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  • Long-time club member named "Homemaker of the Year'

    Jeannie Seaborne was just 9 years old when she attended her first homemakers' meeting. Now, decades later, she is the 2009 Taylor County Homemaker of the Year.

    At age 6, Seaborne was adopted, and it wasn't long after that when her mother, Loula Speed, brought her along to a homemakers' meeting.

    Seaborne said she enjoyed interacting with the women in the club, many of whom would let her help with the crafts they made.

  • Application period for LIHEAP begins Monday

    Lake Cumberland Community Action will begin accepting applications for its Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program on Monday.

    Last year, the program helped 782 Taylor County residents with their home heating costs.

    Eligible households must:

    - Be responsible for their home energy costs either by paying the bills directly or as part of their rent.

    - Have a combined income not in excess of 130 percent of the federal poverty level for the calendar month prior to the month of application.

  • Appeal filed in TRH case

    An appeal has been filed in the case where a jury found that Taylor Regional Hospital failed to provide adequate care for a local man's wife but didn't award any damages.

    Greensburg attorney Danny Butler filed a wrongful death claim in Taylor Circuit Court in April 2007 on behalf of William H. Wethington, executor of the estate of Betty H. Wethington.

  • Farming is a way of life for local family

    It was several ago when Steven Benningfield decided to take over Bob and Nell Wise's pumpkin operation. He and his wife and children would grow them if his parents, R.L. and Imogene Benningfield, would sell them.

    To sweeten the venture for his parents, Steven offered a deal.

    "My parents had never had a vacation," he said. "I told them that if we made some money [selling pumpkins], we'd go on a vacation."

    That fall, they took their first-ever vacation to Tennessee.

  • One injured in crash

    A Campbellsville man was injured Friday after his vehicle collided with another.

    According to a Campbellsville Police report, at about 9 a.m., Barry Blakeman of Campbellsville was driving east on South Central Avenue in a 2000 Ford Ranger when his pickup hydroplaned in a curve and collided with a 1997 Ford F150 driven by Raymond Ford of Campbellsville.

    Blakeman, who had to be extricated from his vehicle, was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by Campbellsville/Taylor County Rescue. He was treated and released. Ford and his passenger were not injured.

  • BREAKING NEWS:Kelly appointed Circuit Judge

    Gov. Steve Beshear announced today the appointment of State Sen. Dan Kelly as a judge in the 11th Judicial Circuit. Kelly was among three names submitted by the seven-member nominating commission.

    "Sen. Kelly has the appropriate temperament and experience for this position," Beshear said. "I feel confident he will provide fair, honest and judicious service to the people of the 11th Judicial Circuit."

  • Three nominated for judgeship

    State Sen. Dan Kelly has resigned his position as Senate majority floor leader in what could be the first step to becoming a Circuit Court judge.

    Kelly has served as Senator for District 14, which consists of Taylor, Marion, Washington, Nelson and Mercer counties, since 1991.

    On Friday, Kelly's was among the names of three attorneys selected by a committee from which Gov. Steve Beshear will choose to fill a vacant judge position in the 11th Judicial Circuit, which includes Taylor, Green, Washington and Marion counties.

  • Downtown development coordinator honored for efforts

    Campbellsville Downtown Development Coordinator Donna Logsdon was honored recently for her efforts in helping revitalize Main Street.

    Awards were given out in several categories at the Kentucky Main Street Conference in Frankfort on Oct. 22.

    Among them were service awards, honoring those with five or more years of service, for which Logsdon was named one of several winners.

  • Details of Campbellsville Police suspensions released

    Details about the suspensions of three Campbellsville Police Officers have been released after an open records request was filed by the News-Journal.

    All suspensions were due to Police Department policy violations, according to Police Chief Dennis Benningfield. No criminal acts were committed.

  • Academy gives residents a taste of policing

    It started as a routine traffic stop. But the moment the intoxicated driver jumped out of his truck, the incident took a quick turn for the worst. Gunshots rang out. The officer was down. Only 12 seconds had passed since the officer first stepped out of his cruiser.

    Anything can happen. That was the point driven home Thursday night during the Kentucky State Police's Citizen's Police Academy.