Local News

  • CU athlete remembered for high spirits

    A high-spirited person who never gave up.

    That's how 19-year-old Ben Napier is being remembered just days after his death.

    Napier, a Campbellsville University sophomore and member of the golf team, died last Monday after a single-vehicle crash on the Martha Layne Collins Bluegrass Parkway, near Elizabethtown.

  • Fugitive housed in Taylor County jail

    A fugitive who faces child molestation charges has been arrested in Graves County and is now being housed in the Taylor County Detention Center.

    Jose Gudalupe Valerio-Dominguez, 23, of 315 N. Main in Stanton, Ky. was arrested in Graves County by Kentucky State Police on Saturday, Jan. 14.

    A warrant was issued for Valerio-Dominguez's arrest in Cobb County, Ga. on July 3, 2008. The warrant charges him with child molestation and enticing a child.

  • Dress codes see little change

    School dress codes for 2009-2010 bear few changes from last year, local administrators say.

    Student dress plays a vital role in the classroom, according to Campbellsville High School Principal Kirby Smith.

    "I believe that dress codes are important because they are very beneficial in creating an appropriate academic culture and climate," he said. "Dress codes also help to maintain a safe and secure climate at school."

    Taylor County High School Principal Charles Higdon Jr. said dress codes also help prepare students for the workforce.

  • Miss Kentucky Teen USA

    Jefra Bland of Campbellsville, Miss Kentucky Teen USA, leaves for the Bahamas on Sunday to compete in the national pageant.

    The community attended a reception in her honor Thursday at Cafe Bonin.


  • Return of the Eagles

    After not competing for the past three school years, Campbellsville High School's marching band is back.

    Last year, CHS hired Zach Shelton to take over the band program after Jaime Smith, who had been band director since 2005, accepted a position at LaRue County High School. Shelton completed his music education degree in May 2008 at Campbellsville University. At CU, he was involved in the chorus, orchestra, marching band, jazz band and other activities.

  • Readers warned of classified scam

    The Central Kentucky News-Journal would like to inform readers and classified advertisers about an attempted scam.

    Several customers of newspapers across the state have reported being contacted by telephone by individuals falsely identifying themselves as an employee of the classified advertising department.

    On Tuesday, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway issued a warning to customers who have purchased classified ads in newspapers that they could be targeted by scam artists and should not give out personal information over the phone.

  • Start times set for local schools

    Note: School bus routes are published in their entirety in Thursday’s print edition. Watch Monday's issue for information on school dress codes.

    Local students will soon have to set their alarms again to make sure they're on time for the start of the school day.

    Campbellsville, Taylor County and Kentucky Christian School students begin classes Wednesday, Aug. 5.

    Starting times might not be changing much this year, but a change at Taylor County Schools will see its students leaving school early each Friday.

  • Taylor Schools start year with surplus

    Taylor County Schools may have ended the fiscal year in better shape than most, but that's no reason to relax, Superintendent Roger Cook told Board members at last Monday's regular meeting.

    The District ended the 2008-2009 fiscal year with $750,000 - a 4 percent carryover. And while that is double what the state requires, Cook said the District still needs to be frugal.

  • Truck nearly falls into septic tank

    A 78,000-pound truck nearly fell in an old septic tank just off Main Street on Monday.

    Mel Robey, a driver for T&C Stone Slinging of Bardstown, got out of his truck after arriving with his fourth load of stone at the Artesania's Angel Handcrafted Pottery building at 126 E. Main St.

    The incident occurred behind Artesania's and between the buildings housing Sapp Antiques and Café Bonin.

    An old private septic tank beneath the truck gave way and the truck wheels fell in, causing the truck to lean nearly against the Sapp Antique building.

  • Police cite 23,000 through seat belt campaign

    The totals are in. This year's Click It or Ticket enforcement effort, coordinated by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's Office of Highway Safety, cited 23,253 motorists for not buckling up. 

    The annual campaign, supported by more than 250 local law enforcement agencies and Kentucky State Police, took place May 18-31.