a neat town," Wilson said between a few phone calls and office visits. "I basically fell in love with the town before I came here."

  • CU to offer reduced tuition

    Those who have recently become unemployed can attend college level classes at Campbellsville University at a discounted rate.

    "The university will discount tuition and related fees, not covered by state and federal financial [aid], or other publicly funded programs, for up to two classes for any dislocated, or recently unemployed, adult who enrolls in the ACCEL Program," Dr. Michael V. Carter, president of Campbellsville University, stated in a CU press release.

  • Fisher is 'Firefighter of the Year'

    Tom Fisher came to Taylor County to retire. What he found was a new career.

    Fisher was born in California, grew up in Florida and spent much of his career working for telephone company Qwest in Denver, Colo. before moving to Taylor County a few years ago.

    He had no family or friends here, he said, and was simply looking for a place in which he could "live on my retirement money."

    Upon arriving here, he found he had more free time than he had expected and was looking for something to do.

  • New Year's Resolutions

    From spending more time with family to solving their constituent's problems, local officials are sharing their New Year's resolutions as 2008 comes to a close and a new year begins.

    The origins of the tradition of making New Year's resolutions vary, according to the Kansas City Public Library.

    The Babylonians began celebrating the New Year 4,000 years ago. For the Babylonians, the New Year began on March 23, and they marked the occasion by making resolutions. The most common resolution was to return something borrowed.

  • Sharing the magic of Christmas

    Fire and Rescue personnel spent much of Monday morning buying and sorting through the last of the Toys for Tots and Toys for Kids requests.

    There were 640 requests for toys this year, which are served by Campbellsville/Taylor County Rescue or the Campbellsville/Taylor County Fire Departments.

    Rescue oversees the Toys for Tots program, which will serve 256 kids this year. The fire departments oversee Toys for Kids, which will serve 384 kids.

    The toys were delivered to local children on Christmas Eve.

  • Above and Beyond

    Campbellsville University freshman Alexander Nima Violet frequently seeks the quiet of Green River Lake State Park as a place to study.

    On the night of Sept. 25, he was on his way back to campus at around 9 p.m. when he became the first on the scene of a collision between a car and van.

    "The car caught on fire," Violet said, "and I immediately pulled into a safe zone and got the first aid kit from the trunk."