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  • Court expected to approve jail budget

    Magistrates are expected to consider approving the first-year budget for Taylor County's new jail tomorrow night.

    The budget was approved by Taylor County Detention Center Committee members at a special meeting Feb. 28.

    As expected, according to budget figures presented by Taylor County Jailer Rick Benningfield, the County may face a shortfall of nearly $300,000.

    The budget includes nearly $1.6 million in estimated revenue for the jail's 2008-2009 fiscal year.

  • Alcohol petition making its rounds

    With two weeks left, more than half the signatures needed to include an alcohol-by-the-drink question on the May Primary ballot have been gathered.

    "Right now, we have somewhere in the neighborhood of more than half of the signatures we need," said Mike Kehoe, head pro/general manager at Campbellsville Country Club, who is helping organize the petition effort.

    Last week, Kehoe said, about eight people began a door-to-door campaign to collect the remaining signatures.

    "I'm very confident at this point that there will be enough names."

  • One injured in Marion crash

    One person was injured in a Marion County crash involving two Campbellsville women Friday.

    According to a Kentucky State Police report, at about 12:22 p.m., Dale Garen, 57, of Seymour, Mo. was driving a 2006 Peterbilt along U.S. 68, just outside of Lebanon, when he attempted to avoid colliding with a 1996 Chevy, driven by Christie Stiths, 34, of Brandenburg. Stiths had slowed her vehicle for an unknown reason, the report states.

  • Magistrate resigns seat on Fiscal Court

    Marshall Caulk has resigned his position as Taylor County's 4th District Magistrate, citing health reasons.

    Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers said Caulk recently sent a letter announcing his resignation to Gov. Steve Beshear.

    Rogers said Caulk has recently been unable to attend some of Taylor Fiscal Court's meetings because of illness.

    "He's been an excellent magistrate. We just hate to see him leave," Rogers said. "He's done an excellent job for his district."

  • News anchor says he got his start at CHS

    From watching noon newscasts with his grandmother and reading the weekend Courier-Journal, Daniel Kemp's career path was forged early.

    "Some things that stick out in my mind are watching the 12 p.m. news with my Grandma when she kept me during the summer when I was young, and my dad always having and reading the weekend Courier-Journal in the mornings.

    "I remember him telling me when I was younger that I should read the paper - it's always good to know what's going on everywhere else."

  • Clerk audit released

    State Auditor Crit Luallen recently released the annual audit of the Taylor County Clerk's office for the year ended Dec. 31, 2006.

    The audit found County Clerk Mark Carney's financial statement to fairly represent the revenues, expenses and excess fees of the Taylor County Clerk's Office.

    Luallen's audit states the Clerk's office lacks adequate segregation of duties. During the review of internal controls, the audit states, Luallen noted that the Clerk's office lacks segregation of duties involving receipts and disbursements.

  • Tax time is here

    With tax season well underway, local tax preparers are fielding one common question, "How much will I get?"

    But people aren't asking about tax refunds. Instead, they are curious about the federal Economic Stimulus Act, which is expected to offer 1.8 million Kentucky families a tax rebate.

    "I'm getting a lot of questions about it," said Charles Phillips of Phillips Tax Service. "People need to understand that if you do nothing, you lose $300."

    That's one thing some people are not aware of, according to Shirley Buckner of Wise, Buckner, Sprowles & Associates.

  • Author has ties to Campbellsville

    Those searching for a good book to read might just find themselves picking up one written by a Campbellsville native.

    Janna McMahan's book "Calling Home" was published last month, a story set in a small town in Kentucky.

    McMahan, who was born and raised in Campbellsville, graduated from Taylor County High School in 1981.

    After graduating from the University of Kentucky in 1986, McMahan married Kentucky native Mark Cotterill and moved to South Carolina. She and her husband have a daughter, Madison.

    "Calling Home" centers around McMahan's main character, Virginia.

  • Preparing for the worst

    "Rescue. Can anyone hear me?"

    The loud voices of National Guard members searching for victims echoed throughout the area of trees, wrecked vehicles and other debris.

    National Guard members - including two from Campbellsville's unit - participated in training exercises last week to learn techniques to search for people who need rescuing.

    National Guard members met at the Kentucky Fire-Rescue Area 14 Training Center on Old Greensburg Road on Friday to participate in a day full of classroom discussion, mock rescue missions and field exercises.

  • Reading group in the works

    Do you enjoy a good book? Would you love to have a chance to talk to others who're reading the same book? Well, you may soon get that chance.

    The Central Kentucky News-Journal is interested in sponsoring a community book group. With help from the Taylor County Public Library and the Taylor County Extension Office, the group would meet once every few months.

    There is no membership or required attendance or even dues ... just a group of people getting together to talk about a great book.