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  • Burress attends circuit clerk conference

    Rodney Burress, circuit court clerk for Taylor County, participated in the Administrative Office of the Courts' 2008 Circuit Court Clerks Summer College on June 18-20 in Lexington.

    Circuit court clerks have offices in all 120 Kentucky counties and are responsible for managing the records of circuit and district courts.

    Participants were given an update on how legislation passed by the 2008 General Assembly will affect their offices. They also learned how automation and new court technology can streamline the way circuit court clerks conduct business.

  • Teens sought for their 'Insight'

    Beginning in October, the Central Kentucky News-Journal is the place for the teens of our community to have their say.

    All too often, teens think that grownups don't believe they have anything to say that's important. And that's certainly not the case.

    That's why the News-Journal will once again publish a monthly teen page. The special page - called "Insight" - will run throughout the school year.

    And applications for membership on this year's CKNJ Teen Board are now being accepted.

  • Takin' it slow and steady

    While some states like California enjoyed double-digit returns on property sales for the past 13 years, these states are now experiencing double-digit losses in the housing market.

    Campbellsville and Taylor County, however, played the tortoise to California's hare, registering modest but steady gains that are now leveling off, according to local real estate officials.

  • Man could get two years for crime

    A Campbellsville man accused of raping and sodomizing a 13-year-old girl has violated the terms of his diversion and could spend two years in prison.

    David Michael Lowe, 20, of 401 Lula Ave. appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Allan Bertram on Tuesday, July 8.

    In May 2006, Lowe pleaded guilty to 12 counts of first-degree wanton endangerment. He originally faced 12 counts of second-degree rape. Eight counts of second-degree sodomy were dismissed as part of his plea agreement.

  • 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.