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  • Nickel tax petition a go

    Voters will get to decide whether Taylor County Schools can collect an extra nickel tax.

    According to Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney, a count of signatures on a petition seeking to bring the issue before voters was completed Tuesday. Using voter records, 1,575 of 1,773 signatures were validated, Carney said. In all, 819 signatures were required to get the issue on the ballot.

    For more on this story, see Thursday's print edition.


  • National Guard soldier dies in Afghanistan

    Sgt. Randolph A. Sigley Jr., a 2000 Marion County High School graduate, died Sunday morning at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan.

    Sigley was 28 years old. He was serving in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan with a Kentucky National Guard Unit based in Richmond, Ky., according to his stepfather, Alton A. Hardin of Lebanon.

    Sigley is also survived by his mother, Rhonda L. Hardin, and his sister, Kristin Mattingly.

  • USDA Rural Development kicks off program assisting homebuyers

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has kicked off its "All the Way to 20K" campaign to help low- and very-low income families become homeowners.

    Across the nation, USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has about $2.5 billion for the Section 502 Direct Loan Programs, and with these funds, 20,000 families can become successful homeowners.

  • Airport, Community Center to get facelifts

    The Taylor County Airport and Community Center on KY 210 will get a facelift next fiscal year, thanks to a vote at the last regular Fiscal Court meeting.

    Magistrates agreed to pay about $86,000 to blacktop parking lots at both locations.

    Airport Manager Carl Watson told the Court that the airport has received $180,000 in state funding to resurface its runway but would like to do the same to the parking lot, which is partially gravel.

  • Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

    It was too overwhelming. This was the place in which Jesus rose from the dead. And one day last month, Gabe Gabehart found himself standing in the very same Garden Tomb.

    "There was a beautiful garden there and several of us fell to our knees when we stepped into that empty tomb," Gabehart wrote in an e-mail. "My eyes are tearing just writing this."

    That was just one of many life-changing experiences for 29 "pilgrims," most of them from Campbellsville, who traveled to Israel from March 16 to 25 to witness the Holy Land in person.

  • Campbellsville teen injured in Hart County crash

    A Campbellsville teen remains in serious but stable condition at University of Louisville Hospital following a two-vehicle crash in Hart County on Sunday night.

    According to a Hart County Sheriff's Department report, the collision occurred at 7:58 p.m. at the intersection of U.S. 31E and KY 218, about 4 miles west of Horse Cave.

  • FOL demolition begins

    A boom echoes across the morning sky. A large chunk of Campbellsville history falls to the ground.

    It has stood for decades, but Monday the walls of Fruit of the Loom began tumbling down. Work is now under way to clear structures once home to "the factory."

    The goal, said Dennis Brinley, one of the three partners of Heartbeat Development, is to market the 27-acre-lot as retail space. Brinley says he envisions restaurants and retail stores, such as Walgreens or Target.

  • ELECTION: 6th District Magistrate

    Four candidates are vying for the 6th District magistrate's seat this election year, and three of them will face Primary opposition this May.

    Democrats Nevin Price, Gary Porter and Gerald Ray Smith will face off on their party's ticket.

    The winner of that primary race will face lone Republican candidate incumbent Richard A. Phillips in the November General Election.

    The News-Journal mailed questionnaires to all candidates facing opposition in the Primary Election. Price responded and his answers are listed below. Porter and Smith did not respond.

  • Parson announces constable candidacy

    Wayne Parson has announced that he is seeking re-election as 5th District constable.

    Parson has served two terms in the position and has spent 20 years in law enforcement.

    "I have enjoyed working with the people in Taylor County for a better and safer community," Parson stated in a news release. "Even though we don't receive any funds or help from the County to help pay for our equipment or expenses, we are hired by different organizations, contractors and school systems to help with our expenses. I appreciate the people for their help."

  • ELECTION: 5th District Magistrate

    Five candidates are vying for the 5th District magistrate's seat this election year, and all of them will face Primary opposition this May.

    Incumbent Ed Gorin and Angie Jo Johnson will face off on the Republican ticket. Democrats Thomas "Red" Goff, Adolphus Holland and Tony Harris will seek their party's nod.

    The winner of each primary race will face off in November's General Election to become 5th District magistrate.