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  • UpdateMan dies in two-car crash Friday

    A Campbellsville man who loved his church and the cars and music of the 1960s is dead after a two-vehicle collision on U.S. 68.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, Richard "Ricky" Rakes, 56, of 3285 New Lebanon Road was traveling westbound on U.S. 68 on Friday, six miles east of Campbellsville, at about 10:15 p.m.

    The report states that Rakes' 2005 Ford pickup collided with a 2005 Chevrolet traveling eastbound, driven by Doug Cox, 57, of Mannsville.

  • Still no arrest in Nov. 6 murder

    It has been more than a month since Shafter J. Couch was shot and killed through the kitchen window at his home, and police have yet to make an arrest in the case.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, Couch, 26, was shot and killed at about 10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6 at his Taylor Chapel Road home.

    Police said it appeared that someone waited outside of Couch's kitchen window and shot him when he entered the room.

    Originally from Sassafras, Ky., Couch was a construction worker.

  • USPS announces holiday mail-by dates

    The U.S. Postal Service has announced mail-by dates to ensure that holiday cards and packages arrive at their destinations on time.

    Letters and packages sent first class must be mailed by Dec. 20. Priority mail must also be sent by Dec. 20. Express mail is the last option and must be sent by Dec. 23.

  • Foreign agricultural landowners must submit FSA form

    The Taylor County Farm Service Agency is reminding foreign agricultural landowners of the Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act of 1978.

    The act requires any foreign person who:

    - Acquires or transfers any interest other than a security interest in agricultural land to submit a completed FSA-153 to the Secretary of Agriculture not later than 90 calendar days after the date of acquisition or transfer.

  • Cookies with Santa

    Not all children who attended the News-Journal's "Cookies with Santa" event were as happy visiting the man in the red suit as Ethan Bright, 3, above, who gives Santa a big hug. Molly Watson, 11 months, below, cries for her mother to please get her off of Santa's lap.

  • Countywide recycling begins Jan. 1

    Taylor Countians will have another place to recycle their paper, cardboard, metal, aluminum and plastic starting Jan. 1.

    At last Tuesday night's Fiscal Court meeting, Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers told magistrates that Waste Connections Inc. personnel agreed to begin accepting recyclable materials at the beginning of the year.

    Magistrates gave their approval last month to request that Waste Connections Inc. accept recyclables at its drop-off site on Dale Avenue.

    There is no cost to the County.

  • Police urge caution during holiday season

    It may be the time of year for giving, but some use it to take.

    Police are warning Taylor County residents to take simple precautions to prevent becoming victims of thefts, burglaries and robberies - crimes that traditionally increase this time of year.

    "Statistically, most of these crimes occur between December and February," said Campbellsville Police Chief Dennis Benningfield. "That's because people generally have more money on them or are away from home more."

  • 'One Call Now' updated

    Taylor Countians with caller ID will now know when they receive a call from Campbellsville/Taylor County's emergency alert system.

    One Call Now alerts will appear on caller ID systems as "Emergency Alert," according to Ronnie Dooley, Taylor County Emergency Management public information coordinator.

    Before, calls appeared on caller IDs as out-of-town calls. Dooley said many people mistook them as telemarketers and did not take the calls.

  • Annual essay contest offers new dimension

    What is right with our world? What is wrong? And what can we do about it?

    These are the thoughts Greater Campbellsville United and the News-Journal are asking you to express in the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. essay contest in honor of King's birthday celebration on Monday, Jan. 19.

    And if you win, not only will you get some great prizes, you'll also win the honor of helping GCU Director Wanda Washington plan an event or activity that reflects the beliefs and values King displayed so many years ago.

  • Man charged in sealed indictment

    A Campbellsville man has been charged with drug crimes in an indictment recently unsealed by a Taylor Circuit Court judge.

    A grand jury may seal an indictment if there is a possibility that the accused will try to evade police.

    John Michael Milby, 19, of 211 Wickliffe Ave. was indicted on charges of first-degree selling a controlled substance, use or possession of drug supplies and possession of marijuana.