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  • 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.

  • Long-time community leader dies

    Frances Clinkscales often told strangers she loved them, and she meant it.

    Clinkscales, a long-time civic and community leader, known to many simply as "Miss Frances," died Wednesday at Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown after an illness. She was 78.

    In February 2004, Clinkscales told the News-Journal that she truly really meant the phrases that had come to define her in the community: "Hey, pretty pretty" and "I love you."

    She said the phrases to nearly everyone she met.

  • Man pleads guilty to theft, other charges dismissed

    A Campbellsville man has pleaded guilty to theft and other charges and has been sentenced to serve seven years in prison.

    Donald Gene Brockman, 39, of 108 Lyon St. appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Doughlas M. George on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

    Brockman pleaded guilty in five separate cases to first-degree fleeing or evading police, a second-offense DUI, speeding, driving with a suspended operator's license, two counts of failure to wear a seat belt, first-degree criminal mischief and five counts of theft by unlawful taking more than $300.

  • Campbellsville woman injured in Marion crash

    A Campbellsville woman was injured in a two-vehicle crash in Marion County on Feb. 21.

    According to a Kentucky State Police report, Robert L. Smothers, 49, of Campbellsville was driving a 1992 Honda east on U.S. 68 when he lost control on an ice covered bridge and struck a 1999 Chevrolet driven by Kimberly Fortenberry, 21, of Russell Springs. Fortenberry, who was traveling west on U.S. 68, had stopped her vehicle due to the ice-covered bridge.

  • New date set for health Board meeting

    Taylor County Board of Health has set a new date for its annual meeting. Originally set for Feb. 22, the meeting was cancelled due to lack of a quorum.

    The new date is Thursday, March 27 at noon at the Taylor County Health Department. The health department is located at 1880 North Bypass.

  • TCES council to interview six candidates

    Six people, including some Taylor Countians, are in the running for the Taylor County Elementary principal's job.

    Karen Bruce, TCES teacher and vice chairwoman of the school's site-based decision making council, said 11 applicants have been pared down to six, twice as many as the council interviewed in September.

    "We reviewed the applicants based on various criteria," Bruce said.

  • Man charged in sealed indictment

    A Campbellsville man has been charged with selling marijuana in an indictment recently unsealed by a Taylor Circuit Court judge.

    A grand jury may seal an indictment if there is a possibility that the accused will try to evade police.

    Andrew Ray Craig, 26, of 102 Lone Valley Road in Campbellsville was indicted on a charge of selling marijuana within 1,000 yards of a school.

    Bond was set at 10 percent of $10,000. If convicted, Craig could be sentenced to as much as five years in prison.

    - An indictment is a legal accusation only. It does not establish guilt.

  • A 'Dream' vacation

    Jewel Cox was excited. So excited, in fact, that the only thing the 5-year-old wanted to do was go to sleep. And it was only noon.

    "She knew that when she woke up, she was going to Disney World," her mother said.

    Jewel and her family, parents Tony and Shirley, and brother, Ethan, 12, left Feb. 21 for a four-day, all-expense-paid trip to Disney World. The vacation was provided by the Sunshine Foundation, an organization that fulfils the dreams of seriously ill, physically challenged or abused children ages 3 to 18.

  • Statewide tornado drill scheduled for tomorrow

    The annual statewide "tornado drill" is scheduled for tomorrow at 10:07 a.m. ET.

    The drill is being conducted in conjunction with March being declared Severe Storms Preparedness month in Kentucky. March is considered the peak of Kentucky's severe weather season.

  • Will CATS be scratched?

    The assessment test Kentucky students have taken for the past nine years could be replaced as early as next year.

    A senate bill filed last week seeks to replace the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System. And while lawmakers say dropping CATS could save time and money, local administrators aren't sure the move is a good idea.