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  • Republican candidate the favorite among local children

    Presidential hopeful John McCain faired well with young "voters" in Taylor County recently.

    Local children were invited to vote in a mock presidential election at the library last week, hosted by the Friends of the Library group. In addition, students in a high school statistics class conducted an election survey by telephone.

    McCain was the winner in both.

    Children voted their pick for President along with their favorite cookie and favorite book.

  • Man sentenced to probation for officer assault

    A Campbellsville man has been sentenced to serve 60 days in jail and five years' probation for assaulting a police officer.

    Gregory Dewayne Thompson, 28, of 102 Lowell Ave. appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Doughlas M. George on Tuesday, Oct. 21 for formal sentencing in a case from July 2007.

    In August, Thompson pleaded guilty to resisting arrest, second-degree assault, menacing and third-degree terroristic threatening. A charge of third-degree assault was dismissed.

  • Clerk's office closed Tuesday

    The Taylor County Clerk's office will be closed Tuesday because of the General Election.

    According to Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney, his main office will close, though the clerk's records room in the basement of the Taylor County Courthouse will be open.

    Carney said the office will be open to calls but no vehicle licenses or registrations will be available Tuesday.

    For more information, call Carney at 465-6677.

     

  • Landmark sale suspended

    Landmark Media Enterprises LLC announced Wednesday that, due to difficult credit markets, it was largely suspending the process to sell its remaining businesses.

    Landmark is the parent company of Landmark Community Newspapers, which owns the Central Kentucky News-Journal.

    The process was launched in January and led to the sale in September of The Weather Channel Companies and some smaller sales. Landmark announced earlier this month that its agreement to sell WTVF-TV in Nashville was cancelled because the buyer lost its financing.

  • UPDATEMan charged with murder of mother

    A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged with murdering his mother.

    Brandon Scott Jones, 20, of 304 Summit Drive was arrested Tuesday at 4 a.m. by Louisville Metro Police.

    According to Jones' arrest citation, Louisville Metro police officers were dispatched to 1701 Belmar Ave. in Louisville at 6:06 p.m. Monday and found Jones' mother, Sharon R. Jones, 50, dead.

  • 13 file for 12 seats on City Council

    Voters within the City limits will choose 12 City Council members on Nov. 4, including at least one write-in candidate.

    Eleven people filed by the August deadline, including 10 incumbents. Following that deadline, two more individuals filed to run as write-in candidates.

    All 13 candidates were mailed questionnaires from the News-Journal office. Five candidates did not respond - James Ewing, Vangie Ford, Mike Hall, Richard Jeter and David Harris. Though Jeter chose not to answer the questionnaire, he did say that his experience speaks for itself.

  • Family's home destroyed in fire

    Just after midnight Saturday, a fire claimed the home and belongings of a Campbellsville family. Their pets also died.

    According to Connie Wooley of the Campbellsville/Taylor County Fire Department, the E-911 Center received a call at 12:38, reporting a fire on KY 210 a mile from the LaRue County line. When firefighters arrived on the scene, they found a mobile home fully engulfed in flames.

    Wooley said the property owner, Patricia Webb, was not at home at the time.

  • Trick or Treat

    Ghosts, goblins and the like will line Taylor County's streets tomorrow in search of goodies.

    As in past years, trick or treat hours will be from 5 to 8 p.m. 

    Campbellsville Police Chief Dennis Benningfield recommends that trick-or-treaters stay visible, wear reflective clothing and carry flashlights or glow sticks.

    He said it's also important that motorists be extra careful and on the lookout for trick-or-treaters.

    Benningfield said parents should stay close to their children and not let them cross anyone's yard without it being well lit.

  • Central Kentucky Arts Series

    Internationally-known pianist Charles Rosen performed Monday evening in the Ransdell Chapel on the Campbellsville University campus as the second presentation of the 2008-2009 season of the Central Kentucky Arts Series.

    The performance was co-sponsored by the Kentucky Music Teachers Association.

    Next up on this year's CKAS season of performances is the Southern Illinois University Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Susan Davenport, which will perform on Monday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church.

  • Fire damages vacant house

    The Campbellsville/Taylor County Fire Department responded to a house fire Monday at 409 S. Jackson St. at nearly midnight that caused extensive damage to the home. 

    After arriving, firefighters found smoke coming from the entire structure. Forcible entry was used to gain access to the home, and firefighters found that the fire had spread throughout the entire building, which is owned by Jeremiah Perkins of Lexington.