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  • Two local businesses to close their doors

    Two Campbellsville businesses, Friedman's Jewelers and Dawahares, will soon close their doors in Green River Plaza.

    Lexington-based clothing retailer Dawahares will close by the end of July, Dawahare's President Harding Dawahare said. Friedman's will close by June 21, according to store manager Allen McKibben.

    Dawahare said the family-owned firm filed for bankruptcy protection May 30 and plans to close nine of its 31 stores. About 100 employees of 500 will lose their jobs.

    The Campbellsville Dawahares' closing will affect between 10 and 12 employees.

  • Unlawful imprisonment, other charges dismissed

    Charges against a Campbellsville man arrested and charged with unlawful imprisonment in April after he allegedly held a 14-year-old juvenile at his home have been dismissed.

    According to a report filed by Taylor County Sheriff's Deputy Lawrence Walsh, Cody J. Welch, 25, of 11866 Hodgenville Road was arrested on Wednesday, April 2.

    The report states Welch was arrested as the result of a missing juvenile compaint. Further allegations, according to the report, state that Welch had been selling marijuana to the juvenile.

  • City sells Merchants Hotel for $1

    It could be the event that helps revitalize downtown Campbellsville, according to Campbellsville Mayor Brenda Allen.

    Following a brief executive session, Campbellsville City Council voted unanimously Monday to sell the Merchants Hotel building to Will and Karen Patton for $1.

    As part of the contract, the Pattons are required to spend at least $125,000 by Dec. 31, 2010 for the "rescue, renovation and revitalization" of the property.

    Allen said the restoration of the hotel could lead to the revitalization of the downtown area.

  • Police seek business input on security improvements

    Campbellsville Police officers are inviting retail business owners and managers to a meeting next week to discuss security.

    Campbellsville Police Chief Dennis Benningfield said the purpose of the meeting is to form a partnership between businesses and the police department. The meeting, he said, will result in the formation of a Campbellsville Retail Business Association.

    Following the initial meeting, Benningfield said topics of discussion will include forgery, gasoline drive-offs, scams, identity theft and more.

  • Want a bridge in your backyard?

    With his men already outnumbering the Union troops, Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan hatched an idea to further weaken the Union forces.

    Union men had built a wooden bridge to help transport supplies and soldiers for their cause over a bend in the Green River known as Tebbs Bend.

    And on Jan. 1, 1863, Morgan's men burned the bridge, delivering a severe blow to the already frail Union men.

    Now, nearly 150 years after the bridge burned, it's set to fall once again.

  • Searching for a Cure

    Even after the second time, it didn't take her spirits. Judie Overstreet, 67, has fought cancer twice - and lived to tell her story.

    Overstreet is one of seven children, and one of many in her family who has battled cancer.

    Her fight with cancer first began 12 years ago. Cancer cells were found in her uterus. Her treatment required that she undergo six radiation treatments and have a hysterectomy.

    "I was blessed," she said.

    Before her diagnosis, she said, she had skipped a few appointments with her gynecologist because of insurance problems.

  • Former religious educator is CKNJ summer intern

    A former religious educator with an itch to write has joined the Central Kentucky News-Journal this summer as an editorial intern.

    Larry Rowell, whose resume says he is "traveled, experienced, diplomatic," started Monday and will be covering and photographing a variety of assignments during a 10-week internship co-sponsored by the Kentucky Press Association.

  • City prepares alcohol ordinance

    Campbellsville City Council should have an alcohol ordinance to consider within at least two months.

    "I estimate a regulatory ordinance will be completed within 60 days of Election Day," said City Attorney John Bertram. "The regulatory ordinance covers licensing and operation of hotels, motels, inns and restaurants."

    Voters living within the City approved the sale of alcohol in restaurants seating at least 50 people as long as the drinks are served in conjunction with a meal. Restaurants must derive at least 70 percent of their income from the sale a food.

  • Long-time News-Journal publisher to retire

    A journalism career that started 36 years ago in Campbellsville looks like it will end in nearly the same place.

    Central Kentucky News-Journal Publisher Richard RoBards, 61, announced last Tuesday to his staff that he will be retiring effective the end of June.

    "It's been great to work for a company for a full 36-year career, doing something you love and with people and a community you enjoy," RoBards said. "I've been blessed beyond belief, really. I couldn't have asked for a better place to live, raise a family and work."

  • Jury finds man not guilty of drug charges

    A Taylor County jury found a Campbellsville man not guilty of drug and other charges last week.

    Nathaniel "Nate" Lee Cubit, 27, of Greenhill Drive faced a jury and Taylor Circuit Court Judge Doughlas M. George on Tuesday, May 27.

    Cubit was indicted in August 2007 along with Efrain Granados Duncan, 31, of Sharon Street in Campbellsville on charges of first-degree selling cocaine, a second offense for Cubit and Duncan, and being first-degree persistent felony offenders.

    Duncan was accused of selling cocaine to another person and initially receiving the drugs from Cubit.