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  • Landmark sale suspended

    Landmark Media Enterprises LLC announced Wednesday that, due to difficult credit markets, it was largely suspending the process to sell its remaining businesses.

    Landmark is the parent company of Landmark Community Newspapers, which owns the Central Kentucky News-Journal.

    The process was launched in January and led to the sale in September of The Weather Channel Companies and some smaller sales. Landmark announced earlier this month that its agreement to sell WTVF-TV in Nashville was cancelled because the buyer lost its financing.

  • UPDATEMan charged with murder of mother

    A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged with murdering his mother.

    Brandon Scott Jones, 20, of 304 Summit Drive was arrested Tuesday at 4 a.m. by Louisville Metro Police.

    According to Jones' arrest citation, Louisville Metro police officers were dispatched to 1701 Belmar Ave. in Louisville at 6:06 p.m. Monday and found Jones' mother, Sharon R. Jones, 50, dead.

  • 13 file for 12 seats on City Council

    Voters within the City limits will choose 12 City Council members on Nov. 4, including at least one write-in candidate.

    Eleven people filed by the August deadline, including 10 incumbents. Following that deadline, two more individuals filed to run as write-in candidates.

    All 13 candidates were mailed questionnaires from the News-Journal office. Five candidates did not respond - James Ewing, Vangie Ford, Mike Hall, Richard Jeter and David Harris. Though Jeter chose not to answer the questionnaire, he did say that his experience speaks for itself.

  • Family's home destroyed in fire

    Just after midnight Saturday, a fire claimed the home and belongings of a Campbellsville family. Their pets also died.

    According to Connie Wooley of the Campbellsville/Taylor County Fire Department, the E-911 Center received a call at 12:38, reporting a fire on KY 210 a mile from the LaRue County line. When firefighters arrived on the scene, they found a mobile home fully engulfed in flames.

    Wooley said the property owner, Patricia Webb, was not at home at the time.

  • Trick or Treat

    Ghosts, goblins and the like will line Taylor County's streets tomorrow in search of goodies.

    As in past years, trick or treat hours will be from 5 to 8 p.m. 

    Campbellsville Police Chief Dennis Benningfield recommends that trick-or-treaters stay visible, wear reflective clothing and carry flashlights or glow sticks.

    He said it's also important that motorists be extra careful and on the lookout for trick-or-treaters.

    Benningfield said parents should stay close to their children and not let them cross anyone's yard without it being well lit.

  • Central Kentucky Arts Series

    Internationally-known pianist Charles Rosen performed Monday evening in the Ransdell Chapel on the Campbellsville University campus as the second presentation of the 2008-2009 season of the Central Kentucky Arts Series.

    The performance was co-sponsored by the Kentucky Music Teachers Association.

    Next up on this year's CKAS season of performances is the Southern Illinois University Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Susan Davenport, which will perform on Monday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church.

  • Fire damages vacant house

    The Campbellsville/Taylor County Fire Department responded to a house fire Monday at 409 S. Jackson St. at nearly midnight that caused extensive damage to the home. 

    After arriving, firefighters found smoke coming from the entire structure. Forcible entry was used to gain access to the home, and firefighters found that the fire had spread throughout the entire building, which is owned by Jeremiah Perkins of Lexington.

  • Learning about fire prevention

    Ceondre Barnett can hardly see. He was sound asleep when the sound of a smoke alarm woke him up. Now his room is filled with smoke. He gets out of bed and drops to the floor, crawling toward his bedroom door. Seeing smoke pouring into his room from under his door, he grabs a towel he had left on his floor and stuffs it under the door. He then runs to a window, opens it and calls for help.

    While that scenario may have only been a part of Campbellsville Fire Department's annual fire prevention exercises, it certainly could have been real.

  • Domestic violence numbers up

    They had been dating for three months, and there hadn't been any sign of violence between them - until they went to a party.

    People were drinking, and the situation got out of control.

    "He beat her," Heather Barnes, Taylor County victims' advocate in County Attorney Craig Cox's office, said. "He beat her face until it became unrecognizable."

    The scenario is the true story of one of Barnes' most recent clients, one of many Taylor County residents she has helped escape an abusive situation.

  • Spirit of America

    Lt. Gov. Dan Mongiardo's wife, Allison Patrick Mongiardo, was on hand last week to see the musical "The Spirit of America" performed by the Campbellsville Elementary School fourth grade class.