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  • County dodges severe ice storm

    Aside from closing both school systems, the winter storm that threatened Central Kentucky with a blanket of ice left little impact in Taylor County.

    "We had a couple of minor accidents and some slick roads in rural parts of the county," said Ronnie Dooley, Campbellsville/Taylor County E-911 dispatcher and Taylor County Emergency Management public information coordinator. "Due to everyone having had advanced warning of the situation, there were not that many people on the road."

  • Making way for Progress

    It can be seen from far away in the county and took up nearly all of Main Street.

    The cupola was placed on top of the Taylor County Judicial Center last Thursday by workers from Western Crane Service in Bowling Green.

    Campbellsville Industries Inc., the company that built the cupola, worked all of last week on some final touches before a large crane was brought to hoist the cupola's three pieces atop the building. A section of Main Street was closed to traffic nearly all week in preparation.

  • CU has December graduation

    "Tonight is about you," said Dr. Bill Henard.

    Henard, pastor of Porter Memorial Baptist Church in Lexington, was the guest speaker at Campbellsville University's second December commencement.

    The commencement for 137 graduates was Friday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Ransdell Chapel.

    Both graduate and undergraduate students received their degree at the ceremony.

    Dr. Michael V. Carter, president of Campbellsville University, said, "This is a very special day. It's a day you as graduates and your families will long remember."

  • UpdateMan dies in two-car crash Friday

    A Campbellsville man who loved his church and the cars and music of the 1960s is dead after a two-vehicle collision on U.S. 68.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, Richard "Ricky" Rakes, 56, of 3285 New Lebanon Road was traveling westbound on U.S. 68 on Friday, six miles east of Campbellsville, at about 10:15 p.m.

    The report states that Rakes' 2005 Ford pickup collided with a 2005 Chevrolet traveling eastbound, driven by Doug Cox, 57, of Mannsville.

  • Still no arrest in Nov. 6 murder

    It has been more than a month since Shafter J. Couch was shot and killed through the kitchen window at his home, and police have yet to make an arrest in the case.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, Couch, 26, was shot and killed at about 10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6 at his Taylor Chapel Road home.

    Police said it appeared that someone waited outside of Couch's kitchen window and shot him when he entered the room.

    Originally from Sassafras, Ky., Couch was a construction worker.

  • USPS announces holiday mail-by dates

    The U.S. Postal Service has announced mail-by dates to ensure that holiday cards and packages arrive at their destinations on time.

    Letters and packages sent first class must be mailed by Dec. 20. Priority mail must also be sent by Dec. 20. Express mail is the last option and must be sent by Dec. 23.

  • Foreign agricultural landowners must submit FSA form

    The Taylor County Farm Service Agency is reminding foreign agricultural landowners of the Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act of 1978.

    The act requires any foreign person who:

    - Acquires or transfers any interest other than a security interest in agricultural land to submit a completed FSA-153 to the Secretary of Agriculture not later than 90 calendar days after the date of acquisition or transfer.

  • Cookies with Santa

    Not all children who attended the News-Journal's "Cookies with Santa" event were as happy visiting the man in the red suit as Ethan Bright, 3, above, who gives Santa a big hug. Molly Watson, 11 months, below, cries for her mother to please get her off of Santa's lap.

  • Countywide recycling begins Jan. 1

    Taylor Countians will have another place to recycle their paper, cardboard, metal, aluminum and plastic starting Jan. 1.

    At last Tuesday night's Fiscal Court meeting, Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers told magistrates that Waste Connections Inc. personnel agreed to begin accepting recyclable materials at the beginning of the year.

    Magistrates gave their approval last month to request that Waste Connections Inc. accept recyclables at its drop-off site on Dale Avenue.

    There is no cost to the County.

  • Police urge caution during holiday season

    It may be the time of year for giving, but some use it to take.

    Police are warning Taylor County residents to take simple precautions to prevent becoming victims of thefts, burglaries and robberies - crimes that traditionally increase this time of year.

    "Statistically, most of these crimes occur between December and February," said Campbellsville Police Chief Dennis Benningfield. "That's because people generally have more money on them or are away from home more."