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  • Two seek to fill U.S. Representative's seat

    Next month's General Election will allow voters to select their choice for Kentucky's next U.S. Representative.

    Incumbent Ron Lewis will give up his seat, which he has held since 1994, to one of two state legislators, either Sen. David Boswell, D-Owensboro, or Sen. Brett Guthrie, R-Bowling Green.

    Boswell's political career began with two terms as a Kentucky State Representative from 1978 to 1982.

    Boswell was elected Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture in 1984 and elected to the Kentucky State Senate in 1990.

  • Court adds half million to jail fund

    Magistrates took steps Tuesday night to transfer an additional $150,000 of this year's budget to replenish the nearly depleted jail fund.

    Some magistrates, however, say this may not be enough to pay for upcoming jail costs, and other steps may become necessary.

    Earlier in Tuesday's meeting, magistrates had also approved the transfer of nearly $325,000 from the general fund to the jail fund.

    On Wednesday, Taylor County Treasurer Melissa Williams said that money is a third of the amount already budgeted to be placed into the jail fund.

  • Two square off in U.S. Senator’s race

    Voters will decide next month who will become Kentucky's U.S. Senator.

    Incumbent Republican Mitch McConnell will face off against Democratic challenger Bruce Lunsford for the seat in the Nov. 4 General Election.

    McConnell's Senate career began in 1984. He has since been reelected four times. In June 2005, he became the longest-serving Republican Senator from Kentucky.

    On Nov. 15, 2006, McConnell was unanimously elected Republican Leader in the 110th Congress by his colleagues, making him only the second Senator from Kentucky to lead his party in the U.S. Senate.

  • BBB alerts senior citizens of telephone scam

    BBB is warning senior citizens to be aware of an emerging telephone scam that is preying on grandparents nationwide.

    BBB has recently received reports about grandparents who thought they were aiding their grandchildren by providing money for an emergency situation but were in fact giving thousands of dollars to Canadian con artists.

  • Let's get physical

    A statewide effort to encourage Kentuckians to be more active was a local success.

    At least 150 people participated in the 2nd Sunday event at Miller Park this past weekend.

    "I think that for the first time, it went really well," said Becky Nash Taylor County's extension agent for family and consumer sciences.

    The event was organized by the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture's Cooperative Extension Services in cooperation with participating government entities.

  • Nominations sought for annual Kentucky Women Remembered exhibit

    The Kentucky Commission on Women is currently seeking nominations of outstanding Kentucky women to be honored in the Kentucky Women Remembered exhibit in the Capitol.

    Nominations for Kentucky Women Remembered must be submitted by Dec. 1. Nomination forms are available on the KCW Web site at www.women.ky.gov.

  • One injured in collision

    A Greensburg man was injured Friday in a one-vehicle collision on Fallen Timber Road.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, Michael Rakes, 39, of 275 Thunder Road was driving his 1998 Toyota pickup truck west on Fallen Timber Road at about 7 p.m. when his tire went flat and caused him to cross the eastbound lane and strike a tree.

    The report states that Rakes was transported to Taylor Regional Hospital by private vehicle. He was treated for head and neck injuries and released.

  • What are you thankful for?

    What are you most thankful for? Has a special someone done something extraordinary on your behalf? Is there someone who has made a tremendous impact in your life?

    If so, write to us.

    The Central Kentucky News-Journal is sponsoring an essay contest in which readers are asked to reflect on some of these questions.

    The winning essays will be published in the News-Journal on Thanksgiving Day.

    The theme of the contest asks readers to think about how they have been blessed and what they're most thankful for in their lives.

  • Tax audit released

    State Auditor Crit Luallen recently released the annual audit of the settlement of 2007 taxes by Taylor County Sheriff John Shipp.

    The audit found Shipp's financial statement fairly represented the taxes charged, credited and paid for the period of May 1, 2007, to April 30, 2008. The statement was also found to conform with the modified cash basis of accounting.

    Luallen found no instances of noncompliance and no matters involving control of financial reporting and operations.

  • Taylor County Marching Invitational

    The beat of the drums and the chant of the crowd could be heard from far away.

    Twelve bands competed Saturday in preliminary and final competition at the Taylor County High School Marching Invitational.

    Garrard County received the Mom Weekes grand championship trophy, along with the overall best color guard award. Washington County was the reserve grand champion, with Russell County receiving the overall best percussion winner.