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  • Greased lightning

    The same product that makes those crispy, golden fries so tasty can also be used to fuel a car.

    Not only is the idea earth-friendly, but, for Mike Kehoe, it is also pocket-friendly.

    Kehoe, golf professional at Campbellsville Country Club, began converting oil to biodiesel fuel about three years ago.

    "My wife and I were sitting at home watching Dirty Jobs on the Discovery Channel," Kehoe said.

    On this particular episode, Mike Rowe, the show's host, was at a location where guests on the show were converting oil to usable fuel.

  • Magistrates approve jail, detention center bills

    Magistrates approved payment of several bills on behalf of the Taylor County judicial and detention center projects at a special meeting Monday afternoon.

    Magistrates approved a $10,823.49 payment to CMW Inc. and $600,910.04 payment to Codell Construction Co. for the Taylor County Judicial Center.

    Magistrates also approved payment of $7,033.96 to CMW Inc. and $386,658.04 to Codell for the Taylor County jail.

  • No alcohol will be sold on Sundays

    Campbellsville City Council members voted down Sunday beer sales Monday night but agreed to reconsider the issue later.

    During a special meeting, at which an alcohol ordinance was the only item of discussion, the Council discussed Sunday alcohol sales, which was banned by the ordinance proposed.

    In May, voters living within the City approved the sale of alcohol in restaurants seating at least 50 people as long as the drinks are served in conjunction with a meal. Restaurants must derive at least 70 percent of their income from the sale of food. The measure passed by 74 votes.

  • Campbellsville man injured in LaRue wreck

    Two people were injured in a car vs. tractor collision on KY 61 Friday night.

    About 10:15 p.m., Robert Flowers, 22, of Rineyville was driving a John Deere tractor pulling a disc bine north on KY 61, just outside Buffalo.

    "A 1995 Oldsmobile, driven by 72-year-old Loris Hamilton of Greensburg, was in the southbound lane and collided with the left side of the disc bine," according to Officer Jamie Medley of Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement.

    "The disc bine was so wide, it took up [Flowers'] lane and 3 to 4 feet of the opposite lane," Medley said.

  • Burress attends circuit clerk conference

    Rodney Burress, circuit court clerk for Taylor County, participated in the Administrative Office of the Courts' 2008 Circuit Court Clerks Summer College on June 18-20 in Lexington.

    Circuit court clerks have offices in all 120 Kentucky counties and are responsible for managing the records of circuit and district courts.

    Participants were given an update on how legislation passed by the 2008 General Assembly will affect their offices. They also learned how automation and new court technology can streamline the way circuit court clerks conduct business.

  • Teens sought for their 'Insight'

    Beginning in October, the Central Kentucky News-Journal is the place for the teens of our community to have their say.

    All too often, teens think that grownups don't believe they have anything to say that's important. And that's certainly not the case.

    That's why the News-Journal will once again publish a monthly teen page. The special page - called "Insight" - will run throughout the school year.

    And applications for membership on this year's CKNJ Teen Board are now being accepted.

  • Takin' it slow and steady

    While some states like California enjoyed double-digit returns on property sales for the past 13 years, these states are now experiencing double-digit losses in the housing market.

    Campbellsville and Taylor County, however, played the tortoise to California's hare, registering modest but steady gains that are now leveling off, according to local real estate officials.

  • Man could get two years for crime

    A Campbellsville man accused of raping and sodomizing a 13-year-old girl has violated the terms of his diversion and could spend two years in prison.

    David Michael Lowe, 20, of 401 Lula Ave. appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Allan Bertram on Tuesday, July 8.

    In May 2006, Lowe pleaded guilty to 12 counts of first-degree wanton endangerment. He originally faced 12 counts of second-degree rape. Eight counts of second-degree sodomy were dismissed as part of his plea agreement.

  • Drug testing at Taylor Schools on hold

    Unless finances improve, Taylor County students won't be tested for drug use this year.

    During the Taylor County School Board's regular meeting Tuesday night, Board members unanimously voted to table drug testing indefinitely. In making his motion, Board member Bernie Cave cited the statewide budget crunch.

    "I move we table this indefinitely until the financial crisis is over," Cave said.

    The process began a year ago in May when Taylor County High teacher and school culture committee member Debbie Hinton asked the Board to consider a random drug testing policy.

  • Newspaper needs your help for 'This Is Taylor County'

    It's that time of year again - the time when the News-Journal scopes out all Taylor County has to offer.

    Each year, the Central Kentucky News-Journal publishes a free community guide centering on Taylor County.

    "This Is Taylor County," published each September, includes stories and information about everything there is to know in Campbellsville and Taylor County.

    But we can't publish this guide without some help.