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  • 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.

  • Economic development group seeks input

    A group working to help regions develop effective approaches to workforce and economic development is seeking public input.

    In order to build an approach that will continue to work in the region, Wired65 officials have developed a survey to collect insight from current and former residents of the region. The survey is available at www.Wired65.org and must be completed by July 31.

  • Special meeting for TCHS council

    A special meeting has been called for the Taylor County High site-based decision making council.

    The meeting will be at the school today (Monday) at 7:15.

    There is only one item on the agenda: to recommend employee positions.

  • New County building inspector appointed

    Taylor County has a new building inspector.

    At last week's Fiscal Court meeting, magistrates discussed the appointment of a new building inspector to replace Kenny Phillips.

    Phillips announced at the June Court meeting that he would resign his position because his duties at the Campbellsville/Taylor County Fire Department have increased.

    After a lengthy discussion, magistrates appointed Carly Fudge of Adair County.

  • Booster seat law goes into effect tomorrow

    Parents in Kentucky will be required to take new measures to protect their children in the car.

    Starting tomorrow, if your child is under 7 years of age and is between 40 and 50 inches tall, he or she will have to ride in a booster seat. The new requirements are part of a new state law that sets forth guidelines for child safety seats, booster seats and seat belts.

    Captain Tim Lucas, commander of the KSP Highway Safety Branch, stated that the new law will be phased in over the next year.

  • Three-car collision sends two to hospital

    A three-car collision Wednesday afternoon on KY 210 sent two Campbellsville residents to the hospital.

    According to a news release from the Campbellsville Police Department,

    Sean A. Wilkerson, 16, was driving a 1999 Pontiac Bonneville east on KY 210 near Salem Church Road at 5 p.m. when he passed a 2005 Toyota Tercel being driven by Diane H. Rose, 54, of Campbellsville, who was also traveling east.

  • City supervisor pay totals nearly $300,000

    - Editor's note: The following information was not included in a Campbellsville City budget story, which was published in May.

    The City of Campbellsville will spend $294,715.20 on supervisor salaries during the 2008-2009 fiscal year.

    All City employees are hourly employees and are budgeted for 2,080 hours per fiscal year.

    Salaries are:

    - Mayor — $48,048.

    - 911 director — $35,380.80.

    - Fire chief — $30,139.20.

    - Park director — $31,512.

    - Police chief — $42,889.60.

    - Rescue director — $40,664.

  • Others ask to be involved in alcohol sales lawsuit

    Three Campbellsville voters have asked to be part of a lawsuit challenging May's local option election.

    Mike Kehoe, who helped organize the petition drive to get the alcohol issue before voters, Mike Phillips and Barry Cox have petitioned the Taylor Circuit Court to be made a party to the lawsuit. They've asked to join Taylor County Sheriff John Shipp, Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney, Allen Dudgeon and Phil Allan Bertram, all members of the Taylor County Board of Elections, and Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers as defendants.

  • Liberty man indicted on sex abuse charge

    A Liberty man has been indicted on a charge alleging he sexually abused another person.

    Joshua Edward Lee, 24, of 3333 Snake Ridge Road was indicted Tuesday by a Taylor County grand jury.

    Lee was charged with first-degree sex abuse.

    Bond was set at 10 percent of $10,000. If convicted, Lee could be sentenced to as much as five years in prison.

    Lee was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim and stay out of Taylor County except to appear at court proceedings.

    Campbellsville Police Detective Travis Begley investigated.