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  • DLG offers cemetery preservation grants

    The Department for Local Government will reopen the application window for its cemetery preservation grants.

    Although the program only has $38,000 to distribute at this time, DLG Commissioner Tony Wilder stated in a press release that this amount can still be divided among applicants to make a difference in several communities.

    The purpose of the program is to provide grants for the restoration and maintenance of non-profit cemeteries not receiving perpetual care funds.

  • One injured in motorcycle collision

    A Campbellsville man was injured Saturday after driving his motorcycle through a fence.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, Cory Graham, 19, of 4245 Barney School Road was driving a 2006 Kawasaki at about 7 p.m. on Merrimac Road.

    The report states Graham left the roadway and struck a fence.

    Graham told Taylor County Sheriff's Deputy Rodney Cox that a four-door dark colored vehicle was driving on his side of the road and forced him to leave the roadway.

  • Campbellsville man injured in Marion crash

    A Campbellsville man was injured after his vehicle collided with another just west of Lebanon on Tuesday afternoon.

    According to a Kentucky State Police report, at 1:45 p.m. Mark Johnson, 46, of Campbellsville was traveling west on U.S. 68 in a 1995 Ford Aspire when he struck a 2005 GMC Yukon, driven by James W. Morris, no address listed. Morris was stopped in traffic due to road construction.

    Johnson was taken to Spring View Hospital. He was treated and released.

  • Man dies Saturday after Thursday wreck

    One of the eight people injured in last week's collision on Lone Valley Road has died as a result of the wreck.

    Raymond H. Tincher, 82, of McKee, Ky., a passenger in one of the two vehicles involved, died Saturday at University of Louisville Hospital.

    A Taylor County Sheriff's Office report states that deputies responded to the two-vehicle collision at the intersection of KY 55 and Lone Valley Road last Thursday at about 9:30 p.m.

    According to witnesses and evidence, Chris Clark, 19, of Campbellsville was traveling south on KY 55 driving a 1995 Pontiac van.

  • Music in the Park

    This year's final Music in the Park event featured MoTown music on Friday night.

    Greater Campbellsville United, the City of Campbellsville and Taylor County Fiscal Court hosted the annual Music in the Park events each Friday night in September.

    Friday's performance was by the local group Gifted Soul. Other events featured gospel and country music. The first event, which was to feature Campbellsville University international students, was canceled because of rain and will not be rescheduled.

  • Mercury discovered at CHS

    A drop of mercury discovered at Campbellsville High School on Tuesday turned out to be of an insignificant level, according to an Environmental Protection Agency monitoring team.

    According to a news release from the Campbellsville Independent School District, upon returning to class after a fire drill Tuesday afternoon, a student noticed what appeared to be a drop of mercury on the floor of a science classroom.

    Teacher Richard Dooley covered the drop with sulfur powder and zinc and evacuated the classroom.

  • Taylor PVA charged with ethics violation

    PVAs in 11 counties - including Taylor - have been charged with ethics violations for promoting or hiring family members.

    Taylor County's Property Valuation Administrator Julie Shields is being investigated for promoting her husband to chief deputy PVA.

    In response, Shields says she believes she should have been told by state officials if any of her appointments were illegal or unethical.

    According to an initiating order from the Kentucky Executive Branch Ethics Commission, a preliminary investigation into Shields' and the other PVAs' actions began on June 29, 2007.

  • Sounds of The Platters

    A good crowd was on hand Friday night for the classic sound of The Platters, the opening performance for this year's Central Kentucky Arts Series.

    Wilson Williams and His Platters performed at 7 p.m. at the Taylor County Middle School gymnasium.

    "Only You," "The Great Pretender," "The Magic Touch" and "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" are a few of the classics performed by The Platters.

  • New publisher starts at CKNJ

    There's a new face at the Central Kentucky News-Journal.

    Patrick Keefe began work Monday as the paper's new publisher. Keefe replaces Richard RoBards, who retired in June after 36 years in the newspaper business.

    Keefe, 61, and his wife, Diana, a secretary with Veolia, a company that contracts with municipalities' wastewater and public works departments, have four adult sons - Matthew, a teacher and coach in Milwaukee; Kevin, a master carpet layer in Milwaukee; Chris, a musician in Los Angeles; and Mike, a strategic planner for Toyota in Los Angeles.

  • One injured in motorcycle wreck

    A Campbellsville resident was injured Sunday after she wrecked her motorcycle.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, Cassie Bertram, 24, of 1028 Old U.S. 68 was driving a 2003 Kawasaki at about 6:15 p.m. on New Columbia Road.

    The report states that Bertram told Taylor County Sheriff's Deputy Mark Dickens that she lost control of the motorcycle because of wind from passing vehicles.

    Bertram told Dickens she had to lay her motorcycle down on the ground, and by doing so, injured her leg. She was treated at the scene by Campbellsville/Taylor County Rescue.