Local News

  • Show me the money!

    It's an easy decision, she says, if it can help a child suffering from cancer.

    Campbellsville University Head Volleyball Coach Amy Eckenfels will shave her head in Louisville next month to raise money for the St. Baldrick's Foundation.

    And many others in the Taylor County community will also shed their locks to raise money for children's cancer research.

    Eckenfels, who currently has long hair, said she has always wanted to participate since her father has been involved with a St. Baldrick's team in Louisville for about six years.

  • Searching for history

    Taylor County Jailer Rick Benningfield wants to honor the past. But to do that, he needs some help.

    Benningfield wants to create a display at the Taylor County Detention Center honoring the county's past jailers.

    He says the idea came to him from his travels to various courthouses, including the Taylor County Courthouse.

    "I'd seen them in other courthouses," he said. "And I want to do something like that here."

  • More snow pushes schools back again

    Snowfall Sunday night kept local students out of school yet again.

    Campbellsville Independent and Taylor County Schools called off classes on Monday and Tuesday. Campbellsville students returned to class Wednesday, while Taylor County Schools remained closed.

    Taylor students have missed 13 days - 11 due to snow and two because of a flu outbreak.

    Superintendent Roger Cook said Taylor County students' last day is now Monday, June 7.

    "That is with us making up two of the missed days on Good Friday and Memorial Day."

  • Opposition forms against nickel tax

    A petition opposing Taylor County School Board's approval of a recallable nickel tax is now being circulated door to door.

    According to state law, a committee of five people must administer the petition opposing the recallable nickel. The committee must file an affidavit with the county clerk. The committee filed its paperwork on Friday. However, committee members had to refile Tuesday after Roger Bright resigned. Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney said the change is legal.

  • Blood drive planned for child with leukemia

    Lexi Derringer is only 3 years old, but she is one tough cookie.

    From the day she was born prematurely at 29 weeks, she has been fighting to live. She spent the first two months of her life at Kosair Hospital, and she's there again. Only this time, she has cancer.

    She was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia, known as ALL, on Friday, Nov. 13. Friday the 13th is widely known as an unlucky day, but for Lexi's parents, Kevin and Christy Derringer of Campbellsville, that day was a nightmare.

  • Yep ... it's tax time! Are you ready?

    Thanks to several new tax credits, some taxpayers could be smiling instead of cringing after filing their taxes this year.

    The deadline to file income taxes is April 15 and, according to local tax preparers, those who haven't yet filed should be on the lookout for new credits.

    For taxpayers who are drawing unemployment, the first $2,400 of unemployment benefits is tax exempt.

  • Campbellsville man injured in Columbia Avenue collision

    A Campbellsville man was injured in a two-vehicle collision Tuesday at the intersection of South Columbia Avenue and Carnation Street.

    According to a Campbellsville Police report, at 4:30 p.m., Rebecca S. Porter, 42, was attempting a left turn from Carnation Street to South Columbia Avenue in a 1986 GMC Jimmy when she pulled into the path of a 1991 GMC Sonoma driven by William M. Rice, 23, of Campbellsville.

    Rice was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by Campbellsville/Taylor County Rescue personnel. He was treated and released.

  • Schools set make-up days

    Thanks largely to Mother Nature, the school year is now a little longer for local students.

    Campbellsville Independent and Taylor County School Districts have modified their 2009-2010 school calendars to make up for days missed due to snow and illness.

    At Tuesday night's regular Taylor County Board meeting, Board members approved a calendar amendment addressing days missed because of winter weather.

  • What are you reading?

    As often happens, we get very close to something and fail to see other possibilities, other methods and miss opportunities to make improvements in what we do.

    Another trap we may find ourselves in is we fail to ask others for their comments and suggestions. We do not want this to happen to us as the CKNJ approaches its 100th anniversary.

  • Mini grants for child abuse prevention available

    Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency has funding available for mini grants to assist agencies and organizations with child abuse prevention activities. Grants will range from $50 to $200.

    For a grant packet, call Jill at (800) 928-6382. The deadline for application is Friday, March 12 at 5 p.m. ET. Grant applications will be accepted at 23 Industry Drive in Jamestown.